Journal of Flood Risk Management

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Edited By: Dr. Paul Samuels

Impact Factor: 3.121

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 11/88 (Water Resources); 66/229 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1753-318X

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Guidance on content

To assist prospective authors, the Editors consider it helpful to give some guidance on the types and standard of papers we aim to publish in the Journal of Flood Risk Management. First of all, our aims are:

• to publish the best disciplinary and interdisciplinary research in all aspects of flood risk management

• to publish papers that identify lessons from flood risk management practice which lead to advances in knowledge and understanding, particularly those of broad interest

• to publish papers that demonstrate the application of research and innovation in practice.

There is a wide range of natural and social science that bears upon flood risk management, so some papers we accept may deal with specific detail of a particular topic, whereas others may integrate advances across disciplinary boundaries. Either of these approaches is welcome provided that papers make a distinctive contribution to flood risk management knowledge and understanding.

We welcome papers arising from flood risk management practice, as well as those from the best academic research. For papers that focus on case-studies, we look for those whose conclusions are of generic relevance, rather than being solely case-specific. It should be clear from the text what is the distinctive contribution to flood risk management knowledge, understanding or practice that the paper contributes and the paper should draw out the flood risk management issues in the introduction, discussion and conclusions.

As a minimum we expect that any paper approved for publication will be well written, appropriately illustrated and referenced, and, make a sound contribution to knowledge or to practice that our readers should find of value in their own work and so may cite the paper as a reference when appropriate.

Special Issues of the Journal of Flood Risk Management

The Editors will consider collections of papers offered as Special Issues of the Journal, especially where the subject breaks new ground. Special Issues may be proposed by a coordinated group of authors on a single topic, or may arise from a particular event where the papers offered have a particular thematic coherence. A Special Issue will be coordinated by one or more Guest Editors who will act in place of an Associate Editor in obtaining reviews and making recommendations to the Editor in Chief.

All papers in a Special Issue will adhere to the usual requirements for publication in terms of length, language, illustration etc. The total page count for a Special Issue, when type-set, should not exceed 96 pages, inclusive of the Guest Editorial, main text, references, figures etc.

Our aim is not to publish more than one quarter of our papers in Special Issues on a two-year rolling average. The exception to this are any Special Issues for which funding is provided either as a payment negotiated with the publisher for an extra issue of the Journal or where all the paper authors opt to pay for “open-access” publication.

From time-to-time the Editors will collate papers on a similar theme from our flow of original submissions into a virtual special issue with a Guest Editorial added.


The ORCID iD is a unique and persistent identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher – by connecting you with your research contributions and affiliations. Free to use and register for, an ORCID iD increases the discoverability of your research outputs, and helps alleviate mistaken identity. You have full control of your ORCID record, and can control what information is connected and how it is shared.

As part of our commitment to supporting authors at every step of the publishing process, the Journal of Flood Risks Management requires the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting their manuscript. This takes around 2 minutes to complete. Find more information.

Guidance on Presentation

Papers should be submitted using the Journal of Flood Risk Management manuscript submission website There is a help function on the website to guide you through the process. Files can be uploaded in Word (.doc, .docx), RTF (.rtf) or PDF (.pdf) format. However, please note that once a paper has been accepted, the text and tables must be uploaded in Word or RTF format (not PDF).

The Journal requires all authors submitting papers to provide the names of three potential reviewers whose expertise suits the contents of their submission. A submission cannot be made unless this information is provided. This is required to ensure that papers are reviewed as quickly as possible and to a high standard. The Editors have discretion on who is invited to review the manuscript and may approach reviewers other than those suggested.

Data that are integral to the paper must be made available in such a way as to enable readers to replicate, verify and build upon the conclusions published in the paper. Any restriction on the availability of this data must be disclosed at the time of submission.

