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Psychosocial Elements of Humanitarian Action

The Journal of International Humanitarian Action welcomes submissions to a Special Collection on the topic of Psychosocial Elements of Humanitarian Action.

This Collection will be dedicated to field research discussing the psychological, social, and mental health aspects of humanitarian action. It will explore pre- and post-disaster interventions and rehabilitation efforts targeting the psychosocial well-being of the affected communities as well as humanitarian workers. Tailor-made methods and holistic approaches to the community needs and resources will be discussed along with the applicability of various models. The Collection aims to explore a variety of beneficiaries' characteristics and contexts using preventive measures including DRR (disaster risk reduction) and empowerment.

The editors welcome submissions that test new assessment tools, both quantitative and qualitative, for individuals or communities, and explore new interventions in recent humanitarian crises worldwide.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • Standardization of assessment tools
  • Measurement of personal and community resilience
  • 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
  • Coping mechanisms and decision-making under uncertainty
  • Secondary traumatization: definition, intervention, and prevention
  • Assessments of aid worker wellbeing
  • The effects of pre-mission interventions on humanitarian workers
  • The effects of targeting communities' resilience on community outcomes

Lead Guest Editor:
Einav Levy, Israeli School of Humanitarian Aid and Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), Israel and Belgium

Guest Editors:
Yori Gidron, Lille 3 University and the Israeli School of Humanitarian Aid, France and Israel
Moshe Farchi, Tel- Hai College and the Israeli School of Humanitarian Aid, Israel

Submission Instructions

Step 1: Please  email an expression of interest, consisting of a 200-word abstract, to Mr. Einav Levy via

Step 2: If your abstract is approved, you may then submit your complete manuscript through the journal's submission system here

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Journal of International Humanitarian Action

Important: During the submission process, you will be asked whether your submission is part of a "thematic series." Please answer "yes" and choose "Psychosocial Elements of Humanitarian Action" from the drop-down menu. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of this Special Collection. 

Articles submitted to this thematic series will be evaluated by this journal's team of editors. All submissions will undergo rigorous blinded peer review before a decision is conveyed. If you have any questions, please contact Managing Editor Philipp Olbrich.

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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