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From time to time, the Journal of International Humanitarian Action publishes collections of articles on topics of special interest. 

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Special Collection:
Psychosocial Elements of Humanitarian Action
Publishing 8 February 2017 onward
Open for submissions


Special Collection: 
Humanitarian Technology
Publishing 17 August 2016 onward
Open for submissions



Aims and scope

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action is an open access peer-reviewed journal for researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and anyone moved to understand contemporary challenges, reflect critically on practices, and engage at humanitarian action’s leading edge.

We welcome original academic and/or practice-informed contributions not only from scholars of international humanitarian law or practitioners of global nonprofit management, but also from myriad other areas spanning the social sciences and humanities and beyond.

Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • humanitarian ethics
  • humanitarian protection
  • application of international humanitarian law (IHL)
  • humanitarian programming, monitoring, and evaluation
  • education and training of humanitarian aid workers
  • the Humanitarian-Development-Security Nexus
  • governance, organization, and evolution of humanitarian systems 
  • best practices and knowledge-sharing in humanitarian action
  • politics of humanitarian aid
  • humanitarian technology
  • psychosocial elements of humanitarian action

The journal regularly publishes special collections that can be proposed by guest editors and discuss in detail pressing questions of humanitarian action. Given the diversity of our readership, the editors seek submissions that transcend disciplinary and sectional divisions and promote rigorous and inclusive discourse around the challenges, problems, and practices of humanitarian action.

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Always 100% Open Access

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action has been published in a purely open access format since its inception. Every submission is assigned to a handling editor who orchestrates blinded peer review. Papers that are accepted following peer review will be published. For some authors, publishing charges (APCs) are generously covered by the Network on Humanitarian Action, whether in whole or in part. For other authors, APCs are covered by institutions or one of Springer Nature's wide-ranging open research agreements such as Projekt DEAL. Published articles are immediately available to be read, cited, and built upon by anyone with an internet connection. 

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    157 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    125 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    250 days from submission to acceptance
    22 days from acceptance to publication

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