About the Journal

Nepal Public Policy Review (NPPR) is a peer-reviewed journal published by Policy Research Institute (PRI), a policy think-tank of the Government of Nepal. PRI believes that the participation of the public in the policy formulation process enhances public ownership of the resultant policy and makes it effective. As such, it advocates and adopts a democratic process in policy formulation.

Unlike most of the mainstream journals that deal with specific issues, NPPR stands out as a unique channel that accepts research papers from a wide variety of themes and issues related to public policy. 

These themes and issues include (a) development, infrastructure and economic affairs; (b) federal affairs, (c) legal issues, (d) governance and public service delivery; (e) political and social affairs; (f) national interests, foreign policy and strategic affairs; and (g) science, technology, and environment.

PRI publishes this journal to disseminate works that are relevant to the scope of PRI and meets the expectations and standards of the academic and policy community. It is a double-blind peer-reviewed open access journal. NPPR journal is promoted by PRI, an institution run by public money. All the managerial and production expenses is managed by PRI. Therefore will be no article processing and publication fee for accepted articles. Audiences of NPPR are policymakers, practitioners, researchers, academicians and those interested in public policy issues.

NPPR will be driven and maintained by a board of NPPR. PRI will host it with necessary backstopping support.

Aims and Scope

NPPR is an interdisciplinary journal. Its aim is to serve as a scholarly platform for the interface between knowledge and policy. To this end, it promotes academic research to trigger evidence-based policymaking in Nepal.

NPPR publishes high-quality articles covering a broad spectrum of public policy issues in relation to, among others, health, education, technology, foreign relations, industrial relations and relevant social sciences issues. It brings together research and policy practice insights that inform, develop and affect public policy both at micro and macro levels. It publishes both theoretical as well as empirical papers sufficiently backed by evidence.

NPPR welcomes research papers from across the globe on issues related to Nepal, particularly the issues that fall under the aims and scope of the journal. NPPR also welcomes study manuscripts that broadly analyze global agenda that focus on and relate to developing countries. Such articles are expected to specifically establish the implication of the global agenda on Nepal.

NPPR will have two parts. The first part contains research articles and the second part provides space for commentaries on issues of public policy concerns

Review Process

NPPR employs a double-blind peer-review process to ensure objective, unbiased and rigorous reviews of articles in order to maintain the scholarly quality of published research articles. Peer reviewers, the heart and strength of the journal, remain anonymous throughout the process and will review articles, based on their expertise, for the first part – the research section – of the journal. Reviewers are selected from PRI’s scholarly database matched by their expertise.

The peer-review process is outlined below. 

All the manuscripts submitted for the research part will be evaluated by the editors in consultation with subject experts without disclosing the author’s identity. The manuscripts will be evaluated based on the scope of the journal, originality of the content and minimum acceptable quality of language. 

The Editorial Team will identify contributors and themes for the public debate part of the journal and invite contributions. Research articles that meet initial evaluation criteria will be forwarded to at least two reviewers and, based on their comments, to additional reviewers as necessary.

Reviewers are asked to evaluate and submit reports based on the criteria of: originality; methodological soundness; good research design; compliance with appropriate ethical guidelines; results being presented clearly, based on facts and in support of the conclusion presented; and appropriate referencing and citation. 

Editors will review the reports by reviewers and decide whether a further revision is necessary. The editorial decision (of rejection, further revision or acceptance), along with reviewer recommendations, will be passed on to the authors.

The final decision on the article is taken by the Editorial Team based on the report from the assigned editor. The decision of the Editorial Team is final.

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.

The aim of NPPR is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly articles thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. Hence, NPPR grants permission to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles which are available online freely.

In addition, authors do not have to pay for submission, processing or publication of articles at NPPR.

Copyright Policy

NPPR allows to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and allow readers to use them for any other lawful purpose. The content copyright is retained by the author. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

 Dispute Resolution Mechanism

NPPR follows the widely accepted dispute resolution process outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is in practice among publishers and editors across the world. NPPR has the following policy on the most frequent issues that every academic journal and editor encounters.

Correction and Retraction Policy: Ensuring compliance with all requirements in submitted articles is the responsibility of the editorial team. As such, the editorial team makes the final decision on the magnitude of correction to be made on the original article.

Declaration of Interest: 

  • Author(s) must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could possibly influence the work. Author(s) should include a declaration on the conflict of interest while submitting their manuscripts.
  •  Reviewers are also required to disclose the potential conflicts of interest regarding the manuscript they have reviewed.