Community Development has been the official journal of the Community Development Society since 1970. Community Development is regularly published five times a year, in addition to occasional special issues. It includes a range of scholarly research, as well as a section on practice that replaces the content previously found in Community Development Practice.
Community Development aims to advance theory, research, practice, and teaching that serves purposive community change. The scope of the journal embraces all specializations within the interdisciplinary field of community development, including social, economic, and environmental concerns. Accordingly, the journal welcomes manuscripts that report empirical research findings; build theory, research methods, or pedagogy; evaluate current practices; or critically analyze the profession itself. Authors are strongly encouraged to link research to theory and clearly state the implications of their manuscript’s content for practice and policy.
Local Development & Society was established in 2020 to explore the potentials and limitations of local growth and to test evidence from academic research and practice against relevance to local communities and society.
Local Development & Society publishes theoretical and empirical research relevant to all aspects of localism; adapting or adopting changes in a product, content, process, or policy for a specific area or locale. Changes in local social, economic, and environmental systems continue to emerge rapidly, generating keen interest from the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, as well as by citizen groups seeking to encourage healthier and more sustainable sources of livelihoods and culture in their communities and regions.
The journal's scope is global and of interest to diverse social scientists, planners, researchers, policy makers, students, and practitioners across myriad academic disciplines. The journal’s Open Access option makes research readily available to these and other audiences.