KM4D Journal

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New call for papers: Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly!

The Knowledge Management for Development Journal (KM4D Journal) is a peer-reviewed community-based journal on knowledge management for development – for and by development practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The journal is closely related to the KM4Dev community of practice ( This Call for Papers concerns the issue to be published in December 2015, Volume 11, Issue 3.



There have been some recent efforts to predict the future on knowledge management for development, the field (KM4D) and the community (KM4Dev). One such effort has been the Envisioning Km4Dev Futures 2013-2014, funded by International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) which featured a series of projects looking at the future of KM4Dev.[i][ii]  Others have encouraged KM4Dev to take a transformational path such as Valerie Brown’s work on transformational science (Brown and Harris 2013), to focus on KM4Dev as the ‘new Enlightenment’ (Ferreira 2009) or to explore the link between KM4D and transdisciplinary research, and use this to make predictions about the future of KM4Dev (Cummings et al, 2013).

On the private sector side, we regularly see scoping views on where KM is headed, what the ‘next big thing’ is, and what internal and external forces will cause the discipline to shape itself over the coming years. Similarly, it would be interesting to hear what this community thinks about the future KM4D field trends.


This issue

In this issue, we would like you to use your experience and imagination to write about where you would see KM4D or KM4Dev in the future, or where you fear it might be going. You can focus on a field of practice, such as facilitationcommunities of practice or evaluation, or on a theme or sector, such as KM4D related to big datafood and nutrition security,agriculture and rural development or ICTs, or covering local, regional or continental perspectives. Or you can try to cover the whole field, linking it to predictions about the state of development, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, or of knowledge management. Technological predictions for our field are also welcome. Contributions can cover emerging trends, technologies, political developments, organisational aspects, etc. We hope to see a rich range of contributions, including a combination of personal reflections and papers. We would also like to encourage those involved in the KM4Dev Futures project to share their reflections and insights.


Submission of abstracts and papers
We welcome articles, case studies, thought pieces, publication reviews, short stories, KM4Dev Community Notes, life stories, debates, letters and annotated bibliographies from both academics and practitioners. Literary contributions – such as poems, stories or metaphors – would also be welcome. Contributions are welcome in English, French and Spanish.

The submission and review process leading to publication is explained below, together with a schedule. If you would like to submit a paper, or be actively involved in this initiative in any other way, please send your abstract (minimum one paragraph – maximum one page) or your message by e-mail to before 3 July 2015 (please include ‘Future Issue’ in the title of your email).

Guidelines for authors are available on the KM4Dev wiki in English, French and Spanish:




Submission deadline for the title and abstract                        3 July 2015

Acceptance/rejection of proposal                                            10 July 2015

Full contribution due                                                              15 September 2015

Peer review completed                                                            15 October 2015

Final versions submitted                                                         15 November 2015

Publication of the issue                                                           December 2015                                                                                           




Kemly Camacho, Pete Cranston, Sarah Cummings, Charles Dhewa,
Ivan Kulis and Nancy White

Guest Editors, Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly!


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Call for papers for September 2016 issue of KM4D journal: Knowledge for disability inclusive development

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Call for papers: Knowledge management for development in 2020: let your imagination fly!

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Comment by Regi Adams on March 21, 2012 at 1:08pm

I think a target date is good. It can mark the commencement of conversation regarding the journal article. Discussing the article within the indivdiual article entry would be convenient.

Comment by Nancy White on March 21, 2012 at 12:51pm

I will be traveling, so I can't take a lead on this Sarah. And Peter, I think your suggestion of a date is terrific, but I'm not sure, however, everyone who expressed interest from the DGroups list has 'arrived' yet, so if you all finalize a start date, please post it to that list. This first time it make take a bit of support and encouragement for those not yet on Ning.

 For this round, I leave it to y'all! I'll be mostly offline through April 4 (and yes, this is my evil way to encourage other members to take up bits of leadership here and there and move outwards from core group dependence! :-)  )

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:53am

Okay, so we start with the starter article (in the resources section | just scroll up here on this page till you see the resources block above)  ''Making innovation systems work in practice"

I could have read it say by Saturday evening (CET).

Where will we chat? Here? Or rather following the link of the article above and then in the chat box below the article? Seems to make more sense to me! 

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:47am

I see that I cannot edit an earlier post :-( Feels primitive after having become used to Google+ ! One day we will switch over ;-)

I meant to refer to Ewen's post of last friday (not dated yet, another weird characteristic of Ning chat.

Comment by Peter J. Bury on March 21, 2012 at 11:45am

To respond to Ewen (his post dated 20120315 below).

Today I can see 

Volume 7, Issue 1, 2011


I can also see 

What about you?

Ik keep finding the sites (why two  different ones?) pretty confusing, never knowing if I see the latest issue or not. Never clear if I should login or not.

Actually on the I seem not to be able to login!?

On one doesn't seem to have to login.

Can someone explain this? And update our wiki pages with a roadmap on using the websites of the KM4Dev journal? Thanks! 

Comment by SarahCummings on March 20, 2012 at 3:32pm

The starter article is the resource above ''Making innovation systems work in practice". I think a ''please be ready'' date is a good idea. When would you suggest, Nancy? This article was your suggestion, Melissa, how would you like to go about this?

Comment by Nancy White on March 20, 2012 at 2:01pm

Excellent. For those reading and not fully awake (like me) just look above this discussion post to the resources. There are two articles, Sarah, which one is the starterd?

Do we want to set a "please ready by" date?

We might also want to post a reminder on the DGroups list to encourage others over here. It is not always that obvious! Thanks Sarah and Ewen!

Comment by SarahCummings on March 20, 2012 at 1:50pm

Hi Nancy, I've already posted the article suggested by Melissa under resources. There are also other articles appearing on the wiki (we're still not up to date) but I think there is no problem for individual articles.

Comment by Nancy White on March 20, 2012 at 1:25pm

So people are starting to show up here... terrific. We'll need to resolve the issue of getting an article easily shared. Sarah, any ideas on that?

Comment by Claudia Michel on March 20, 2012 at 10:19am

Hi Ewen and Nancy

YES, I would love to join the journal club (not as facilitator but as interested reader and commenter), thanks for your initiative.

NO I do not have access to the journal (T&F will be happy).

Cheers, Claudia


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