Development has explored the cutting edge issues of human-centred development. With alternative perspectives on civil society, development policy and community based strategies for livelihoods, gender and social justice, Developmentkeeps readers up-to-date on the challenging issues of today’s rapidly changing world. (See below information for subscription and email alerts).

Development is published as a quarterly journal in March, June, September and December by Palgrave

Macmillan on behalf of the Society for International Development (SID).

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Structure of the Journal

Each issue of Development has a thematic focus and most of the articles are commissioned and refereed by subject specialists. Each Journal issue is normally comprised of 144 typeset/printed pages (plus covers) though there is some flexibility for slight variations in length. Normally, articles are structured in the following sections:


It includes the Editorial, the Guest Editorial (in case of Guest Editorship) and 2-3 key articles that frame the thematic issue;

Thematic Section:

It normally includes 3-5 articles that address different key aspects of the issue which is addressed by the Journal. These tend to be articles that somehow dive into the issues and might be longer in length and feature greater depth of analysis;

Dialogue Section:

It normally includes 3-5 articles and is meant to capture the diversity of opinions and perspectives on the issues being addressed. If the previous section looks for depth, this section looks for breadth and therefore features diverse views on the issues as well as capture thoughts by constituencies and social groups which might often be in margins of the debate;

Local/Global Encounters:

It normally includes 3-4 articles and enables some space for country cases or specific/localized issues that somehow highlight the global within the local and vice versa;

Book Review, Book Shelf, Window on the World;

Who’s Who Last Word: Short sections managed by the editorial team.

While consolidated over time, this structure is not fixed and can be flexibly interpreted and adapted to the circumstances of each Journal issue.


Most Journal articles are solicited to selected authors. Unsolicited articles may be accepted (mostly for the ‘Dialogue’ section of the journal) after review by an external referee. A review process undertaken by Editor, Guest editor (if appropriate) and members of the Editorial Board will determine if the article is to be published. Please note that the Journal enjoys a large and diversified readership interested primarily in the policy angle of selected themes. The Journal does not therefore publish excessively technical articles.

Please find below details of the house style and copyright information.
Unless otherwise stated, Thematic Articles should not exceed 4,500 words including references. Dialogue articles should not exceed 3,500 words and Local/Global Encounters ones 2,500. Please observe the word limit. Unsolicited articles that do not conform with word limits will not be considered.

Articles should be sent as a Word attachment to accompanied by the following information:

  • Title of the article, author(s)’ full name(s) with indication of corresponding author in case of co-authorship, including position and affiliation, physical address, telephone and e-mail address for each of the authors;
  • Max 100-word biographical note of each of the authors;
  • Max 5-line abstract;
  • 5-7 keywords to describe the article (other than words featuring in the title).

This information will be used while preparing the article, for the Who’s Who section and for follow-up on the journal’s publication.

Articles should be submitted in English. Special care will be taken to edit articles submitted by authors whose first language is not English.

Editorial process for both solicited and unsolicited articles

Once the draft article is submitted, the corresponding author will receive an acknowledgement and, unless major changes are necessary, a review and light editing will be carried out by the Editor and Guest Editor to ensure that the article is clear and coherent and all references are adequately included. An initial copy-editing will also be completed. If necessary and appropriate, this will be followed by a review process by selected members of the Editorial Advisory Board. At this stage, the corresponding author will receive the edited version of the article (both revision format and clean version) for his/her review (unless edits were of minor relevance).

Once the editorial process is complete, the article will be sent to production at Palgrave Macmillan. There, it will undergo another round of copy-editing and typesetting, and will then be shared with the corresponding author for final review through the e.Proofing system. Authors will be sent an URL which is valid only until the article is published online. The link is for proof purposes only and may not be used by third parties. The system will show an HTML version of the article that authors can correct online. In addition, authors can view/download a PDF version of the proof for their reference.
As authors review the proofs, they are invited to please keep the following in mind:

  • This is the only set of proofs they will see prior to publication;
  • Only errors introduced during production process or that directly compromise the scientific integrity of the paper may be corrected at this stage;
  • Any changes that contradict journal style will not be made;
  • Any changes to scientific content (including figures) will require editorial review and approval.

Upon publication of the article, authors will receive a printed copy of the journal and a PDF of their article. In addition, authors are encouraged to join the SID Forum launch, and to suggest names of people and institutions whom should receive a copy of the journal, with a view to subscription. SID invites authors to subscribe to the journal and to register on the Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature website to receive the free table-of-contents alerting service – e-alerts – by e-mail.