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 journal that is published five times a year, 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,

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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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MEMBERS: Access to the online journal can be found on the CDS members only homepage. Please log on using your CDS username and password. If you are currently logged in, please go to the USER MENU on the left of your screen; click on Welcome! which will bring you back to the CDS members only homepage.

Call For Papers: Proposed Special Issue Focused on Polarized Communities

Recently, we have witnessed increased polarization on many levels and in a variety of contexts (e.g., politics, class, race, religion, environment, energy). This special issue aims to move communities beyond binary polarization and discover the more nuanced subtleties hidden within the fog of polarization. We hope this spurs practitioners and researchers to explore innovative spaces for finding common ground within a contimuum of polarization. We invite authors to submit manuscripts that portray illustrative cases of polarization, explore and share alternative methodologies, advance theory around the construct of polarization, provide a comprehensive literature review, or unveil historical perspectives that inform contemporary practice and research in the field of community development.

In addition, and more broadly, we always encourage submissions of comprehensive reviews of the literature focusing on contemporary questions that help inform our field. Manuscripts of this nature may be submitted for any issue, at any time.

Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to this special issue.

Manuscripts will be due by Jan 15, 2019.

Leanne M. Avery & John W. Sipple

Co-Editiors, Community Development

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Books Available for Review

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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CD Cases

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.


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.

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.

Editorial Board


Leanne M. Avery, SUNY Oneonta, USA

John W. Sipple, Cornell University, USA

Associate Editors

Robin Blakely-ArmitageCornell University, USA

David L. Kay, Cornell University, USA

Heidi Mouillesseaux-KunzmanCornell University, USA

Lori LeonardCornell University, USA

Case Editor

Mark A. Brennan, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Book Review Editor

Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois, USA

Book Series Editors

Rhonda Phillips, Purdue University, USA

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA

Editorial Assistants

Elizabeth Sweeney, University of Mississippi, USA

Mary Margaret Saulters, University of Mississippi, USA

Editorial Board

Alan W. BartonNew Mexico Highlands University, USA

Robert Boyer, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA

Caitlin Cahill, Pratt Institute, USA

James R. Calvin, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Mark Gary Craig, Durham University, UK

Brian Christens, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Steven Dellar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Mary R. Domahidy, St. Louis University, USA

Mary Emery, South Dakota State University, USA

Jan Flora, Iowa State University, USA

Tony Gauvin, University of Maine at Fort Kent, USA

Mark Gary A. Goreham, North Dakota State University, USA

Mark Gisele Hamm, Western Illinois University, USA

Stephen C. Jeanetta, University of Missouri, USA

Katie Kerstetter, George Mason University, USA

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University, USA

David Lamie, Clemson University, USA

Wilson Majee, University of Missouri, USA

Diane K. McLaughlin, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Douglas D. Perkins, Vanderbilt University, USA

Molly Phillips, Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute, USA

Rhonda Phillips, Arizona State University, USA

Keith Popple, London South Bank University, UK

Katie Richards-Schuster, University of Michigan, USA

Norman Walzer,  Northern Illinois University, USA

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