Review of Development Economics

Cover image for Vol. 19 Issue 4

Edited By: Professor Andy McKay

Impact Factor: 0.61

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 49/55 (Planning & Development); 216/333 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9361

Author Guidelines

1. About the Journal

Review of Development Economics publishes original, high-quality research on a broad range of topics in international economics. Each manuscript is reviewed in an unbiased manner and receives utmost attention by the editorial office and its referees. Manuscripts are judged on the quality of their content alone, making the author's religion, race, sex, age, nationality, and institutional affiliation irrelevant for acceptance decisions.

To maintain the highest standards and an ethical review process, the editorial office of Review of Development Economics upholds, and also appeals to authors and referees to uphold the following principles:

Review of Development Economics has adopted a double-blind review process; it does not reveal the identities of either authors or referees to other parties in the review process. Authors are asked to write papers in a way to keep their identity from referees. To honour this principle, they should refrain from citing forthcoming or working papers. References to these papers that are deemed necessary can be gracefully added in the final version. Referees are asked to write their reports in a way that hide their own identity from the paper's authors. While careful reports are valued, the referees do not have to prove the validity of their opinions.

A manuscript is submitted with the understanding that the substance of its content has not been published and is not under consideration for publication by another journal or book. The Review of Development Economics makes every effort to provide authors with timely reports from referees. Referees that keep manuscripts no longer than one month will be highly appreciated.

2. Preparing a Manuscript

FAQs and tips about preparing and submitting manuscripts, automated email tracking and more can be found at the Wiley Author Services website.

Preparation. Either American or British English may be used, provided that spelling and punctuation styles are internally consistent, and in accord with any standard English dictionary, such as Oxford or the widely accepted editions of Webster’s. Manuscripts must be as succinct as possible. We ask that papers are at most 9000 words (including tables and references); we are unable to publish longer articles and may reject submissions on this basis. Repetition of information or data in different sections of the manuscript must be carefully avoided. Footnotes should be kept to the minimum strictly required and should not be used for giving bibliographical references. Tables, figures, photographs and diagrams should also be kept to a minimum as demanded by the argument in the paper.

Please ensure the title of your manuscript is concise and informative. It is recommended that you read Optimizing for Search Engines.

English Language Editing. Authors whose first language is not English may wish to consult a specialist English Language editing/proofing service before submission, for example Wiley Editing Services.

File Format. Manuscript text must be saved in Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Alternatively the manuscript can be submitted as a LaTex file. Do not submit text in PDF format (.pdf).

Cover Letter. Your cover letter should explain why your manuscript is suitable for publication.

Title Page. To preserve double blind peer review, please submit your title page as a separate file. The title page should include the names of all authors, as well as a correspondence address and any other identifying information, such as acknowledgements.

Abstract. All manuscripts included an abstract of no more than 200 words.

Keywords. Review of Development Economics uses the JEL codes to classify manuscripts and our referee's areas of expertise. Authors have the option to specify other keywords not covered by the JEL codes, as appropriate.

Conflict of Interests. Please indicate whether you and/or your co-authors have interests which may be perceived as posing a conflict or bias. If yes, please disclose potential conflicts of interest, including all relevant financial interests (e.g. employment, significant share ownership, patent rights, consultancy, research funding) in any company or institution that might benefit from the publication (or state ‘none’). Authors might consider, as a guide for financial disclosures, reporting interests where the sums concerned are above USD 10,000 or the equivalent of >5% of an author's gross income. Authors do not need to report the sums concerned. Please report any personal, professional, political, institutional, religious, or other associations that a reasonable reader would want to know about in relation to the submitted work.

References. The Harvard referencing style is used. References in the text are given by quoting the author’s name followed by the year of publication in round brackets, for example, Freud (1918) or (Freud, 1918). If two co-authors are cited, both names should be given, for example, Marty and de M’Uzan (1963) or (Marty and de M’Uzan, 1963). If more than two co-authors are cited, the reference in the text should take the form of, for example, Smith et al. (1972) or (Smith et al., 1972). If more than one work published in the same year by an author is listed, these should be followed by a, b, c etc. When an author is listed both as a single and as a (first) co-author, references to single authorship should precede joint ones. Titles and subtitles of books should be in italic, with initial caps, except for names, only, and the place of publication and name of publisher should be given. If a reference is made to an edition which is not the original, the date of the quoted edition should also be given at the end of the reference. Titles of journal articles are given in quotemarks and are followed by the abbreviated name of the journal (italic), volume number and the number of both the first and last page of the article.

Supporting Information. We can also publish supporting information. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but which does not or cannot appear in the main article. Supporting Information can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. This should be submitted during manuscript submission and designated as 'Supporting Information'. Supporting information will be published as submitted, and will not be corrected or checked for scientific content, typographical errors or functionality. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published it must be submitted with the necessary permissions.

