Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


The Journal of Development Practice (JDP), an open access e-journal is an endeavour of the Department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University, Guwahati to create and provide a platform for emerging scholars, practitioners, academicians and policy makers to articulate their views, opinions and experiences in an academic and open ambience.

The journal encourages an approach that emphasises the combination of theory with facts of everyday lived-experiences in the reconstruction of knowledge and reconversion of the same into practices for improvement of human life. An interdisciplinary framework drawn from multidisciplinary fields of philosophy, human rights, sociology, social work, economics, political science, psychology, science and technology and others in addressing human problems is highly recommended. While established theories are respected, the JDP is open to repositioning ‘epistemic claims’, alternative views that arise out of field evidences and indigenous wisdom.


  1. To create a platform for academic expression for persons engaged in the field of development.
  2. To provide space for academic articulation by aspiring socially conscious academicians, researchers, policy makers and development practitioners.
  3. To document development innovations and entrepreneurial practices.
  4. To articulate the perspectives of the marginalised and the oppressed.
  5. To contribute towards construction of theories on development.


The focus of JDP is to provide a platform for original works of academic nature related to society and development. In keeping with this focus JDP is open to papers and articles that are

  • Multi and interdisciplinary in nature which are related to society and development – livelihoods, governance, health, urbanisation, disaster, criminology, entrepreneurship, human behaviour, education, gender, children, elderly, human rights, indigenous/tribal studies, technology, methodology, etc.
  • Views, opinions, essays, field notes, book reviews, research summaries and interviews.


Section Policies


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Publication Frequency

The Journal of Development Practice is an annual Journal with scope for special issues in between on relevant themes.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.