Articles should be submitted to the Business Economics online submission system at

The European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) is a refereed journal. Articles submitted to the EJDR should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication elsewhere at the same time. If a different version of the article is under consideration by another publication, or has been, or will be published elsewhere, authors should clearly indicate this at the time of submission.

EJDR will consider up to four submissions per annum by the same author, either as an individual author or as a co-author (together with other colleagues, researchers, or students). This is to ensure that the author has played an active part in the research process and preparation of the manuscript. Editors reserve the right to refuse manuscripts where the contribution of authors or co-authors is not self-evident.

The following guidelines should be taken into account:

All submissions should conform to our style guidelines and be submitted online to the link stated above.

Authors should prepare and upload two documents. The first should be a coversheet containing author names, affiliations and contact details. The second should contain the abstract and full article text; all information identifying the author(s) should be removed from this file to allow it to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files authors will then be able to define the coversheet as “File not for review”, and the anonymous article file as “Main Document”. All graphics (tables, figures and all other illustrations) should be included at the end of the manuscript file after the notes.

  1. Articles should be formatted as A4 documents, double-spaced and with ample margins. All pages (including those containing only diagrams and tables) should be numbered consecutively.
  2. Articles may be submitted and subsequently published in English and French. The EJDR does not provide copy editing facilities, and authors are responsible for making sure their articles meet an acceptable standard. If authors are not certain whether or not their text corresponds linguistically to international standards, they should present texts that have been language-edited by a native speaker of either French or English. A spelling check and grammar check should be performed before sending manuscripts to the editors.
  3. Articles should be no longer than 9000 words all inclusive in their final version (including title, abstract, acknowledgement, notes, references and any appendices including tables and figures). Authors should bear in mind that this limit also applies to papers accepted for publication. We thus highly recommend that some scope is left for possible revision following the refereeing process. Submissions over this limit will be sent back to authors for shortening.
  4. The article should begin with an indented and italicised abstract of maximum 150 words, which should describe the main arguments and conclusions of the article.
  5. In addition to the abstract, authors are asked to give between five and eight keywords.
  6. Details of all authors’ institutional affiliations, their full addresses and other contact information (including email, fax, and telephone number) should be included on a separate coversheet. The corresponding author should be indicated. Any acknowledgements should be included on the coversheet, as should a note of the exact length of the article (including notes, references and biographical data)
  7. All diagrams, charts and graphs should be referred to as figures and consecutively numbered. Tables should be kept to a minimum and contain only essential data. Each figure and table must be given an Arabic numeral, followed by a heading, and be referred to in the text. Please do not indicate where in the text they should be placed. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any material previously published elsewhere (including illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations). Sources should be credited in the accompanying captions.
  8. Notes should be numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the paper, before the reference section. Do not use footnotes, and do not use the foot/endnote macro in MS Word as this data is lost in the production process. Author acknowledgements should be provided separately on the cover page.
  9. All references cited in the paper should be listed in the reference section. Bibliographical references should be checked for accuracy.

Early Careers papers: additional submission requirement

In addition to the above submission requirements (points 1-9), all authors asking for their papers to be considered for the Early Careers initiative are requested to upload a scanned copy of their title (PhD or Masters), including the date upon which it was obtained, amongst the manuscript documentation. When submitting your paper online, ‘supplemental files’ (not for review) can be uploaded; we recommend you upload the copy of your title in this way.

Provide also confirm of your early career status in your covering letter.

Lastly, ensure you mark your paper as an ‘Early Careers’ submission by ticking the appropriate box when promoted by the submission system.

For full details of the scheme and eligibility, please click here

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their articles conform to the EJDR’s style guidelines. Manuscripts which do not observe the Journal’s presentational requirements will be returned.

Nomination of Referees

The refereeing procedures for The European Journal of Development Research require authors to nominate two reviewers whom they regard as authorities competent to evaluate their work; as a means to ensuring fairness papers will be evaluated in a double blind process by two reviewers.

The reviewer nominations serve as a reference for the Editors. The reviewers chosen should be experts who have no relationship with the authors. If the authors decide to nominate reviewers with a past or present relationship, a declaration on the association must be made. The editors reserve the right to use neither, some or all of the nominations.

Book Reviews

The EJDR invites short proposals for books to be reviewed in the journal. Potential contributors, book authors and academic publishers are encouraged to contact the Book Reviews Editor with a brief proposal by email:

Raul Ramos
University of Barcelona


Proposals should include full publication details of the book to be reviewed. Note that the EJDR only reviews books that are either newly published or have newly come to the attention of the academic community. Most importantly, books reviewed in the EJDR must address the journal’s audience: international and interdisciplinary; please bear this in mind when developing your proposal or suggesting books for review. Unsolicited reviews may also be considered, but where possible it is recommended that potential reviewers contact the Book Reviews Editor before submitting.

The EJDR will only consider book review submissions that have not previously been published or that are not currently under consideration by other journals or publications. Reviewers should refrain from reviewing any book with which they have a clear conflict of interest. They should note that the solicitation of a book review or the offer to consider an unsolicited review does not guarantee publication in the journal.


Reviews should not simply summarize the contents of the chosen book but rather evaluate it and provide critical comments on its contents. As a guide, we expect reviews to introduce the reader to the book's content and to focus on the topic of the book being reviewed. In the case of edited collections, reviewers should aim to provide a general overview of the entire book and only a brief reference to each of the chapters. Reviews should begin with a brief description of how the book fits into the current academic discourse in the area and highlight its original contribution to the literature. A comparison with earlier or similar books in the field is also encouraged. Reviews should finish with some constructive comments about the strengths and weaknesses of the book and the potential interest for the journal's reader from an academic and policy perspective.

Reviews should be between 800-1200 words and should be prepared and submitted strictly following the style guidelines of the journal. Include the following information about the book in heading of the review: Title; Author/s or editor/s in the case of contributed volumes; City, Country: Publisher’s name, date of publication; number of pages; hardcover or softcover and respective price. At the end of the review provide the reviewer's name, academic degree, title, and full contact details (institutional affiliation, postal address, telephone and e-mail address). All these elements are required for publication.
Reviewers are asked to submit an electronic version of their review by e-mail to the Book Reviews Editor in a software package compatible with Microsoft Word within three months after the approval of their proposal. Acceptance for publication is conditional on approval and editing by the Book Reviews Editor. The Book Reviews Editor reserves the right to ask that a book be returned if the review is considered unsatisfactory.

It is a condition of publication that reviewers assign copyright in their reviews to EADI. For more details on our copyright policy and authors’ retained rights, please see:
Please contact the Book Reviews Editor wth any additional enquiries.