Editorial and ethical rules

The editorial Board of the Journal of Development Studies  shares the principal values of Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University and acts by the principles of freedom of research, expression of thought and publication, and principles of Research Publishing Ethics (COPE);

Editor Responsibilities

The editor, in consultation with the editorial board, determines the goals, objectives, and publishing policy of the journal;

The editor shares the responsibility with the editorial board and guarantees the journal's scientific quality; Constantly takes care of its development and improvement.

  The editor ensures that all incoming articles undergo the anti-plagiarism program and sends them to two experts in the field for review;

If the program has detected and caught the plagiarism, the editor rejects the article and returns it to the author;

The editor is obliged to notify the authors of the positive/or negative assessment or reasons for the of rejection the article by e-mail and to attach the reviewers' conclusions to the letter.

The editor is responsible for the high quality of the review process and the qualification and competence of the reviewers. 

If the author raises reasonable doubts about the bias of the reviewer, the editorial team, through consultation with the editorial team, should resolve the issue - to send it to a new reviewer or publish it; 

The editorial board must apologize or publish an explanation or clarification in case of misconduct fact. 

Conflicts of Interest

Journal editorial policy considers personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs as conflicts of interest. To prevent conflict of interest, journal editors are obliged to discuss all incoming articles without any favor. The reviewer must inform the editors about conflicts of interest and refuse to review the article.

Raise a concern

 Any person who finds any kind of mistakes in the articles or figures out that editorial policy has not been carried out in line with these principles should raise their concerns with the journal's editorial office or email the Press at ids@sabauni.edu.ge.  The Editorial  Board is responsible for discussing any incoming issue carefully and reacting appropriately. 


Editorial policy enables the journal editor to reject incoming articles if it is unthematic, the findings are unreliable, contain unethical research or plagiarism, the article`s main part is descriptive, and lack research depth.

 The average duration of the review process is two months; 

The authors can make article submissions at any time of the year. 

The journal is published in December every year.