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Instruction to Authors

Global Development Studies selects for publication substantive articles addressing a wide spectrum of national and global policy issues relevant to the requirements and challenges of the 21st century.  The editors seek contributions examining the implications of these issues for the African and Caribbean regions.  Theoretical and methodological contributions that improve policy formulations and analyses are also welcomed.

Submission of Manuscripts


The first copies of all manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editor. Each manuscript and notes should be double spaced, with all notes numbered consecutively and placed at the end of the manuscript.  Electronic submissions should be sent as email attachments using a standard word-processing program. Microsoft Word is the preferred software.

An Abstract of no more than 200 words should be included.  A reference section following the text must provide bibliographical data for all works cited or quoted in the text.  Be consistent and provide complete information.

Electronic Submission:

Manuscript should be addressed to the Editor, Global Development Studies, or to the Managing Director, International Development Options, 912 Falcon Drive, Largo, MD 20774, United States.

Authors may expect to be notified of editors' decision within three months of the Editor's receipt of a manuscript.

All indications of authorship should appear on the cover page only.  A 50-word biographical footnote, with current institutional affiliation and mailing address should be included for each author.

It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.  Any exemption must be brought to the attention of the editor upon submission.  Procedures for reviewing manuscripts are based on the anonymity of the author and the confidentiality of readers' and editor's reports.  Editorial policy does not provide for transmitting readers' evaluation to authors of rejected manuscripts. Exceptions may be made if, in the opinion of the editor, such comments contain substantive suggestions for improvement.

All manuscripts submitted become the property of Global Development Studies. The journal does not publish communications to the editor or rejoinders to specific manuscripts. Authors who believe they have been challenged are encouraged to submit articles that will advance the debate.


Please ensure that the following items are present:


One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
E-mail address
● Full postal address

All necessary files have been uploaded:

● All figures (include relevant captions)
● All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
● Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided


Further considerations:
● Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'
● All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
● Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
● Relevant declarations of interest have been made


Revised Submissions


To expedite the publication process and ensure accuracy, authors of articles selected for publications will be required to submit the final versions of their papers consistent with the Journal’s formatting instructions.  Microsoft Word is the preferred software.


Global Development Studies uses the American Psychological Associations reference style. For details, please see the information provided.

Regardless of the file format of the original submission, at revision you must provide us with an editable file of the entire article. Please keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article.


Peer Review

Global Development Studies operates a double-blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the managing editor. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two reviewers to assess the quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.


Double-blind Review

This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. To facilitate this process, please include the following separately: Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgments and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address.

Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgments) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.

Reproduction of Copyright Material

If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to making your submission. Please ensure appropriate acknowledgment is given to the permission granted to you for reuse by the. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

Publishing Agreement

It is the policy of International Development Options to request that authors vest the worldwide copyright of their articles in IDO for the full term of copyright, and we would be grateful if you would confirm your acceptance of these terms by signing and returning the agreement.  IDO will not withhold permission for any reasonable request from you to publish any part of your article with any other work by you, provided the usual acknowledgments are given regarding copyright notice and reference to the original publication.

All authors must sign the "Transfer of Copyright" agreement before articles can be published. This transfer enables International Development Options to protect the copyrighted materials for authors, but does not relinquish the author's proprietary rights or rights to use their work in the future.  The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute articles, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microform and translations.

Permission to photocopy articles for internal or personal use or the internal or personal use of specific clients is granted by International Development Options for libraries and other users registered with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).


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