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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.

The journal welcomes 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.

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

The complete Aims and Scope and the full list of topics covered by the Journal is available here.

Editors in Chief

New Content ItemPatrycja Grzebyk

Associate Professor at the University of Warsaw. NOHA Board Member. European Society of International Law Board Member. NOHA Director at the University of Warsaw. Research agenda: International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal law, Use of Force role of international courts.

New Content ItemClara Egger

Assistant Professor of Global Governance at the Erasmus School of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Chair of the International Organizations section of the International Studies Association. Research agenda: political economy of crisis governance and humanitarian aid.

Collections and Calls for Papers

From time to time, the Journal publishes Thematic Collections on topics of special interest. Watch out for collections that are currently open for submissions, and recent collections:

Call for Papers! Emerging Methods in Civilian-Military Humanitarian Studies
This special collection will present emerging research methods in the field of Civilian-Military Humanitarian Relations.

Call for Papers! Humanitarian Assistance in Armed Conflicts

New Content ItemThis special collection is devoted to the interpretation of International Humanitarian Law in the field of humanitarian assistance during armed conflicts.

Call for Papers! Agenda for Humanity Revisited

New Content ItemAs we are approaching the 10th anniversary of the Agenda for Humanity, this special collection aims to take stock of the progresses seven years after its adoption.

Call for Papers! The state and future of humanitarian studies: A Special Collection to Celebrate 30 Years of the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA)

New Content ItemOn the occasion of NOHA’s 30th anniversary, we encourage the submission of research and commentaries on the state and future of the interdisciplinary field of humanitarian studies.  

Call for Papers! International Organizations, Humanitarian Action and Human Rights: Effects of COVID-19 (Closed)

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This special collection explores how responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the provision of humanitarian aid and the protection of human rights.

Past Thematic Collections collections on topics of special interest are available for consultation here.


Understand the costs and funding options

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action has been published in 100% Gold Open Access format since its inception. Articles published in Gold OA format confer CC-BY copyright to the author and are immediately available to be read, cited, and built upon by all. APCs are charged on article acceptance. For further details, see our article-processing charge webpage

Publishing is not without costs; however, authors do not typically pay the fee themselves, and the way your APC is covered has no bearing on the editorial outcome of your submission. 

Did you know that there are almost 200 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide? Many funding bodies require that research publications resulting from their grants are made freely available to all. By publishing your research with us you fully comply with open access mandates, and the publishing costs may be entirely covered by the research grant. This means that you won’t have to pay any publishing fee and you retain the copyright (check here how to discover more). 

You may also be eligible for a waiver/discount, based on unavailability of research funding and/or country of origin (click here to discover more).

Are you still unable to find coverage for your article? SpringerOpen offers a free funding and support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit the OA funding and policy support page to learn more about our email support service.


From 2023 to 2027, some articles may be generously supported in their entirety or in part by the Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA). Authors with no Open Access funding can request the sponsorship by contacting the Editors in Chief Patrycja Grzebyk or Clara Egger before submitting the manuscript.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 25
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 203

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    Downloads: 330,130
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