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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) and conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. A brief on-line primer on notes and bibliographic entries can be found at http://arts.pdn.ac.lk/ichss/content/Chicago_Manual_of_Style.pdf. Please use the author-date system that begins on page 4.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text is written in accessible, professional English. A general knowledge of the fields of relief, development, and advocacy is assumed. Language from other disciplines is explained in clear, ordinary language.
  • The author profile is completed or updated online at the CRDA website.
  • Submission is of appropriate length; 4,000-8,000 for articles, 800-1,200 for book reviews, 1,000-2,000 for discussion pieces, exclusive of the abstract, keywords, reference list, endnotes, and appendices.
  • If relevant, evidence is provided that the studies were conducted in accordance with ethical research standards.
  • All necessary permissions (such as for quoted text of more than 500 words) have been obtained and paid for by the author.
  • For articles, an abstract of 100-150 words is submitted along with the manuscript
  • For articles, five to seven keywords are included along with the abstract. The abstract and keywords are placed on the first page of the article itself, rather than in a separate document.
  • A separate title page with the author's identity is included. For articles, there is no reference to the author's identity in the text (for purposes of the double-blind review).
  1. Full-Length Articles: CRDA welcomes the submission of full-length scholarly articles that fall within the mission of the journal. Standard length is 4,000-8,000 words (excluding references and other supplementary material).  Articles must meet the requirements listed above in the "Submission Preparation Checklist,” and be submitted directly to the journal website. 
  2. Discussion Pieces: Discussions of previous journal articles, news events, or opinion pieces on topics central to its mission are also welcome. Contributions should typically be 1,000-2,000 words in length and meet the first six requirements listed in the "Submission Preparation Checklist."  Publication decisions will be made by the editors based on the piece’s overall quality and value.
  3. Book Reviews: Book reviews submitted to CRDA should review either 1) a book that addresses key relief, development, and/or advocacy issues from a Christian point of view, or 2) a book of special interest to the CRDA community.  Reviews should normally include the following:
    1. A clear explanation on what the book is about.
    2. A summary of the contribution the book makes to the CRDA community and the audience it best serves.
    3. A discussion of its major attributes and weaknesses.
    4. A critical comparison to other literature (either Christian or non-Christian) that covers similar themes and/or ideas.
    5. Your overall assessment of the book and its value to the CRDA community.

    Reviews should be 800-1200 words and meet the first six expectations in the "Submission Preparation Checklist.”
    Publication decisions for book reviews will be made by the editors based on the quality and value of the reviews.