Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
Instructions for authors
1. General policy
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. The journal wishes to encourage
diversity in published material, and welcomes the submission in English of
original contributions including research, analysis, review and commentary:
Papers: Research papers are fully
documented, interpreted accounts of significant findings of original research,
and should not normally exceed 5000 words. Manuscripts exceeding 6000 words
will not be accepted for review.
Papers: Practical papers provide new
information on subjects of interest to professionals in practice, and should
not normally exceed 2500 words. Manuscripts exceeding 3500 words will not be
accepted for review.
Communications: Short Communications
are fully documented, interpreted accounts of significant findings of original
research. As compared to research papers they normally reflect a tightly
defined piece of work or works. They should not normally exceed 2500 words. Manuscripts
exceeding 3500 words will not be accepted for review.
Papers: Review papers are critical
and comprehensive reviews that provide new insights or interpretation of the
subject through thorough and systematic evaluation of available evidence. They
should not normally exceed 8000 words. Manuscripts exceeding 10,000 words will
not be accepted for review.
Discussions should normally take the
form of a ‘letter’ and present significant comments or questions about a work
published in the Journal. A discussion would normally include substantiated
disagreement with, or alternative interpretation of, one or more aspects of a
paper. It would also normally discuss associated implications for the
conclusions reached. Discussions should be received within 3 months of the
publication date of the paper on which they comment. Authors of potential
discussions are encouraged to enter into communication with the Editor-in-Chief
before preparation or submission of text. While there is no word limit, discussions
should be brief and tightly focused. A discussion, if accepted, will normally
be shared with the authors of the paper concerned who will be provided
opportunity to respond.
Editorials provide commentary, by a
recognized authority, on an issue of wide interest. They may precede an event
(such as an international development policy conference); or be in response to
a development (for example to a major international policy change or pandemic
disease). Authors of potential Editorials are encouraged to enter into
communication with the Editor-in-Chief before preparation or submission of
text. Editorials should not normally exceed 700 words and are limited to a
maximum of 1500 words.
for authors from lower and middle income countries
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: (i) a small group of 'mentors' who assist potential authors
from lower income countries; (ii) workshops on how to prepare and publish in
JWaSHDev, and (iii) a Prize for the best paper each year from an author from a
All submissions should be accompanied by a
list of 3 potential referees.
Where requested to do so by the Editor,
authors must revise their papers, normally within one month of the request
(extensions are granted at the Editor’s discretion). No page charges apply for
papers published in the journal. The journal can accommodate colour figures, at
a cost to the author of £300 per figure.
Submission of a paper implies that it has
not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for
publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere
in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written
consent of the publisher.
papers should be submitted electronically to https://www.editorialmanager.com/washdev
Upon acceptance of a paper, authors will be
asked to sign a Transfer of Copyright Agreement releasing copyright of the
paper to IWA Publishing. Provision is made on the form for work performed for
the United States Government (for which Copyright cannot be assigned) and other
Proofs will be sent by e-mail to the listed
corresponding author. Any corrections must be returned within two days of
receipt and should only cover typesetting errors. Proofs should be returned to
Emma Gulseven at IWA Publishing in London.
2. Article content and format
(a) General. All pages in papers must
be numbered consecutively. The main text should be typed flush left with no
indents and double line spaced. Insert one return between paragraphs, and a
double return between paper title, and authors' names and addresses on the
(b) Title page. The title of the
paper should be as concise as possible. The title page or section must also
state the names and full addresses of all authors. Telephone, fax,
e-mail numbers and, if appropriate, web site identifications must be included
for the corresponding author to whom proofs will be sent. A short title of not
more than 80 letters and spaces must be provided for printed page headings.
(c) An Abstract of 100-200 words
should appear under the authors' names and addresses in printed papers, briefly
specifying the aims of the work, the methods used, the main results obtained
and the conclusions drawn.
(d) Under the abstract up to 6 Keywords
should be listed in alphabetical order.
(e) Main text: for clarity this
should normally be subdivided into:
Introduction, Methods, Results and
Discussion, Conclusions, References
A conclusions section is particularly
valuable to readers and should always be included in papers. Do not number or letter
(f) Abbreviations and Notations.
Nomenclature must be listed at the beginning of all printed paper contributions
and must conform to the system of standard SI units. Acronyms and abbreviations
must be spelled out in full at their first occurrence in the text and
summarised at the start of the contribution. Write equations in dimensionless
form or in metric units.
and tables should be embedded near
their first mention in the text. Figures
should be high quality (at least 300dpi) and easy to read.
(h) References: citations in text.
Use surname of author and year of publication: Jones (1982) or (Jones 1982).
Insert initials only if there are two different authors with the same surname
and same year of publication.
Two or more years in parentheses following
an author's name are cited chronologically, and two or more references
published in the same year by the same author are differentiated by letters a,
b, c, etc. For example: Brown (1969, 1972, 1973a, b). Different references
cited together should be in date order, for example: (Smith 1959; Thomson &
Jones 1982; Green 1990).
(i) List of references. References
should be listed alphabetically at the end of contributions and in the case of
printed papers should conform to the following styles for a journal or book
Asano, T., Maeda, M. & Takaki, M. 1996
Wastewater reclamation and reuse in Japan: overview and implementation
examples. Wat. Sci. Technol. 34(11), 211-226.
Henze, M., Harremoës, P., LaCour Jansen, J.
& Arvin, E. 1995 Wastewater Treatment: Biological and Chemical
Processes. Springer, Heidelberg.
Standard Methods for the Examination of
Water and Wastewater 1995 19th edition. American
Public Health Association/American Water Works Association/Water Environment
Federation, Washington DC.