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Disasters have frequent and devastating impacts on human society. To improve disaster resilience, the Journal of Disaster Research publishes the latest ground-breaking research and information on a wide range of hazards as an international peer-reviewed journal. The regular issues are published six times a year. Available for free online, the journal is a comprehensive resource for a large and diverse global audience who work to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from disasters.

The journal title is abbreviated as "J. Disaster Res.".

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Disaster Research publishes timely and topical articles on disaster risk reduction. The journal’s wide and comprehensive scope covers natural and man-made disasters, such as geological disasters, meteorological disasters, hydrological and marine disasters, viral and other disaster-related disasters; lifeline disasters, transportation disasters, environmental disasters, food hygiene, nuclear disasters, terrorism, etc. Articles may offer a microscopic or macroscopic view on topics in basic/applied sciences, engineering, or explore the impacts of disaster on human society.

The journal’s broad global audience includes anyone interested or involved in disaster risk reduction or improving disaster resilience, including researchers, engineers, disaster management specialists, administrators, policy makers, government agency employees, and personnel in not-for-profit or non-governmental organizations. Supported by a strong and diverse Editorial Board, the journal aims to provide rapid turnaround times for authors and vital information for readers.

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The Journal of Disaster Research is fully Open Access under Creative Commons (CC) licenses. Authors are charged reasonable publication fees that offset the costs incurred in the peer review and publishing processes. All articles are published under a Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 4.0 ( and free to access at the journal’s website.

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Journals in ESCI have passed an initial editorial evaluation and can continue to be considered for inclusion in products such as SCIE, SSCI, and AHCI, which have rigorous evaluation processes and selection criteria. All ESCI journals will be indexed according to the same data standards, including cover-to-cover indexing, cited reference indexing, subject category assignment, and indexing all authors and addresses.
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Editorial Board

Editor in Chief
H. Hayashi Shunichi Koshimura
Haruo Hayashi
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University, Japan
Shunichi Koshimura
Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
Honorary Editor
S. Murakami N. Shuto
Suminao Murakami
Representative, Laboratory of Urban Safety Planning, Japan
Nobuo Shuto
Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University, Japan
Editorial Member
A. Armanini C. Baker M. Bruneau H. Chen S. Egashira
A. Armanini
Emeritus Professor, University of Trento, Italy
C. Baker
Professor, University of Birmingham, U.K.
M. Bruneau
Professor, University at Buffalo, USA
H. Chen
Director, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan
S. Egashira
Research and Training Advisor, Public Works Research Institute, Japan
A. S. Elnashai N. Hirata M. Hosokawa K. Ikeuchi L. A. Johnson
A. S. Elnashai
Vice Chancellor/Vice President, Research and Technology Transfer, University of Houston, U.S.A.
N. Hirata
Emeritus Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
M. Hosokawa
Chief, Research and Development Division, National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, Japan
K. Ikeuchi
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo / President, Foundation of River & Basin Integrated Communications (FRICS), Japan
L. A. Johnson
Principal, Founder, Laurie Johnson Consulting Research, USA
K. Kasai T. Kato N. Maki Y. Masuda L. A. Moya Huallpa
K. Kasai
Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
T. Kato
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
N. Maki
Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
Y. Masuda
Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
L. A. Moya Huallpa
Assistant Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Peru
S. Nagamatsu S. Nakada T. Ramamurthy S. Sadohara R. Shaw
S. Nagamatsu
Professor, Kansai University, Japan
S. Nakada
Director-General, Center for Integrated Volcano Research, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Japan
T. Ramamurthy
ICMR-National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, India
S. Sadohara
Professor, Yokohama National University, Japan
R. Shaw
Professor, Keio University, Japan
N. Shimasaki S. Shinoda T. Takahashi K. Takiguchi K. Tamura
N. Shimasaki
Senior Research Scientist, National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) / Project Associate Professor, Shinshu University, Japan
S. Shinoda
Professor Emeritus, Okayama University, Japan
T. Takahashi
Professor, Kansai University, Japan
K. Takiguchi
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
K. Tamura
Professor, Niigata University, Japan
K. Watanabe A. C. Yalçiner H. Yeh Y. Yoshikawa
K. Watanabe
Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
A. C. Yalçiner
Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
H. Yeh
Professor, Oregon State University, U.S.A.
Y. Yoshikawa
Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Okayama University of Science, Japan
Advisery Members
S. Ikeda H. Karaki
S. Ikeda
Prof. Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
H. Karaki
Prof. Emeritus, The University of Tokyo, Japan

