Community Development Practice Tips for Non Native English Writers
Community Development Practice aims to be an international journal; thus, article submissions from persons whose first-language is not English are welcomed and encouraged. This document provides some practical points for writers whose first-language is not English, so that their articles may be read more favorably by reviewers. Additionally, all authors looking to submit to Community Development Practice can use these tips as they prepare their manuscripts.
- Keep your sentences succint. Sentences that are fewer than 20 words are best suited for the journal. Longer sentences are likely unnecessarily complex, and your points may get lost. The use of colons (:) for lists and commas (,) are great, but ensure proper semicolon (;) use.
- Use brackets and parentheses wisely. All in-text references should be located within parentheses. The use of parentheses and brackets for other purposes should be done sparingly. Consider using commas instead of parentheses and brackets in your narrative.
- Avoid contractions. Your writing is expected to be more professional than colloquial. Do not use contractions, such as couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't, can't, isn't, aren't, won't, etc.
- Spell out ordinal numbers. Instead of using numerical notation like "1st," please use "first." There are exceptions regarding titles, such as the 47th Annual International Community Development Society or 2st Century.
- Avoid passive writing when possible. You are welcome to use the word "we" when you speak about the work your co-authors and you have directly enacted. Otherwise, please avoid using the term "we" in any impersonal forms.
- Use consistent verb tenses throughout. Most likely you are describing work that you have finished conducting, so please use the past tense throughout your manuscript unless you are speaking to on-going work. Please also use past tense in any literature reviews or references to the work(s) of others.
- Have others read your work prior to submission. An editor will look at your work prior to passing it on to reviewers. Submissions with many grammatical errors will be returned to authors prior to review for revision.
CD Current Issues Book Series
The Community Development Society in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis is pleased to present this series on current issues in community development. The series is designed to present books organized around special topics or themes, promoting exploration of timely and relevant issues impacting both community development practice and research. Building on a rich history of more than 40 years of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the Current Issues Book Series will provide reprints of special issues and collections from the Journal.
Click here for a printable listing of the Community Development Society series.
Montana State University, USA
CD Research and Practice Book Series
In partnership with Routledge, the Community Development Society is pleased to present the Community Development Research and Practice book series. It serves community developers, planners public administrators and others involved in the practice and policy making realm of community development. The series provides timely, useful and applied information for researchers, students, and practitioners. Building on a history of more than 40 years publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.
Click here for a printable listing of the Community Development Research and Practice series, including how to order.
Information and Submission Process
Would you like to submit a proposal for book to add to our Community Development Research and Practice Series? You may find more information here.
RHONDA G. PHILLIPS
Purdue University, USA
Pennsylvania State University, USA
Iowa State University, USA
GARY P. GREEN
University of Wisconsin, USA
National University of Ireland, IRELAND
Northern Illinois University, USA
President's Update - CDS working for you now and for the future
Community Development Practice Call for Reviewers
Community Development Practice, an on-line peer reviewed publication of the Community Development Society (CDS) is looking for reviewers.
The purpose of Community Development Practice is to describe and promote appropriate and useful tools, resources and practice(s) for all aspects of community development. Readers of Community Development Practice publications should be able take lessons from, adapt, and/or use the tools, resources, or practices described.
Reviewers evaluate manuscripts using aset of questions like those below.
- Do the approaches, tools and techniques discussed in this article see to be valuable to achieving outcomes in community development work?
- Does the article present innovative approaches, tools and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners?
- Is the information presented complete? Is it consistent?
- Is the article well-written, clear and logically-sound?
- Does the articel contain any errors (factual or precedural)?
- Do the resources provided follow from the article? Are they sufficient for the application of the information presented in the article? Are there any additional resources that should be included?
The community development has codified a basic set of core values in the CDS Principles of Good Practice. These Principles should also be considered when articles are evaluated by reviewers. They include:
- Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
- Engage community menbers in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, pyschological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
- Incorprate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
- Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
- Be open to using the full range of action strategeis to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.
Community Development Practice Call for Papers
Community Development Practice, an on-line peer-reviewed publication of the Community Development Society
The purpose of Community Development Practice is to describe and promote appropriate and useful tools, resources and practice(s) for all aspects of community development. Readers of Community Development Practice papers should be able to take lessons from, adapt, and/or use the tools, resources and practice(s) described. All presented tools, resources and practice(s) must be grounded in community development (or other related fields) theories, frameworks and/or methods that have a demonstrated record of positive impact in/for communities. We especially welcome submissions focused on innovations in practice.
Community Development Practice focuses much more on the “how” of strategy and implementation, including key ingredients for success and pitfalls to avoid. Community Development Practice submissions should be aligned with the Community Development Society’s Principles of Good Practice (provided) and should clearly document methodology, data-driven results, success stories, resources and/or lessons learned. Citations of research and resources are expected in every manuscript. Successful submissions and published manuscripts should also reference the Community Development Society Principles of Good Practice.
Community Development Society Principles of Good Practice, codify a basic set of core values for the practice of community development. They include:
- Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
- Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
- Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
- Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
- Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.
Tips for Writing Community Development Practice Articles
1. Consider your reader.
Submissions should describe a tool, resource or practice that would be useful to community development practitioners or anyone interested in the field of community development.
2. Organize the content.
Submissions should include an introduction describing why the tool, resource or practice is important, a description of that tool, resource or practice, and an explanation of its use and limitations. A suggested format is:
- Background information. The problems, issues and situation that preceded the CD practice.
- Why the program or practice was chosen.
- How the program or practice was implemented, and how did it meet the CDS Principles of Good Practice. (This should be the bulk of the discussion.)
- What outputs were generated, and what are the known outcomes?
- What major obstacles were overcome and how? Could they have been avoided?
- What was learned? How might you change the practice in the future?
