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Guidelines for Authors

All papers submitted for publication in the Revue internationale des études du développement must be scientific in nature and present original findings on issues related to development.

The papers selected by the journal, written in French, English, or Spanish, examine the paradigms and processes of development, as well as the socio-economic actors and processes involved. Based mostly on empirical studies, they analyze power relationships and underline their complexity, offering a counterpoint to international institutions’ grey literature through their critical approach.

The authors must follow the journal’s Code of Ethics and comply with the Guidelines for Authors and standards of the Revue internationale des études du développement as stated in the present document.

Submission to the Editorial Board

Abstracts for the thematic dossiers are sent as specified in the calls for papers to the coordinators of the dossier and to:

Articles proposed for the Varia section are submitted to:

Blinding Manuscripts

The text must be anonymized. No indication (author's name, affiliation, etc.) should appear in the text. The author's bibliographical references should be labeled “Anonymous, date.”

The author(s) must ensure that their text does not allow readers to identify them and that the file does not include an electronic signature:

  • In Word for Windows: “Review” tab > arrow under “Track Changes” > “Change User Name” > “General” tab > “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office;”

  • In Word for Mac: File > Properties > “Summary” tab > modify “Author.”

Presentation of the Manuscript

An electronic version of the text must be sent in Word format, imperatively with the following documents:

  • the title in French and English, 70 characters maximum – possibly with a subtitle;

  • the abstract (in French and English, less than 800 characters, spaces included, in one paragraph) which presents the paper, the methodological framework, the issues raised, and the results;

  • four or five keywords in French and English;

  • the separate attached file.

The article must be typed, double spaced, and no longer than 45,000 characters, including spaces and footnotes (approximately 6,000 words) – abstract and references excluded.

Bibliographical References

Bibliographical references must:

  • Appear in the text between parentheses (author’s name, date of publication);

  • Be listed alphabetically (only include the references cited in the text) at the end of the article, following the journal’s standards presented at the end of the guidelines.

Structure of the Paper

The manuscript must follow the sections and headings specified at the end of the guidelines.


Figures may be in color or in black and white (grayscale). Color should not be significant to understand a figure.

Each illustration must be free of copyright, or the author must have obtained permission to reproduce the illustration. The illustration must be accompanied by a title and the source.

  • Tables are inserted in Word or provided separately if they are very long, as well as the raw data, and adapted to the format of the journal: 155 mm wide x 240 mm high;

  • Graphics and maps are supplied separately in JPEG or TIF format and in high resolution: 300 dpi minimum. Native files will be requested if the article is published.


Footnotes must be used with continuous numbering. They should be reserved for specific details that are too long to be inserted in the text.

Endnotes are not used.

Separate Attached File

In a separate attached file, the author will provide her detailed information (email address, phone number, and mailing address), institutional affiliation, position, and field. If there are several authors, each of them must provide their information.

Only papers that are complete and up to the journal’s standards will be reviewed.

Conditions for Publication

When the manuscript (V1) is complete, it is submitted to the editorial advisory panel for initial screening. They will determine whether it is in accordance with the journal’s editorial line and should be sent (anonymously) to two experts on the topic, one of them being external to the journal.

The decision to publish is made by the editorial board.

The editorial board notifies the author of their decision, with reasons in support of it. There are three possibilities:

  • Accepted with minor or major revisions;

  • Resubmission – the new version must be peer-reviewed again;

  • Rejection.

The editorial board reserves the right to perform any necessary editing.

Requesting a new version (V2 and V3) from the author does not imply any commitment to publish the paper.

Accepting a paper does not imply a commitment as to its publication date, since the publication of the journal’s issues is planned well in advance.

Only papers that have not been previously published elsewhere and have not been submitted to other journals may be published. Working papers, documents published online, and translations of articles previously published in Spanish or English that have not been substantially modified will not be published by the journal.

Following notification of the publication agreement, a copyright assignment agreement is co-signed by the author and Éditions de la Sorbonne before the issue is published.

Files for Submission

Separate Attached File

This file is entitled: “Attached File-AUTHOR’S NAME” It contains:

  • the title of the paper

  • the author’s contact information and affiliation: position, field, institutional affiliation, research interests, and latest publications.

Manuscript File Sections and Headings

This file is entitled: “Title of the paper”. The author's name must not appear in the file name.

Structure of the paper

Title (English/French)

Abstract = 800 characters

5 Keywords


Heading 1

Heading 1.1.

Heading 1.2.

Heading 2

Heading 2.1.

Heading 2.1.1.

Heading 2.1.2.

Heading 2.2.

Heading 2.2.1.

Heading 2.2.2.




Bibliographical Standards

The bibliographical standards of the Revue internationale des études du développement follow the APA Style.

In the running text

Use (Name, Year) to add a reference.

