Getting Started Guide

Thank you for helping us build The Water Diplomacy Handbook!



To read about our motivations for putting together the handbook, you can start with our Brief Overview or dig into our Detailed Overview. In either case, it’s helpful to recall the five Key Themes of the book.


Community Meetings

Our contributors span nearly 17 time zones, but we still try to bring everyone together for an online community meeting every two months. You can read more about our community meetings here – and find notes from previous meetings here.


Putting Your Chapter in Context

When you were invited, you should have received a word count and a preliminary title (if not, please contact an editor). The latest Chapter List will help put your chapter in context with the rest of the book. An overview of the book’s structure is below.


At this point, each chapter has a slightly different timeline. Please contact an editor if you are unsure of the timeline for your chapter.


Formatting Guidelines

You can help us accelerate the submission review process by adhering to some formatting guidelines. We have put together a formatting guide and Word template, available together as a ZIP.


Peer Review

All chapters will undergo a single-blind peer review. The process is intended to be collaborative and constructive; it is not a scientific peer review. Other contributors to the handbook will review your work – one with similar expertise and one with different expertise. We will ask you to review a chapter from the book, but this is not an absolute requirement. You can download our peer review guidelines here.


Still have questions? Please feel free to email an editor.