CDS Journal Submissions

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JCDS is now publishing with Routledge, Taylor and Francis. 
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CDS Journal Submissions Guidelines for Authors

Community Development is an international, peer reviewed journal for community development practitioners and scholars. The journal publishes with Routledge, Taylor & Francis. All manuscripts must be submitted online through the ScholarOne Manuscript Central site:

A guide for authors interested in submitting articles to this journal (or other journals using the ScholarOne Manuscripts site) can be found at the following address:

All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent and anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double blind.

Submission guidelines specific to Community Development are as follows:

  • All manuscripts must be formatted to 8 ½” by 11” margins, double-spaced, with 12 point font. Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages. Including the body of the manuscript, references, endnotes, tables, and figures, all material should be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages. (Manuscripts longer than this will not be reviewed.) Community Development follows American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines for all formatting.

  • All names and other identifying information about the authors and their institutions should be deleted for the peer review process. If a study includes a case study involving participant names, names should either be changed to protect confidentiality, or omitted for the peer review process.

  • Abstract: All submissions must include an abstract summary of 100-150 words. Abstracts must be entered in the ScholarOne system. Abstracts are not included in the 25-30 page limit.

  • Keywords: Authors must supply three to five alphabetized keywords or phrases that identify the most important concepts in their paper. Examples of keywords could include theoretical concepts, methods used, geographical areas, or common community development themes.

  • Article contents: Community Development publishes a wide range of papers, including theoretical papers, research papers, case studies, and reviews. Research papers and case studies should include an introduction, literature review, description of methods, findings, analysis, and conclusions/recommendations, when applicable. The journal does not accept manuscripts that are purely descriptive. The research must be generalizable or provide relevant insight/implications/findings for the field of community development.

  • Endnotes: Notes in the text should be used sparingly and for substantive comments only. Notes should not be used for bibliographic references. Notes must be numbered consecutively on a separate page following the text.

  • Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text; they should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Authors need to include a note in the text where they would like the table or figure to be located (e.g. “Table 1 here” or “Insert figure 2 here”). All tables and figures should be sized to fit within the journal’s 7” by 10” final print format, and should follow APA guidelines. Authors should remember that the print version of the journal is in black and white, so all figures should be legible when printed in black and white.

  • Citations in the text: All in-text citations must follow APA guidelines. Therefore, references in the body of the text should include the surname of the author(s) cited and the date of reference in parentheses within the manuscript, separated by a comma, such as (Walzer, 2006). If a reference has three to five authors, all of the authors’ names should be listed the first time the reference is cited. Following the first time, only the first author’s surname, followed by et al., is necessary. For articles with six or more authors, et al. may be used the first time the citation is provided. If multiple works are cited with the same author(s) and publication year, use “1991a” and “1991b,” etc.

  • References at the end of the article: All reference entries should follow APA guidelines. References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the document. For more information on APA guidelines, see and

Examples of References:

  • Journal article:

Brennan, M. A., & Israel, G. D. (2008). The power of community. Community Development, 39(1), 82-97.

  • Book

McKibbin, B. (2007). Deep economy: The wealth of communities and the durable future. New York: Times Books/Henry Hold and Co.

  • Chapter in an edited book

Pigg, K. E., & Bradshaw, T. K., (2003). Catalytic community development: A theory of practice for changing rural society. In D. L. Brown & L. E. Swanson (Eds.), Challenges for rural America in the twenty-first century (pp. 385-396). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

  • Internet source

U.S. Census Bureau. (2000). State and Country QuickFacts. Washington, D.C.: United States Bureau of the Census. Retrieved November 7, 2008, from

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