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Migration and Development

Migration and Development


eISSN: 21632332 | ISSN: 21632324 Frequency: Bi-annually

Journal Highlights

  • Rigorous peer review
  • Timely publishing
  • High-quality original research articles
  • Wide-ranging contribution 

Migration and Development is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality empirical and theoretical original research and review articles pertaining to all domains of Migration. The journal publishes scholarly articles that address the migration discourse as well as advance the discussions on migration-related policies both on a global and national scale.

Ever since its inception in 2012, the journal has had tremendous success in attracting newer ideas, scholars and several excellent contributions. The wide-ranging contributions from researchers and scholars around the world have helped build the journal’s popularity among the global migration research community over the years. These articles bring to the fore the multidimensionality of the migration phenomenon, as seen from different regional and national contexts. The journal has played an integral role in deepening discussions regarding human mobility at an international level. The articles in the journal are thus reflective of some of the current trends in global migration policy and is truly representative in all its sense. The journal publishes two issues every year and provides a platform for academicians, policymakers, NGOs, researchers and other stakeholders interested in Migration to exchange and share empirical findings on various facets of migration governance. Apart from migration, remittances and other nuances of migrant lives that have been of significant importance to both sending and receiving countries, the rising refugee crisis, challenges in migration and return migration in a post covid world, including climate change-induced displacement are also important points of discussion in the journal. 


The Migration and Development Journal started in 2012. The journal publishes high-quality empirical and theoretical research and review articles pertaining to all domains of Migration and it follows an anonymized peer-review process. Migration & Development invites contributions to highlight the various facets of internal and international migration beyond the conventional lines such as the migration-development nexus, to borderless migration, refugees, return migration, diaspora, labour laws, and policy changes.

The journal aims to broaden the understanding of different types of migration, official and unauthorized, and their contribution to the demographic, political, cultural, and economic changes both in the countries of origin and destination among individuals, communities, economy and society. It also aims to understand the economic implications of remittances and their social and psychological costs on different segments of the population such as women, children and eldery and it also explore cross-border migration with respect to its processes, magnitudes and implications. The journal aims to continue to increase its contribution towards policy-focused discussions on pertinent issues related to migration. The journal caters to students, researchers, educational professionals, and policymakers involved in the field of migration and related disciplines. The journal will enable a global platform for discussion on the Migration discourse and will focus on building a space for spirited conversations regarding other broader topics including climate change, war, health and gender that directly or indirectly impact the course of migration. 

Editor-in-Chief
S Irudaya Rajan International Institute of Migration and Development, India
International Editorial Board
Jonathan Crush Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Pragna Rugunanan University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Marie McAuliffe International Organization for Migration, Geneva
Sonia Plaza World Bank, Washington, USA
Zahra Babar Georgetown University in Qatar, Qatar
Marta Bivand Erdal Peace Research Institute, Norway
Michael Brzoska Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Germany
Kam Wing Chan University of Washington, United States of America
Linda Adhiambo Oucho African Migration and Development Policy Centre, Kenya
Binod Khadria Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Yuko Tsujita Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
Stephen Taylor Northumbria University, United Kingdom
In-house Editorial Assistant
Varsha Joshi International Institute of Migration and Development, India
Book Review Editors
A. K. M. Ahsan Ullah University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Diotima Chattoraj Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • CAB International (CABI)
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Migration and Development

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://peerreview.sagepub.com/mad to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. 

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Migration and Development will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available — see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Migration and Development will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal.
     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements

    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research data

    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting 
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplemental material
    4.4 Reference style

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article

    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Migration and Development, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    The Journal publishes original research articles. Articles should not exceed 5,000–7,000 words, including references. All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords. In addition, it also publishes commentary (2000 words), Data Perspectives (4000 words), Review articles (5000 words), Debates (2000 words), short Book reviews (500), long book reviews (2000 words) and Documents.

    There is no limit on the number of references allowed.

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    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Migration and Development operates a strictly anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

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    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

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    2.4 Funding 

    Migration and Development requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Migration and Development encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    Migration and Development to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. 
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    2.6. Research data

    At Sage we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Migration and Development encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway, which includes information about Sage’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway 

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Migration and Development and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

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    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving 

    Migration and Development offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. A LaTex template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    • The font of the submitted articles should be Times New Roman, 12 font and double space.
    • Name(s) of author(s) along with author’s affiliation and institutional address (in case of more than one author, the name and address of the corresponding author with pin code and email id must be provided.
    • A 100–150 word Abstract along with 4 to 5 relevant keywords should be a part of the content.
    • All notes must be listed as endnotes.
    • The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘-ise’ variant, e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor.
    • Non-English and uncommon words and phrases should be italicized. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
    • Numbers from one to nine should be spelt out, and 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate 9.8 per cent; 10-year-old boy, etc.) numbers should be used.
    • Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed to British; however, glaring mistakes in spellings can be rectified using (sic.).
    • Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and set as block quotes.
    • Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, and within parenthesis, % symbol can be used.
    • Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘the 1990s’.
    • Initials in names of people used in the text must have spaces in them and dots (e.g., M. K. Gandhi, P. T. Usha, etc.).
    • Fuller/non-truncated number ranges should be used (e.g., 1987–1988, 2012–2015, etc.).
    • Use of boldface or all capital letters should be avoided. Quotes/italics must be used for emphasis. Capitalisation of different words—proper nouns, names of castes, regions, etc.—must be made consistent in the text.
    • Abbreviations should be spelled out at the first occurrence: some common ones (US, GDP, BBC) being exceptions

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    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Migration and Development adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Migration and Development is hosted on Sage Track Sage, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/mad to login and submit your article online. 

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

    5.1 ORCID

     

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this Journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you.  Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

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    5.3. Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

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    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

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    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Migration and Development editorial office as follows:

    Professor S Irudaya Rajan, Editor-in-Cheif
    E-mail Id: rajan@iimad.org
    Ph.: +91-9847066594

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