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About the Journal

Since 1966 the leading international journal in its field, covering a wide range of topics, reviewing significant developments and providing a forum for cutting-edge debates about theory and practice. It adopts a broad definition of community development to include policy, planning and action as they impact on the life of communities. We particularly seek to publish critically focused articles which challenge received wisdom, report and discuss innovative practices, and relate issues of community development to questions of social justice, diversity and environmental sustainability.

"Community Development Journal is the outstanding international journal of its kind. It provides an excellent vehicle for scholars, educators, community development professionals, and grassroots workers to develop knowledge and exchange ideas about theory and practice worldwide."

Professor Barry Checkoway
Center for Community Service and Learning
University of Michigan, USA

"The Community Development Journal is the foremost journal in the field. There is simply no other quality forum for the international exchange of information, theory, strategies and views between practitioners, activists, teachers and researchers vitally concerned with community development."

Professor Martin Mowbray
Dean, Faculty of the Constructed Environment
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

"CDJ is an excellent teaching and research source for my graduate students and our Masters degree program faculty, I commend your level of scholarship."

Akel Ismail Kahera,
Professor of Architecture and Community Development,
Prairie View A&M; University,
Prairie View, Texas, USA

Highlights and Content

Translated abstracts

Abstracts from Community Development Journal are translated into FrenchSpanish, and Chinese and are free to read online.

50th anniversary

CDJ celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. To mark this milestone, the journal editors have compiled a range of specially curated articles. The first collection features their favourite articles published over the last 50 years, and the special issue reflects on emerging issues in the field.

Special issues

Explore special thematic issues from the CDJ archive.

CDJ Plus

CDJ Plus connects you to the wider community development world, with links to relevant organisations and journals, access to free content, and more.

Abstracting and Indexing Services

Community Development Journal is covered by the following abstracting/indexing services:

Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts (ASSIA)
CAB Abstracts
CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Education Research Abstracts
Forest Products Abstracts
Forestry Abstracts
Geographical Abstracts
Global Health
IBZ Internationale Bibliographie der Geisted and Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliterature
MLA International Bibliography
International Development Abstracts
Peace Research Abstracts
Peace Research Abstracts
Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
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Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS)
Rural Development Abstracts
Sage Family Studies Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts
Social Work Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (SWA)
Tropical Diseases Bulletin
Urban Studies Abstracts
World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstract

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