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.
Why publish your article in Journal of International Humanitarian Action?
Journal of International Humanitarian Action's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Journal of International Humanitarian Action offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of International Humanitarian Action and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Journal of International Humanitarian Action gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
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For articles submitted through December of 2020, publication costs for Journal of International Humanitarian Action will be covered in full by the Network On Humanitarian Action. Authors whose papers are accepted following peer review will not be charged an APC for publication in the journal.
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Citing articles Journal of International Humanitarian Action
Articles in Journal of International Humanitarian Action should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. J Int Humanitarian Action [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Int Humanitarian Action 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.