Authors preparing supporting information for publication should read the following guidelines carefully:

3. Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts should be submitted online via ScholarOne Manuscripts at Any queries regarding ScholarOne Manuscripts or manuscript submission should be directed to the Editorial Office. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below:
1. Launch your web browser and go to journal’s ScholarOne site (
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts:

  • After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
  • Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next”.
  • Enter a user ID and password of your and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.
NOTE: If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” and enter your email address. The system will send you details on how to log in.
3. Log-in and select “Author Center”.
4. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript”.
5. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
6. Upload your files:
  • Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
  • Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
  • When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
7. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats). Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

4. Publishing Ethics


All authors should be listed on the title page. Any individual that has made a significant contribution to the manuscript but that does not qualify as an author should be acknowledged separately.

Individuals qualify as an author if they meet all of the following criteria:
1. He/she has made a substantial contribution to the research reported, either in design of the study, or acquisition of data, or interpretation of findings
2. He/she drafted or revised the content of the manuscript
3. He/she has given approval for the submitted version

The cover letter should include a declaration that all authors are listed and all have contributed according to the above criteria. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship.

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all authors have seen, approved and are fully conversant with the contents of the manuscript. All authors are responsible for the accuracy of the manuscript, including all statistical calculations and drug doses.

Plagiarism & Permissions

Authors will be asked during online submission to confirm that the submitted work is not published, in press or currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

The Journal carefully scrutinizes all papers for evidence of plagiarism and falsified data using CrossCheck software. This encompasses the following:

  • multiple submission (i.e. to several journals at the same time)
  • redundant publication (i.e. when the same data are published repeatedly)
  • self-plagiarism
  • reviewer misconduct (e.g. a reviewer making use of material obtained during review)
  • changes to authorship after publication due to discovery of guest or ghost authors
  • deliberate omission of funding or competing interest information.

The Journal does not consider the following to be prior publication:
  • abstracts and posters at conferences
  • results presented at meetings (for example, to inform investigators or participants about findings)
  • results databases (data without interpretation, discussion, context or conclusions in the form of tables and text to describe data/information where this is not easily presented in tabular form)

Manuscripts that have been published previously in another language should state this on the title page of the submission.
It is the sole responsibility of the author(s) to gain and fund all necessary permissions to re-use any other works within their accepted manuscript (including quotations, poetry, song lyrics and pictures). During online submission of the manuscript, if it contains any reproduced materials, authors will be asked to tick a box to confirm that they have already sought all permissions in written form from the copyright owners. If the manuscript is accepted, authors will be asked to provide these written permissions before publication. Please ensure you obtain permission to re-use any other works immediately on acceptance, to avoid publication delays. A permissions request form can be found here.


The Journal has a duty to publish corrections (errata) when errors could affect the interpretation of data or information, whatever the cause of the error (i.e. arising from author or publisher errors). It is important to set the scientific record straight.

The title of the Erratum will include the words 'Erratum'. They are published on a numbered page (print and electronic) and are listed in the Journal's table of contents. They will cite the original article and be linked to it, so that indexing and abstracting services are able to identify and link to both the erratum and the original paper. Reasons for publishing an Erratum are clearly stated.

Peer Review

On submission of a manuscript for publication, the submission is checked for compliance with these author instructions. If the submission is complete, the Editor-in-Chief assesses the manuscript for suitability. A small percentage of manuscripts are rejected without peer review at this stage, for example if the article is inappropriate for the journal.

All remaining papers will be sent for anonymous peer review. Authors should reference their own work in the third person, for example, 'Michels (2003) considers...' and not 'I (Michels 2003) consider...', to preserve anonymity throughout the peer review process. Wherever possible, authors will receive detailed feedback, regardless of the decision reached. Most articles that are eventually for publication will have been revised at least once.

The Editors treat all submitted manuscripts as confidential documents, which means they will not divulge information about a manuscript to anyone without the authors’ permission. During the process of manuscript review, the following people may also have access to manuscripts: editors and editorial staff, external reviewers, and third parties (the only occasion when details about a manuscript might be passed to a third party without the authors’ permission if there is reason to suggest serious research misconduct—see above).

Editors or Editorial Board members are never involved in editorial decisions about their own research work. Journal editors, Editorial Board members and other editorial staff (including peer reviewers) withdraw from discussions about submissions where any circumstances might prevent him/her offering unbiased editorial decisions. When making editorial decisions about peer reviewed articles where an editor is an author or is acknowledged as a contributor, affected editors or staff members exclude themselves and are not involved in the publication decision. When editors are presented with papers where their own interests may impair their ability to make an unbiased editorial decision, he/she deputises decisions about the paper to a suitably qualified individual.


Decisions on manuscripts or on ethical misconduct are regarded as final; however, we recognise the right of an individual to challenge our decisions and seek an appeal. Appeals should be submitted in writing by email to the editor. If deemed appropriate the manuscript may be subjected to an additional round of peer-review, or to internal investigation.

6. Post-Acceptance


A PDF offprint will be supplied to each first-named Contributor of his or her article. The Publisher shall offer the Contributors the opportunity to order additional offprints of their articles prior to publication, on the Publisher's current terms.


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:

Wiley Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article—once it has been 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.

Early View

Review of Development Economics is covered by Wiley's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.