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Guidelines for Authors


These Guidelines for Authors give a general overview of the journal and editorial guidelines for contributing authors. You are invited to read this document carefully together with the Technical Guidelines (to be downloaded on this website) and draft your contribution accordingly. Thank you very much!

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Editorial line and target audience

International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal that publishes original, interdisciplinary, policy-relevant papers in the field of international cooperation and development. Anchored in Geneva at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, it publishes contributions by researchers and reflective practitioners worldwide. Our target audience includes scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners interested in international development.

The journal publishes:

  • An annual thematic dossier on a key development policy challenge;

  • Stand-alone articles analysing topics related to international development and cooperation; and


In 2017, the journal website received approximately 500,000 hits. Our readers span all continents.

In addition to online and print publications, International Development Policy organises and participates in public and closed-door events where authors and experts discuss the articles and policy issues at stake, engaging a broader audience via webcasts available online.

Approval of article content

Authors are invited to submit articles to: devpol (@)

Articles are accepted for peer-review based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence: Papers should meet high academic standards, including but not limited to ensuring that research results are supported by solid (data) analysis and methodological rigor.

  • Policy relevance: Papers should relate to policy debates and development challenges. The main issue under examination may be local and specific, but it must be placed in the broader development context. Conclusions should link local or national dynamics with regional or global ones.

  • Engaging style: The writing style should be fluid, clear and adapted to the target audiences. The form must meet the author guidelines requirements.

By submitting a piece to International Development Policy, the author(s) acknowledges that the work is original, has not been previously published, and is not under review for publication elsewhere. In submitting an article to the journal, the author(s) assumes full responsibility for ensuring the absence of plagiarism and that the work does not infringe on the rights of other parties.

Prelims and references

Please submit the article in a Word format. The text must be accompanied by:

  • An abstract not exceeding 250 words. The abstract should clarify the motivation for the article, the research question(s) being addressed and the key finding(s).

  • 4-7 keywords; authors are encouraged to select from the keywords provided on the journal’s website.

  • Brief information about the author(s) of max. 75 words (author’s affiliation, expertise areas) + contact details with email address and telephone number;

  • The list of references and any accompanying artwork, figures, or tables, set out according to International Development Policy’s Technical Guidelines.

Language and length

International Development Policy publishes all papers in English. It accepts original submissions in French and Spanish, which – if they successfully pass the peer review process – are translated into English and published online together with the original version. Authors who wish can review and revise the English translation of their article. Abstracts are translated/published in English, French and/or Spanish.

Articles should range between 5’000 and 7’000 words excluding references and figures. A submission exceeding the recommended length will be returned to the author for revision.

Graphic art, figures and tables

Graphic art, figures and tables must be of perfect quality. If they are not free of copyright, the author must offer proof of acquiring the reproduction rights (see annex for sample text for requesting copyright clearance via email or letter).

The author must provide separate files for: 1) data used to create figures and tables (in an Excel/.xls file); and 2) photography and other graphic art, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Technical Guidelines

The author must follow the Technical Guidelines , in particular:

  • typographical instructions for the text (Times New Roman 11 pt, without any formatting);

  • titles and sub-titles (short and informative titles, no more than two sub-title levels);

  • footnotes (kept to a minimum);

  • bibliographical references (author-date system), for example:

for a monograph

Text citation

The Gulf of Guinea is one of the few areas of the world that is still believed to contain large-scale undiscovered reservoirs of light sweet crude (Gary and Karl, 2003).

Bibliographic entry

Gary, I. and T.L. Karl (2003) Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor (Baltimore: Catholic Relief Services).

for a book chapter

Text citation

Rainer Schweickert (1998) has shown that even in the case of strong adjustment efforts, the nominal anchor approach remains a high-risk strategy.

Bibliographic entry

Schweickert, R. (1998) ‘The Nominal Anchor Approach to Stabilisation: Lessons from Argentina’, in Auroi, C. (ed.) Latin American and East European Economies in Transition: A Comparative Review, EADI Book Series No. 21 (London: Frank Cass), pp. 44–60.

for an article in a journal

Text citation

Women in particular may be discriminated against under existing customs. Though the phenomenon is by no means limited to that region (Whitehead and Tsikata, 2003), discrimination against women in access to land is particularly pronounced in some parts of Asia.

Bibliographic entry

Whitehead, A. and D. Tsikata (2003) ‘Policy Discourses on Women’s Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Implications of the Re-Turn to the Customary‘, Journal of Agrarian Change, 3(1–2), pp. 67–112, DOI: 10.1111/1471-0366.00051.

for an electronic reference

Text citation

And it leads to lower productivity, since it is harder for property to be transferred from less to more productive uses. The result is slower growth. One study estimates that restrictive land market regulations cost 1.3% of annual economic growth in India. (World Bank, 2004a, 40).

Bibliographic entry

World Bank (2004a) Doing Business 2005: Removing Obstacles to Growth (Washington, D.C.: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development–World Bank), (accessed on 14 April 2015).

Whenever an electronic document has a more permanent – and shorter – source identifier than the ‘uniform resource locator’ (URL), such as a ‘digital object identifier’ (DOI) or a ‘permanent URL’, please mention this identifier. When a DOI is provided you need not report the date of access.

For more detailed information about our style and reference system please consult our technical guidelines (.PDF).

Persons to contact

Frances Rice
Managing Editor,
International Development Policy

The Graduate Institute – Research Office
PO Box 136, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland
T.: ++41 22 908 43 64

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