Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

PMRP editors believe that a better world is possible where humanity's problems are alleviated through innovative projects and socially responsible project management research and practice. Its mission is to provide a forum where evidence-based, informed dialogue can occur with project management researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders on such challenges.

Acknowledging the pervasiveness of change in organizations and the natural dynamic of public priorities, the topics and points of focus will evolve over time and can come from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. There will be no limitations on discussing how these projects are managed. Specific topics will include (but not limited to):

• Climate change and the environment
• Food and agriculture
• Education
• Poverty
• Water and water management
• Security
• Health care and management
• Energy, energy conservation, and utilities.
• Government services
• Internet governance
• Open and big data
• Public transportation
• Urbanization planning
• Waste and sanitation

PMRP content will start and support informed conversation that helps solve these problems and reflect public priorities.

Its editors believe having an impact is more important than impact factors and, as such, content published will be an answer to the question...Does it keep the conversation going?

Read about PMRP’s Research and Publishing Principles here.


Section Policies


Reflections on various existing and emergent topics related to the scope of this journal are encouraged through focused commentaries written either by practitioners or researchers. Items will be chosen based on their currency and quality, and will be subject to peer review either by a practitioner or researcher (depending on the topic). 

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A review is an authoritative and balanced examination of a publication in project or program management. Submissions can occur at any time and need to relate to one of PMRP’s core topics. (Limit of 1000 words. Submissions will be reviewed by a suitable practitioner or researcher.) 

Please contact our book editor, Steve Leybourne at sleyb@bu.edu

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Observations and reports from various conferences in the project management community and those related to the key topics of PMRP will be published. Submissions are welcome at any time.

Proceedings can also be published as a partial or complete collection. Conference chairs / organizers can work with PMRP to determine the scope and scheduling of the collection. 

Reviews are either conducted externally and by the conference members or internally through PMRP. This determination is done in consultation with PMRP Editors and the process explanation accompanies each proceedings.

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Researchers, practitioners and other thought leaders are often the best source of insight to emergent, critical issues and reflected in the more open channel of an interview. Suggestions are welcome. Submissions are reviewed by an appropriate practitioner or researcher.

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 A key goal of PMRP is to publish material of clear and immediate value to PM practitioners. To support this goal will be the provision of 'practitioner cases' - articles written by experienced professionals, reinforced with current research and placed in suitable context.

Authors will be asked to structure the document to include (at least) the following sections: Synopsis, Target reader(s), Project / Program setting, Year(s), Core competencies, Related theory, Lessons learned.

Items will be single/double reviewed depending on the quality of the initial submission.

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To be included in this section, articles must be based on substantiated scholarship, use a qualitative or mixed methods research design and provide critical reflection and analysis. They must contribute new knowledge to both the research and practice of project management as related to PMRP's topics.

Articles should be between 7000 and 8000 words in length, including a comprehensive reference list. Specific author guidelines are available.

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Masters or doctoral candidates are encouraged to submit articles concerning their own research and experiences as a researcher-in-training. The inclusion of university or host programs are encouraged.

These articles must be structured similarly to fuller research submissions but can have a lower word count. They will be subject to double-blind peer review. 

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The understanding and development of project management stems from education as well as research. Teaching cases will focus on actual and fictional projects and programs related to PMRP topics. Submissions are encouraged and will be peer reviewed by a combination of practitioners and/or researchers and/or educators.

Cases will have 3 parts (see Author Guidelines) and be subject to single/double peer review.

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Proposals are encouraged for a select group of scientific contributions that focus on a central theme, topic, or research direction. Special collections are initiated and supervised by Guest Editors, who are responsible for the content and for managing the review process for all contributions.

All material in a Special Collection is peer-reviewed, and each individual submission must be accepted for publication according to the same standards as all other journal content.

A person wishing to edit a Special Collection first submits a short proposal to the journal’s editor. This first proposal should contain a description of the topic or issue, a list of possible papers and authors, and (if applicable) the names of other Guest Editors. Should the group of contributions be the product of a workshop or seminar, the proposal should also include information about the event.

