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Guidelines for Authors in Brief


These Guidelines for Authors in Brief give a general overview of the journal and editorial guidelines for contributing authors.

The journal has also developed comprehensive Guidelines for Authors. Please download and read the Detailed Guidelines (.pdf) carefully and draft your contribution accordingly.

Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines will be returned to the author for adjustments.

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Editorial line and target audience

International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement is a peer-reviewed, open access 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:

- Thematic issues on key development policy challenges; and

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


In 2018, the journal website received nearly 600,000 visits, and HTML and PDF article views or downloads exceeded 470,000. 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

International Development Policy welcomes unsolicited manuscripts that conform to our guidelines. Authors are invited to submit articles to: devpol (@)

Articles are accepted and peer-reviewed on the basis of the following criteria:

- Originality and contribution to existing research in international development: The article makes a scholarly contribution to existing research and/or policy practice (filling a gap in the literature and/or offering an original view or approach to the research question(s) addressed).

- Scientific quality: Research results and conclusions are supported by solid qualitative/quantitative analysis and methodological rigour; referencing is adequate; data (and tables and figures used) are adequate; and research ethics are respected. Articles that discuss organisations, projects, or programmes do so in an analytic manner, without the intention of self-promotion.

- Clarity of argument and presentation: The writing is engaging, clear and accessible to non-experts. The ideas and structure of the manuscript are clear and logical. The English language is of a high standard.

Moreover, priority will be given to articles meeting the two criteria below:

- Policy relevance: The paper addresses development policy debates and challenges. The link between the topic addressed and development policy is meaningful and implications for policy and practice are clear.

- Audience: The article would be of interest not only to scholars/academics, but also to policy makers, practitioners, and/or policy analysts interested in or working on the topic or in international development.

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 mainly in French and Spanish (although other languages are accepted), 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.

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. The author will deliver a text in Times New Roman 11 pt (without any formatting); with titles and sub-titles (short and informative titles, no more than two sub-title levels) and footnotes (kept to a minimum).

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.


The author will follow the (author-date system) for its bibliographic references and list, for example:

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

For more details on citations and references, please refer to the Detailed Guidelines (.pdf).

Persons to contact

Jienna Foster
Managing Editor,
International Development Policy

The Graduate Institute – Research Office
Case postale 1672 - 1211 Genève 1 - Suisse
T.: ++41 22 908 43 63

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