Authors please check this before submission of your paper.
Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Part A: Summary of submission requirements:
You will be asked to agree to these as part of the submission process.
1: Your submission has not previously been published, nor currently under review of another journal.
2: The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format, with any submitted files (images, etc.) in high quality JPEG or PDF (300-600dpi).
3: The paper is 1.5 or double spaced in a 12-point sans serif font (like Arial). It uses italics (not underlining). All illustrations, figures, and tables have titles and dates, and are positioned in the right place in the text (or their position is identified).
Note: Ensure that FOOTNOTES are not embedded (i.e. at the bottom of the page) but are on a separate page (and NOT superscript). We allow either footnotes or endnotes, and also a general bibiography of up to 500 words after a References section.
4: The appropriate copyright confirmation and permissions have been submitted with ALL items in or appended to your submission.
5: Any URLs and hyperlinks are active and supplied for all references.
6: A paper's citations, references and/or bibliography is in Harvard style and is correctly punctuated throughout [i.e. not cut and pasted from other papers featuring other styles]. See below for full Guidelines with examples.
7: The author's name(s) and institutional or professional identification is NOT on the front title page of the paper, but on a cover sheet -- to ensure anonymity in peer-review.
8: The author(s) signature is put to this statement:
“I am the author and owner of the copyright in the article and/or I have the authority of the authors and owners of the copyright in the article to make this agreement. I have exercised professional discretion are taken all possible steps to ensure that my submission is original, and does not break any law or Intellectual Property Right, or contain any material confidential or compromising to a third party. If my submission includes substantial subsidiary material owned by third-party copyright holders, I have sought and obtained permission to include it in the article for publication under the conditions outlined in the journal's Copyright Statement”.
[This statement is to be cut and pasted onto every abstract – submission via institutional email will be considered the equivalent of a signature].
Part B: Full Journal Guidelines and Policies
1: General Information
Articles for publication will normally be 6 -- 10,000 words in length. This excludes footnotes, references or endnotes. Authors may NOT submit paper (hard) copies – the Journal requires Word documents, by email or file transfer (with cover email notifying us of the author's details).
If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of a cover letter file. When submitting a revised manuscript with figures, include all figures, even if they have not changed since the previous version.
Copyright [see also full Journal copyright statement on the journal's website]: The author retains ownership of the original manuscript and its use of IP or copyrighted material that is the property of others. It is the responsibility of the author to confirm that all materials submitted are subject to copyright or ownership rights, e.g. figures, tables, photographs, illustrations, trade literature and data.
Permissions from third parties to reproduce any such items must be included in the first submission of a paper for peer review.
Furthermore, add necessary acknowledgments to the first submission, preferably in the form of an Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper. Credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the accompanying captions.
2: Abstracts and Keywords
Please include as clearly stated, the title of your paper, and an abstract of your article content of around 250 words. All selected articles will appear with the abstract included, and the abstract will be used in any publicity, listserves or databases the Journal uses. A list of keywords (between 4-8) must also be included below the abstract.
3: Links to External Sources
The Journal Editorial Production Team will facilitate your submission. They will provide hypertext mark-up for articles. However, contributors may, if they wish, insert their own hypertext links, including cross references to other materials on the internet using their URL addresses. These links should not be placed in footnotes but within the body of the article in brackets after the words that are to be linked to them. All links should also appear in a Links section that should appear after the References section.
A Links section may be sub-divided into Materials, Organisations and People.
4: Referencing Style
The Journal uses Harvard in-text citation style with a reference list in endnotes. We have included the following examples regarding citation and referencing as a quick-guide, but please see the University of Warwick's Guidelines on the Harvard Style for full information.
FOOTNOTES must not be embedded (i.e. at the bottom of the page), but on a separate page (and NOT superscript).
The Journal uses Harvard style referencing and citations. This consist of author or editor family names and the date of publication of an item. One of two forms may be used:
- Robertson (1989) considers how to run a ...
- One commentator (Robertson 1989) has looked at ...
- In his much debated article 'Development and Cultural Identity' (1989) Robertson asserted that ...
Where quoting directly from a work, or referring to particular pages, please provide the page number(s) after the date:
"How well you select your professional and business advisers will have a direct bearing on your business success" (Gray 1989: 118).
We allow either footnotes or endnotes, and also a general bibiography of up to 500 words after a References section.
- Author(s) - family name, initials. (Year) Italicised Title of book,(edition -- if necessary), (translator -- if relevant), Place of publication: Publisher.
- Anthony, G. (2002) UK Public Law and European Law,Oxford: Hart.
- Collins, L., Rogers, T.L.C. and Saravan, L.I. (1999) Development and Cultural Studies, (2nd ed.) Harlow: Longman Publishers.
- Mesnard, J-F. (1989) Cultural Policies and Social Justice (trans. M. White), Witney: Witney University Press.
b: Work in edited book
Where a work from an edited collection is cited, references to both the individual work and to the collection as a whole should be given.
- Author(s) -- family name, initials. (Year) 'Title of chapter' in editor(s) -- family name, initials, ed(s), Italicised Title of book,(edition) Place of publication: Publisher: chapter and/or page numbers.
- Luck, M. (1991) 'Gender and library work: the limitations of dual labour market theory' in Redclift, N. and Sinclair, M.T., eds. Working women: international perspectives on labour and gender ideology,London: Routledge: Chapter Two: 29-43.
