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Information for Authors

Articles for the Community Development Journal cover a wide range of topics, reviewing significant developments and providing a forum for cutting-edge debates about theory and practice. The journal 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.

Submissions of articles of between 5,000 and 7,000 words (inclusive of abstract and references) are invited; articles should include a word count. Authors should avoid sexist, racist or other discriminatory expressions or statements. An article should make it clear to readers at or near the beginning why it is worth reading, by clearly summarizing the main argument and explaining its political and strategic significance. Authors should also remember they are writing for an international readership and should avoid jargon, clichés, acronyms and complicated constructions. Articles are reviewed by at least two referees and this is done in double blind peer review.


Contributions are accepted on the understanding that they constitute original work, and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication without prior permission.

For information on file types and electronic submission, please read our Online Submission Instructions and then submit via our Online Submission Website . For guidance on the style and formatting of your manuscript, please see our Style Guide for Authors .

Standard articles of up to 7,000 words (including abstract and references) which fit the remit of the journal should be submitted in the normal way through Manuscript Central, and will be subject to the formal peer review process.

CDJ also publishes shorter ‘Reflections’ pieces focusing on an area of practice or debating contemporary issues relevant to community development. These incorporate what were previously practice-based Notes from the Field but can also range more widely to examine matters of current concern, including how political, ideological and economic developments across the globe impinge on community development. They will usually be commissioned but if you have an idea for a shorter reflective piece, or if you want to respond to a previously published Reflections article, contact the Editor by email.

If your first language is not English, you may wish to have your paper professionally edited. This will ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing is optional and does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here . Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .


Please send books for review to:

Orla O'Donovan and Rosie Meade

Reviews Editors
Community Development Journal
Department of Applied Social Studies
University College Cork

Email: Orla O'Donovan or Rosie Meade


It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors assign copyright to Oxford University Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. In assigning copyright, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication, and Oxford University Press is notified in writing and in advance.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.

Open Access options for Authors
Community Development Journal authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Community Development Journal can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Charges Information

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1850/ $3000 / €2450
List B Developing country charge* - £925 / $1500 / €1225
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries


Authors may order offprints of their published article, or copies of the issue in which it appears.

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