African Development Review

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Edited By: John C. Anyanwu

Impact Factor: 1.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 34/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1467-8268

Author Guidelines

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Information for Contributors
The African Development Review is interested in publishing papers, research notes and book reviews on development issues in Africa. The journal focuses on quality policy-oriented papers. Articles submitted should not be under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts will be sent anonymously to at least two referees.

Preparation and submission of manuscripts
1. African Development Review has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

  • Quick and easy submission
  • Administration centralized and reduced
  • Significant decrease in peer review times

Manuscripts should be submitted only at Authors will be able to track the status of their papers online. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the Get Help Now link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. If you cannot submit online, please contact Nizar Jouini in the Editorial Office (

2. Papers should be no more than 7,000 words. There are no submission fees.

3. The paper must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 200 words which should be submitted in English or French, and should state, in condensed form, the contribution made by the paper.

4. No more than 3 levels of headings should be used. Footnotes are to be avoided and should take the form of endnotes listed prior to the references. The Harvard style of referencing is used (author's name and date of publication bracketed in the text) and all works cited should be listed alphabetically by the author after the main body of the text, style as follows:

- Bosrup, E. (1981), Populations and Technological Change, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA.

- Cohen, J. (1980), 'Land Tenure and Rural Development in Africa', in Agricultural Development in Africa, R. Bates and M. Lofchie (eds), Praeger, New York, USA.

- Nissanke, M. and Thorbecke, E. (2008), 'Introduction: Globalization-Poverty Channels and Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa', African Development Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, April, 1-19.

- Venables, A.J. (2009), 'Rethinking Growth in a Globalizing World: an Economic Geography Lens', African Development Review, Vol. 21, No. 2, September, 331-351.

5. All editorial correspondence, outside manuscript submission and status of papers, should be sent to: the Editor, African Development Review, African Development Bank, Rue Joseph Anoma, 01 BP 1387, Abidjan 01, Côte d’Ivoire; E-mail address: or Tel.: +225 2026 2225.

Tables and artwork
All tables and figures should be supplied on separate sheets, not included within the text, but have their intended position clearly indicated in the manuscript. Figures should be supplied as high quality, original artwork and any lettering or line work should be able to sustain reduction to the final size of reproduction. Tints and complex shading should be avoided. Figures supplied on disk must be accompanied by a hard copy and should be originated in a drawing package and saved as an EPS file.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell's Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their articles, once accepted, through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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