  • One author:
    (Green, 2014) (Alexander, 2018)

  • Two authors:
    (Buur & Kyed, 2005)

  • Three or more authors:
    et al., 2020)

  • Two and more references:
    (Rabinowitz, 2019 ; Sapolsky, 2017)

  • Group author with abbreviation:
    (Institut de recherche pour le développement [IRD], 2019) then (IRD, 2019)

  • Group author without abbreviation:
    (The Oakland Institute, 2011)

  • If text appears with the parenthetical citation, use commas around the year:
    (see Koehler, 2016, for further details)

  • When text and a citation appear together in parentheses, use a semicolon to separate the citation from the text; do not use parentheses within parentheses.

In References

Whenever possible, the author should always provide the DOI, which is a persistent identifier for digital resources.

References are presented using the typography of the corresponding language:

  • references in French : use French quotation marks and a hard space before the following punctuation marks : ; ? !

  • references in English: use English quotation marks, no space before the following punctuation marks:;?!, and capitalize words in titles.

  • references in Spanish: use English quotation marks and no space before the following punctuation marks:;?! References follow the standards (in French, English, and Spanish) below:


  • Le Renard, A. (2019). Le privilège occidental. Travail, intimité et hiérarchies postcoloniales à Dubaï. Presses de Sciences Po.

  • Sevenhuijsen, S. (1998). Citizenship and the Ethics of Care. Routledge. Pérez Orozco, A. (2014). Subversión feminista de la economía. Traficante de sueños.

Co-edited book:

  • Montalieu, T., Brot, J., & Gérardin, H. (2017). Mobilité et soutenabilité du développement. Karthala.

  • Jabran, K., & Chauhan, B. S . (2019). Cotton Production (World Agriculture Series). Wiley. Esquivel, V., Faur, E., & Jelín, E. (Ed.) (2012). Las lógicas del cuidado infantil. Entre las familias, el Estado y el mercado. IDES/UNFPA/Unicef.

Chapter in a co-edited book:

  • Kergoat, D. (2005). Rapports sociaux et division du travail entre les sexes. In Maruani, M. (Ed.), Femmes, genre et sociétés : l’état des savoirs (94-101). La Découverte.

  • Crompton, R., & Lyonette, C. (2010). Family, Class and Gender “Strategies” in Mothers’ Employment and Childcare. In Scott, J., Crompton, R., & Lyonette, C. (Eds.). Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century: New Barriers and Continuing Constraints (174-192). Edward Elgar.

  • Carrasco, C., Borderías, C. & Torns, T. (2011). Introducción. El trabajo de cuidados: antecedentes históricos y debates actuales. In Carrasco, C., Borderías, C. & Torns, T. (Eds.). El trabajo de cuidados: historia, teorías y política (13-95). Catarata.

Article in scientific journal

  • Vidal, D. (2009). Une relation ancillaire à l’épreuve du droit : changements juridiques et domesticité féminine. Travail, genre et sociétés, 22(2), 97-113.

  • Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in Storybooks: A Comparison of Storybooks that Represent Ethnic and Racial Groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207-217.

  • Castelló, L. (2012). Trabajo de cuidado, género y clase social. Remedios desiguales a un problema común. Revista Sociología del Trabajo, 73, 24-41.

Newspaper article

Ph.D. Dissertation

  • Younes, M. (2019). Le travail de survie, domestique et politique des femmes migrantes à Beyrouth dans le cadre du « système des sponsors ». Thèse de doctorat, Université de Paris 13.

  • Blake, R. (2015). Moral Motherhood: The politics of Care in a Western Cape Township in South Africa. PhD Thesis, University of Cape Town.

  • Carrasco, M. (2012). Políticas sociales en el Congreso de la Nación Argentina: 2002-2009. Tesis de Maestría. FLACSO. Sede Académica Argentina.


  • Otayek, R. (2005). La décentralisation comme mode de redéfinition de la domination autoritaire ? Quelques réflexions à partir de situations africaines. Congrès de l’Association française de science politique. Lyon. 14-16 septembre.

  • Deffner, A., & Liouris, C. (2015). City Marketing: A Significant Planning Tool for Urban Development in a Globalised Economy. 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association. Amsterdam. August 23-27.

  • Brieva, S. S. (2007). Dinámica de las relaciones socio-técnicas en la agricultura argentina, 1e Congreso Latinoamericano de Historia Económica. Montevideo. Diciembre 5-7.

Government report

Missing information

When there is no publication date: n.d.

Add (forthcoming) when a book has not been published yet.

Guidelines for guest editors


Since the journal underwent sweeping changes in 2015, following an external audit (in 2014), it has redefined several of its fundamental operating criteria. For each special issue:

  • The presence of one or more researchers from countries of the South is imperative.

  • The multiplicity of affiliations (research laboratories, institutions, etc.) is an imperative condition.

  • The issue is comprised of original papers (at least in large part) that have not been previously published and are not under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • Gender parity and generational openness, which are essential to the journal, must be aimed at.

