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.
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. Please refer to the "Submission
Guidelines" for submission information. Our upcoming issues include:
– Publication June 2000
Manual Demining & Their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
issue of the Journal will focus on soliciting articles, commentary,
and first person accounts from deminers on the challenges and dangers
in manual demining. We are also seeking to spotlight the state of the
art in their safety and personal protective equipment. Articles will be
favorably considered that address quality assurance, testing and standards
for manual demining. Profiles of organizations that manufacturer PPE are
also encouraged as well as of those organizations doing research and development
of new equipment.
for Submission: May 25, 2000
– Publication October 2000
Awareness and Community Risk Reduction
the most effective methods of reducing landmine-related injuries and deaths
is an aggressive and comprehensive mine awareness program that seeks to
educate the local community, and children in particular, about the dangers
associated with landmines and other unexploded ordnance. This issue of
the Journal will focus on soliciting articles from around the world
that highlight a variety of mine awareness programs and will seek to capture
as many of the instructional and graphic tools available in getting a
message of safety and security across to local populations.
for Submission: August 25, 2000
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
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)
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.
send submissions and questions to...
Action Information Center
Attention: Margaret Busé, Editor, Journal of Mine Action
James Madison University
University Boulevard - MSC 4003
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807, USA
Note: Articles that are predominantly political statements will not
be considered unless a clear relevance to removing existing mines from
the ground is established.
requests that all submissions be electronic or on disk and be accomplished
in Microsoft Word version 6.0 or higher, Times New Roman 12pt font. Graphics
and photos are encouraged. English is the accepted language but foreign
phrases and words accompanied by English translation are acceptable.
Journal requests that articles be no fewer than 500 words and no longer
than 1,500 words unless length is needed to adequately cover the subject.
- All Articles
should be submitted in digital format
- Only Microsoft
Word97 (.doc), plaintext (.txt), or rich text format (.rtf) files will be
photos are encouraged.
- If not possible,
digitized photos should be a minimum of 300 dpi.
- 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.
Calendar & 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.