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About the Global CWD Repository

Instructions for Submitting Materials

Standard Submission Agreement

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About the Global Conventional Weapons Destruction (CWD) Repository

The Global CWD Repository is a free document storage and sharing tool for the CWD community! Dozens of countries around the world suffer the effects of landmines, explosive remnants of war (ERW), and other conventional weapons contamination. To ensure their own operations are fully informed, safe and effective, the communities of practice need informational support to connect resources and learn about the latest developments and trends in the field. By sharing current and historical documentation related to lessons learned, best practices, success stories and challenges, in a centralized location, practitioners can access more than two decades worth of documentation. 

To achieve this goal, CISR has developed a publicly accessible information repository for material—regardless of government, organization and region of origin—related to conventional weapons destruction and mine action. The Repository preserves the valuable history of mine action and CWD for current and future practitioners and researchers. CISR invites all organizations to contribute to the Global Conventional Weapons Destruction Repository.

The Global CWD Repository is hosted by JMU Scholarly Commons (, a digital library platform. Repositories in the Scholarly Commons are highly discoverable in Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. Additionally, articles in Digital Commons repositories are indexed in the Digital Commons Network, a free discovery tool for full text scholarly articles used by researchers worldwide. All file types are acceptable, including text, images, videos, and sound clips. The software also offers geo-location tools, and pan and zoom for images. Analytics, license and copyright tools, customizable metadata, recommended citations, multiple display options, and persistent URLs ensure tailored curation and discoverability for all types of data are other important features included with the software. 

Instructions for submitting materials

Step 1: Prepare a digital version of your material. PDF format is preferable but Microsoft Word and RTF documents can be uploaded and will automatically convert to PDF format. Scanned material saved as a PDF is acceptable.

Step 2: Prepare an abstract of your submission. An abstract is a concise description of the material that includes keywords readers are likely to use in web searches. The first sentence of the abstract is likely to be displayed in search page results so make sure your first sentence will encourage readers to click the link.

Step 3: Identify the appropriate category for your submission and include the category in the KEYWORDS field (submissions may fall in to multiple categories):

  1. Advocacy and International Law: Documents relating to the development of international law regarding conventional weapons, advocacy on behalf of these treaties, and adherence to the legislation.
  2. Centers and Organizations: Reports from NGOs and national authorities specific to their organization’s policies, research, and reports. These documents do not necessarily fit within any other categories as subject-specific, and are more focused on the positions and issues specific to an organization.
  3. ERW Clearance: Studies, data, and country/region reports specific to landmines, unexploded ordance, improvised explosive devices, or other explosive remnants of war
  4. Conventional Weapons Stockpile Destruction: Studies, data, and country/region reports specific to small arms and light weapons, physical security and stockpile management, stockpile destruction, unplanned explosions, etc
  5. Risk Education: Studies, data, and country/region reports specific to risk education
  6. Victim Assistance: Studies, data, and country/region reports specific to victim assistance
  7. Database of Demining Accidents: Specific documentation or accounts of accidents and incidents that occurred during humanitarian demining operations

Step 4: Create an account or sign in to the Global CWD Repository.

Step 5: Upload your submission and maximize discoverability by filling out the fields on the submission page. Please be aware that by submitting your material to the Global CWD Repository your are agreeing to the Standard Submission Agreement. Detailed keywords and abstracts are vital to improve ranking in search engine results. 

Step 6: All submitted abstracts and keyword identifications will be reviewed for accuracy and applicability (CISR will not edit documents submitted). CISR will communicate whether your submission is accepted, rejected, or in need of revision.

Click the logo below to begin your submission:

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If you have any questions or problems during the submission process please contact:

Heather Holsinger
CISR Communications and Publications Manager
Phone: +1 (540) 568-3356

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