- Conclusions and applications.
Optimal length is generally 3,500 words for an article. Since it is published electronically, the number of words is flexible but should be sufficient to present solid coverage of the issue. Writing style should hold the reader’s attention. Photos, graphics, and illustrations are encouraged when they support understanding of the content provided.
The papers will be blind reviewed by two to three community development practitioners who have volunteered to review and who have expertise that relates to the subject matter presented in the paper. The goal will be to have the decision on the submission within two months of receipt.
How to submit or for more information
The editor in chief of Community Development Practice is Craig Talmage. For more information, or to submit material, contact hin at:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Office: (315) 781-4597
The managing editor is Joyce Hoelting. For more information contact her at:
University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality
Managing Editor, Community Development Practice
Office: (612) 625-8233
(Special Note: Michael Dougherty of West Virginia University, former editor of Community Development Practice, remains with the online journal as an advisor and reviewer.)
Consider COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: 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.
JCDS 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
NOTE: JCDS is transitioning to Routledge/Taylor & Francis as its publisher and for its online manuscript submission system effective in April, 2009. As of this time, we are no longer accepting manuscripts on the Allentrack site. You can view information about the new system and submit in April HERE!
We would like to introduce our Editorial Board Members for 2007-2010:
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
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
Mildred Warner, Cornell University, US
Cecilia Wong, University of Manchester UK
CALL FOR PAPERS
Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society invites submission for a Special Issue,
Community visioning/strategic planning programs were stimulated by the Take Charge: Economic Development in Communities initiative published by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) in 1990 and revised in 2001. Since then, many approaches have been used by universities, state agencies, and local groups in working with communities. Visioning/planning for community development remains in high demand and the practice continues to incorporate new techniques, deployment strategies, and approaches. More than two decades of experience with these programs in the U.S and other countries offer an opportunity to learn from experiences and outcomes. This special issue of Community Development will document premier visioning/planning programs and demonstrate how/why they have been effective.
Community Development, with assistance from NCRCRD, is organizing a special issue on innovative practices and experiences with community visioning/planning efforts focusing on effectiveness and outcomes. This publication will help CD organizations evaluate the effectiveness of programs, create new or redesign current programs, change focus or delivery methods, and otherwise improve the CD practice on this topic. Submission of ideas for articles is open and topics of special interest might include: (this is not an exhaustive list and does not preclude other topics)
· Approaches to determine readiness of a community to participate;
· Ways to build local support and buy-in within the community;
· Successful ways to incorporate diverse populations into visioning/planning efforts;
· Innovative strategies in delivering programs and outcomes;
· Measures of success or outcomes used in assessing program results;
· Evaluation of follow-up activities that have worked especially well or not;
· Use and evaluation of new techniques such as Asset Mapping or Appreciative Inquiry;
· Identifying characteristics of participants that seem especially suited to obtaining results;
· Changes in priorities and issues that have arisen from these programmatic efforts;
· Innovative ways of funding program delivery; and
· Other issues that can guide CD organizations interested in starting or revising, visioning or planning efforts;
The applied research/practice topics should more than describe current programs; rather they should involve an evaluative component using a quantitative analysis such as participant surveys, outcome documentation, project evaluation, changes in community involvement; follow-up efforts, etc. The invited papers will be refereed and published in an upcoming special issue of Community Visioning: Journal of the CDS. If interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an abstract, not longer than 500 words outlining the topics to be addressed, the methodologies used, and how it will contribute to the topic of the special issue.
CDS JOURNAL ABSTRACTS ARCHIVES
- 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.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Journal of the Community Development Society
Journal Editor (2007-2010)
Associate Editor for Special Issues
Faith Christiansen Smeets
Kellogg Diversity Report
A Proposal to Strengthen the Linkages among Community Development Scholars and Practitioners
The following is an excerpt from the Kellogg Diversity Final Report, the full report is available here as a PDF.
During the past three years the Community Development Society (CDS) has undertaken a broad and ambitious campaign to address a variety of diversity issues that directly affect the Society as an organization, and the field of community development in general. This campaign has been
funded mainly with grant funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and has been primarily carried out through the efforts of volunteers with some backup from paid consultants. The journey undertaken by CDS has come to be known as the CDS Kellogg Diversity Initiative. The previous two Progress Reports to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation set the context for the Diversity Initiative, outlined the goals that it hoped to accomplish, and reported on the various activities that were key elements in the strategies employed by CDS to reach Diversity Initiative goals. Because the CDS Kellogg Diversity Initiative was both ambitious in what it hoped to accomplish, and complex in the variety and mix of strategies it employed, the Year 1 and 2
Progress Reports provided important background for those seeking to understand this important work in progress. In this, the third and final Progress Report, the emphasis will be less on reporting what happened during Year 3, and more on analyzing the cumulative impacts of the Diversity Initiative on the CDS organization, and to a lesser extent, on the field of Community Development as a whole.
GENERAL PROJECT BACKGROUND:
In April of 1998, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a grant to the Community Development Society (CDS) to “increase the diversity of membership in this professional organization and strengthen the linkages among community development scholars and practitioners throughout the United States.” CDS, founded in 1969, is a professional association of community developers, researchers, practitioners, and citizen leaders who individually and collectively represent a variety of fields: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, citizen groups, and more. Because the organization is essentially run by volunteers, the Kellogg funding has enabled CDS to aggressively pursue two goals: (1) to increase awareness around diversity issues within the community development profession and (2) to develop initiatives that facilitate the inclusion of minority populations into the community development process and the Society.
Community Development Practice
Vanguard is the official newsletter of the Community Development Society (CDS). It profiles current CDS news, topical issues, and resources.
Archived Issues of the Vanguard
Vanguard articles may be found on the CDS Blog page, link here.