Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Stability: International Journal of Security & Development is designed to fill ‘a crucial niche’ in the realm of development assistance, security, and stability – that of an accessible and rigorous evidence base. The journal aims to combine “the best of academic research with insights from policy-makers and practitioners for a tangible impact,” and to do so in a very timely manner. To that end, their peer-review process is expedited, they publish articles online and “without delay in the spirit of open-access,” they forego fees for users to access research (or for authors to publish), they “actively disseminat[e] research into policy and practice communities, and they “accept articles from experienced practitioners and policymakers alongside academics.”
Research areas appropriate for this title include crime prevention, humanitarian assistance, state building, peacekeeping, stabilization, and addressing conflicts, and a variety of disciplines will contribute to, and be served by it, including anthropology, development studies, international relations, peace and conflict studies, economics, history, psychology, political science, and sociology. It focuses on both large-scale armed conflicts as well as local and regional violence in otherwise stable settings.
Articles published here include research articles that present original findings based upon rigorous empirical or theoretical research; practice notes that “provide an account of a programme related to stabilisation which appears to be particularly effective, ineffective, innovative or otherwise notable. These should NOT comprise glowing case studies of projects implemented by the author or his/her organisation and must contribute useful analysis; and commentaries that “reflect upon or critique a "happening" such as a policy shift, release of a major study or other notable occurrence related to stabilisation.”
This is a title every librarian serving human rights researchers and activists and security / stability specialists and researchers should bring to their users’ attention.