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Focus and Scope

Stability 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.

Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford

Stability is operated by Peace Studies and International Development, an academic department at the University of Bradford, in northern England. The department is the fruit of a merger between two ground-breaking centres: Peace Studies, founded in 1973, which was the first department of its kind in the world, and the Bradford Centre for International Development, which started life even earlier, in 1969, as the Development and Project Planning Centre (DPPC), also a pioneer in its field.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.
Special collections of articles are published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page. Stability’s special collections address a specific issue or theme. They are a core component of the journal’s identity and vision.

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.

Archiving Policy

The journal is indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHostGoogle Scholar, Cengage Learning, European Reference Index for Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) and Scopus. In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If Stability is not indexed by your preferred service, please let our Publishing Services Provider know by emailing 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.We are grateful to the Centre for Security Governance in Canada for its stewardship of the journal from 2015-2020. The University of Bradford was able to take on the journal in 2021 thanks for a generous bequest from Dr Pauline Graham to the division of Peace Studies and International Development.


Advertisement Policy

Stability welcomes advertisements on its site. 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.). For more information about advertising with Stability, including the fee structure, write to

Publish a Special Collection with Stability

Do you have a collection of articles, conference papers, or reports that you would like to publish and reach a large audience? Why not publish them as a Stability Journal special collection? Stability’s open access model ensures that your research will be widely disseminated, both among academic and policy audiences, greatly increasing its impact and ensuring that it does not end up behind a paywall.

Stability is one of the top open access peer-reviewed academic journal’s in the international affairs field boasting 15,000 page views per month. The journal was ranked 12th of the top 50 Open Access Social Sciences publications in the world according to Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The journal is read by both academics and practitioners alike in the global north and south.

Among the benefits of publishing your special collection with Stability are:

  • A dedicated editor to support you and your contributors during the publication process, including peer review, copyediting and proof review.
  • A commitment to publishing your collection within 4 months of full submission, if all articles pass peer review.
  • The establishment of a dedicated web page for your special collection on the Stability website.
  • Comprehensive marketing of your collection after publication, through our social media channels and news alert system that reaches a network of over 10,000 subscribers.

Special collections can range in size from 5 to 20 articles.  The collections can comprise research articles, practice notes or a mix of the two.

Funding organizations increasingly require that research be published open access. Stability charges a per article rate of US$700, covering all editorial, publishing, marketing and overhead costs. Stability is a non-profit publication, with all revenue allocated to journal operations. This is far more cost-effective than publishing with traditional journals, some of whom charge upwards of $5,000 per article to remove their paywall.   

If you are interested in learning more about publishing a special collection with Stability, please contact:


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. By the end of 2019, 236 articles, 17 special collections, and several data visualizations have been published and the journal topped one million article views. The journal was ranked 12th of the top 50 Open Access Social Sciences publications in the world according to Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. 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.

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