Mountain Research and Development Journal
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Guidelines for reviewers of MountainDevelopment papers

Section policy
The purpose of papers in MountainDevelopment is to present “transformation knowledge,” ie knowledge that shows how to shape the transformation from a given state of development to a more sustainable form of development. MountainDevelopment articles offer insights into well-researched and validated development and policy experiences, exploring the transferability of these experiences across mountain contexts. They can also present findings of practice-oriented research aimed at coping with development challenges in mountain regions. They should be embedded in the relevant national or international debate. Conclusions should, if possible, offer “short and crisp” key messages for practitioners, policymakers, and decision-makers.

Papers should address a multidisciplinary community of development-oriented researchers, policy-makers, decision-makers, practitioners, etc. The audience is thus a broader one than for a purely academic paper, and the review criteria focus more on the applicability and legitimacy of findings for development than on scientific replicability and originality.

Manuscripts are reviewed by two or more international academic and development experts.

Review questions for MountainDevelopment papers

1. Content

  • Does the paper present innovative development approaches/methods that show how to shape the transformation towards a more sustainable situation?
  • Are new evidence-based insights presented for a mountain development/policy community?
  • Is the paper a unique/important/useful contribution to the relevant national/international debate?
  • Does the conclusion contain “short and crisp” key messages for practitioners, policy-makers, and/or decision-makers?
  • Is the approach/method transferable to other mountain regions?
  • Are insights into the knowledge production/sharing process among different stakeholders presented?
  • Do the references point to key papers (academic, policy, development) and are they adequate?

2. Methods

  • Is the work sound from the point of view of concept and method?
  • Is the validation of the approach/method presented (eg systematically assessed experiences, validation through the communities concerned, etc)?
  • Are the research methods comprehensible for an audience of practitioners and policy-makers?

3. Structure and format

  • Is the paper concise and well structured?
  • Is it written in a style accessible to a broader audience?
  • Are the title, abstract, and keywords appropriate?
  • Are the figures, tables, maps, etc relevant and accurate?

4. Additional comments

Any additional comments are very welcome.