KM4D Journal

This is a place where latest news of the KM4D Journal is available but also where we also have discussions of articles. The journal can be found on the journal website here.

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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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New call for papers (Sept. 2017) Communities of Practice in development: a relic of the past or sign of the future?

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

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Started by SarahCummings Dec 18, 2015.

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Comment by Peter J. Bury on May 22, 2021 at 3:13pm

Hi @Sarah and all, true this group hasn't been so active lately. But it is still very much visible and (new) people can and may find it. So why not revive it as one of maybe several places to notify people about Journal developments? And if not, maybe better to make that clear in this group's description, tell people where else they can be kept informed and then eventually close this group. 

What do you all think?


Comment by SarahCummings on May 21, 2021 at 2:44pm

Hi John

This group is not very active, I'm afraid, but the journal is with a new issue out this month.

Kind regards


Comment by John Antill on May 21, 2021 at 2:42pm

There has not been a call for papers in a bit. Is this still being published? 

Comment by Peter J. Bury on February 3, 2020 at 4:51pm

Hi all,

Probably most of us havn't come here anymore since a long long time!

It would be good to keep this group updated, also because it is open to all registered to as far as I can see!

Do you need help?


Comment by Nancy White on April 8, 2015 at 4:28pm

That is great news. As I was looking back across older issues, I kept thinking -- THIS IS AN UNDERUSED RESOURCE!!! 

Do you know what kinds of page views you get per issue/article/overtime? 

Comment by Ewen Le Borgne on April 8, 2015 at 7:16am

Wondering how to get access to the Taylor & Francis issues/articles (2009-2012)?

Here's what's planned:

This is a very timely question! We currently have a student volunteer

from Macquarie University, Sydney, who is putting the 3 volumes
(2009-2012) online on the Open Journal System so they will be open
access like the rest of the journal. She has just started - this
weekend - and is working on Volume 5, issue 1. As she gets each issue
online, she will be informing everyone about this. It takes quite a
bit of time to do this - she has to create author accounts by proxy,
submit each individual paper as a proxy for the author, add all the
metadata in three languages, and then change roles to upload final
files and create the issue -  but while she is getting round to volume
6, Nancy, I will send you a PDF of your paper, both parts 1 and 2.

In the meantime, if any of you receive some strange, automatically
generated mails from me - in which you are thanked for submitting a
paper that was published some years ago - it will be part of this
process going on behind the scenes so there is no need to worry. As
author, you will also receive a mail when the issue is online.


The editorial team

Comment by SarahCummings on January 11, 2015 at 9:33pm

Great, will do! Thank you!

Comment by Nancy White on January 11, 2015 at 8:47pm

Sarah, if you send it today, I can do it.

Comment by SarahCummings on January 11, 2015 at 6:39pm

Hi everyone

Is there anyone who would be willing to peer review a paper for the journal on communities of practice? It would need to be done in the next two weeks.

Regards to all


Comment by Peter J. Bury on September 18, 2014 at 10:26am

Thnx for the update Ewen


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