CDS Journal

Consider COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, the official journal of the Community Development Society as both a publication venue for your work and a great way of keeping up with the exciting field of community development. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal featuring articles on such diverse topics as rural and urban economic development, housing, entrepreneurship, theory, technology, social capital, leadership, and much more! Articles are written by and for academics and practitioners. For more information on preparing your manuscript, visit the journal’s webpage at: Full instructions are available there, including author guidelines. All manuscripts are submitted via an electronic system at the Scholar One Manuscripts website,

articles are abstracted by the following services:

Current Index to Journals and Education (C.I.J.E.), Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC), Journal of Planning Literature, PAIS Bulletin, PAIS International, Social Planning/Policy and Development Abstracts, Social Work Research and Abstracts, Sociofile, Sociological Abstracts, Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, International Regional Science Review

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT publishes with Routledge, Taylor & Francis!

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Selected articles and table of contents can be viewed by going to the Routledge, Taylor and Francis site, and clicking on contents in the right sidebar.

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Call for Papers

Democratic Practice and Community Development

Special Issue of Community Development: The Official Journal of the Community Development Society

Guest Editors: Paul Lachapelle and Michael Rios

This call for papers is soliciting contributions that focus on identifying and critically analyzing the relationship between community development and democratic practice. The special issue will uncover creative tensions and opportunities among diverse perspectives on the theory and practice of community development, and look for examples of community development practice that does, or does not, strengthen the democratic capacity of citizens in communities. Selected papers will be refereed and published in an upcoming special issue of Community Development. Addition information may be found at this link. The deadline for submitting an abstract is September 1, 2013.


Dear CDS Colleagues...

If you are tired of reading trashy novels and mysteries and looking for something more to think about, choose a book from the list attached to read and review.  Your review will be published in the Journal.  Choose several books from the list, then send me a note at my email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with your mailing address and the list of books you would like to review.  Send me several choices, in case your first coice has already been assigned.  I'll send you the book and the guidelines for review.  You'll have about eight weeks to complete the review.  And you get to keep the book!

Anne H. Silvis

Book Review Editor, Community Development:  Journal of the Community Development Society

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT is pleased to include the CD Cases section in the journal. One to three applied case studies will be presented in each CD Cases offering. The purpose of this section is to provide a venue for publishing peer reviewed case study research that provides useful information for community development researchers and practitioners and insights into applied community development work.


To submit a manuscript for consideration in CD Cases, visit . All manuscripts must be formatted in accordance with American Psychological Style (APA) guidelines and to specifications listed on the website. Note that manuscripts must not be longer than 25 pages, double-spaced.


A case study involves in-depth research and understanding on a given or chosen subject matter. A typical manuscript would include these components: introduction, literature review, methodology, study, analysis, conclusions and recommendations, and references. The journal does not accept manuscripts that are purely descriptive – the research must be generalizable and provide relevant insight/implications/findings for the field of community development. The case study methodology must be fully explained and supporting literature must be presented. The journal does not usually accept economic impact studies unless new methodologies are utilized.  Note that all manuscripts for CD Cases will be peer reviewed.



Information on the Reviewing Process and Scheduling

The timeframe for the reviewing process can take up to six months, or longer. Once the manuscript is submitted, it is processed internally and an initial decision is made whether or not to place in the review process. If accepted for review, then reviewers are identified who have expertise and interest in the topic of the manuscript. The process of identifying and securing an affirmative response from potential reviewers can take several weeks or longer. Once the reviewer has agreed, they have 30 days to submit. Sometimes, a reviewer will agree and find they do not have time to submit the review; in this case, we have to identify and find a new reviewer and this may result in some delay. Once all reviews are returned, the editor assesses them and makes the final decision. Therefore, a decision cannot be returned within 30 days to you. We strive for an efficient process, but do allow us time to complete a thorough and comprehensive review of your manuscript. If your manuscript requires revision, you will have up to six months to resubmit online or the system will time it out. It does not always take this long, unless major revisions or a review resubmission is required. After the final manuscript is received, it will be sent to production and assignment to an issue. You will receive a proof copy a month or so before printing date. Prior to print date, most articles will be available via the iFirst system, an online manuscript access system that allows use earlier than usual.


Abstracts - Volume 33, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 34, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 35, No 1 & 2
Abstracts - Volume 36, No 1 & 2

Abstracts - Volume 37, No 1, 2, 3 & 4

Abstracts - Volume 38, No 1

More abstracts coming soon, become a member to access full articles.


Journal Editor
John J. Green
University of Mississippi
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Editorial Assistant

Molly Phillips 
University of Mississippi
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Cases Editor
Mark Brennan
The Pennsylvania State University
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Book Review Editor
Anne Silvis
University of Illinois
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We would like to introduce our Editorial Board Members:

Rhonda Phillips, Editor, Arizona State University, US
Janet Ayres, Purdue University, US 
Robert Blair, University of Nebraska, US 
Edward J. Blakely, University of Sydney, AU 
James R. Calvin, Johns Hopkins University, US 
Gary Craig, University of Hull, UK 
Mary R. Domahidy, St. Louis University, US 
Judson Edwards, Troy State University, US 
Mary Emery, Iowa State University, US
Jan Flora, Iowa State University, US 
Thomas Gaunt, Jesuit Conference, US 
Cathy Gormley-Heenan, University of Ulster, UK 
Gisele Hamm, Western Illinois University, US 
Stephen Jeanetta, University of Missouri, US 
Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont, US 
Muthusami Kumaran, University of Hawaii, US 
Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, US

Scott Loveridge, Michigan State University, US 
Diane McLaughlin, Pennsylvania State University, US 
Arthur C. Nelson, University of Utah, US 
Robert S. Ogilvie, Public Health Institute, US 
Douglas D. Perkins, Vanderbilt University, US 
Kenneth E. Pigg, University of Missouri-Columbia, US
Robert Pittman, Janus Economics, US 
Kenneth Reardon, University of Memphis, US 
Mark Seasons, University of Waterloo, CA 
Tom Seekins, University of Montana, US 
Jack Shaw, USDA Rural Development, US
Robert Silverman, SUNY Buffalo, US 
Kim Walker, British Columbia Ministry of Environment, CA
Norman Walzer, Northern Illinois University, US

Mildred Warner, Cornell University, US 
Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester UK


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