Topic Editors

School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
Dr. Yueping Zheng
Center for Chinese Public Administration Research, School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Dr. Ziteng Fan
Institute for Global Public Policy, Fudan University, Shanghai 200437, China

From ChatGPT to GovGPT: The Future of Digital Government

Abstract submission deadline
closed (31 August 2023)
Manuscript submission deadline
31 January 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

We invite submissions to the topic concerning the future developments of digital government, and we are specifically interested in submissions focusing on the uses of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Digital government or e-government refers to new government forms developed by the extensive uses of mobile internet, big data analytics, cloud computing, Internet of Things, AI, and many other information technologies (ITs), which have been substantially transforming the structures, processes, and performance of government around the world. Digital government is improving government openness and transparency, increasing government efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery, and lowering government costs.

The astonishing performance of ChatGPT in human–machine interaction and natural language processing, among others, is attracting the attention of governments in reshaping digital government interfaces and processes. For instance, ChatGPT would help government portals and hotlines to improve citizen–state interactions. While AI has been applied in digital government for years, ChatGPT brings forth a new opportunity to rethink the future developments of digital government. To what extent could ChatGPT help improve governmental processes and performance? How should government regulate ChatGPT and its various uses? These and other research questions would be relevant to this topic.

We welcome submissions concerning the below aspects:

  • The potential uses of ChatGPT in digital government;
  • The impacts of ChatGPT on digital government;
  • The implications of ChatGPT in digital government;
  • ChatGPT and civil service recruitment and training;
  • ChatGPT and government human–machine interactions;
  • ChatGPT and administrative burden;
  • The cybersecurity challenges of ChatGPT;
  • The regulations of ChatGPT and other AI algorithms;
  • Other relevant topics.

Both theoretical and empirical studies are welcome. For theoretical submissions, please develop theoretical frameworks and propositions relevant for empirical testing or practical application. For empirical submissions, they should be theoretically sound and practically significant with rigorous methodology.

Prof. Dr. Liang Ma
Dr. Yueping Zheng
Dr. Ziteng Fan
Topic Editors


  • digital government
  • e-government
  • citizen-state interactions
  • innovation
  • artificial intelligence
  • big data
  • smart city

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Administrative Sciences
3.0 3.9 2011 21.7 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Future Internet
3.4 6.7 2009 13.6 Days CHF 1600 Submit
3.1 5.8 2010 22.6 Days CHF 1600 Submit
Smart Cities
6.4 8.5 2018 16.5 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Social Sciences
1.7 3.2 2012 29.3 Days CHF 1400 Submit
3.6 5.5 2013 13.6 Days CHF 1400 Submit
Urban Science
2.0 4.5 2017 23.7 Days CHF 1200 Submit

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