Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development aims to enhance knowledge in the field of disability, addressing the needs of practitioners in the field (particularly those from developing countries), policy makers, disabled persons’ organisations and the scientific community. The journal encourages publication of information that is evidence-based, to improve current knowledge and programme implementation, and will be openly and freely accessible to all readers.

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development focuses on the following themes, with emphasis on perspectives from developing countries:

  • Community-based rehabilitation
  • Inclusive education
  • Women with disabilities
  • Inclusive development
  • Human rights and self-advocacy
  • Role of Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs)
  • Policy and legislation related to disability issues
  • Health-related rehabilitation and outcomes - perspectives from developing countries
  • Assistive devices - perspectives from developing countries
  • Accessibility (including inclusive design)
  • Disability and HIV/AIDS/reproductive health
  • Disability and conflict
  • Disability and emergencies

Articles are published under the following sections:

  • Peer-reviewed original research articles (empirical or theoretical), upto 4,000 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Peer-reviewed in-depth reviews, upto 5,000 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Peer-reviewed brief reports, 2,000 to 2,500 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.
  • Case studies, 1500 to 2000 words inclusive
  • Experiential, first person accounts, 2,000 to 2,500 words inclusive.
  • Letters to the Editor, 1,000 to 1,500 words inclusive.

Please see our Author Guidelines for information on article submission.




Section Policies


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Original Research Articles

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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Brief reports

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Experiential Accounts

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

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Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Guest Editorial

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Peer Review Process

Initial Screening

Manuscripts are screened by the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editors to determine if they are original contributions and within the journal’s scope. The  Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the decision to reject or to recommend the article for full peer review. Authors of manuscripts that are rejected at this point will be informed within 3-4 weeks of submission.

Review process

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development employs a conventional blind review policy, where both the reviewers and the authors remain anonymous throughout the process. The Editor-in-Chief will assign two reviewers to each paper based on their availability and expertise. Authors may be asked to suggest suitable reviewers for the subject of their paper during the electronic submission process.

Reviewers are asked to evaluate the manuscript for:

  • Originality and scientific contribution to improving knowledge in the field
  • Internal validity (including review of the literature, methods, analysis, and interpretation)
  • Organization and writing style (clear, concise, jargon-free writing)

Reviewers will provide anonymous comments meant for the authors and confidential comments to the Editors if needed. The anonymous comments meant for the authors are made available to the other reviewer. Reviewers are not expected to correct or copy edit manuscripts as this will be done by editorial staff, but are encouraged to do so if they are willing. Typically, the peer review process will take about 4 weeks. However, if there is a controversy, the Editor-in-Chief may assign additional reviewers and this will lengthen the process.

The final decision

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision to reject or recommend the manuscript for publication. The decision will be sent to the author(s) along with reviewer recommendations. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript in keeping with reviewer comments. Revised manuscripts may be returned to the original reviewers or to alternate reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief may request more than one revision of a manuscript.


Publication Frequency

Three to four full issues per year will be published.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Ethics and Malpractice Policy

DCIDJ believes that the editorial board, reviewers, authors and journal users have high ethical standards and will exhibit ethical behaviour at all times. Listed below are some mandatory standards that the journal expects its users to comply with:


  • Authors should ensure that their articles are original works
  • All material used from other sources/ authors should be referenced in the article adequately
  • Authors are responsible for using authentic data and agree to submit original study protocol and to release underlying data to editors or reviewers upon request.
  • Articles that are being reviewed or have been accepted or published in other journals cannot be submitted to DCIDJ
  • Withdrawal of an article from DCIDJ after receiving review comments from the editorial board and submitting it to another journal will be considered malpractice. The author can be banned from future submissions to DCIDJ
  • Authors should ensure that they have an ethics board approval to conduct their research
  • Information collected by the authors as part of their research should ensure confidentiality and respect the rights of the respondents
  • In case, the article requires an explicit mention of the respondent’s details (such as name, address, etc.) the author should have prior written consent from the respondent
  • The author is responsible for getting a written consent from DCIDJ to use a published article in another publication


DCIDJ follows a blind peer review process. It is the responsibility of each reviewer to review an assigned article with impartiality and full professional integrity based on the guidelines provided by DCIDJ. All review comments should be generic, with no reference whatsover to the reviewer or the author and his/her affiliations. Reviewers cannot use information given in the articles without the express permission of the author and DCIDJ

Editorial Board:

The editorial board is responsible to maintain confidentiality of the authors during the submission and review process; and to ensure a fair, professional and impartial review. The editorial board is also responsible for using fair practices in rejecting and chosing articles for publication.

Journal users:

Journal users are expected to maintain professional standards in all communication with the authors and DCIDJ.  Users need to take written permission from the authors and DCIDJ to use a published article.



Conflict of Interest Policy

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.


Accessibility policy

We have done our best to make our web site as accessible as possible.  For example: the Images in the website have alternative text (so if you can not see the image you can still read the text); the website has a colour contrast between foreground and background  that is sufficiently strong; and a text re-size option according to user preference.

If you have any problems with the accessibility of this site or suggestions for improvement, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will try to do what we can to make this site as user friendly as possible for everyone.



All materials published by Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development reflect the opinions and work of the authors and do not necessarily correspond to the opinions of the Editors, Editorial Board or members of affiliated organizations.Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their manuscripts including all data and references.