Cover image for Vol. 39 Issue 4

Edited By: Sara Pantuliano, John Twigg and Helen Young

Impact Factor: 0.742

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 44/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1467-7717

Associated Title(s): Development Policy Review

Author Guidelines

Aims and scope
Disasters is a major, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that reports on all aspects of disaster studies, policy and management. It provides an opportunity for academics, policymakers and practitioners to publish the results of high-quality research and practice on natural catastrophes, anthropogenic disasters and complex political emergencies around the world. Disasters:

• is the leading journal in the field of complex emergencies and natural disasters;
• also covers terrorism and technological disasters;
• influences disaster prevention, mitigation and response policies and practices;
• adopts a worldwide geographical perspective;
• publishes academic papers, but welcomes field perspectives and case study approaches; and
• promotes an interchange of ideas among academics, practitioners and policymakers.

Content and style
Due to an increase in submissions to the journal, the Editors ask that all authors read the instructions carefully and ensure that the manuscript conforms to the guidelines. This will help expedite the review and production process.

Manuscripts are considered for publication on the understanding that they have not been submitted elsewhere and that if accepted for publication in Disasters, they will not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the Editors.

Manuscripts should be written in English and should assume little foreign language knowledge. Please use translations when quoting sources in languages other than English; where the original language quote is necessary it may be included in a note. The Editors encourage submissions from authors whose native language is not English; advice on English-language editing is available from the Wiley Blackwell Author Services page here.

Articles should make an original contribution to knowledge or debates on an issue. Given the broad range of areas covered by the journal, authors are encouraged to make clear the interest of their subject to non-specialist readers. Authors are recommended to keep technical or specialist language to a minimum, to provide definitions where applicable, and to ensure that any technical studies make clear their relevance in a broader context. Highly specialised papers may be better placed in a journal with a more targeted expertise in the field in question. Where empirical studies, small samples, or case study approaches are used, authors are advised to indicate how their study adds to current scholarly and practical knowledge on the topic. As Disasters is an academic journal, articles must engage with the academic literature on their subject even if based upon fieldwork experience.

Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words. This includes endnotes but excludes the bibliography. If your manuscript is longer than this, please contact the editorial office before submitting, as it is very rare that longer articles are accepted. All material should be in MS Word and double spaced. A 150-word abstract must accompany articles as well as a selection of keywords in the fields provided in the online submission form (see below).

Notes and referencing
Notes should be kept to a minimum, numbered and presented together at the end of the piece. Citations and bibliographical references should be incorporated into the text, using the Harvard author-date system, with page numbers where appropriate. All references cited should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper, in the following style:

Franks, D. (1989) 'Hazard Mitigation'. In J. Blum and C. Phillips (eds) International Hazards. Collins, London. pp. 315-342.

Parker, D.J., C.H. Green and P.M. Thompson (1999) Urban Flood Protection: A Project Appraisal Guide. Gower Technical Press, Aldershot.

Steers, J. (1998) 'The East Coast Floods'. Geographical Journal. 11(9). pp. 280-298.

Any manuscript that does not use the correct referencing system will be returned with a request that it be revised prior to being seen by the Editors.

Without special permission from the Editors, no more than 8 visual illustrations - including figures, graphs, tables, and photos - should accompany an article. Illustrations (black and white photos, line drawings or tables) must be submitted with the text, with captions. Images must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder, where appropriate.

All images should be embedded in the Word manuscript at low resolution for proofing purposes, accompanied by a short title and source information (even if the source is the author). However, all images must also be supplied as separate high-resolution files. Line art (typically graphs and charts) should be supplied in .TIF format at a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) at a physical size of A5. Greyscale images (typically photographs) should be supplied in .TIF format at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at a physical size of A5. Authors should note that Disasters is printed using black ink only and hence all illustrations are converted to greyscale.

It is the responsibility of authors to obtain permission for using any previously published material, illustrations or otherwise.

Accepted articles
Authors will receive a PDF proof of their article by email. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and return as per covering instructions.

Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the Exclusive Licence Form does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. (Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.) After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form here.

The publication of an article does not necessarily imply that the Editorial Board accepts the views or opinions expressed in it.

Each named author of a paper or report will receive one complimentary copy of the issue in which his/her work is published.

Submission procedures
Disasters prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using Manuscript Central. It is a fully refereed journal and conducts blinded peer-review. When uploading your submission you will need to upload:

i) a manuscript file with no identifying author information or acknowledgements (designate as Main Document); and
ii) a separate file consisting of a title page with the name and affiliation of the author(s), full correspondence address and any acknowledgements, followed by the article itself (designate as Title Page). To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
1. Launch your web browser (supported browsers include Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or higher or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the Disasters Manuscript Central homepage (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/disasters).
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central.
3. If you are creating a new account.

After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

4. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the Disasters Manuscript Central homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you details on how to log in.
5. Log-in and select “Author Center.”

Submitting Your Manuscript
6. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
7. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
8. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
9. You are required to upload your files.

Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
10. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help with Your Submission
Each page of the Manuscript Central website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/index.html. Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 5 days a week through the US ScholarOne Support Office on: +1 434 817 2040.

For authors signing current licensing/copyright agreement

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Open Access Journal - GEO
We work together with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wiley open access journal, Geo: Geography and Environment, to enable rapid publication of good quality papers that are outside the scope of our journal. Authors of papers rejected by our journal as unsuitable on the grounds of scope or space may be offered the option of having their manuscript, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Geo editorial team. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. Geo will consider submissions from across the spectrum of geographical and environmental research, which reach the standard acceptable for publication. Geo is a fully open access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2054-404

Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement

If you do not select the OnlineOpen option you will follow the current licensing signing process as described above.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If you decide to select the OnlineOpen option, please use the links below to obtain an open access agreement to sign [this will supersede the journal’s usual license agreement]. By selecting the OnlineOpen option you have the choice of the following Creative Commons License open access agreements:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA link

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA link

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA link

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click the license types above and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html. Open Access, WALS April 2013

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.