The Mine Action Information Center (MAIC) at James Madison University is
soliciting articles for The Journal of Mine Action. The Journal focuses
on the safe and efficient identification, destruction, and eradication of
antipersonnel landmines around the world.
Because of the wide range of interests addressed by MAIC and the global
Mine Action community, submissions will vary in length, style, and structure.
Supporting photos and graphics are welcome. Our upcoming issues include:
Version 3.2 – Publication June 1999
Mechanically Assisted Demining Technologies
We are encouraging submission and actively soliciting articles on current
technologies and development regarding mechanical mine clearance, clearance
support (vegetation cutters, flails, etc), and machine-mounted detectors
and other sensors. Mine-protected support vehicles are also of interest.
We strongly encourage sharp photographs of the equipment, preferably in
action, to be posted along with the articles themselves. The articles should
be less "sales pitch" and more how the attributes of the equipment
contribute to the cost-effectiveness of Mine Action and ordnance clearing
Deadline for Submission: May 28, 1999
Version 3.3 – Publication October 1999
Victim and Survivor Assistance
The plight of landmine victims and survivors (families, communities, and nations)
is an area where more attention and more focus are desperately needed by
the international community. We are soliciting articles from a wide variety
of aid agencies and individuals involved in the physical and mental health
fields that want to share their success stories and challenges with the
global mine action community. Once again, photos are encouraged to portray
the scope and content of the victim assistance activities around the world.
These articles can also address medical issues, rehabilitation issues, psychological
and stress issues, and any other aspect that surrounds the impact of landmines
on human body and psyche.
Deadline for Submission: October 1, 1999
1. Current Activities and Operations
These activities include, but are not limited to, mine clearing, mine
awareness, training methods and techniques, mine dog programs, minefield
identification, surveying, marking and management, host-country program
management, logistics support to demining operations, landmine handling,
transportation, storage and disposal methods, medical techniques for landmine
injuries, trauma management, field medicine, and public information and
2. Current Issues and Challenges
The wide scope of landmine issues has created many challenges and systematic
shortfalls for Mine Action efforts. There are regional and country-specific
issues that could provide the demining community with various solutions
to many demining activities. (See note)
3. Current Technologies and Research
Significant effort is being invested in developing more efficient and
effective methods of humanitarian demining that improves on the basic
"man-with-a-prod" approach to demining. This research and body of knowledge
cross functional disciplines, providing an opportunity to leverage limited
funding with other efforts to expedite the fielding and use of modern
demining technologies and methods.
Six-month calendars of events and activities to share with the demining
community. Profiles or features on demining individuals. Identification
data to ensure currency of our global demining directory.
Please send submissions and questions to...
Mine Action Information Center
Attention: Journal Staff
James Madison University
University Boulevard - MSC 4003
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA
Please Note: Articles that are predominantly political statements
will not be considered unless a clear relevance to removing existing mines
from the ground is established.
The Journal requests that submissions be electronic or on disk, if at all
possible, and be accomplished in Microsoft Word version 6.0 or higher (Times
New Roman 12pt font, please). Graphics and photos are encouraged. English
is the accepted language but foreign phrases and words accompanied by English
translation are acceptable.
The Journal requests that articles be no fewer than 500 words and no longer
than 1,500 words unless the length is needed to adequately cover the subject.
- Original photos be included if at all possible.
- If not possible, digital images of photos should be a minimum of 300
- Please do not embed images into Word documents as it automatically
decreases the resolution to an unusable level for print purposes.
- TIFF format is preferred, but JPEG format is acceptable. GIF formatted
photos cannot be used for print.
- Line art such as line graphs and organizational charts should be 600
dpi if the original is not available
The Journal is soliciting profiles of individuals and organizations involved
directly, or peripherally, in Mine Action. These pieces must show a direct
link with demining. This is not advertisement space for corporate associates.
News items should be short, no more than a paragraph with a date and a
title. A published news item will describe an event or activity as well
as the source of the information.
Demining Calendar & Activities
Activities and events calendar entries should be concise, answering the
basic Who, What, When, and Where issues of the activity or event. The
Journal asks that sources and contacts be provided for further inquiry.
Reviews of demining-related web sites are also encouraged. These reviews
will be 200-400 words in length. The web sites must support humanitarian
demining and mine action. Please direct any inquiries or submissions to
the Mine Action Information Center.