EcDev Journal

Economic Development Journal: Editorial Guidelines

Copyright/Licencing – The Journal publishes under the Creative Commons Attribution license ( The author retains copyright. It allows the author to make any decisions about making copies available on their personal websites or in university repositories and negotiate any potential requests from other publishers to republish the articles. Any future republication of the work must cite the initial publication. 

Article Length - As a rule of thumb, 1200-1500 words is ideal. However, exceptions can be made at the editor's discretion to accommodate longer or shorter articles. Our best advice: brevity enhances the prospect of publication. 

Style - Our preferred style is streamlined and straightforward, to minimize legal and technical jargon, and to spell out all acronyms on the first reference. Use the simplest word that makes the point. For example: "use" instead of "utilize"; "rain" instead of "precipitation event." Articles should be as specific as possible, and use active voice, rather than passive voice. Articles written in the first person (eg. using "I" or "we" throughout) are generally inappropriate. Contractions should be avoided as well.

It is our policy to delete any commercial or promotional references within submitted articles. Accuracy is also imperative; any vague, unsubstantiated statements will be edited out.

Do not include the names of individuals unless they add credibility to the story. Eliminate any information that is not directly related to the subject matter or present it in a separate sidebar. Do not include personal opinions. Rather, present convincing documentation to prove the point. 

Author notes

The Journal generally identifies authors by names, title, email, city, province/state, country. A black and white photo of the author, and short bio (20 words), may also be included where available.

Where deemed necessary by the editorial board because of substantial revisions, a final version of your article may be emailed for your factual check to assure accuracy. Any inquiries received about your article after publication will be forwarded to you, and any comments about the article received from readers may be published in the future.

The editorial board ultimately decides upon the content of the publication, including your article, and reserves the right to reject any submission, or to edit your submission for length, content that may have been covered in a previous article, inappropriate information for the interest of our readership, or style. 

Photos and graphs, etc.

Photographs submitted must be in a high-resolution format (300 dpi) jpeg file no more than 500 kb in size.  Title, sources, etc. must be fully contained in the jpeg file.   


Please supply your manuscript electronically as a Word document. Include all charts, tables and other illustrations in jpeg file AND include an additional copy of each illustration or chart as a separate file in original artwork format. 

Sample Article 

Editorial Board 

Frank Miele - Editor - York University 

Andrew Bacchus - City of Kingston

Aleem Kanji - Ryerson University

Gabrielle Massicotte - FCM

Karol Murillo - City of Hamilton

Delia Reiche - County of Brant

Kadie Ward - Ryerson University

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