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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]

Third World Quarterly  
DisciplineArea studies, development studies
Edited byShahid Qadir
Publication details
Publication history
Standard abbreviations
Third World Q.
ISSN0143-6597 (print)
1360-2241 (web)
OCLC no.615555785

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."[4] Oxford theologian Nigel Biggar himself became the subject of a controversy after defending Gilley's article.

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.[5] 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.[6][7] Board member Noam Chomsky opposed the retraction, saying "Rebuttal offers a great opportunity for education, not only in this case."[8]


  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. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (2017-09-26). "Author of ;Third World Quarterly' article on colonialism wants it stricken from the record, but it might not be going anywhere". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  5. ^ Thomas, Rosamma (19 September 2017). "Journal's editorial board resigns over colonialism essay". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  6. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (19 September 2017). "Controversy over a paper in favor of colonialism sparks calls for retraction". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  7. ^ Zamudio-Suaréz, Fernanda (20 September 2017). "Editorial Board of 'Third World Quarterly' Resigns". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  8. ^ Flaherty, Colleen (2017-09-20). "Resignations at 'Third World Quarterly'". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 2019-05-14.

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