Data may be included as part of the main article where practical. We recommend that data for which public repositories are widely used, and are accessible to all, should be deposited in such a repository prior to publication. The appropriate linking details and identifier(s) should then be included in the publication and where possible the repository, to facilitate linking between the journal article and the data. If such a repository does not exist, data should be included as supporting information to the published paper or authors should agree to make their data available upon reasonable request.

Please note that if your submission exceeds 5MB it may slow down the review process. If this is the case please consider using lower resolution images and/or black and white charts and graphs. If the paper is accepted, higher quality images will be needed by the publishers. For further information please contact

Authors whose first language is not English should ensure that their paper is carefully checked by a fluent English speaker for language accuracy and appropriateness. English (UK) spelling should be used consistently throughout. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication. Manuscripts in which the English is difficult to understand may be returned to the author for revision before scientific review.

Papers, excluding references, illustrations and tables, should not exceed 6,000 words in length. However in cases where the author makes the case that their work must exceed 6000 words, editorial discretion may be applied. Papers over 6800 words will be returned to the Author to be shortened before reviews are commissioned. Short papers (between 1,500 and 2,500 words) are also encouraged. In all cases Authors are asked to perform a word count and state the number of words at the end of the paper.


Main text
The layout of the main body of the paper will depend upon the subject, but in general a paper should follow the following format:
Title page; Abstract; Key words; Introduction (this should not repeat what has been said in the abstract); Main exposition, subdivided as appropriate for the subject; Discussion, if required, e.g. of experimental results; Conclusions, which should be numbered (they should not include tables, figures, or references); Acknowledgements; References; Word count; Appendices, if necessary; figure legends; tables.

Title page
The title of the paper should be as short as possible and consistent with a clear indication of the subject matter. The name(s) and appointment(s) of the author(s) should be given, and where applicable, the grade of CIWEM membership (e.g. MCIWEM; FCIWEM). If you are a member of a professional body please ensure that you include your post nominals after your name, for example if you are a Chartered Member of CIWEM or a Fellow of CIWEM this would be MCIWEM, C.WEM or FCIWEM, C.WEM respectively.

If the paper has been presented, the date and venue of the presentation should be given. In the case of multi-author papers one author should agree to act as the corresponding author to whom queries and proofs will be sent. An e-mail address and other contact details for the corresponding author must be provided.

An abstract of not more than 200 words should be included at the beginning of the paper. It should briefly indicate the subject and scope of the paper, calling attention to points of special interest, e.g. method of investigation and important results.

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Key words
Up to 8 key words should be listed in alphabetical order for use in retrieval systems.

Not more than three levels of headings should be used. Main headings should be typed (in bold letters) centrally on the page, and secondary headings (in bold letters) at the left of the page. Third level headings should be typed in italics at the left of the page. Numbering of paragraphs and sections of a paper should be avoided.

The Système International (SI) should be used for all units of measurement as far as possible. The oblique stroke (e.g. m3/s) should be used instead of the negative index (m3 s–1). Temperature should be expressed in °C.

Illustrations and artwork

Diagrams should be drawn without boundary boxes and should be as simple as possible, but should contain enough information to be understood without reference to the text. Any map should include a compass north point. Photographs can help to enhance the overall appearance of a paper. Video files and animated models may also be submitted. Captions should be concise and be listed on a separate page at the end of the paper. We encourage authors to publish video files and animated models. There is a maximum file size of 5 MB except in the case of video clips which are requested to be limited to 10 MB. For more information please visit
When a paper is initially submitted all figures should be embedded into the main text file for review purposes. Please note that after acceptance separate, high resolution, print quality figures will be needed as described below.

Artwork requirements for accepted papers
Close adherence to our artwork guidelines will ensure the best quality of reproduction. Our preferred electronic file type is vector-format encapsulated post script (EPS) because these images are scaleable and therefore do not lose quality in the online PDF. All line drawings or photographs with added labelling should be supplied in EPS format. It is very important that any fonts used are embedded in the file (there is usually an option in the ‘save-as’ or ‘export’ dialog).

