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Note to authors

When submitting to this journal, you will need to upload 3 submission elements, including 1) your blinded manuscript, 2) a title page with your name and affiliation, and 3) a cover letter with Declarations.

The Declarations in your cover letter must include the following headings. Examples are in italics.

  • Acknowledgments. I thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.
  • Competing interests. The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
  • Funding. No outside funding was used to support this work.
  • Author contributions. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
  • Availability of data and materials. Not applicable.


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

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.

Call for papers! Special collection on "Humanitarian Protection"

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action is now accepting submissions to a special collection on the topic of protection in humanitarian contexts. The collection will explore perspectives and theories, such as systems thinking and social networks, that can enhance understanding of the complexity of programming protection and support the realization of effective protective action. How humanitarian practice can contribute to theory in order to achieve applicable results (results-oriented research, evaluation research, and more) will be discussed. For this purpose, current trends and challenges for protection in the context of humanitarian action also need to be considered. Details are available here!

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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; currently, the article-publishing charges (APCs) are generously covered by the Network on Humanitarian Action. Published articles are immediately available to be read, cited, and built upon by anyone with an internet connection. 

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines, but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    61 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    36 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    143 days from submission to acceptance
    26 days from acceptance to publication

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