As an example, the first Special Collection of PMRP took place in Volume 3 with a focus on project management in the not-for-profit sector.

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Experienced project and programme managers will be invited to offer their view on a recently published research article. These will be important submissions that place or apply theory or workable concepts in real-world project scenarios.

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Peer Review Process

All submissions to PMRP will undergo an initial screening by the Editorial Team to assess suitability to the journal’s focus and scope. Articles are considered for publication if they have not been published or accepted for publication elsewhere and are not being concurrently considered elsewhere.

After initial screening, submissions will be forwarded to appropriate reviewers from our pool that include project managers, researchers and industry professionals.

After the reviewer recommendations have been returned, the Editor will make the final decision resulting in one of the following outcomes: 
• Accept
• Accept with minor revision
• Accept with major revision after additional review
• Redirection to another journal

Authors will usually be notified of result within 8 weeks of submission. 

A simple flowchart of the process can be viewed here. 

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the   COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers  and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)  Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.

Only one appeal is permitted for each manuscript, and appeals can only take place after peer review. Final decisions on appeals will be made by the Publisher following consultation with appropriate Editorial Board member(s).

Conflicts of Interest
Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their research networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor. 


Publication Frequency

PMRP employs an article-based, or publish-as-you-go model. After articles have been peer reviewed and accepted, they are then allocated and published to the relevant annual volume and are viewable online immediately.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.

This journal has no submission or article processing charges.

Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant others the right to use, reproduce, adapt and share their articles according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.

Authors are permitted to self-archive works on their personal or institutional webpages and repositories.


Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

- Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.

- They contact the Editor, Beverly Pasian beverly.pasian@hu.nl to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.

- The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal's style guide.

- The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means that all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the article and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.


Handling of Suspected Misconduct

Issues of suspected misconduct and corrections will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Corrections and Retractions

Corrections and retractions will be treated in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors



This journal automatically runs all submissions received through iThenticate anti plagiarism software.


Complaints Handling

Complaints related to PMRP should be directed in the first instance to the Editor, Beverly Pasian beverly.pasian@hu.nl. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, utsepress@uts.edu.au. Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.



The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Project Management Research and Practice or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology Sydney.


Sources of Support

 Project Management Research and Practice adheres to the Advertising and Sponsorship Guidelines as set out by UTS ePRESS.




Journal History

Interest has steadily grown in the last few years across the PM community in publishing a new practitioner-oriented research journal (often with references made to Harvard Business Review). Discussions have occurred at various research and practitioner events, with the result being the generous offer made by Professor Shankar Sankaran (at the University of Technology, Sydney) to redirect his journal of Organisational Project Management toward the goals of (what now is) Project Management Research and Practice.

UTS ePress, as the publisher of both OPM and PMRP, was immediately supportive of the idea. Dedicated staff--especially Julie-Anne Marshall and Scott Abbott--saw the journal as, among other things, an opportunity to set a new standard (to their existing track record of excellence in online journal publishing) and worked closely with the PMRP team in the development of new cover design and internal page design templates. The publishing of PMRP at UTS is also consistent with its commitment to measuring and guiding its social impact as a university.

With the mission of the journal agreed upon and the support of a leading university ePress, subsequent steps involved the recruitment of an international Editorial Board (EB), an international Advisory Board (AB), and identification of an initial research article collection. The EB has been carefully selected based on their topical and methodological expertise, access to emergent researchers, location and diversity of the PM community. It will continue to grown in the coming years to be consistent with this diversity.

At the helm of the EB are Beverly Pasian, Shankar Sankaran, Julien Pollack, Steve Leybourne, and Christophe Bredillet. John Lannon and John N. Walsh (University of Limerick) can be thanked for their effort in guiding the first special collection.

PMRP has been conceived and developed as a journal with a mission to advocate socially responsible PM research and practice. With this as a starting point, the support of those above, and a world of public priorities being satisfied through the increasing use of projects, its future looks even more promising than its history.