Our journals are all peer reviewed; reviewers are sought who are knowledgeable of practice in the field and who will be constructively critical of research methods used. All submitted papers (whether invited for a theme issue or unsolicited) will first be read by a member of the Editorial Committee, who will decide whether or not the paper is within the scope of the journal and of sufficient quality. Papers that satisfy these criteria will be sent for review; two reviewers will be selected from the Editorial Committee, Editorial Advisory Board and external reviewers. Reviewing is double blind, i.e. the reviewer’s and the author’s identities are kept from each other. Reviewers are asked to comment on the paper’s originality, its usefulness for practitioners, whether it is well structured and has a clear argument, and whether the author demonstrates awareness of other related research and practice, especially in other parts of the world. The reviewing process usually takes 2-3 months. Authors are then sent the reviewers’ reports along with a decision, either accept with minor revisions, resubmit with major revisions, or decline to publish.
Enterprise Development and Microfinance journal was launched in 1990 as Small Enterprise Development. EDM covers the policies and interventions supporting small businesses and the wider private sector that provide livelihoods and employment for the poor in developing countries. In addition, it includes articles in the field of microfinance, including the sustainability of microfinance institutions. poverty impact on clients, ‘reaching the poorest’, and the commercialization of microfinance.
Published since 1982, Waterlines is the world's only journal devoted entirely to low-cost water and sanitation. It is written for professionals - administrators or engineers, project managers or policymakers, trainers or workers in the field.
Food Chain is an international journal for professionals involved in developing the supply of high-quality foods from the ‘farm gate to the plate’ and those who use food processing to alleviate poverty and hunger. It is essential reading for researchers, practitioners, academics, and policy-makers. Food Chain aims to bridge the gap between research and practice: we encourage papers written by researchers for the benefit of people who put ideas into practice in the field, and those written by practitioners to inform the need for further research.