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Featured article: "Responding to mental health vulnerability in Maltese detention centres: the use of psychological support groups as an intervention tool"

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How does the experience of living in detention affect immigrants' mental health? In Malta, where every asylum-seeker must (controversially) serve time, this paper found that therapy groups imparted coping skills and helped the detainees to unleash emotional pain. Click on the heading to read this article in full.


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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

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.

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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. 


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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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