Article Submission

How to Submit Articles, Proposals for Special Issues, and Books to be Reviewed

All manuscripts, proposals for special issues, and books for review should be sent to:

Hao-Che (Tristan) Wu, PhD and Shih-Kai (Sky) Huang, PhD, Editors

To propose a special issue, send a prospectus and a list of potential contributors to the Editor. Decisions regarding special issues are made by the editor(s) in consultation with the Board of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Disasters (ISA RC39).

Editorial Policies and Author Guidelines

Submission of a manuscript to the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters constitutes a commitment to publish and signifies that the paper is not currently under review at any other journal.

Manuscripts are reviewed double-blind. All identifying material should be removed from the text, abstract, tables, and footnotes. A title page should be attached that contains the title, authorship, and institutional affiliation (including full mailing address and telephone number), and a running head for the article limited to 57 characters including the author's last name. Any acknowledgements should appear at the end of the manuscript as a separate section that precedes the References.

Author's Responsibilities

Please submit one electronic copy to the editor(s) at

Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced (including indented material, footnotes, and references) on Letter (8.5 by 11 inch) or A4 (8.27 by 11.69 inch) with one inch (or metric equivalent margins). Acceptable electronic file formats are Microsoft Word, (.doc or .docx), Rich text (.rtf), or Open Office (.odt).

Tables, graphs, figures, and maps should be carefully integrated into the text and contribute significantly to understanding the author's message. All should be prepared as separate pages presented in sequence at the end of the manuscript. The approximate location of each should be indicated in the text on a separate line from the surrounding text (e.g., **** Table 1 about here *****). Acceptable graphic formats are .eps, .tif, .gif, and .jpeg.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript format should conform to the style of the American Sociological Association (e.g., American Sociological Review). Manuscripts not submitted in this format must be revised to this format before final acceptance.

  1. The manuscript must begin with an ABSTRACT of 50-300 words.
  2. The ABSTRACT must be followed by 3-5 key words.
  3. Sub-headings should be used to aid readability in accordance with the following format.
    1. First order headings: centered, upper/lower case, and bold.
    2. Second order headings: flush with the left margin, upper/lower case, and bold.
    3. Third order headings: bold, upper/lower case, indented as a paragraph followed by a period, and continue the paragraph.
  4. Substantive footnotes, as distinct from references, are discouraged. If essential, however, they should be prepared as end notes and identified as Notes.
  5. The author is responsible for ensuring that items appearing in the References are cross-checked with the text citation for publication dates and spelling. Any item which is inconsistent will be deleted from both the text and the References. We strongly recommend that authors use citation tools such as Endnote, Mendeley, RefWorks, or other similar software.
    1. All source references are indicated in the text by noting the author's last name, date of publication, and page numbers, if appropriate. A separate alphabetical listing of all citations should be typed in the References section. Examples follow for both text entries and the References section listing.
    2. Text:
      1. If the author's name is in the text, follow it with year in parentheses. For example, "... Kreps (1985) ..."
      2. If the author's name is not in the text, insert, in parentheses, the last name and year. For example, "... (Trost 1978) ..."
      3. Pagination follows year of publication after a comma. For example, "... (Wettenhall 1980:18) ..." or Wettenhall (1980) indicated "..." (p.18).
      4. List both last names for dual authors. For citations with three authors, list all three authors by last name in the first reference [e.g., ": ...(Smith, Jones, and Smith 1998)..."], then in all subsequent references list only the last name of the first author followed by "et al." without italics [e.g., "... (Smith et al. 1998) ..."]. For citations with four or more authors, list only the first author by last name followed by "et al." (without italics) in ALL references, including the first.
      5. Use a semicolon to separate a series of references and list them in alphabetical order, not chronological order. For example, "... (Kreps 1981; Perry et al. 1981; Trost 1978; Wettenhall 1980:18) ..."
    3. References:
      1. The References section includes all text-cited works compiled in one alphabetized list. Formats for books, periodicals, edited collections, and newspaper references are shown below in items (7), (8), (9), and (10).
      2. List all items alphabetically by author and, within author, by year of publication.
      3. The use of "et al." is not acceptable in the reference listing; list the names of all authors using full first names except when they were not included in the original publication. The use of authors' first initials is acceptable as long as this format is used throughout the Reference section.
      4. If there is more than one reference to the same author in the same year, distinguish them by adding the letters a, b, etc., to the year.
      5. Use "forthcoming" to cite material accepted for publication, include name of journal or publisher; otherwise use "unpublished."
      6. Titles of books and journals should appear in italics when possible. The first letter of each word in an article or book title should be capitalized, with the exception of prepositions and articles.
      7. Books:
        • Drabek, Thomas E. 1986. Human System Responses to Disaster. New York: Springer-Verlag.
        • ----. 1988. Emergency Management. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag.
        • NOTE: Succeeding references to the same author(s) begin with three consecutive em dashes (ASCII 0151).

        • Perry, Ronald W., Michael K. Lindell, and Marjorie R. Greene. 1981. Evacuation Planning in Emergency Management. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.
        • Trost, Jan. 1983. Manniskans Reaktioner I Kris och Vid Katastrof (Man's Reaction in Crises and Disaster) (in Swedish with an English summary). Disaster Studies 15. Uppsala, Sweden: Uppsala University.
      8. Periodicals:
        • Hirose, Hirotada and Tomoichi Ishizuka. 1983. "Causal Analysis of Earthquake Concern and Preparing Behavior in the North Izu Peninsula." Japanese Psychological Research 25: 103-111.
        • Kreps, Gary. 1985a. "Disaster and the Social Order." Sociological Theory 3: 49-64.
        • ----. 1985b. "Structural Sociology, Disaster, and Organization." Williamsburg, VA: Department of Sociology, College of William and Mary.
      9. Edited Collections:
        • Dynes, Russell R. and Carlo Pelanda (eds.). Forthcoming. Sociology of Disasters: Contribution of Sociology to Disaster Research. Gorizia, Italy: Franco Angeli.
        • Wettenhall, R.L. 1980. "The Response of Government to Disasters: A Study of Fragmentation." Pp. 261-295 in Response to Disaster , edited by John Oliver. Townsville, Queensland, Australia: Centre for Disaster Studies, James Cook University of North Queensland.
      10. Newspaper articles:
        • Diamond, Stuart. 1985. "The Disaster in Bhopal: Lessons for the Future." New York Times 3 February: A7.
        • New York Times . 1985. "Slum Dwellers Unaware of Danger." 31 January: A8.