Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Journal of International Humanitarian Action operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

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. Topics may include: the role and place of humanitarian principles with respect to technology; responsible data management and use of "state security technologies"; biometrics in refugee management, food aid, and medical humanitarianism; cybersecurity challenges; the use of drones, robotics, and 3-D printers; and technology's impact on donor expectations. Read more, submit your paper here, and choose "Humanitarian Technology" from the Thematic Series drop-down menu.