Third World Quarterly

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Third World Quarterly  
Discipline Area studies, development studies
Language English
Edited by Shahid Qadir
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
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ISSN 0143-6597 (print)
1360-2241 (web)
LCCN 80640150
JSTOR 01436597
OCLC no. 615555785

Third World Quarterly is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge, established in 1979. As of 2017, its editor-in-chief is Shahid Qadir. It was published eight times per year until 2011, when publication increased to ten times per year.[1] It is now published monthly.[2]

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal had an impact factor of 1.451 in 2014, ranking it 35th out of 55 journals in the category "Planning and Development".[3]


In September 2017, the journal attracted controversy after it published an article entitled "The Case for Colonialism" by political scientist Bruce Gilley. This was described by Portia Roelofs and Max Gallien of the London School of Economics as "a travesty, the academic equivalent of a Trump tweet, clickbait with footnotes."

On 19 September 2017, a large number of the journal's editorial board resigned in protest, citing a flawed peer review process for the colonialism submission and inaccurate statements from the editor-in-chief, Shahid Qadir.[4] In all, 15 of the 34 members of the international editorial board were signatories to the resignation letter. A petition at to retract the piece had more than 10,000 supporters.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Third World Quarterly". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Third World Quarterly". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Planning and Development". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014.
  4. ^ Thomas, Rosamma (19 September 2017). "Journal's editorial board resigns over colonialism essay". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (19 September 2017). "Controversy over a paper in favor of colonialism sparks calls for retraction". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ Zamudio-Suaréz, Fernanda (20 September 2017). "Editorial Board of 'Third World Quarterly' Resigns". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Open letter to Third World Quarterly on the publication of 'The case for colonialism'". openDemocracy. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

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