To raise the agenda and prioritize displaced populations concerns through scholastic exchange of research and praxis.

Scope & Focus

The JID aims to raise the profile of internally displaced persons by creating a platform whereby, leading scholars representative of this group and others can disseminate and exchange ideas on contemporary issues as well as mentor young scholars in the field. The JID is an inter-disciplinary platform for discussions, critical dialogue, emerging themes, reflections and explorations on a wide range of topics and regions related to displaced populations around the globe.

To accomplish its aim, the JID has four major objectives:

  • raise the profile of displaced populations through academic scholarship;
  • provide a platform for young scholars from resource poor communities to be heard;
  • contribute to law and policy reforms related to IDPs; and
  • create an inclusive academic space where leading and “budding” scholars from resource poor communities can engage in critical debate about displaced populations.

Thematic Volumes

Central thematic volumes on various topics related to displaced populations characterize the JID publications. In particular, the JID develops special themes targeted at leading scholars and experts with experience in internal displacement, cross-border conflict, war and terrorism, security and territoriality, and international relations (to name but a few). Special thematic volumes include original research, analyses, case reports, perspectives, commentaries, book reviews, symposia pieces, profiles, and debates on diverse topics in theory and practice covering areas on development-induced-displacement, environmental/climate change displacement, economic-driven displacement; war and conflict displacement; political displacement, homelessness and more.


The primary language of the JID is English. However, submissions are accepted and published in French and Spanish.


The Journal of Internal Displacement is the trademark of the JID and the Journal reserves the exclusive right to brand the material contained within this site with this trademark.

Publication Cycle

The JID is published bi-annually – January and July.

Subscription & Membership

The JID supports free and open online access. As such, full PDFs contents are available online with free membership subscription.

Major Clients

Libraries, students, international development agencies, government (public) institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector, academic institutions, researchers, legal institutions, and individuals.

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Internal Displacement is a peer-review Journal as such submissions are double-blinded and subject to an internal and external review process. The peer-review process ensures that articles submitted represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to the JID, the Editor-in-Chief sends it out to a minimum of 2 other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, and whether its critical analysis in rigorous enough to warrant acceptance for publication). Based on peer-reviewers' recommendation the paper is either: 1) accepted; 2) accepted with conditions; or 3) rejected. After all pre-publication conditions have been met; submissions are forwarded to the editorial board for final comments, recommendation and approval based on evidences gathered.


JID reviews all manuscripts anonymously as such we request that authors remove all identifying information (including your name, affiliation, and acknowledgments) from the manuscript, file name and footnotes. Editors endeavor to remove all identification of authors before circulating the manuscript.


The review process is strictly confidential and should be treated as such by reviewers. Because the author may have chosen to exclude some people from this process, no one directly involve with the manuscript, including colleagues or other experts in the field, should be consulted by the reviewer unless such consultations have first been discussed with the professional editor.

Privacy and Copyright

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Authors who publish with JID agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal the right of first publication with the work six (6) weeks after publication. Simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. For more details, download the JID Open Access License.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after publication with the JID as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
  • Although authors (or their institutions) retain copyright in their work, they are required to complete and sign a License to Publish that clearly specifies the rights required by the Journal of Internal Displacement and those rights that are retained by authors or their institutions. Download the JID License to Publish.
  • Authors submitting material to the JID for publication must clear all third party intellectual property rights and obtain formal permission from their respective institutions, where necessary.
  • Authors must also warrant that their work:
    • Has not been published before
    • Is not presently being considered for publication elsewhere
    • Does not violate any intellectual property right of any person or entity
    • Does not contain any subject matter that contravenes any laws (including defamatory material and misleading and deceptive material) and
    • Meets ethical research standards.

Right to Authorship

The JID fully understands that sometimes right to authorship (senior or first) can be difficult to resolve. It is always a good idea to discuss authorship early in your working relationship. In the event of a dispute about who is entitled to be credited as a first author, co-author, and/or in what order the author credits should appear, consult the guidelines below:


The fact that a co-worker is not named as an investigator in a grant or contract under which the work was performed should not prevent him or her from receiving credit as a co-author. However, a prerequisite of co-authorship is work that involves an original contribution, as defined by that discipline. The right to co-authorship may be lost if a co-worker leaves the project or does not contribute substantially to the work. Although acknowledgment may be appropriate in such circumstances, co-authorship rights cannot be assumed.

In a regular academic/research institution, the supervisor, in consultation with his or her co-authors, will make the decision as to when or whether a co-authored manuscript should be submitted for publication and to which journal. A student considering publication of his or her own paper also has a responsibility to consider the intellectual property and co-authorship rights of any others who may have been involved in the research. You should not be added as an author on a paper without your permission. Similarly, you should obtain permission from others before acknowledging as them co-authors of a work.

