Last updated:
23 September 08

Development in Practice is the premier journal for practitioners and scholars in the humanitarian field interested in both practical insights and academic rigor.'
Joseph Bock, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA

Before you submit an article

We encourage contributions from any source, particularly from development practitioners and new writers. Before submitting an article to Development in Practice, however, think first about who you think would most want to read your article and therefore which journal is likely to offer the best access to your intended audience. It is a good idea to look at a recent issue of the journal in order to have a sense of our scope and style.

Our publishers also offer general advice on various aspects on How to Write a Journal Article covering issues such as choosing the best journal for your intended audience, preparing the manuscript for your chosen journal, following the journal's presentational requirements, writing an abstract, using keywords, and providing links to a selection of referencing systems. We strongly encourage experienced as well as new authors to take this advice into account before preparing an article for Development in Practice.

Preparing your submission

While the journal is published in English, we welcome submissions in French, Portuguese , or Spanish. Development in Practice is a peer-reviewed journal. Please read our Notes for Contributors (PDF 184KB) and Guidance Notes for Short Items and Reviews (PDF 50KB) before you start preparing your article for submission.

The publishers' Guidelines on the Ethics of Journal Publishing set out the ethical and professional standards expected of everyone involved in the journal publication process, specifically authors, editors, and referees.


Acceptance of our copyright requirements is a condition of publication. We therefore advise you to read our Copyright Guidance Notes (PDF 83KB) before submitting an article. If your article is accepted, you must sign and return the Copyright Agreement (PDF 83KB).


Once your article is ready, follow the instructions in this document DIP Author Instructions for Manuscript Central (PDF 152KB) in order to submit it online via Manuscript Central.

Development in Practice provides a welcome voice from practitioners in the development debate.

Bridget Dillon, DFID, Brazil

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