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Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Editor In Chief: Irmak Renda-Tanali
Managing Editor: Sibel McGee

The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is proud to announce the new Editor’s Choice free access article feature. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

Vol. 15, Iss. 3: Development of Competency-Based Education Standards for Homeland Security Academic Programs by James D. Ramsay and Irmak Renda-Tanali

Vol. 15, Iss. 2: Who Will Stay, Who Will Leave: Decision-Making of Residents Living in Potential Hurricane Impact Areas During a Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley by Dean Kyne, Arlett Sophia Lomeli, William Donner, and Erika Zuloaga

Vol. 15, Iss. 1: Social Media and Crisis Communications: A Survey of Local Governments in Florida by Stephen R. Neely and Matthew Collins

Vol. 14, Iss. 4: Identifying Constraints to Increase the Resilience of Cities: A Case Study of the City of Porto Alegre by Gustavo da Silva Stefano, Daniel Pacheco Lacerda, Douglas Rafael Veit, and Luis Henrique Pantaleao

Vol. 14, Iss. 3: The National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies (NCARE) Study: An Assessment of US States and Counties by C. Victor Spain, R.C. Green, Lacie Davis, Gregory S. Miller, and Susan Britt

Vol. 14, Iss. 2: Twenty Challenges in Incident Planning by Georgios Marios Karagiannis and Costas Synolakis

Vol. 14, Iss. 1: Reasons for Volunteering in the Field of Civil Protection in Germany by Doris Kehl, Diana Kietzmann, and Silke Schmidt

Vol. 13, Iss. 4: Young Adults' Security Perceptions: Troubling, but an Opportunity for the Response Field by Karla Vermeulen

Vol. 13, Iss. 3: A Systems-Of-Systems Conceptual Model and Live Virtual Constructive Simulation Framework for Improved Nuclear Disaster Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Mitigation by Matthew Davis, Michael Proctor, and Buder Shageer

Vol. 13, Iss. 2: Comprehensive Homeland Security: Developing a Domestic Protection Force for the United States by Kyle R. Brady

Vol. 13, Iss. 1: Deliberative Risk Ranking to Inform Homeland Security Strategic Planning by Russell Lundberg and Henry H. Willis

Vol.12, Iss. 4: Reflections on 40 Years in the Hazards and Disasters Community by Claire B. Rubin

The publication of Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is made possible through the generous support of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). For information about relevant degree programs and educational opportunities through UMGC 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.

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.

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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. Content comes 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 to http://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.

De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


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.

  • Alexandra Griswold
    Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics

  • Cyndy Brown
    Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics

  • Donna Reeder
    Reeder Literary Services
    Areas of expertise: political science, economics, mathematical economics, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, law, humanities, liberal arts, literary studies, health and medicine
  • Jane Cotnoir
    Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science
  • Lisa B. Cline
    Areas of expertise: Public policy, environmental, health and healthcare, education (online learning), social sciences, behavior change marketing, arts and humanities, science, technology


  • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, or rtf.

  • If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.

  • Write your article in English.

  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction. The title page and abstract will be added to your paper by the ScholarOne system.

  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. (The ScholarOne system will add the appropriate header with page numbers).

  • Do not identify author names in the actual text of your manuscript; all such information is discarded when we receive your submission. To add or edit co-authors, you must use the "revise submission" form.

  • Make sure all author and co-author information is complete. Click on "Preview submission" to make sure that all your co-authors' names and affiliations appear correctly.

  • Do not include acknowledgments in your manuscript. Instead, enter acknowledgments in the coverpage footnote section on the "revise submission" form, so that they may be incorporated into the title page produced for publication.

  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, .docx, or RTF, files are accepted).

  • Use the following document structure:

    1. Introduction (titling this section is optional).

    2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.

    3. Conclusion, discussion of findings, or implications section.

    4. Appendices, no longer than five pages in total.

    5. Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.

    6. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.

    7. Please supply figures in separate files, as well as either in-text or pasted at the end of the document. Please see the "Tables, Figures, and Graphs" section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


  • Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.


We cannot accept Type3 fonts. The following is a brief guide to fonts with respect to layout.

  • Font:

    • Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available.

    • Equations—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available.

    • Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available.

    • Tables, graphs & figures—Text accompanying graphs, figures and tables should be no smaller than 8 pt.


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).


  • Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.


  • To indicate text you wish to emphasize, use italics rather than underlining. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

  • Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined. Unless they are widely known, these terms should be defined in a footnote.

  • Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


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:

  • Clearly indicate the heading hierarchy using the numbering system of 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc.

  • Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.


  • Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.

  • Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.


  • General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. For review purposes, please place figures in-text or past them at the end of the document. However, you must submit figures in separate files, as well. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.

  • Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. Online publication of color figures will be free of charge. To partially offset the cost of production, color figures will be printed with the following charges to the author: € 250.00 for the first illustration and € 200.00 for each subsequent illustration in one article.

  • Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of gray scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.

  • Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.

  • Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published. Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).

  • Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.

  • Please do not embed figures in the text. Instead, they should be referenced in the text and submitted in separate files.

  • Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2 etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.

  • Tables must not be displayed as images.


  • Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.

  • Type short mathematical expressions inline.

  • Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).

  • Ensure that Equations are typed or created with a plug-in, such as Word Formula Editor or MathType. Mathematical expressions must not be displayed as images.

  • Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

  • Number your equations sequentially.

  • Insert a blank line before and after each equation.

  • Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.

  • When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.


  • It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information.

Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc., Editor-in-Chief, Collegiate Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland Global Campus

Managing Editor

Sibel McGee, Ph.D., Managing Editor,
Distinguished Analyst, Analytic Services, Inc.

Copy Editor
Lisa B. Cline
Copy Editor, Copywriter, Proofreader
BA, English

Assistant Managing Editors
Jane A. Kushma, Ph.D., Assistant Managing Editor, Book Reviews & Special Issues, Associate Professor,
Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Jacksonville State University

Lucien G. Canton, CEM, MBA., Assistant Managing Editor, Principal, Lucien G. Canton, CEM, LLC,
San Francisco, CA;
Director of Emergency Services (ret.), City and County of San Francisco

Dennis M. Egan, M.E., Assistant Managing Editor, Principal,
Egan Engineering Support Services (EESS), Oakton, VA;
Capt. USCG (ret.)

Holly T. Goerdel, Ph.D., Assistant Managing Editor, Associate Professor of Public Administration,
University of Kansas

Editorial Board
Ernest Abbott, J.D., FEMA Law Associates, PLLC,
805 15th Street, N.W. (Suite 1101);Washington, D.C. 20005

Nicholas V. Cagliuso, Sr., PhD, MPH, Assistant Vice President, Emergency Management,
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, NY

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.,
University of Maryland Global Campus, MD

Frank Fiedrich, Dr. Ing., Professor of Public Safety and Emergency Management,
Dept. of Safety Engineering, Wuppertal University, Germany

Joseph Green, PhD, Acting Director of Applied Science/Science Advisor
Pacific Disaster Center, Maui, HI

Erin Hughey, PhD, Director of Global Operations,
Pacific Disaster Center, Maui, HI

Michael J. Hopmeier, M.S., President,
Unconventional Concepts, Inc., Arlington, VA

Robert McCreight, Adjunct Professor,
George Mason University, Fairfax, 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

Jim Ramsay, Ph.D., Chair,
Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies
University of New Hampshire

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




Researchers, practitioners, and public safety officials involved with homeland security concerns, natural or human-induced disasters, and crisis preparedness and response.