Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Manuscript Submission Instructions for Authors


The Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) publishes groundbreaking and outstanding scholarly and practitioner work on education in emergencies (EiE), defined broadly as quality learning opportunities for all ages in situations of crisis, including early childhood development, primary, secondary, non-formal, technical, vocation, higher and adult education.

The JEiE welcomes manuscripts -- research and field notes -- addressing education at any point along the continuum of prevention, preparedness, response, recovery through to development. Appropriate topics and questions for articles published in the JEiE include topics or questions relating to emergency education response in natural disasters, conflict/fragile states and complex emergencies, conflict sensitive education, attacks on education, education for peacebuilding, peace education, conflict mitigation and reduction, education and fragility, resilience, transitions from emergency to recovery/post-conflict to development, and forced migration and education.

Manuscripts linking EiE with thematic issues are also appropriate. These include but are not limited to: gender, inclusive education, human rights, HIV/AIDS, inter-sectoral links (health, nutrition, shelter, water/sanitation), protection, psychosocial support, youth and adolescents, early childhood development, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation.

Other topics may include: challenges and opportunities in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation of EiE practice/ project/ program/ policy/ initiative/ approach, problems of and benefits in investing in EiE, EiE program administration opportunities and challenges (e.g. staffing, surge capacity), capacity development and collaboration with local populations for education delivery, curricula (revision, renewal, history and identity-issues), development and application of tools and resources on EiE, links between EiE and traditional humanitarian sectors etc.


In general, manuscripts should contribute to the broader work of the EiE community, addressing educational challenges in humanitarian and/or development settings. Manuscripts should state explicitly their practical and/or theoretical contributions to the EiE field. They should identify the stakeholders who would most benefit from the publication (i.e. academics, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students, teachers, education coordination groups, etc.).

  • EiE Research manuscripts are judged on the following criteria: use of an explicit theoretical or conceptual framework; situation of the research within relevant body of literature; originality of the analysis; appropriateness of the research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed) and theory; contribution to the advancement of knowledge and literature on EiE; implications for broader educational problems; and logic, clarity and style of expression.
  • EiE Field Notes manuscripts are judged on the following criteria: usefulness of the tool/ resource/ practice/ project/ program/ policy/ initiative/ approach for the broader EiE community; contribution to the evidence-base and the advancement of knowledge on EiE; and logic, clarity, and style of expression.

Manuscript Submission

Authors should submit manuscripts online via the PeerTrack manuscript management system for the Journal on Education in Emergencies. After you register, please enter your username and password and click on Author Login to submit a manuscript. Please complete and submit a cover page in addition to your manuscript. Please see detailed instructions below.

Manuscript Specifications

Authors should submit an original manuscript that has not been published and is not under consideration elsewhere. A manuscript is not original enough if more than 25% of the ideas or evidence has been published elsewhere. All manuscripts are subject to a double-blind peer review process, which can take up to 3 months.

Manuscripts should be editable and submitted in a Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) as a single file. Figures and tables should be submitted as separate files in high-resolution formats.  Separate from the manuscript, submit a title page listing your name, manuscript title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, phone number and word count of your manuscript as a Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

Manuscripts for the EiE Research Section should be 9,000 words or less, including footnotes and references. Manuscripts for the EiE Field Notes Section should be 4,000 words or less, including footnotes and references. Manuscripts must have a 200-word abstract. Acronyms and abbreviations should be written out at first mention in the text—for example, United Nations (UN). Only manuscripts written in English are acceptable.

When citing their own work, authors should first, cite sparingly: please do not over cite; and second, follow the same citation guidelines as you would for work by any other author. The manuscript should not list the author’s identification or affiliation, references to donors, organizations, or acknowledgements. 

Please ensure that your submission complies with these guidelines. Otherwise, your submission may not be received or processed by the Editorial Office.

Book Reviews

Book reviews offer important insights on recently published or upcoming books on EiE that attempt to clarify, contribute to the evidence base, and/or develop the field. 

Sharing a New Book

Please share your new book (published within the last 2 years) with the Journal on Education in Emergencies. Books should focus on one or more dimensions of EiE. Kindly send books for review consideration to the Book Reviews Editor:

Elisabeth King
New York University
246 Greene St., Rm 306W
New York, New York 10003 USA

Book Review Submission

The Book Review Editor seeks individuals well qualified by research interests and publications to review books in their areas of expertise. JEIE does not accept unsolicited reviews. If you are interested in being considered as a reviewer, kindly express your interest along with your CV to  

Notes for Reviewers

Thank you for agreeing to review for the Journal on Education in Emergencies. Our conventions are as follows:

  • Please submit the review as an email attachment in MS Word for Windows to
  • The word limit for a review is usually 800 words, 1000 for a co-authored review, and 1500 words for a review article (which discusses several titles).
  • When quoting from the book under review please always include a page number, in brackets after the quote, e.g. (p.12). It is not necessary to give page numbers if not quoting directly.
  • You are welcome to use references and/or footnotes in a review, although please do not overuse. The Journal on Education in Emergencies follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th editionClick here for more information and guidance on references.
  • Be concise, clear, and intentional with your language. Avoid repetition or overly complex and technical language. 

Please head the review as follows:

Book Review

The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa by Marc Sommers.
Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2015. ix + 248 pages 
$74.95 (HARDCOVER), $26.95 (PAPER) 
ISBN 978-0-8203-4885-8

Please end the review in this way:

Kylie Garner
New York University
The views expressed here are the author’s and do not
represent New York University.

For permission to reuse, please contact

We are grateful for your time, effort, and expertise in writing this book review. Kindly consider these tips as you prepare your submission.  

  • Please start the review with a concise summary of the work’s main points including subject matter, structure, and argument. 
  • If the book is an edited volume, please identify overarching themes rather than providing a summary of each work. 
  • Please provide context for the book in relation to the field to which it is contributing. In particular, please reflect on its potential interest and use for scholars and practitioners in the field of education in emergencies. 
  • Please provide coherent analysis that leads to a fair-minded evaluation of the book.


References and Writing Style

The Journal on Education in Emergencies follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. References to books and articles must be identified within the text by the author's last name, year of publication and page number, where appropriate. If the author’s name appears within the text, cite thus: Pollan (2006). If the author’s name does not appear in the text, cite thus: (Pollan 2006). If you use a quote or cite a specific reference, please use page numbers: (Pollan 2006, 20). Click here for more information and guidance on references.

“Offer your readers vigorous, concise prose in an active voice. Choose vivid verbs and expressions that clearly communicate your meaning. Avoid using…'insider' jargon… Weak and extraneous prose detract from the strength of your argument. Scrutinize your draft for potential deletions, such as expressions, sentences, and paragraphs whose absence would not harm the argument or would help it to stand out more prominently. Prime candidates are complex constructions where simpler phrasing would do, distractions from the main line of argument, and excessive repetition. Rare is the manuscript that cannot be improved with tightening.” (IO, Guidelines for Contributors, 2012)

The following publications provide helpful guidance on how to improve your writing:
• On Writing Well, William Zinsser
• The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E. B. White
• The Careful Writer, Theodore M. Bernstein