This week Stability: International Journal of Security and Development was officially launched with its inaugural edition. This online publication is an academic journal specifically tailored to the needs of the practitioner and policy making communities. It also aims to gather ‘applied’ lessons and informed analysis relevant to:
- interventions aimed at ending conflict,
- preventing conflict recurrence,
- mitigating other forms of violence, including organized and urban criminality,
- and fostering peace
Stability has several innovative features that will separate it from most other journals but also ensure that the journal provides a unique added value to the practitioner community. In this respect, one of the key objectives of the journal is to specifically focus on gathering and sharing ‘applied’ contributions from experienced practitioners and policymakers rooted in their field based findings and observations. The high quality and relevance of such articles, practice notes and commentaries is ensured by a rigorous system of peer-review.
Stability has committed itself to having a balanced diversity of articles and perspectives by especially encouraging contributions from those that have extensive experience or are currently working in developing and violence-affected countries. Stability also hopes to allow practitioners and policymakers to more easily share their important contributions and experiences without the common informal and formal barriers that are oftentimes associated with fully credentialed academic journals such as this.
Stability adheres to open-access publishing principles, which means that its articles will remain easily accessible online free of charge. Stability is already able to reach a wide range of policymakers and practitioners through an active and flexible dissemination system that will include information sharing not only through its website (www.stabilityjournal.org) but also through email, social media and practitioner community forums such as the DCAF’s ISSAT SSR Community of Practice.
The first issue of Stability includes a wide range of articles, practice notes, commentaries and book reviews from some of the leading practitioners from the field. The articles also cover a diverse range of experiences and innovative approaches from countries such as Afghanistan, Liberia and Colombia.
I encourage you to have a look and to also consider submitting your own articles after reviewing the journal’s Call for Papers. You can view the first issues of Stability at http://www.stabilityjournal.org or via the ISSAT SSR Community of Practice.
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