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Journal Information

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.

Open Access  Creative Commons License

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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Editorial Board

Editor in Chief
H. Hayashi
Haruo Hayashi
President, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, 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
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 S. Ikeda K. Ikeuchi
A. S. Elnashai
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
N. Hirata
Executive Director, Research Center for Enhancing Metropolitan Resilience, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Japan
M. Hosokawa
Chief, Research and Development Division, National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster, Japan
S. Ikeda
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
K. Ikeuchi
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Director General, Earth Observation Data Integration & Fusion Research Initiative, The University of Tokyo, Japan
H. Karaki K. Kasai T. Kato S. Koshimura N. Maki
H. Karaki
President, Foundation of Food Safety and Security, Japan
K. Kasai
Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
T. Kato
Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan
S. Koshimura
Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
N. Maki
Professor, Kyoto University, Japan
S. Nakada S. Sadohara R. Shaw S. Shinoda T. Takahashi
S. Nakada
Director-General, Center for Integrated Volcano Research, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, Japan
S. Sadohara
Professor, Yokohama National University, Japan
R. Shaw
Professor, Keio University, Japan
S. Shinoda
Professor Emeritus, Okayama University, Japan
T. Takahashi
Professor, Kansai University, Japan
K. Takiguchi K. Tamura K. Watanabe A. C. Yalçiner H. Yeh
K. Takiguchi
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
K. Tamura
Professor, Niigata University, Japan
K. Watanabe
Professor, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
A. C. Yalçiner
Associate Professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
H. Yeh
Professor, Oregon State University, U.S.A.

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Last updated on Oct. 27, 2021