Articles should be submitted to the European Journal of Development Research 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. Submissions should preferably be in Word; EJDR also accepts WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and TeX files (if your paper is in LaTeX, we also require the style files). Figures can be in TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, Postscript, PICT, Excel and PowerPoint.

    Please note that, should your paper eventually be accepted for publication, it cannot be processed if it is in any format other than those listed above. You will be asked for the source files in an acceptable format, which will delay the processing of your paper”.

  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.