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Focus and Scope

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.


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Tools and Methods

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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.


Publication Frequency

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

Editorial Assistant
  • Pulkit Mohan

    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


    Editorial Board

    • 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.

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