Academic publishing in disaster risk reduction: past, present, and future

Alexander, David, Gaillard, JC, Kelman, Ilan, Marincioni, Fausto, Penning-Rowsell, Edmund C. ORCID logoORCID:, Niekerk, Dewald and Vinnell, Lauren J. (2021) Academic publishing in disaster risk reduction: past, present, and future. Disasters, 45 (1) . pp. 5-18. ISSN 0361-3666 [Article] (doi:10.1111/disa.12432)

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Nowadays there are approximately 80 Anglophone journals that deal primarily with disaster risk reduction (DRR) and allied fields. This large array signals a sustained, if uneven, growth in DRR scholarship but also competition between the offerings of different publishers and institutions. The purpose of this article is first to summarise the development of academic publishing on DRR from its early beginnings to the present day. The paper then evaluates the current state of publishing in this field and discusses possible future trends. Next, it identifies some possible opportunities, challenges, expectations, and commitments for journal editors both within DRR and academia more broadly, including those that refer to changes in the use of terminology, the relentless increase in the number of papers submitted, the expansion and dangers of predatory journals, different peer review models, open access versus paywalls, citations and bibliography metrics, academic social networks, and copyright and distribution issues.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Disaster risk reduction, academic publishing, journals, peer review, general earth and planetary sciences, general social sciences
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 29092
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Alexander, D., Gaillard, J., Kelman, I., Marincioni, F., Penning-Rowsell, E., van Niekerk, D. and Vinnell, L.J. (2021), Academic publishing in disaster risk reduction: past, present, and future. Disasters, 45: 5-18, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 11:25
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