The best results are obtained with software applications that can output EPS format (Systat SigmaPlot; Adobe Illustrator; CorelDraw; Deneba Canvas; Macromedia Freehand) rather than 'save as' EPS format.

Half tones (photographs) without any labelling can be supplied in TIFF format at 300 dots per inch minimum at the final printed size. If line drawings cannot be supplied as EPS files then they must be in TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi, and if they do not contain any grey tones, should be saved as single-bit images. These resolutions and formats also apply to any TIFF images embedded into an EPS file.

Artwork guidelines, which provide further information on these formats, are available at Please also see the illustration submission section in the ‘author resources’ section of the Wiley Blackwell author services site ( This page has some useful documents that explain why we use EPS and TIFF formats rather than JPEG or other formats.

Colour figures
Colour figures are included in the journal free of charge.

Tables should be as few and as simple as possible. Graphs are often preferable to tables, and the same data should not be presented in both forms. Please place tables on separate pages at the end of the file after the figure legends. Captions should appear above tables.

These should be to the authority by whose permission the paper is published, any sources of grants or funds to support the work, colleagues or others who have made significant contributions to the work, and any copyright holders who have given permission for their work to be quoted.
Recurrent references to proprietary names should not be given in the main body of the text; recognition should instead be made in the Acknowledgements section.

References should be cited using the Harvard Referencing System.
Citations in the text take the form of author names and dates (e.g. Smith 1990). Sort references chronologically and then alphabetically within dates (e.g. Smith 1990; Brown 2001; Walton 2001). For references with three or more authors, use the first author's name and 'et al. ' in the text.

References in the list are sorted alphabetically by author name. If two or more references have the same first author and date, use 'a', 'b', etc. after the date to distinguish them (e.g. Smith et al. 1990a,b). References for website addresses should only be used where the hardcopy reference is unavailable. Authors should ensure that website references are complete, sustainable, refer directly to the reference and are live.

Manuscripts that have not been formally accepted for publication (e.g. ‘in preparation’) should not be included in the reference list, but should be cited in the text as unpublished data. Please give the names and initials of all collaborators in such cases. Personal communications/observations may also be cited in the text.


  • Journal
    Johnston, A. and Smith, A. (2001) Environmental Performance Indicators: The Water Industry of England and Wales. J. Ch. Instn. Wat. & Envir. Mangt., 15 (I), 40-45.
  • Book
    Nottage, A.S and Robertson, P.A. (2005) The saltmarsh creation handbook: a project manager's guide to the creation of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflat.  The RSPB, Sandy and CIWEM, London.
  • Symposium
    Morris, G. and Firth, C. (2004) Yorkshire's Rivers: From sewage to salmon. The improvement and future of the Industrial rivers Don, Aire and Calder. In Horan, N.J. (ed) Proceedings of the 2nd CIWEM Nat. Conf, pp. 1-9. Aqua Enviro, Wakefield.
  • Directive
    Council of European Communities (1976) Directive on pollution caused by certain dangerous substances discharged in the aquatic environment of the Community (76/464/EEC) Official Journal L129.
  • Website
    Le Quesne, T. and Green, C. (2005) Can we afford not to? The costs and benefits of a partnership approach to the Water Framework Directive [online]. WWF. [accessed 10 September 2005]

Following Acceptance

Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services. 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 selfarchiving policy please visit:

Accepted Articles
Journal of Flood Risk Management offers Accepted Articles. Accepted Articles have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only, are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked.

Author Services
Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Proofs will be available as a PDF to download from the publisher's e-proofing website. Full instructions will be sent via email when the proof is ready for collection. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required in order to read this file. This can be downloaded (free of charge) from:

Free access to the final PDF offprint or your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.

Archiving policy
The publisher will dispose of all submitted hard copy or electronic material two months after print publication. If you require the return of any of this material please inform the editorial office on submission.

For enquiries please email or telephone the Editorial Office on +44 (0)207 831 3110.