As academic and professional interest in community and social development has grown over the years, the need for innovative literature that can inform policy and practice in the field has been widely recognised. The new International Journal of Community and Social Development, founded by Manohar Pawar, will meet this need.
Professor James Midgley
University of California
The International Journal of Community and Social Development with its multidisciplinary focus on knowledge building, from the grassroots, documenting case studies, innovation and lessons learnt across countries, will deepen and grow social development theory and practice around the world.
Professor Leila Patel
South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development,
Centre for Social Development in Africa,
University of Johannesburg
The International Journal of Community and Social Development, under Dr Pawar’s erudite leadership, will integrate both ‘community’ and ‘social development’ as a unifying fulcrum of social transformation.
Professor Brij Mohan
Dean Emeritus, School of Social Work,
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, USA
The peer reviewed journal aims to focus on community and social development theory and practice at the grassroots/local level with a view to:
Research and document local level community and social development theories and practices mainly from, but not limited to the Asia-Pacific region, and disseminate the same throughout the world;
Create knowledge and skills-base for social development of local level communities;
Provide voice for grassroots level communities and social development agencies, practitioners and thinkers, who have been actively engaged with people and those who have developed innovative and unique approaches for local level development; and
Engage researchers and scholars, from all over the world, in practice focused research and scholarship on local level communities and social development.
The scope of the journal is broad to cover multi-disciplines and multi-professions, which contribute to community and social development in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
The features of the journal may include any combination of the following:
- Perspectives include reflective contributions on emerging issues and ideas that call for action or rethinking by community and social development practitioners, scholars and agencies.
- Research articles, which are based on rigorous research, both qualitative and quantitative, contribute to the knowledge creation while illustrating the practical applicability and/or policy implications of the research undertaken.
- Colloquium includes a debate on a contemporary topic by a small group of practitioners and scholars. Persons interested in organizing Colloquia may also write to the Editor.
- Community or social development case critically discusses a community practice case bringing out participatory process, successes, difficulties, learnings or achievements.
- Interviews with leading social development thinkers and practitioners.
- Book Reviews relevant to the community and social development theme.
|Manohar Pawar||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Hurriyet Babacan||James Cook University, Australia|
|Johnson Chun-Sing Cheung||The University of Hong Kong, China and East Asia|
|Manish K Jha||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India|
|Karen Lyons||London Metropolitan University, UK|
|Gidraph G Wairire||University of Nairobi, Kenya|
|Sharvari Karandikar||College of Social Work, The Ohio State University. Ohio, USA|
|Sohini Sengupta||School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India|
|Sue Kenny||Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia|
|Shanti Khinduka||Washington University, St. Louis, USA|
|James Midgley||University of California, USA|
|Leila Patel||University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Neera Agnimitra||University of Delhi, India|
|Tatsuru Akimoto||Shukutoku University, Japan|
|Janki Andheria||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India|
|Rajendra Baikady||Central University of Kerala, India|
|Julian Chun-Chung Chow||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Marsela Dauti||Uppsala University, Sweden|
|Murli Desai||Independent Social Work and Social Development Consultant, India|
|Rohena Duncombe||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|John Gal||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Sarathchandra Gamlath||University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka|
|Usha George||Ryerson University, Canada|
|Narayan Gopalkrishnan||James Cook University, Australia|
|Lauren Graham||CSDA, University of Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Mel Gray||The University of Newcastle, Australia|
|Miyuki Inaba||Kyushu University, Japan|
|Dipendra K C||Thammasat University, Thailand|
|Praveen Kumar||Boston College School of Social Work, USA|
|Bong Joo Lee||Seoul National University, South Korea|
|Gokul Mandayam||Rhode Island College, USA|
|Philip Mendes||Monash University, Austalia|
|Brij Mohan||Louisiana State University, USA|
|Ndungi Mungai||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Lynelle Osburn||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Tejaswini Patil||Monash University, Australia|
|John Pinkerton||Queen’s University Belfast, Ireland|
|Biman C Prasad||Fiji Institute of Applied Studies, Fiji|
|Azizur Rahman||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|S Siva Raju||Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India|
|Chathapuram Ramanathan||State Illinois University, Normal, USA|
|Monica Short||Charles Sturt University, Australia|
|Shweta Singh||Loyola University Chicago, USA|
|Nathan A Stephens||School of Social Work, Illinois State University, USA|
|Ngoh Tiong TAN||Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore|
|Thomas M E||California State University, Bakersfield, USA|
|Idit Weiss-Gal||Tel Aviv University, Israel|
|Amy Conley Wright||The University of Sydney|
|Yuegen Xiong||Peking University, China|
The International Journal of Community and Social Development
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit The International Journal of Community and Social Development’s submission site https://peerreview.sagepub.com/cod to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The International Journal of Community and Social Development will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in The International Journal of Community and Social Development and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that The International Journal of Community and Social Development will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in The International Journal of Community and Social Development . If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to The International Journal of Community and Social Development 's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
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1.1 Aims & scope
Before submitting your manuscript to The International Journal of Community and Social Development, please ensure you have read the ‘Aims & Scope’ of the journal.
- Research Articles
- Community or social development case
- Notes and interviews
- Book Reviews: vary from number to number invariably guided by limits to the size of the manuscript
Full-fledged papers should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words, including figures, tables and annexures. Brief write-ups of 500 words may also be sent; these will be considered for inclusion in other sections.
1.3 Writing your paper
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
2. Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
The International Journal of Community and Social Development operates a strictly double anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.
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The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in The International Journal of Community and Social Development . In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
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Important: Changes to the author by-line by adding or deleting authors are NOT permitted following acceptance of a paper.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Funding, Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any Notes and your References.
Any personal acknowledgements must be supplied separate to the main text, thereby facilitating anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing Assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
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The International Journal of Community and Social Development encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway
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Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway
The International Journal of Community and Social Development and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of The International Journal of Community and Social Development against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
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- Cover page, showing title of the paper, name of author, author’s affiliation and institutional address with pin code, email id and a 100–150 word abstract. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself.
- The contributors should provide 4–5 keywords for online searchability.
- Text should start on a new page, and must not contain the names of authors.
- References should come at the end of the manuscript. Important note: There is no limit on the number of references allowed.
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- Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of each page. Notes must contain more than a mere reference. However, mere URLs may be incorporated in the endnotes.
- Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used. Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘the 1990s’.
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- References: A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.
- Arrangement of references: Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.
- Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
- Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized—for example, ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
- Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized—e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
- Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.
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