Style guide


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Word limits
Please include a word count for your paper.
A typical Article for this series should be no more than 8000 words.

Style guidelines
Please use British -ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Please use single quotation marks, except where 'a quotation is "within" a quotation'. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Formatting and templates

Papers should be submitted in Word format. Figures should be saved separately from the text.

Reference citations are provided in the main text, supplemented by a references list. The reference list should include all works cited in the text.

References should be cited in the text within parentheses, using the author's surname, the publication date of the cited work, and a page number if necessary following a colon, for example: (Smith 1980:32). They should be placed at an appropriate part of the text.

Use the authors' surnames and first name in full. Any other names should be included as initials; if a first name includes a hyphen, include both names in full.

Include all author names up to five. If there are more than six authors, list the first followed by et al.

Any references cited in notes should be included in the reference list, and vice versa.

Journal article

Baruah, Bipasha. 2017. Women on Wheels: Empowering Women Through an Innovative Training and Employment Programme, Development in Practice, 27(2):18-29.


Ferguson, James. 2015. Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution. Duke (NC): Duke University Press.


Tenhunen, Sirpa. 2010. Constructing Mobile Technology and Gender in India. In Gender, Mobility and Citizenship in Asia, Mikako Iwatake (ed.). Helsinki: Renvall Institute, 38-57.

Internet document

Blog or other article with an author:

Salmi, Jelena. 2016. The Great Sacrifice: Dealing with Demonetization in India. Poverty and Developent Research Center.

Without author:

When citing an entire website, it is sufficient just to give the address of the site in the text. E.g. (

Understanding Poverty. 2017. Washington (DC): World Bank.


Raitala, Diana. 2015. Bridewealth: An Ethnographic Study on the Narratives and Descriptions of the Practice of Bridewealth. (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä.

Checklist: what to include

1. Author details. Please include all authors’ full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the title page. Please also include ORCID identifiers. Social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn) are also welcome. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.

2. A non-structured abstract. No more than 150 words, including research question(s), type of source data used, and main points.

3. Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
For single agency grants: This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]. 

For multiple agency grants: This work was supported by the [funding Agency 1]; under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx].

4. Figures. (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size).

5. Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.

Using third-party material in your paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.