Articles, opinions and book reviews should be written in British English (Spanish and French may be acceptable in exceptional cases). Authors with English as a second language may choose to have their manuscripts professionally edited before submission to improve the English, as papers with poor expression will not be accepted. There is no fixed length for articles but the number of words should be kept between 6,000 and 12,000 (including references and notes).
Readers can respond to articles and other contributions in the journal through the Response option. Responses should be preferably kept in the range of 500–1000 words. Longer responses should be submitted as articles.
To reduce the costs of formatting and copyediting it is very important that authors carefully read and follow these guidelines. Manuscripts with inconsistent use of standard, in particular in reference lists, will be returned to the authors. Use document this MSWord template (54 KB) to start your article. It contains all the standard formats and styles of the journal. Papers submitted in MSWord without using the template format will not be accepted. In particular cases where contributors use another word-processor the template file should be imported and the final text saved in RTF format.
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Focus and Scope
Water Alternatives is an electronic, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal addressing issues of water, politics and development. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the Internet. There is no parallel print process for Water Alternatives. WaA welcomes contributions that address any dimension of water resources development, management and use, and their relations with society and the environment (click here for more on subject coverage).
WaA publishes articles which may be empirical or theoretical in scope but are written in a style that is accessible to practitioners, decision makers and students.
The Response option allows readers to interact and further the debates and questions raised by a particular article. Responses are published in subsequent issues and linked to the relevant article.
We encourage readers to submit proposals of special issues. Special issues comprise a set of manuscripts that address a single theme (for example, papers from a common session in a conference, and/or manuscripts collected after a call for papers launched by WaA). They must include a substantial introductory and summary manuscript.
Manuscripts are solicited, collected and edited by a Special Issue Editor. Special Issue Editors must collect and submit a minimum of five high-quality papers (in addition of the introductory article). These papers will go through the normal review process. The Editors-in-Chief may add additional manuscripts that are relevant to the special feature at their discretion. They also keep the latitude, in coordination with the Guest Editor, to discard a particular manuscript. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a special issue, please contact the Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The Editors-in-Chief make an initial appraisal of each manuscript. If the topic and treatment are appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is sent to two or three competent referees selected for their knowledge of both the subject matter and the region under discussion in the paper. Once the review process has been completed, the manuscript is accepted, referred back to the author for amendment, or rejected. The final decision is made by the Editors-in-Chief. This procedure is designed to ensure that papers accepted for publication are of the highest scientific quality and reflect the wide interests of an international readership.
Water Alternatives has a "double blind" review process: authors are not told who reviewed their paper and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. Reviewers' identity is not disclosed, unless they wish their name to be communicated to the authors. A decision on the manuscript may generally be expected within 4 to 6 months of submission. Although the peer-review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, conventional high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to Water Alternatives and delays in obtaining reviews may prolong this process.
Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail.
WaA will appear three times per year, in the first week of February, June and October. Special issues may be published either as a normal issue or separately, anytime during the year.
Duration of the review process is normally between three and four months, although high-quality peer-reviews may sometimes require additional time. If reviewers recommend revisions prior to acceptance of an article, authors are expected to make revisions within 4 weeks of receiving the reviews.
Once the article is accepted in its final form and copyedited it is made accessible on the website under the category "issue in progress." The time lag between final approval of articles and formal publication will normally not exceed the time lag between two issues, i.e., 4 months. Because the number of papers will be allowed to vary, depending on submission, no extra delay will be experienced.
All persons registered as members of the Water Alternatives Network will receive an email alert with the detailed table of contents of each issue, following formal publication.
Water Alternatives provides open access to all of its contents on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. Rates of downloading from an open access ejournal like Water Alternatives are generally between 10 to 15 times those of paid journals.
Open access: this Journal is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License which permits any non commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
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