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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

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Aims and scope

Humanitarian action is a fast-paced field that demands a modern online journal that is multi-disciplinary, responsive, timely, and open access. The Journal of International Humanitarian Action provides a forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to highlight contemporary challenges, to critically reflect upon current practices, and to ultimately advance the field of humanitarian action.

Call for Papers: Special Collection on the Psychosocial Elements of Humanitarian Action

This Collection focuses on the emotional lives of people who deliver critical assistance under extraordinary circumstances. We welcome field research and novel commentary exploring the psychological, social, and mental health elements that often go hand in hand with humanitarian action. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: measurement of personal and community resilience; standardization of assessment tools; cross-cultural comparisons of models and measures of resilience and empowerment; evidence-based emergency mental health interventions; needs assessment and interventions in migrating people, people in transition, and refugees; and coping mechanisms and decision-making under uncertainty. Learn more here, submit your paper here, and choose “Psychosocial Elements…” from the thematic series drop-down menu.

Additional Call for Papers: Special Collection on Humanitarian Technology

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Humanitarian actors have long adopted and adapted technology to improve aid delivery and protection practices. But beyond asking what technology does for humanitarian action, this Collection will explore what it does to humanitarian action. Read more, submit your paper here, and choose "Humanitarian Technology" from the thematic series drop-down menu.


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This journal benefits from full sponsorship, thanks to the Organizational Design Community which has published the journal in a purely open access format since the outset. Papers that are accepted following peer review will be published and no article-processing charge (APC) will be charged to the author.

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    64 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    42 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    119 days from submission to acceptance
    32 days from acceptance to publication

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