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Author Guidelines

The Development Journal of the South invites four categories of material.

  • Research Papers are more extensive 8,000-10,000-word pieces of analysis.
  • Research Notes are 2,000-4,000-word pieces.
  • Book Reviews are 1,000-2,000-word discussions of new books.
  • Comments represent feedback on material that has been published in previous issues.

Manuscripts should be submitted as MS Word attachments. 

We encourage the prospective authors to examine the previously published materials in our journal for style guidelines (abstract, references, footnotes, headers, tables, charts). A set of preliminary instructions is given below.

1. Manuscripts should be typed in Times Roman fonts (12 points), double-spaced, on standard 8 1/2" x 11" formatting, using 1 inch margin on all sides. Use American spelling.

2. The front cover page should contain the following information: title of the paper, author's name, and date.

3. Authors' affiliation and current job title should be presented as a footnote at the bottom of the cover page along with the necessary acknowledgement and corressponding address and email .

4. The second page should include an abstract of 100 words, and some key words on a separate line.

5. The third page should begin with the main text of the manuscript. This page should also have the title at the top, but no author's name. This allows us to expediate our blind reviewing process.

6. The References should be presented at the end of the manuscript in an alphabetical order. Do not number the references.

Books need to be cited as follows:
Yates, D. (1982). Bureaucratic Democracy: The Search for Democracy and Efficiency in American Government. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Journal articles should be cited as follows:
Bertelli, A.M. and L.E. Lynn (2003). "Managerial Responsibility." Public Administration Review, 63(3):259-268.

A reference in the text could be cited in various ways:

According to Douglas Yates (1982, p. 151), the state can weild power to....
...that links policymaking to the democratic popular will (Bertelli and Lynn, 1998).
... and magnitude of substantive delegations (e.g., Bawn, 1995; Epstein and O'Halloran, 1995, 1999).

7. Right before the references, all the endnotes should appear numbered as 1. 2. 3. ...under the title Notes . Avoid putting footnotes on each page.

8. If applicable, appropriately numbered tables and charts should also be provided at the end of the manuscript rather than in the main body of the text. Do not cut and paste tables from the excel or any other statistical software. That is, you must create a table in word. Avoid using the vertical line in a table.

Each table should have a title on top. Tables should be numbered as Table 1., Table 2., ... whereas figures and charts should have a title at bottom and be numbered Figure 1., Figure 2., etc.

9. Do not insert any clipart or box inside the text, and do not use any color. Please use plain text while typing the manuscript.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it with another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text, after the References but before any Appendix. Near the text that refers to a table or figure, a reference is made to the table or figure by writing in a separate paragraph, "Table 3 here" or "Figure 1 here."
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. References to your earlier work should not reveal your identity. So avoid phrases such as "in my previous paper (2011)."

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