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Guidelines for Authors


These Guidelines for Authors give a general overview of the journal and editorial guidelines for contributing authors. You are invited to read this document carefully together with the Technical Guidelines (to be downloaded on this website) and draft your contribution accordingly. Thank you very much!

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Editorial line and target audience

International Development Policy | Revue internationale de politique de développement (hereafter DevPol) is a peer-reviewed e-journal that promotes cutting-edge research and policy debates on global development. At the interface between the academic and policy worlds, it publishes original contributions by researchers and reflective practitioners from developing, emerging and advanced economies.

Anchored in Geneva at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the journal links up with international policy negotiations involving Geneva-based organisations in the areas of trade, human rights and humanitarian law, global health, environment, labour, migrations and others.

The target audience includes scholars, policy-makers,practitioners, researchers and journalists interested in international development.

The journal publishes:

  • An annual thematic dossier on a key development policy challenge;

  • Analyses of main trends in trade, finance, social and environmental and international development cooperation policies;

  • Policy debates between scholars and policymakers ;

  • An online database on North-South flows.


In a fast changing scientific editorial world, DevPol has decided to combine an e-journal in Open Access (“golden road”, i.e. peer reviewed and edited by professionals) with an annual thematic issue published along a more traditional route (edited volume or journal’s special issue).

Works published with International Development Policy are having a growing impact thanks to the journal’s open-access publishing model and the expertise of its contributors. The results are striking: articles published with International Development Policy record more than 2’200 visits per year on average (and approx. 200 downloads) – against the few dozen of most pay-walled journals – and are especially read in regions facing development dilemmas.

In addition to online and print publications, DevPol organises and participates in public and closed-door events where authors and experts discuss the articles and policy issues at stake, engaging a broader audience via podcasts, webcasts and other digital products available online.

Approval of article content

Authors are invited to submit articles to poldev (@) They are accepted for peer-reviewing along the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence

  • Policy relevance, engaging with major policy debates and development challenges. The main issue under examination may be very local and specific, but must be placed within the broader environment. The conclusions should link local/national dynamics with the regional and global ones.

  • Research outcome must be supported by solid qualitative/quantitative data analysis and methodological rigour.

  • The style should be fluid, clear and adapted to the target audiences. The form  must meet the author guidelines requirements.

Specific information on the “Policy Debate” section

The policy debate section presents an initial discussion paper written either by a scholar or a policy-maker, followed by critical reactions from academics, reflective practitioners and other stakeholders. Papers are copy-edited but not peer-reviewed. Instead, an initial thematic contribution is followed by critical comments and reactions from different stakeholders. The debates are then opened up to the public on the eJournal’s blog Readers are invited to share their views (we do not accept anonymous contributions).

Prelims and references

The article manuscript is submitted to the editorial board in a word format.

The text must be accompanied by:

  • an abstract of max. 250 words;

  • 4-7 keywords;

  • brief information about the author of max 40 words (author’s affiliation, expertise areas) + contact details with email address and telephone number;

  • the list of references, set out according to the Technical Guidelines.

Language and length

The journal publishes all papers in English. It accepts original submissions in French and Spanish, which – if and once they successfully passed the peer review process – are translated into English and published online together with the original version. Authors who wish can revise the English translation of their article. Abstracts are translated/published in English, French and/or Spanish.

The length of the article should range between 6’000 and 7’500 words.

Graphic art, figures and tables

Graphic art, figures and tables must be of perfect quality. Should they not be free of copyright, the author must offer proof of acquiring the reproduction rights (find below a template text for asking copyright clearance via email or letter).

The author must provide separate files for:

  • data serving to build figures and tables, in a .xls file;

  • photography and other graphic art, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Technical Guidelines

The author must follow the Technical Guidelines , in particular:

  • typographical instructions for the text (Times New Roman 11 pt, without any formatting);

  • titles and sub-titles (short and informative titles, no more than two sub-title levels);

  • footnotes (kept to a minimum);

  • bibliographical references (author-date system), for example:

for a monograph

Text citation

The Gulf of Guinea is one of the few areas of the world that is still believed to contain large-scale undiscovered reservoirs of light sweet crude (Gary and Karl, 2003).

Bibliographic entry

Gary, I. and T.L. Karl (2003) Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor (Baltimore: Catholic Relief Services).

for a book chapter

Text citation

Rainer Schweickert (1998) has shown that even in the case of strong adjustment efforts, the nominal anchor approach remains a high-risk strategy.

Bibliographic entry

Schweickert, R. (1998) ‘The Nominal Anchor Approach to Stabilisation: Lessons from Argentina’, in Auroi, C. (ed.) Latin American and East European Economies in Transition: A Comparative Review, EADI Book Series No. 21 (London: Frank Cass), pp. 44–60.

for an article in a journal

Text citation

Women in particular may be discriminated against under existing customs. Though the phenomenon is by no means limited to that region (Whitehead and Tsikata, 2003), discrimination against women in access to land is particularly pronounced in some parts of Asia.

Bibliographic entry

Whitehead, A. and D. Tsikata (2003) ‘Policy Discourses on Women’s Land Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Implications of the Re-Turn to the Customary‘, Journal of Agrarian Change, 3(1–2), pp. 67–112, DOI: 10.1111/1471-0366.00051.

for an electronic reference

Text citation

And it leads to lower productivity, since it is harder for property to be transferred from less to more productive uses. The result is slower growth. One study estimates that restrictive land market regulations cost 1.3% of annual economic growth in India. (World Bank, 2004a, 40).

Bibliographic entry

World Bank (2004a) Doing Business 2005: Removing Obstacles to Growth (Washington, D.C.: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development–World Bank),​~/​media/​FPDKM/​Doing%20Business/​Documents/​Annual-Reports/​English/​DB05-FullReport.pdf (accessed on 14 April 2015).

Whenever an electronic document has a more permanent – and shorter – source identifier than the ‘uniform resource locator’ (URL), such as a ‘digital object identifier’ (DOI) or a ‘permanent URL’, please mention this identifier. When a DOI is provided you need not report the date of access.

For more detailed information about our style and reference system please consult our technical guidelines (.PDF).

Persons to contact

Frances Rice
Editorial Manager, International Development Policy

The Graduate Institute - Publications
PO Box 136, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland
T.: ++41 22 908 43 64

firstname.lastname (@)


  • Annex - Author's Guidelines (application/pdf – 1.7M)

    Part One – Setting Out Your Work
    1.1. Structure of the Beginning of the Article
    1.2. Title
    1.3. Levels of Subheads
    1.4. Text
    1.5. Notes
    1.6. Language
    1.7. Quotations
    1.8. Numbers
    1.9. Dates
    1.10. Currencies
    1.11. Abbreviations and Acronyms
    1.12. Tables, Figures, Photographs, etc.
    1.13. Cross-references in the Text to Tables, Figures, etc.

    Part Two – Bibliographical Guidelines
    2.1 Text citation
    2.2. Bibliographic entry
    2.2.1. Single and Multi-Author Books
    2.2.2 Chapter in a Single-Author Book
    2.2.3. Contributions to a Multiauthor Book
    2.2.4. Journal Articles
    2.2.5. Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    2.2.6. News Services
    2.2.7. News Releases
    2.2.8. Unpublished and Informally Published Material (Dissertations, Theses,
    Speeches, Papers Presented at a Meeting, Working Papers…)
    2.2.9. Documents of International Bodies
    2.3. Electronic Sources
    2.3.1. Electronic identifiers: DOI, permanent URL, and URL
    2.3.2. Pagination and locators
    2.3.3. Citing web pages
    2.3.4. Document symbols used by international bodies

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