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The corresponding author warrants that all authors have seen and approved the author list and order. Changes to the author list after manuscript submission – such as the insertion or removal of author names, or a rearrangement of author order – must be approved by all authors and the relevant Associate Editor or Editor-in-Chief. Authors are encouraged to consider the Council of Science Editors (CSE) principles governing authorship. According to the CSE guidelines, authors have made substantial contributions to the work; have agreed to be held accountable for their own contributions to the work; can identify which co-authors are responsible for other parts of the work; have confidence in the integrity of the work; and have reviewed and approved the final manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify for authorship may be included in the Acknowledgements section instead.
Duplicate submission
Authors warrant that their submitted manuscript has not been previously published (in part or in whole, in any language), is not in press, and has not been simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Authors must inform the editors if any related manuscripts are under consideration, in press, posted to a preprint server, or published elsewhere. The availability of a manuscript on a publicly accessible preprint server does not constitute prior publication (see ‘Preprints’), but authors should indicate upon submission any posting to a preprint server. If authors choose to submit their manuscript elsewhere before a final decision has been made on its suitability for publication in the Journal of Disaster Research, they must first withdraw it from the journal.
Authors warrant that their submission to the journal is their original work. The journal uses the iThenticate system via Crossref’s Crosscheck service to screen manuscripts for unoriginal content. By submitting a manuscript to the journal, authors agree to this screening. Any manuscript with an unacceptable level of unoriginal material may be rejected or retracted at the editors’ discretion.
The Journal of Disaster Research supports the wide dissemination of research and therefore encourages authors to post their research manuscripts on reputable preprint servers, either before or at the same time as submission to the journal. This policy applies only to the original version of a manuscript that describes primary research; other article types are not included. Versions of manuscripts that have been revised in response to reviewers’ comments, accepted for publication or published in the journal should not be posted on a preprint server. Rather, links via the DOI to the published manuscript on the journal’s website should be posted at the relevant pages of the preprint server.
Editors’ assessment of a submitted manuscript’s novelty will not be influenced by other manuscripts posted to preprint servers after the date of submission to the Journal of Disaster Research. In addition, if you submit your manuscript to the journal within 3 months of posting it to a preprint server, the Editors will consider your manuscript for publication.
Data falsification, data fabrication and image integrity
Authors must not falsify or fabricate data. Authors may digitally manipulate or process images, but only if the adjustments are kept to a minimum, are applied to the entire image, meet community standards, and are clearly described in the manuscript. All images in a manuscript must accurately reflect the original data on which they are based. Authors must not move, remove, add or enhance individual parts of an image. The editors reserve the right to request original, unprocessed images from the authors. If authors fail to provide images on request, the editors may reject or retract the manuscript.
Reproducing copyrighted material
If a manuscript includes material that is not the authors’ copyright, the authors must obtain written permission from the copyright holder(s) to reproduce it. If a manuscript includes previously published material, such as figures or large amounts of text, the authors must obtain written permission from the copyright holder(s) and the publisher of the original work to reproduce it. The authors must always fully cite the original work in their manuscript. Copies of all reproduction permissions must be included with the manuscript when it is first submitted to the journal.
Availability of data and materials
Authors must disclose the source of publicly available data and materials, such as public repositories or commercial manufacturers, by including accession numbers or company details in their manuscript, as appropriate. Authors may make their own data and materials available by linking from their manuscript to relevant community-recognized public databases or digital repositories. All data sets must be made available in full to the editors and reviewers during the peer review process, and must be made publicly available by the date of publication. Authors commit to preserving their data sets for at least three years from the date of publication in the journal. The journal encourages authors to grant reasonable requests from colleagues to share any data, materials and experimental protocols described in their manuscript.
Animal/human experimentation
Authors of manuscripts describing experiments involving humans or materials derived from humans must demonstrate that the work was carried out in accordance with the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki, its revisions, and any guidelines approved by the authors’ institutions. Where relevant, the authors must include a statement in their manuscript that describes the procedures for obtaining informed consent from participants regarding participation in the research and publication of the research. Authors of manuscripts describing experiments involving animals or materials derived from animals must demonstrate that the work was carried out in accordance with the guidelines approved by the authors’ institution(s).
Specimen collection
Manuscripts describing the collection of archaeological, geological, paleontological or wildlife specimens or samples should include detailed information on their provenance and collection methods. Authors must include a statement in their manuscript describing the relevant ethics guidelines, local laws and collection permits under which the research was conducted.
Conflicts of interest
In the interests of transparency, the journal requires all authors to declare any conflicts of interest in relation to their submitted manuscript. A conflict of interest exists when there are actual, perceived or potential circumstances that could influence an author’s ability to conduct or report research impartially. Potential conflicts include (but are not limited to) competing commercial or financial interests, commercial affiliations, consulting roles, or ownership of stock or equity. Authors should list all funding sources for their work in the Acknowledgements section of their manuscript.
Manuscript confidentiality
The journal keeps the details and communications surrounding unpublished manuscripts confidential.
Long-term archiving of journal content
The Journal of Disaster Research has a robust, long-term archive strategy. Content is hosted on the publisher’s website; J-STAGE; deposited to the Japanese National Diet Library; and secured in a ‘dark’ archive with Portico.


