Information for Authors

Manuscripts addressing alternative approaches to counteracting obstacles to development are welcome. All methodologies appropriate for the study design are equally considered and valued. Developmental perspectives and research on international social justice might include—but are not limited to—lifespan, gender, and racial issues, the impact of policies, practices and service delivery systems on urban and rural communities, comparative health/mental health, poverty, income maintenance and movements such as global feminism, human rights and peace.

SDI’s main objective is to promote free inquiry and research, so it does not charge authors any article processing fees or page fees. Articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0), which enables reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, for any purpose, so long as attribution is given to the creator. Authors of published articles retain their full copyrights.

Please submit articles to Prof. Brij Mohan: Books for possible reviews, may also be forwarded to the Editor.

SDI takes pride in quick and fair evaluation of all submissions. The contributors normally receive feedback within 4 to 6 weeks.

Manuscript requirements

Manuscripts should be written in English, and formatted according to the following guidelines:

  1. No more than 7,000 words in length, including references
  2. Include a title page containing the contact and identifying information for each author (affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address).
  3. Include an abstract of 150 words or less.
  4. Include 5–6 keywords or descriptors for indexing purposes.
  5. All manuscript components should be double spaced (main text, abstract, references, block quotations, and appendices).
  6. Tables must be set up using Microsoft Word’s table tool.
  7. Manuscripts should be left justified with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification).
  8. Begin each section on a separate page and in this sequence: title page, abstract, main text, appendix, references, table(s), and figure(s).
  9. All citations must be included in the text and listed alphabetically at the end of the article in the References section, following APA 6th edition bibliographic guidelines (information is available at:

SDI strictly adheres to non-sexist language. Any material deviating significantly will be returned to the author for revision.

The Editorial Board and reviewers use peer review to eliminate any practice of plagiarism. SDI seeks only original contributions, with a zero-tolerance policy to discourage plagiarism.

Peer Review

SDI’s peer review policy is dynamic, unique, and comprehensive:

  • Articles, conference papers, commentaries and book reviews are received—sometimes invited—for possible publication after a blind review by at least two qualified reviewers usually assigned by the Editor for SDI’s Board of Editors. Book Reviews, Editor’s Note and short commentaries are exempt from the rigorous review process. The Editor, however, reserves his/her right to accept, reject, and/or modify the submissions.
  • Reviewers are given one month to submit their evaluative comments and suggestions with specific recommendations. 
  • Unrelated, poorly narrated submissions with little significance are returned to the contributors without any review.