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Special collection: "Humanitarian Protection"

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action welcomes submissions to a thematic series of articles on "Humanitarian Protection."

This special collection is dedicated to discussing perspectives and theories, such as systems thinking and social networks, that can enhance the 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.

Potential topics around humanitarian protection may include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Defining protection: Still an open field of discussion? Integrating the different points of view
  • The New Way of Working and the humanitarian-development-peace nexus: Which are the challenges and the opportunities for humanitarian protection? 
  • Localization and community resilience: How do these approaches/objectives/concepts support protection? 
  • Humanitarian protection as a complex issue: How to take complexity into account when planning protection interventions?
  • The risk approach to protection: How to make the most of it?
  • Clashing timeframes?: Fitting longer term results in protection into the short term life of humanitarian projects 
  • Complementarity in protection: Are there real examples of complementarities in the implementation of protection projects out there?
  • Opening a Pandora┬┤x box: Can humanitarian actors get attribution of protection outcomes and impact? 
  • Evaluation of protection projects: Are we fit for the task?
  • Evaluation of protection projects: Theories of change and program evaluation 

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the Journal of International Humanitarian Action. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Journal of International Humanitarian Action submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on "Humanitarian Protection." All submissions will undergo blinded peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Authors benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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