  • Development professionals (NGOs, nonprofit organizations, international institutions, experts, ministry officials, journalists, etc.) may be called upon.

  • A balance between the theoretical (concepts, approaches, conceptual diagrams, problematizing, etc.) and empirical (contextualization, original field data collection, in-depth descriptions, etc.) dimensions should be aimed at.

  • The critical analysis of thinking frameworks, action organization, and of the evaluation of the actions carried out “in the name of development” must systematically be aimed at.

  • Guest editors will not publish a paper in the special issue they edit, but will write an introduction which may be considered as a paper (subject to reviewing).

Proposing a call for papers (CFP)

The proposal is written in accordance with the journal’s editorial line.

It consists of approximately 2 to 3 single-spaced pages (excluding the bibliographical references) and includes the following:

  • A title;

  • The names of the guest editors, their contact details, and their institutional affiliations;

  • The contextualization of the topic in the form of a brief state of the art of the field and literature review, with a discussion of the various views involved;

  • Arguments presenting the guest editors’ position in relation to the literature;

  • The lines of inquiry that the guest editors would like authors to address, and those that have been addressed in other journals’ recent special issues;

  • The framework for the papers (disciplinary / geographic / methodological / etc.), which must take into account the critical approach favored by the journal;

  • The added value of the special issue in relation to the debate at hand: the expected influence, valorization, and effects (by identifying “goals”);

  • Relevant and diversified bibliographical references.

Approval and circulation of the proposal

The CFP proposal is reviewed by the editorial advisory panel and the editorial board and submitted to two anonymous reviewers who are experts on the topic.

The panel, the board, and the reviewers make suggestions for reorientation, adjustments, and additions in order to improve the proposal, as well as for possible contributors.

Should the proposal be approved by the editorial advisory panel, a widely circulated public call for papers will be issued, calling for 4,500-character submissions including:

  • the title;

  • the research question;

  • the theoretical framework;

  • the fieldwork;

  • the main results;

  • bibliographical references (not included in the character count).

Once the journal has circulated the CFP and the submissions have been received according to the publication calendar agreed upon by the journal and the guest editors, the latter select a maximum of 10 submissions and present them to the editorial board.

Upon approval by the board, the guest editors propose 3 reviewers per submission selected, and in support of the editorial team, call for the authors to submit their fully written papers.

An issue contains about ten texts, including the thematic dossier and any additional sections (Varia, Document).

None of the manuscripts should exceed 45,000 characters (approximately 6,000 words), spaces and footnotes included (not including the abstract and the bibliographical references).

The introduction, which is written by the guest editors, can either be subject to review and published as a paper, or constitute a framework text.

Putting together the special issue

Before the deadline for submitting proposals, the role of the guest editors is to identify contributions that may lead to papers. An appendix presenting texts that are already available may be added to the call for papers proposal (conference proceedings, end-of-project reports, or workshops). For example, guest editors may contact a known expert, identify an ongoing Ph.D., approach conference organizers to offer that they participate in the special issue, etc.

Such steps do not guarantee publication in the journal insofar as all proposals will be subject to an initial screening and then to a review (see below).

At the proposal selection stage, the guest editors present the proposals selected for the special issue to the editorial board and justify their choices. Along with the contact person on the board, they look for a minimum of three reviewers per proposal selected, at least two of whom are external to the journal. They must also find others in case of refusal, non-response, or 3rd-party arbitration (if one reviewer is favorable and a second, unfavorable).

Before submitting version 1 of the paper (V1), and for the successive versions (V2, V3, and V4), the guest editors provide assistance in drafting or redesigning the text, based on the reviewers’ comments and suggestions, should they consider that such scientific guidance is helpful.

At every production stage of the special issue, the guest editors are in close contact with the various staff members (contact person from the editorial advisory panel or the editorial board, editor-in-chief, and editorial assistant). They report on progress and on meeting deadlines in putting together the special issue, and take into account the comments made by the journal in terms of focus, advice, framework, or even final arbitration, since the final decision to publish papers lies with the journal’s editorial board.

The guest editors ensure that the papers included in the special issue strike the right balance in terms of thematic, geographic, institutional, generational, etc. focus.

They are responsible for the quality of the contributions and therefore commit, if need be, to finalizing each text, with the help of the authors: a final editorial polishing performed by the guest editors is often essential. Should the author not respect the journal’s bibliographical standards, the guest editors will standardize the bibliographical references accordingly.

The guest editors are invited to contribute beyond the scope of the special issue, by proposing texts for the journal’s other sections: Figures of Development Known and Unknown, Documents, and Book Reviews. They are also invited to participate in searching for the cover illustration (photo, painting, or collage), and to provide the publisher with a blurb for the special issue.

The guest editors participate in the promotion of the special issue (pre-publication workshop and post- publication promotion event) and support the journal by considering an annual subscription from their institution.

The guest editors should systematically cc the address on any email exchanges.

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