The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) recognises the need to provide a forum for the publication of original and high quality research by individuals that are early in their research career. By ‘early’ we intend up to 5 years post-doctorate; or with 5 years or less research experience.
We understand that producing publishable research requires the understanding of the journal peer-review and publication process. This is in addition to requirements for the preparation of papers to abide by EJDR’s standards in terms of content, and to follow EJDR’s instructions for authors in terms of form.
Early career researchers may not always be familiar with these processes. EJDR’s Early Career Research's initiative has been designed to assist with the understanding of this process. It is a ‘supported learning’ submissions route for early careers authors, to help fulfil their potential. Authors whose manuscripts are eligible for the early careers initiative will benefit from:
- Initial feedback on the manuscript (upon submission, before it is sent out for blind peer review): this is to ensure the paper is strong, and that it will be assessed on its merit by reviewers.
- Advice on the best way of incorporating reviewers’ feedback.
EJDR has appointed Dr Tewodaj Mogues as Editor, Early Career Submissions.
Please note that Early Career manuscripts, whilst benefitting from the support and advice of EJDR’s Editor, Early Career Submissions, will be subject to the same blind peer review process and stringent quality standards that are applied to all other EJDR papers. EJDR reserves the right to desk-reject an Early Career submission, should the developmental angle and relevance of the paper not be clear, should the subject be inadequately presented, or should the manuscript not meet the minimum standard for consideration for the Early Career Researcher's Initiative.
Equally, EJDR equally reserves the right to desk-reject submissions after revisions following the Editor’s feedback, if the quality of the revised version does not merit proceeding to the peer review process.
Am I eligible for the Early Career Researcher's Initiative?
You are eligible to submit a paper to EJDR, marked as ‘Early Career’, if:
- Your latest academic qualification (Doctorate or Masters) was obtained 5 years ago or less,
- Any other co-authors of the paper are also early careers researchers
How can I submit a paper for consideration under the Early Career Researcher's Initiative?
1. Please familiarise yourself with EJDR’s instructions for authors, and ensure that your manuscript abides by these guidelines.
a. NB: For the moment, Early Career papers can only be accepted in English. We currently do not accept manuscripts in French or Spanish.
2. Submit your manuscript to EJDR via its online portal https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/fedr
3. Mark your paper as an ‘Early Career' submission by checking the appropriate box when prompted by the system
4. Provide details of your Early Career Researcher status in your covering letter. As a minimum, indicate the date when, and institution where, your doctorate was obtained. Please provide any relevant supporting documentation as a ‘supplemental file’ when uploading the material for your manuscript. Detail your research experience by providing a copy of your CV.