Review of Development and Change is over two decades old and is the successor to the monthly Bulletin: Madras Development Seminar Series started by Malcolm Adiseshiah.
The MIDS Bulletin, as it came to be called, shared with the public the papers presented and discussed at the institute's monthly seminars. It attracted the attention of scholars as well as the general public. The last regular issue of the Bulletin was published in December 1994, and the journal Review of Development and Change was launched in 1996.
Review of Development and Change is a biannual peer-reviewed journal and welcomes contributions from social science scholars across the world.
Review of Development and Change, a peer-reviewed journal, aims to examine diverse aspects of the changes taking place in society, the Global South in particular.
It encourages multidisciplinary theoretical and applied scholarship that perceives problems of development and social change in depth, documents them with care, interprets them with rigour and communicates the findings accessibly.
The journal recognises that Development crosses disciplinary boundaries, and hence it encourages a holistic understanding of how Development works.
Current focus areas are issues of agriculture, environment, industry, poverty and inequality, social sector and urbanisation.
|L Venkatachalam||Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, India|
|S Anandhi||Madras Institute of Development Studies, India|
|K Jafar||Madras Institute of Development Studies, India|
|Sunil Amrith||Yale University, USA|
|Sharad Chari||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|John Robert Clammer||O P Jindal Global University, India|
|J Devika||Centre for Development Studies, India|
|Neeraja Gopal Jayal||Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India|
|Sisira Jayasuriya||Monash University, Australia|
|K P Kalirajan||The Australian National University, Australia|
|Ravi Kanbur||Cornell University, USA|
|Anirudh Krishna||Duke University, USA|
|James Manor||University of London, UK|
|Mike Morris||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|David Mosse||University of London, UK|
|Cosmas Ochieng||Boston University, USA|
|Keijiro Otsuka||Kobe University, Japan|
|Barbara-Hariss White||Oxford University, UK|
Review of Development and Change
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Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Review of Development and Change will be reviewed.
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Before submitting your manuscript to Review of Development and Change, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
- Research articles
- Book review articles
- Book reviews
Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words including tables, charts, notes and references. Book Reviews should be 800 to 1,000 words, and Book Review Articles should be 1,500 to 2,000 words. But discretion rests with the editors. The articles should be typed in Times New Roman Font size 12 and 1.5 line spacing.
- All articles must be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words and 4–6 keywords.
- The language and spellings used should be British (U.K.), with ‘s’ variant, e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics only for the first time. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
- Articles should use non-sexist and non-racist language.
- Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurement (e.g., China’s GDP growth rate is 9.8 per cent) use numbers. Very large round numbers, especially sums of money, may be expressed by a mixture of numerals and spelled-out numbers (India’s population is 1.2 billion). Follow thousand, million, billion number metric system instead of lakhs and crores.
- 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. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text.
- Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc. % can be used. Use ‘20th century’, ‘1990s’.
- The journal does not encourage frequent use of capital letters. They should be used selectively and consistently. Only the first word of title and subtitle should start with capitals. Although proper names are capitalised, many words derived from or associated with proper names, as well as the names of significant offices are lowercased. While the names of ethnic, religious and national groups are capitalised (the Muslims, the Gurkhas, the Germans), designations based loosely on colour (black people) and terms denoting socio-economic classes or groups (the middle class, the dalits, the adivasis) are lowercased. All caste, tribe and community names (the Santhals, the Jatavs) are to be capitalised but generic terms (the kayasths) are to be lower cased. Civil, military, religious, and professional titles (e.g., the president) are to be put in lower case, but names of organisations (e.g., the Labour Party) are to be capitalised. The names of political tendencies (the marxists, the socialists) should remain in lower case.
- Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence.
- Use endnotes instead of footnotes. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
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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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Important: Changes to the author by-line by adding or deleting authors are NOT permitted following acceptance of a paper.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
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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2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
Review of Development and Change encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
3.1 Publication ethics
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Review of Development and Change 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
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3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
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3.3 Open access and author archiving
Review of Development and Change 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.
4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
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.
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
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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
Review of Development and Change adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
5. Submitting your manuscript
Review of Development and Change is hosted on Sage Peer Review, a web based online submission and peer review system. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/rdc 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.
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.
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
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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
6.1 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.
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.
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.
7 Further information
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