Focus and Scope
Stability: International Journal of Security & Development is a fundamentally new kind of journal. Open-access, it publishes research quickly and free of charge in order to have a maximal impact upon policy and practice communities. It fills a crucial niche. Despite the allocation of significant policy attention and financial resources to a perceived relationship between development assistance, security and stability, a solid evidence base is still lacking.
Research in this area, while growing rapidly, is scattered across journals focused upon broader topics such as international development, international relations and security studies. Accordingly, Stability's objective is to:
Foster an accessible and rigorous evidence base, clearly communicated and widely disseminated, to guide future thinking, policymaking and practice concerning communities and states experiencing widespread violence and conflict.
The journal will accept submissions from a wide variety of disciplines, including development studies, international relations, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, psychology and history, among others. In addition to focusing upon large-scale armed conflict and insurgencies, Stability will address the challenge posed by local and regional violence within ostensibly stable settings such as Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia and elsewhere.
Centre for Security Governance (CSG)
Stability: International Journal of Security & Development is operated by the Centre for Security Governance (CSG), a non-profit think tank dedicated to the study of security and governance transitions in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states (FFCAS). Based in Canada, the CSG maintains a global, multi-disciplinary network of researchers, practitioners and academics engaged in international security and development issues. The CSG’s core mission is to enhance the efficacy of donor assistance and support to FFCAS through world-class research. Stability is a centrepiece of the CSG’s work.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Authors of articles published in Stability remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.
The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.
Ubiquity Press journals are indexed by the following services:
CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. This journal is also indexed by European Reference Index for Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Scopus.
If Stability is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.
Partners and Supporters
Stability’s work is enabled by partners and supporters such as those listed below. The journal remains independent and is governed by its Editorial Board and publishing standards and ethics.
International Development Research Centre (Canada)
Department for International Development and the Stabilisation Unit (United Kingdom)
Instituto Igarapé (Brazil)
Security Governance Group
Stability welcomes advertisements on its site. However, the journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. academic programs and services; conferences/events; scholarships/fellowships; websites/blogs; journals/publications; institutional outreach etc.). The editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. For more information about advertising with Stability, including the fee structure, write to email@example.com.
Annotation and post-publication comment
The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.
The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.
Stability was launched in 2012 to provide a medium for innovative research related to security, development and the security-development nexus. Founding editors Robert Muggah, Steven A. Zyck and Mark Downes not only hoped to present timely and relevant research and policy guidance, but also to introduce a journal model that featured a rapid peer-review and publishing process, material that was accessible and insightful for both academic and practitioner audiences and, most importantly, was open access. In its early years, Stability rapidly developed a strong following and drew in a wide readership thanks to its editorial board and collaborations with UN communities of practice, government institutions, universities and think tanks around the world. Since its inception, Stability and its editors and editorial board have prioritised contributions from southern scholars and practitioners, and have developed an outreach strategy to encourage submissions and readers from countries affected by conflict and violence.
Today Stability is routinely singled out for its excellence by diplomatic, defense, and development specialists, bringing innovative issues to the policy world in a high-quality, open-success format. The reach and impact of Stability is impressive by any standard. In just three years, 174 articles, 13 special collections, and several data visualizations have been published. In 2015, it topped half a million article views and downloads. Stability's publications have been well received by the international media, having been republished in magazines such as Foreign Policy. Its online platform has also evolved considerably. With the support of Ubiquity Press it is now considered a model for open access publishing in the humanities and social sciences.