Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Universitas Forum offers critical analysis of current approaches to international development cooperation and practice-based research concerning global and local human development. It is particularly interested in the role that international cooperation can play to foster such processes and in experiences and approaches that are coherent with that aim.

The journal provides a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas and experiences among practitioners, academics and policy shapers coming from different developmental, cultural and institutional contexts. It also aims to stimulate the systematization of potentially innovative experiences of international cooperation for human development, so as to contribute to the renewal of this interdisciplinary field of study and practice.

We plan to publish two issues a year, depending on available material. The journal is multilingual: English, French, Italian and Spanish. Articles are published in their original language only, unless authors provide translations. Abstracts are available in each of the four languages. We use open-source publication software so that readers have full access to all articles and on the principle that knowledge should be shared freely. We encourage you to  register to be alerted when new issues are published.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Critical Concepts

This section of the journal includes original critical contributions to the conceptualization of issues central to human development and international cooperation. It loosely follows academic publishing standards; however, we are interested in original work based primarily on the authors' conceptualization of her/his experience and not based primarily on secondary sources. Authors should not presume specialized knowledge on the part of readers. References, therefore, should be kept to a minimum, not exceeding 10, including citations in the body of the article. Articles, including footnotes and references, should not exceed 5,000 words. See author guidelines for citation and referencing policies of the journal.

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In Practice

In this section of the journal, we seek to encourage the systematization of innovative experiences of human development, including but not exclusively, those emerging from ART GOLD country programmes. We invite author-practitioners to work with local academics and/or journalists to identify and critically analyse potential innovations in the practice of human development and international cooperation related to the following broadly-identified and inter-related fields of action: democratic and participatory governance, local economic development, territorial planning and environmental protection, education and cultural heritage, health and social protection, rights and justice. Articles should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, including footnotes and references. For information on the style of this section, please consult the author guidelines. Photos are appreciated.

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Interviews

Some issues will contain interviews of people proposed by the editors or the editorial advisory board.

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Reports

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Reviews

Reviews of books, reports, and other relevant publications for researchers, policy makers and experts of international cooperation for human development

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Viewpoint

A space for readers' commentary on material published in previous issues or on topics of current debate related to the journal's area of interest.

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Video

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From our archives

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Partners' links

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Roundtable

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Manifesto

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Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to the Concepts section will be reviewed by two experts, with the criteria of their original contribution to the conceptualization and practice of international cooperation for human development. Reviewers may be members of the advisory board or people suggested by the advisory board in light of their expertise in the respective issues addressed.

Submissions of case studies to the In practice section will be reviewed by the editorial committee in consultation with members of the advisory board.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

About the Universitas Programme

Universitas Forum is produced by the Universitas Programme of the KIP International School. Universitas works with researchers, academics, practitioners and policy makers from countries of the South and North to promote action research, professional development and university teaching and knowledge dissemination related to the UN Millennium Platform.

The KIP International School - Knowledge, Innovations, Policies and Territorial Practices for the UN Millennium  - is an international initiative that collaborates with networks of development actors and their progammes and projects, as well as with several United Nations agencies, including UNDP, UNOPS, UN Women,  UNITAR, UNEP, ILO and WHO. 

It aims to help development actors co-construct and disseminate knowledge, policies and practices coherent with the objectives and values of the Millennium Platform established by the United Nations World Summits of the last twenty years.

For more information on the KIP Iniative and the process to set up an International School, see: http://kipschool.org. For more information on Universitas, see:www.kipuniversitas.org.

 

 



Universitas Forum is produced by the Universitas Programme of the KIP International School (Knowledge, Innovations, Policies and Territorial Practices for the UN Millennium Platform).

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