Submissions should discuss the author’s actual research or field experience, along with any subsequent implications for humanitarian action. To be considered for publication in the Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, submissions must:

  • Be relevant to humanitarian policy and practice
  • Be evidence-based, with evidence clearly presented and discussed
  • Respond to timely issues and/or gaps in related literature
  • Hold implications for strengthening humanitarian theory, policy, or practice
  • Be original, and not previously published in part or in whole
  • Be appropriately cited and referenced

All papers should be submitted as final, fully-edited pieces, but JHA editors are available to support authors with the editing process if a piece is worthy of publication.  Final published pieces must meet all of the following stylistic guidelines.

  • References must be in endnote format in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style.  Zotero provides free citation guidance if needed
  • The paper should feature clear, consistent headings and subheadings
  • There is a 7,000 word limit
  • All diagrams, maps, and figures should be in .jpeg format

Accompanying any submission should be the following:

  • A submission letter stating how the paper is relevant to humanitarian action/assistance
  • The title of the paper
  • A complete list of authors and institutional affiliations
  • Acknowledgments or appreciations
  • Five or six keywords to describe the paper
  • An abstract of not more than 150 words

Submissions should be sent to Sending your submission acknowledges that you have read and agree to the following:

  • JHA is edited by professionals and scholars in humanitarian assistance but does not peer-review submissions. The editorial staff will work with authors to ensure the quality of the paper, but the responsibility for final editing lies with authors.
  • Internal references to other parts of a paper should be made explicit so that hyperlinks might be made. (References to specific pages will otherwise be lost upon conversion to web format.)
  • It is the sole responsibility of the author(s)—and not of JHA, the Feinstein International Center, or Tufts University—to ensure that a submission is fully the original work of the author(s), is in no part plagiarized, and has not been published in part or whole elsewhere prior to submission.
  • Upon publication, the copyright for each article remains with the author(s).
  • Publication and availability of an article is an at-will agreement between the author and JHA; articles may be removed from the JHA website at any time by JHA or at the request of the author(s).