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.

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 Researcher'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.

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.

Read Tewodaj's tips for Early Career Researchers here!

Is my manuscript eligible for the Early Career Researcher's Initiative?

Your paper is eligible to be submitted as a manuscript to EJDR marked as ‘Early Career’, if:

• At least one co-author has completed a graduate-level qualification (Doctorate or Masters)

• Each co-author’s latest graduate-level academic qualification (Doctorate or Masters) was completed 5 years ago or less. (10 years ago or less if the manuscript is/was part of the JUMP programme).

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.
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

3. Mark your paper as an ‘Early Career' submission by checking the appropriate box when prompted by the system

4. Provide details of each co-author’s Early Career Researcher status in your covering letter. Indicate the date when, and institution where, each co-author’s highest degree was completed. Please provide relevant supporting documentation pertaining to each coauthor, as ‘supplemental files’ when uploading the material for your manuscript. Examples of supporting documentations are copies of degree certificates, or url links that directly lead to authors’ bios or CVs posted on an organisation’s website, whereby these bios/CVs show the date of highest degree completed.

Please note that manuscripts can only be considered under the Early Career Researcher’s Initiative if these steps are followed.