KM4D Journal focuses on knowledge management in development. It includes diverse knowledge management approaches in development organizations, large and small, in the South and in the North, and aims to facilitate cross-fertilization between knowledge management and related fields.
KM4D Journal offers peer-reviewed practice-based cases, analysis and research concerning the role of knowledge in development processes, and provides a forum for debate and exchange of ideas among practitioners, policy makers academics and activists world-wide. By challenging current assumptions, it will seek to stimulate new thinking and to shape future ways of working.
The journal is strongly related to the KM4Dev community of practice but aims to promote KM knowledge and approaches in the wider professional development community. Wherever possible, we will link up with existing kindred communities or networks.
The KM4D Journal is produced by the KM4Dev-community and appears three times a year: in May, September and December.
Spontaneous contributions are welcome. Any manuscript submitted to the journal must not already have been published in another journal or be under consideration by any other journal, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Translated versions of a published article (or planned for publication) are in principle authorised, provided that the journal in which they are also published supports open knowledge (Creative Commons) principles.
Theoretical and practice-based contributions are welcome. Manuscripts that are derived from papers presented at conferences can be submitted unless they have been published as part of the conference proceedings in a peer reviewed journal. Authors are required to ensure that no material (including illustrations, photos, etc.) submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party. Submission of a manuscript to KM4D Journal implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content. Each issue of the journal should comprise (tentatively) 5 to 12 articles or it. If more articles are submitted, the selection of articles should be split across a double issue.
Reviews of key or recent publications.
Tools and Methods
Letters to the Editors
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Peer Review Process
For the purposes of KM4D Journal, it has been decided to have a peer support process rather than a traditional review process. There are a number of reasons for this:
1. The papers have been through a pre-selection process. The papers have been accepted, in principle, on the basis of the title and abstract.
2. One of the objectives of the journal is to encourage participation of authors who do not have experience of writing for mainstream journals. A peer support process will be better able to support inexperienced authors.
3. In addition, the peer support process will facilitate friendly, collegial contacts between authors and reviewers, supporting networking in the KM4D field.
Submitted articles will generally be reviewed by one expert. This expert will usually be a member of the Editorial Board but, in addition, other experts can be request to review a paper on a one-off basis. This is at the discretion of the Guest Editors for the issue concerned. Reviewers should be experts in their field either from profession or academic affiliation, and as such will be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Any suggested peer reviewers should not be members of the same organisation or research institution as the authors of the manuscript.
The KM4D Journal appears three times a year: in May, September and December.
Open Access Policy
KM4D Journal is an open access journal. All papers can be viewed and downloaded on this journal platform.
Sarah Cummings - Knowledge Ecologist & VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Editor-in-Chief)
Riff Fullan - Helvetas, Switzerland
Helen Gillman - International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Italy
Ewen Le Borgne - International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ethiopia/The Netherlands
Ivan Kulis - European Centre for Development Policy Management, The Netherlands, The Netherlands
Lucie Lamoureux - KM4D Associates, Belgium
Charlotte Scarf - Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney, Australia
Denise Senmartin - Interdisciplinary Internet Institute, Open University of Catalonia, Spain/Argentina
Founders and Past Editors
Chris Addison - Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, The Netherlands
Julie Ferguson - VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jean Mège - Save the Children, Côte d'Ivoire
John Emeka Akude - Germany
Sylvester Dickson Baguma - Uganda
Hugo Besemer - The Netherlands
Nicola J. Bidwell - Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Meraka and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Valerie E. Brown - Australian National University
Bertha Camacho - Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development
Kemly Camacho - Sulá Batsú, Costa Rica
Charles Dhewa - Knowledge Transfer Africa , Zimbabwe
Deborah Eade - France
Urs Karl Egger - Pestalozzi Children's Foundation, Switzerland
Paul Engel - Knowledge Perspectives and Innovation (KPI) & European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), The Netherlands
Sebastiao Mendonça Ferreira - Peru
Manuel Flury - Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC)
Paul Hendriks - Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Allison Hewlitt - Canada
Gerd Junne - University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hassan Kaya - North-West University, South Africa
Laurens Klerkx - Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Kingo Mchombu - University of Namibia
Henk Molenaar - WOTRO Science for Global Development, The Netherlands
Katherine Morrow - Cree Health Board, Canada
Stephen Mutula - University of Botswana
Laxmi Pant - Univerisity of Guelph, Canada
Geoff Parcell - Practical KM Ltd, UK
Bernike Pasveer - University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Jaap Pels - The Netherlands
Rob van Poelje - The Netherlands
Mike Powell - IKM Emergent, UK
Ben Ramalingam - Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK
Rohit Ramaswamy - University of North Carolina, USA
Nathan Russell - International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
Davy Simumba - Zambia
Simone Staiger-Rivas - International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia
Deependra Tandukar - International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
Serafin Talisayon - CCLFI, The Philippines
Camilo Villa - Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Etienne Wenger - CPsquare, USA
Nancy White - Full Circle Associates, USA
Chris Zielinski - University of Winchester,
The Editorial Board Members are expected to perform at least one of the following tasks during any given year of their Board membeship:
Agree to peer-review at least one article per year;
Contribute to promote the journal within their own organisation and beyond to boost subscriptions to the journal;
Contribute to promote the development and collection of articles once calls for papers are issued by relaying them in their own networks (on Twitter, by email, on their blog or website and personally);
Contribute to fund-raising for the journal (and inform the editorial team about these efforts and their results);
Occasionally agree to (co-)write an article;
Respond to the annual editorial board survey;
Participate to the annual meeting of the Editors and Board Members
An editorial board member that has not complied with any one of the above task for a year will be kindly asked to leave this group as we believe s/he may not be working in the best interest of the journal.