ODS relaunches with new aims, board and design

17 March, 2020

Oxford Development Studies (ODS), the multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that is edited from ODID, has relaunched, with revised aims and scope, a restructuring of its editorial advisory board and a new cover design. The relaunch sets the journal on a new course to meet the current and future demands of the field of development studies.

In the face of ongoing and new global challenges, the journal aims to serve as a forum for a wide range of voices to contribute to the production of knowledge and ideas in development studies. To this end, ODS has restructured its editorial advisory board to ensure greater inclusion of both women and scholars based in the global South.

It has also revised its aims and scope:

'Oxford Development Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for rigorous and critical analysis of the processes of social, political, and economic change that characterise development.

ODS publishes articles grounded in one or more regions of the world as well as comparative studies. Our intellectual approach is open to work that is interdisciplinary or rooted in a single discipline, such as politics, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, or history; however, we are committed to the idea that the journal should be relevant and accessible to a readership drawn from across the social sciences. The journal provides an outlet for contributions to development theory and for original empirical analyses, both quantitative and qualitative, as well as mixed methods.

In view of asymmetries in knowledge production and circulation in development studies, the journal seeks to include high-quality research from the perspective of those traditionally marginalised in academic publications. In particular, we aim to expand the range of articles by authors from the Global South'.

ODS welcomes submissions of papers that are consistent with this understanding of the journal’s emphasis.

As part of the relaunch, ODS is also initiating a new series of articles on Critical Issues in Development. To date, the journal has commissioned articles on migration, technology, race, gender and the environment.

It is anticipated that each of these will include a critical commentary on the current state of the literature on the relevant topic as well as a forward-looking reflection on the future development of the field, including analytical questions that should be addressed in the coming years.

The editors would welcome suggestions for potential topics, authors and papers for this series.

To learn more, please visit the journal website: https://www.tandfonline.com/cods