Joint Authorship or Inventorship

The criteria defining joint authorship vary among disciplines. The narrowest definition comes from copyright law and applies to collaborations in literary and artistic works in some of the humanities. Under general Copyright Act a joint author is someone who has collaborated on a work in which the contributions of the various authors are not distinct from one another. In this model, only contributors to the form or expression of the work qualify; those supplying ideas normally do not.

If each person’s contribution is distinct (e.g. contributors of entries to an encyclopedia), the work is a “collective work” and each author has copyright in his or her individual contribution. However in the physical and life sciences, and increasingly in the social sciences and humanities, collaboration and teamwork are common, and an individual’s research may be guided by a team or committee. Contributors to the original ideas in a project are typically given the right of joint authorship of publications that report on the results of the research.

As a general guideline, co-authorship should be recognized only where the individuals have participated in a significant way in at least two of the following aspects of the research:

  • conception of idea and design of research or scholarly inquiry
  • actual collection of data collection, experiment or hands-on laboratory work
  • analysis and interpretation of data, and/or actual writing of the manuscript

Ownership of Data

You, your supervisor, and your collaborators should have unrestricted access to all data collected through your collaborative research. Entitlement to ownership of primary data, software, and other products of research can vary according to the circumstances under which research is conducted.

A shared understanding about ownership should be reached among the individuals involved, especially between you and your supervisor, before research starts.

Research data are usually jointly owned by the researcher(s) and the university or institution, which means that both have the right to use the data. If the funding for the research project comes from a sponsor who has been given rights to the data (for example, when the funding is in the form of a research contract), then the sponsor also must be taken into consideration.

The original physical material on which the data and results are recorded is usually the property of your university/institution depending on the nature of your affiliation. You are entitled to retain and use copies of data that you have collected. This depends somewhat on the conventions of your particular department.

Handling Complaints

If the Journal receives a complaint that any contribution to the JID infringes copyright or other intellectual property rights or contains material inaccuracies, libelous materials or otherwise unlawful materials, the JID will investigate the complaint. Investigation may include a request that the parties involved substantiate their claims. The Journal will make a good faith determination whether to remove the allegedly wrongful material. A decision not to remove material should represent the Journal's belief that the complaint is without sufficient foundation, or if well‐founded, that a legal defense or exemption may apply, such as fair use in the case of copyright infringement or truthfulness of a statement in the case of libel. Investigation and decision will be documented and filed by the JID for future reference.

Competing Interest/Conflict of Interest

As far as possible we respect requests by authors to exclude reviewers whom they consider to be unsuitable. We also, as much as possible, try to rule out those reviewers who may have an obvious competing interest, such as those who may have been collaborators on other projects with the authors of the manuscript under review, those who may be direct competitors, those who may have a known history of antipathy with the author(s), or those who might profit financially from the work. Because it is not possible for all such competing interests to be known by a particular editor, we request that reviewers who recognize a potential competing interest inform the editors or journal staff and recuse themselves if they feel that are unable to offer an impartial review. When submitting your review you must indicate whether or not you have any competing interests. On occasion, reviewers may be asked to offer their opinion on a manuscript that they may have reviewed for some other journal. This is not in itself a competing interest. That two journals have identified the same person as especially well qualified to judge the manuscript under consideration does not in any way decrease the validity of that opinion and may perhaps even enhance it.

Ethics Clearance and Approval

All articles published in the JID aims to follow morally acceptable standards set forth in the World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki. To achieve this, the JID promotes research integrity by accepting and publishing manuscripts that include intellectual honesty, accuracy, fairness, intellectual property, and protection of human and animal subjects involved in the conduct of research. Responsibilities for research integrity are shared by individual researchers and the institution. All proposed research should consider ethical clearance at both the application and implementation stages. Ethical clearance for involvement of human subjects in your research should be sought prior to any research work being undertaken, including pilot studies or focus groups. Collaborative research projects involving other researching institutions will often require the ethical approval of all participating institutions, and can be quite time consuming. For these reasons, the JID has a duty to consider the ethical aspects of both submitted and published work. Every research article article submitted to the JID should include a statement that the study obtained ethics clearance or approval (or a statement that it was not required), including the names of the ethics committee9s) or institutional review board(s), the number/ID of the approval(s), and the statement participants gave informed consent before taking part in the research study.

Timely Review

The JID believes that an efficient editorial process that results in timely publication provides a valuable service both to authors and to the community at large. It takes 6-9 months to peer-review submissions subject to the availability of subject matter experts. We therefore request that reviewers respond promptly, usually within seven (7) days of receiving an invitation to review a manuscript.   If reviewers need more time, we request that they contact us promptly so that we can keep the authors informed and, if necessary, assign alternate reviewers.

Empirical Data Replication

Empirical data is produced by experiment or observation. If authors are submitted material needed for replication including data sets and other programs, they should be submitted in one of the following formats: electronic, CD-ROM, and/or web link.

Manuscript Word Limit

Authors are required to submit full, complete and original article that are no more than 7,000 words long (24 pages or 35,000 character), single space, Times New Roman, 12-point font size, 1-inch margins around.

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