The Journal of Humanitarian Engineering (JHE) publishes outcomes of research and field experiences at the intersection of technology and community development.



The field of ‘humanitarian engineering’ describes the application of engineering and technology for the benefit of disadvantaged communities. This field spans thematic areas from water to energy to infrastructure and applications from disability access to poverty alleviation. The JHE aims to highlight the importance of humanitarian engineering projects and to inspire engineering solutions to solve the world’s most pertinent challenges.

The JHE is an open access publication and aims to create impact through information dissemination and shared learning. Despite the success of the open access movement at reducing the influence of price and permission barriers, obstacles remain that prevent universal access to information. The policy of the journal has been constructed to maximise access by eliminating or reducing the influence of as many barriers to information access as possible. The JHE will strive to set the highest standard of open access.


The Journal of Humanitarian Engineering is an open access journal and makes its contents freely available for readers. There is no cost to the author to be published in the journal.

The journal aims to make available both 'plain language' and translated versions of articles in order to enable access by individuals with limited vocabulary and non-English speakers. Both authors and readers may request articles be translated into languages other than English.

The global digital divide remains a barrier to access for many. The journal strives to ensure that the journal is accessible in low-bandwidth areas; additionally physical copies of the journal are able to be sent throughout the world.

The journal strives to ensure that its contents are presented to enable accessibility for users with a disability. The journal welcomes the reports of individual experiences with regard to accessibility issues. All feedback will be carefully considered, and where possible the journal will implement measures to enable access.


Journal of Humanitarian Engineering Calls for Reviewers

The Journal of Humanitarian Engineering seeks professionals and academics with experience in the areas of water, energy, infrastructure, disability access and poverty alleviation as reviewers. The review process for the journal is single-blind with multiple reviewers per paper.

Articles for the journal come from researchers and practitioners with an interest in creating change as much as they are in creating knowledge. Reviewers should provide authors with feedback that ensures articles are of a high standard, but encourages the author's effort and does not denigrate the author.


Authors retain copyright over their work and licence the work to the journal under a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution (CC-BY) Licence. The CC-BY licence is the most open licence in terms of enabling free distribution and communication of the work. Works prepared using contents of the journal must reference the author(s) and the journal.


Submission Information


There is no specific deadline for submission; submissions are accepted throughout the year.


  • The JHE accepts submissions of no longer than 3000 words or 6 to 8 pages in length (whichever is the greater), not including any abstracts or the reference section.

  • A paper submission template can be found here.

  • The official language of the JHE is Australian English (refer to the Macquarie Dictionary for spelling conventions).

  • All paper submissions for the JHE must be submitted electronically here. Authors will need to create an account and then click on 'New Submission' or 'Start A New Submission'.

  • If submissions are for a peer-reviewed section of the journal, at "Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files" authors are required to recommend three qualified reviewers (these should be experts in the area of the article). Authors must provide first and last names, institutions, and email addresses for all three reviewers. Potential reviewers should not be from any of the authors' institutions. Reviewers should not be suggested who may have a real or perceived conflict of interest (e.g. former advisers, students, collaborators, recent co-authors).


Please download the template here or contact the editor to receive the template via e-mail. The template consists of the full formatting instructions required for submission. For ease of editing it is asked that the paper be submitted as a Microsoft Office Word text document (or equivalent with .doc or .docx extension) and that the length of the submission paper does not exceed 3000 words (not including any abstracts or references) or a total 8 pages in length.  


We strongly encourage the use of photographs to complement your paper submission. Any accompanying photographs need to be attached separately to submission e-mail and in high- resolution format where possible. All images need to be saved as a JPEG file with an appropriate title for ease of identification. The placement of the photo within the submission must be indicated by the author in the body of the submission in square parentheses, accompanied by an appropriate caption, with a corresponding title for the image file.


Feedback and Contact

The editorial team welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions for the future direction of the journal. We also welcome people who are interested in becoming involved in supporting this initiative. 

Journal of Humanitarian Engineering
Engineers Without Borders Australia
PO Box 708
North Melbourne, Vic 3051 

Phone: +61 (0)3 8582 1866