Editorial and peer review process
The journal uses single-blind peer review. All manuscripts are sent to two anonymous reviewers who evaluate them for originality, validity, novelty, methodology, appropriate citation of relevant work, and the importance of content and conclusions. Further details about the journal’s acceptance criteria are listed below. The time required for peer review depends on many factors, including the time to locate reviewers and the timeliness of their responses. When a manuscript is submitted to the journal, the Editor-in-Chief performs initial screening. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal’s scope or are not deemed suitable for publication are rejected without review. The remaining manuscripts are assigned to an Associate Editor who assigns two reviewers to assess each manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief may manage the peer review process in some circumstances. The deadline for submission of the reviewers’ reports varies by article type. Once the reviewers’ reports have been received, the Associate Editor makes the first decision: acceptance; conditional acceptance with minor revisions; revision and resubmission due to the need for major revisions; or reject. Decisions are made on the totality of the information available to the Associate Editor: the manuscript, the reviewers’ reports, the acceptance criteria, the competition for limited space in the journal, and the aims and ambitions of the journal.
Reviewer selection
Reviewers are selected without regard to geography and need not belong to the Journal of Disaster Research’s Editorial Committee. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the field, reputation, recommendation by others, and/or previous experience as peer reviewers for the journal.
Editorial independence
As publisher of the journal, Fuji Technology Press Ltd. has granted the Editorial Board complete and sole responsibility for all editorial decisions. The publisher will not become involved in editorial decisions, except in cases of a fundamental breakdown of process. Editorial decisions are based only on a manuscript’s scientific merit and are kept completely separate from the journal’s other interests. The authors’ ability to pay any publication charges has no bearing on whether a manuscript is accepted for publication in the journal.
Authors who believe that an editorial decision has been made in error may lodge an appeal with the Editorial Office. Appeals are only considered if the authors provide detailed evidence of a misunderstanding or mistake by a reviewer or editor. Appeals are considered carefully by the Editorial Board, whose decision is final.
Confidentiality in peer review
The journal maintains the confidentiality of all unpublished manuscripts. Editors and/or reviewers:
  • • will not disclose a reviewer’s identity unless the reviewer makes a reasonable request for such disclosure
  • • will not discuss the manuscript or its contents with anyone not directly involved with the manuscript or its peer review
  • • will not use any data or information from the manuscript in their own work or publications
  • • will not use information obtained from the peer review process to provide an advantage to themselves or anyone else, or to disadvantage any individual or organization
  • • ensure that any third-party reviewers who gain access to the manuscript maintain the conditions above.
The journal retains basic metadata on submitted manuscripts, including the peer review process. Requests for deletion of data are considered within the commercial and editorial requirements of the journal.
Conflicts of interest in peer review
A conflict of interest exists when there are actual, perceived or potential circumstances that could influence a reviewer’s or editor’s ability to act impartially when assessing a manuscript. Such circumstances might include having a personal or professional relationship with an author, working on the same topic or in direct competition with an author, or having a financial stake in the work or its publication. Members of the journal’s Editorial Board undertake to declare any conflicts of interest when handling manuscripts. An editor who declares a conflict of interest is unassigned from the manuscript in question and is replaced by a new editor. Reviewers who believe they may have a conflict of interest are requested to contact the Editorial Office as soon as possible, so that the Associate Editor may find a replacement reviewer without delay.
Responding to potential ethical breaches
The journal will respond to allegations of ethical breaches by following its own policies and, where possible, the appropriate guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

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