- Nustad, K.G. and Sending, O.J. (2000) 'The instrumentalisation of development knowledge', in Stone, D., ed. Banking on knowledge: the genesis of the global development network,London: Routledge: 44-62.
c: Edited book
- Editor(s) - family name, initials, ed(s). (Year) Italicised Title of book,(edition) Place of publication: Publisher.
- Redclift, N. and Sinclair, M.T., eds. (1991) Working women: international perspectives on labour and gender ideology,(Second edition) London: Routledge.
- Stone, D., ed. (2000) Banking on knowledge: the genesis of the global development network,London: Routledge.
d: Journal article(use for print journal and electronic reproductions of print)
- Author(s) - family name, initials. (Year), 'Title of article', Journal title, volume (issue number), Page number(s).
- Metcalfe, A., Diaz, V. and Wagoner, R. (2003) 'Academe, technology, society, and the market: four frames of reference for copyright and fair use', Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 3(2): 191-206.
- Stadler, J., et al.(2000) 'Exotic plant species invade diversity hot spots: the alien flora of northwestern Kenya', Ecography, 23(2): 169-176.
e: Other items:
Unpublished manuscripts, e.g.
Childs, M. L. (2010) 'The Mexican Border Development Agency in Context', Unpublished manuscript, University of Witney (state, Country).
Films and video, e.g.
Borderlands and Subcultures (2011) Directed by Mike Robertson [Documentary: 116 minutes], York, England: Edgeray Film Productions.
A reference to a video (or even image), requires a URL source (the website hosting the video). Example:
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (2012) 'What is International Development?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l26W3Xi_pGQ [accessed 18th Feburary, 2016].
In all citations of the internet, a 'last accessed' date should always be included.
Magazines or newspaper articles
New York Times (2011) 'The Current Conflicts of Development Aid', September 17.
Soames, D. (2007) 'The Middle East Crisis of Cultural Identity', Times Today, November 11: 21.
Rauch, A. (1996) 'Saving Philosophy in Cultural Studies: The Case of Mother Wit', Postmodern Culture 7(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/postmodern_culture/v007/7.1rauch.html.
[accessed 18th Feburary, 2016].
Robertson, M.J. (2012) 'The Historical Emergence of Identity Politics in UNDP Global Aid Strategy, 1995-2005', PhD Dissertation, University of Witney (state, country).
Jones, A. (2015) 'Post-Truth Development Strategy', (conference paper), The Fifth Congress for Legal Professionals in Development Agencies, London, 18th June.
UN Security Council (2000) United Nations Security Council Resolution 11902 on Cultural Rights, Peace and Security (S/Res/1Z29), New York: United Nations.
If an online reference has a title, a named author (including organisations), and a date of publication, and is a piece published in an online journal, newspaper, blog, organisational website or online publication, it should be cited in the text like a printed reference, and included in the list of references at the end of the article.
Ewart-James, J. (2017) ' Without knowledge there can be no progress in the fight against modern slavery', 10 January. Available at:
[accessed 18th Feburary, 2016].
Other kinds of online reference (e.g. social media sites, links to videos or images, web forums) should be published as Endnotes and not with references, and should include the name of the piece (if applicable) and the name of the website, as well as the link.
1: Twitter post, twitter.com/FEMENSWE/status/371750396538396672, last accessed 13 February 2014.
2: 'Global politics and Sri Lanka in 2016', at LSE Blogs, http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/internationaldevelopment/2017/01/06/global-politics-and-sri-lanka-in-2016/
[accessed 18th Feburary, 2016].
Single rather than double quotation marks should be used in citations, refereneces and bibliographies.
Spelling should comply with British, not American forms, e.g. colour not color, or -ise, not ize, as in 'nationalise'.
The numbers one to twelve, and “percent”, are to be spelled out in full.
e.g. The twelve people in the project team counted as only 10 percent of the workforce.... -- not, the twelve people in the project team counted as only 10% of the workforce.....
7: Submission of Articles
Submissions are accepted ONLY in Word (Microsoft or Word for Mac). All submissions should be sent by email to the Editorial Production Team Manager with the email address supplied on the website or last issue of the journal.
The Editorial Production Team will assist contributors with special features such as graphics, graphic images, and diagrams. The authors' own prepared graphic images must be supplied in Word, or JPEG form. Photographs must be supplied as high resolution PDF (300-600dpi), depending on the size you wish it to be reproduced (300dpi is normal for half or quarter size of the page; 600dpi for a whole or double page-sized photo image.
Each illustration, table and figure should be uploaded separately (and be numbered for identification) and their position within the text clearly indicated by referring to 'Table 1' or 'Figure 1', never to 'the table below' or 'the above figure'. Provide typed captions (including sources and acknowledgements) at the end of the main document.op
File Compression and Archives: If you have more than two files to send (e.g., manuscript, figures, biography and cover page), we recommend you combine these files into an archive, so you send only a single file when submitting the manuscript. Applications for Mac OS (such as Stuffit) and Windows (such as WinZip) support the formats listed below.
The following archive formats may be used:
Windows or Unix zip (e.g., "archive.zip")
Unix tar (e.g., "archive.tar" or compressed with a gzip as "archive.tar.gz" or "archive.tgz")
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The Peer Review process takes between 4-6 weeks: the issue will specify the time required for resubmission. Reviewers are asked to provide formative comments, even where an article is declined.
The issue editor can award an author a certificate of acceptance in principle, if the article is considered 'under review' by the Journal's Peer Review.
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