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Aims and Scope
The publication of Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is made possible through the generous support of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). For information about relevant degree programs and educational opportunities through UMUC please follow the link below.
About the Journal
Created in 2004, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM) is an online journal that publishes original, innovative, and timely articles describing and assessing research and practice in the fields of homeland security and emergency management. JHSEM publishes not only peer-reviewed articles but also opinion, news/communiqués, and book/media reviews. Its electronic format allows us to leverage communication technologies in order to accumulate and disseminate the latest knowledge on a broad range of related topics in a timely and inexpensive manner. However, JHSEM is also offered in print format for those who prefer the traditional media.
JHSEM promotes a comprehensive and dynamic perspective, providing readers with up-to-date information regarding the evolving nature of the homeland security and emergency management fields. Recognizing the inherent links between these two fields, the journal aims to serve as a bridge between them, encouraging exploration of their underlying relationships, interactions, and synergies.
JHSEM’s mission is propelled by the conviction that in fields that share significant operational elements, such as homeland security and emergency management, both researchers’ and practitioners’ insights are needed for success; in isolation, their perspectives can offer only partial views of the reality. Accordingly, JHSEM also aims to serve as a bridge between the researcher and practitioner communities, facilitating the kind of collaboration and coordination that enables them to appreciate and benefit from the associated implications and inherent connections in their fields. It is only from the intersection of these two perspectives and the interchange of ideas that the most compelling knowledge, novel insights, and best practices can emerge.
A critical part of JHSEM’s mission is to enrich the perspectives of researchers and practitioners in the homeland security and emergency management fields so that they are better able to address the increasingly complex issues before them. To this end, JHSEM encourages an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the expanding boundaries of these two disciplines by including such content as public health, cyber security, and environmental policy.
Among JHSEM’s key objectives are to
• Meet the need for peer-reviewed, high-quality, wide-ranging professional articles in the fields of homeland security and emergency management
• Augment the work of the existing professional societies and single-discipline publications in these fields
• Follow developments in the two fields and offer new information and analysis as they become available
• Serve the needs of both the academic and practitioner communities by providing a high-quality platform for information sharing, collaboration, and exchange of ideas in an efficient and economical way.
- Type of Publication:
Researchers, practitioners, and public safety officials involved with homeland security concerns, natural or human-induced disasters, and crisis preparedness and response.
Instructions for Authors
JHSEM publishes both peer-reviewed research articles and non-peer-reviewed submissions such as news/communiqués, opinion, and book/media reviews, as explained in detail below. Contents come from a broad array of scholars and practitioners in many fields, including engineering, political science, decision science, risk management, health and medicine, emergency management, and homeland security.
- Research articles: A research article presents an original thesis and reports results that are based on an empirical method of evaluation. JHSEM does not consider the review of existing research and findings by other authors to be a research article unless it is done in a methodical and systematic manner to reveal new theoretical/practical insights and conclusions. Research articles go through the peer-review process but are not copyedited by the journal.
- News/communiqué: News/communiqué is a short submission that provides a statement or review of a recent development or offers information that pertains to the fields of homeland security and emergency management. Examples of news/communiqué include notice of a new type of research or a new degree program, an example of collaboration, a review of or conclusions from a conference, or communication of a recent critical development that is important to students and practitioners of homeland security and emergency management. Such submissions do not offer opinion or provide evaluations; they just state the development without commentary. News/communiqué manuscripts do not go through the peer-review process but are copyedited by the journal in coordination with the submitting author.
- Opinion: Opinion articles reflect the submitting author’s evaluation of and commentary on a topic that is of interest to students and practitioners of homeland security and emergency management. Opinion submissions do not go through the peer-review process but are copyedited by the journal in coordination with the submitting author.
- Book/media review: Book/media review submissions review a recent publication and provide critical evaluation of its content. Book/media reviews do not go through the peer-review process but are copyedited by the journal in coordination with the submitting author.
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines
This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered ready for publication.
The entire manuscript submission and review process is handled through an online system named ScholarOne. All manuscripts should be submitted tohttp://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgjhsem
Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.
Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.
The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.
All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English. If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor. Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. CONTENT and STRUCTURE BOOK REVIEWS FONTS We cannot accept Type3 fonts. The following is a brief guide to fonts with respect to layout. FONT FACES COLORED TEXT EMPHASIZED TEXT, TITLES, and FOREIGN TERMS Abbreviations The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used in a given section. HEADINGS Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text: FOOTNOTES TABLES, FIGURES & GRAPHS MATHEMATICS and EQUATIONS REFERENCES
De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors. LANGUAGE EDITING
Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics
Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics
Areas of expertise: political science, economics, mathematical economics, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, law, humanities, liberal arts, literary studies, health and medicine
Areas of expertise: political science, emergency management, homeland security, community/land use planning, law, economics, cyber terrorism, and cyber security
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Use Times or the closest comparable font available, except, possibly, where special symbols are needed. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).
All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English. If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.
Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details.
CONTENT and STRUCTURE
We cannot accept Type3 fonts. The following is a brief guide to fonts with respect to layout.
EMPHASIZED TEXT, TITLES, and FOREIGN TERMS
The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used in a given section.
Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:
TABLES, FIGURES & GRAPHS
MATHEMATICS and EQUATIONS
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Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc., Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor,
Homeland Security Management and Emergency Management Studies Program Director,
The Graduate School,
University of Maryland University College; Maryland.
Sibel McGee, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Principle Analyst, ASysT Institute, Analytic Services, Inc. Sibel.email@example.com
Assistant Managing Editors
Jane A. Kushma, Ph.D., Assistant Managing Editor, Book Reviews & Special Issues , Associate Professor, Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Jacksonville State University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucien G. Canton, CEM, MBA., Assistant Managing Editor, Principal, Lucien G. Canton, CEM, LLC, San Francisco, California; Director of Emergency Services (ret.), City and County of San Francisco. email@example.com
Dennis M. Egan, M.E., Assistant Managing Editor, Principal, Egan Engineering Support Services (EESS), Oakton, VA; Capt. USCG (ret.). firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly T. Goerdel, Ph.D., Assistant Managing Editor, Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas. email@example.com
Arthur A. Liberty, JD, MSM, Assistant Managing Editor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Homeland Security Management and Emergency Management Studies, The Graduate School,University of Maryland University College; Maryland. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane C. Cotnoir, M.A., Copy Editor, Senior Editor, ICMA, Washington, D.C. Jane.email@example.com
Ernest Abbott, J.D., FEMA Law Associates, PLLC,805 15th Street, N.W. (Suite 1101);Washington, D.C. 20005.
Nicholas V. Cagliuso, Sr. Ph.D. (c), MPH, Corporate Director, Emergency Management, Continuum Health Partners, Inc., 1111 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, 10023.
Beverly A. Cigler, Ph. D., Professor of Public Policy and Administration, School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg.
Louise Comfort, Ph.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Pittsburgh, PA.
Susan L. Cutter, Ph.D., Carolina Distinguished Professor and Director, Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute, Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.
Bruce DeGrazia, J.D., President, Global Homeland Security Advisors, Vienna, VA.
Frank Fiedrich, Dr. Ing., Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Management, Dept. of Safety Engineering, Wuppertal University, Germany.
Michael J. Hopmeier, M.S., President, Unconventional Concepts, Inc., Arlington, VA.
Kathryn Newcomer, Ph.D., Associate Director, and PHD Program Director, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Linda Plotnick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems, Jacksonville State University, AL 36265.
Laura J. Steinberg, PhD., Dean, LCS College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University.
Richard Sylves, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Dept. of Political Science and International Relations, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716.