Submitting Your Paper

Style Guide

The Program on Governance and Local Development welcomes submissions of academic manuscripts for publication on our website and social media. All manuscripts will be reviewed by our editorial board; only papers selected for our working paper series will be published. Please note that manuscripts published elsewhere will not be accepted. All manuscripts should relate to the GLD mission and be clearly written and checked carefully for typographical errors. Though our working paper series features topics of a scientific nature, we aim to make our publications accessible to a wider audience and therefore ask that manuscripts are readily understandable and refrain from the use of unnecessary jargon. Finally, we advise that papers should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words in length, and must not exceed 12,000 words. All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Your manuscript must be formatted in the following manner:

  • Title Page Acknowledgements Page
  • Abstract Page
  • Body of the Paper
  • References
  • Appendices (if applicable)


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Our Mission

“We aim to promote human welfare by conducting scientifically rigorous research across the globe. Our research focuses on answering a fundamental question: why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, adequate healthcare, and other factors that encourage human development, while others fail to do so? We engage with communities across the world, develop methodological tools, gather data, undertake analyses on major issues affecting societies today, and disseminate findings to academics, relevant policy-makers, and the communities in which we work.”