International Journal of Security & Development
Stability: International Journal of Security & Development is a leading open-access journal focusing on security and development challenges in fragile, failed and conflict-affected states. It is the flagship publication of the Centre for Security Governance.
Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Mark Sedra
Managing Editor: Antoine Vandemoortele
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. Stability is well-known for its special collections, including on DDR, the future of stabilisation, ICTs & peacebuilding, and more.
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 prioritized contributions from southern scholars and practitioners, and have developed an outreach strategy to encourage submissions and readers from countries affected by conflict and violence.
In 2016, the Centre of Security Governance acquired Stability. Dr. Mark Sedra, the CSG’s executive director, assumed the role of Stability’s editor-in-chief and leads its dynamic team into the next stage of the journal’s development.
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 2015, 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.