The David Follmer Group

Social Development Issues
International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD)


Editorial Policy and Submission Guidelines

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Editorial Policy and Submission Requirements

Social Development Issues (SDI) is an international refereed journal that serves as a forum for achieving links between multiple disciplines, nations, and cultures. Our purpose is to promote the consideration of issues that affect social justice as well as the development and well-being of individuals and their communities. SDI is committed to the advancement of social, cultural, political, and economic theory, policy, and practice (and their interrelationship) within a global context.

Manuscripts addressing alternative approaches to overcoming obstacles to development are welcome. Developmental perspectives and research on international social justice might include—but are not limited to—the following topics: 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.

Submission Requirements. Manuscripts should be no longer than five thousand words,
including references. Due to space limitations, we regret that footnotes and endnotes cannot be accepted. Citations and reference lists should follow the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, available from the American Psychological Association, The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, should be used for all other style matters. SDI requires the use of nonsexist language. Any material deviating significantly from this requirement will be returned to the author for revision.

Manuscripts should:

  1. contain contact information for each author (affiliation, address, telephone number, and e-mail address);
  2. include a brief abstract, no longer than 60 words;
  3. include five to six keywords or descriptors for indexing purposes;
  4. be double-spaced (text, abstracts, references, block quotations, appendices, and tables);
  5. be left justified with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification);
  6. begin each section on a separate page, and in this sequence: title page, abstract, text, appendix, references, table(s), and figure(s);
  7. be documented with all in-text citations included in the reference list and all sources on the reference list included in the text.

Manuscript may be submitted by e-mail or postal mail. If the manuscript is submitted by e-mail, send it as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or in rich text format (.rtf) to If the manuscript is submitted by postal mail, include one double-spaced hard copy and one electronic copy on an IBM-formatted disk. Send to: Vijayan K. Pillai, Editor, Social Development Issues, School of Social Work, 211 South Cooper Street, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019. All submission queries should be directed to