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Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development

ISI Journal Impact Factor for 2014: 0.439

Jamie Bartram, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Barbara Evans, University of Leeds, UK
Guy Howard, Department for International Development (DFID), UK
Guy Hutton, World Bank, India
Meera Mehta, CEPT University, India
Darren Saywell PhD, Plan International, USA
Regina Souter, International WaterCentre, Australia
Marcos von Sperling, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil

The Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the dissemination of high-quality information on the science, policy and practice of drinking-water supply, sanitation and hygiene at local, national and international levels.

Note to contributors:
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through our Online Submission and Peer Review System


The Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development is concerned to attract high quality papers from a wide range of countries, sectors and disciplines. Its Editors recognize that there are barriers that often discourage individuals and teams, especially in low income countries, from publishing in international journals. Some of these barriers relate to language (lesser confidence in English as the language of publication) and to ease-of-access to colleagues with familiarity with paper writing processes, skills and demands.

The Journal, IWA and its Editors have launched three initiatives to help reduce the impact of these barriers and to increase access to publication in JWaSHDev:

How will mentoring work in practice? All papers must be submitted on-line in the usual way. If a Journal Editor (on first reviewing a paper or on receipt of reviewer comments), considers that a paper from an author or team from a low- or middle-income country contains the basis of a publishable paper but requires substantive language and/or presentational improvement they may ask the author if they would be interested to be offered guidance and support from a mentor. If agreed, the editor will identify an appropriate mentor from a list of pre-identified mentors and refer the author to him/her. Mentor support is not considered appropriate where a co-author on the paper is from a high-income country institution.

What does this mean for mentors? Effective mentors will be sensitive to cultural as well as linguistic differences including different styles of argumentation; and will guide authors in developing an understanding of effective paper writing and associated skill development rather than simply providing direct editing support or re-writing text. We would not expect any mentor to have more than one mentorship at a given time nor to take on more than one mentorship in a year. Mentors are asked to provide this assistance in support of the wider good and not to seek co-authorship on papers for which they provide assistance.

What does this mean for authors? Authors are asked to understand that mentors are providing this assistance voluntarily and in good faith; and to recognise that this may limit the speed with which comments and responses can be provided. Authors would normally be expected to recognize the support provided by the mentor in an 'Acknowledgements' section in their paper.

Workshops on writing, communication and publishing journal articles will be held at conferences and key events linked to JWaSHDev. The workshops will include a presentation on how to prepare a journal manuscript, advice on what to include and what to avoid, and an opportunity to ask questions and share experiences. To find out when the next workshop will take place or to suggest a venue suitable for a workshop, contact washdev@iwap.co.uk

The Water Institute at UNC is pleased to offer a prize to the best paper published by the Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development:

  • With a first named author from and living in a lower income country.
  • Where that author has not published in an international journal previously.
  • Relevant to the mission and objectives of the Water Institute at UNC.

Acknowledgement to Reviewers
The high scientific standards maintained by the journal in its papers owe much to the continuing dedication of the journal's reviewers, who give freely of their time and expertise. IWA is pleased to pay tribute to this contribution by recognizing those who have participated in the review process. A full list of those who reviewed papers for the journal last year can be found here.

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