Purpose By using the analysis of 30 years of publications in the journal International Journal of Public Sector Management, the purpose of this paper is to discover trends in publications, such as single vs joint authorship, topics and country of origin in authorship and readership. Design/methodology/approach Using secondary sources, such as Scopus and the Manuscript Central system, quantitative data are collected and then analysed with simple descriptive statistics. Findings Single authorship has gone down, while the number of articles has gone up. The authors still mainly come from English-speaking countries, as do the readers who cite the articles. The majority of publications still reports findings from qualitative, empirical research but on an increasing number of varying topics. Originality/value The findings give insight into the publication patterns in public management, indicating developments in the academic practices of the discipline.

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Keywords Public management, Publications, Journal
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-07-2017-0191, hdl.handle.net/1765/125929
Journal International Journal of Public Sector Management
Citation
van Thiel, S., & Bouwman, R.B. (2017). 30 years of IJPSM publications: an analysis. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 30(6-7), 524–531. doi:10.1108/IJPSM-07-2017-0191