All submissions to TIR should conform to the requirements of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). While following APA citation guidelines, we nevertheless welcome narrative and other genres of research reporting, as appropriate to inquiry traditions within which authors are working.

Submissions to TIR should fall into one of two categories: (1) full-length articles or (2) Column pieces. Choose the appropriate category (Article or Column) from the drop-down menu during the submission process (see below).

Full-length articles typically present empirical research (broadly defined) and analyze or interpret data the author has generated using sound research methodologies.

TIR also publishes various sorts of academic writing in the column category, including but not limited to:

  • Commentaries about current trends in community development

  • Innovations in research methodologies

  • Considerations of connections between research and practice or policy

  • Critical reviews of emerging areas of research and scholarship

  • Brief reports on larger empirical studies

  • Rhetorical Analysis

  • Persuasive Essays

  • Responses to articles published in TIR

We prefer that all submissions be written in a way accessible to diverse readers, including those who are not experts on the topic of the paper. Research based on highly focused contexts or questions should be framed to appeal broadly to a wide variety of audiences.

Because TIR reports substantive findings and model research in the field, articles submitted for publication must meet high research standards.

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Both established and early-career academics and non-academics will review submitted manuscripts.  When evaluating manuscripts for publication in TIR, reviewers consider the following categories and questions:

  • Significance: Does the manuscript identify a problem and is it a significant one for the field of community development research? Is the problem identified, or the approach to the problem that is taken,unique? Do the findings or conclusions deliver new insights in relation to that problem?

  • Methodological Soundness: Does the manuscript clearly describe and employ a methodology consistent with the theoretical orientation that informs the investigation and the goals of the paper?

  • Analysis & Interpretation:  Are the claims insightful and clearly grounded in the analysis of the evidence?

  • Quality of Scholarship: To what extent does the article demonstrate strong scholarly grounding? How well is the theory that grounds the article extended or re-conceived as a consequence of the analysis?

  • Quality of Writing: To what extent is the writing clear, fluent, engaging, and consumable by a general audience?

To respect reviewers’ time, TIR restricts submissions to one per author, every month. We will return multiple, simultaneous submissions without review.