Call for papers and peer reviewers


The Australian Journal of Emergency Management is a refereed journal publishing original papers (academic and practitioner) in areas of emergencies and natural disaster hazards, primarily for the Asia–Pacific region.


Practitioners, professionals and academics are encouraged to submit manuscripts for publication consideration in this journal. Authors should refer to and comply with the AJEM Editorial Guidelines and the Contributor Guidelines available on the AJEM website. Papers will be evaluated on the basis of originality, content, clarity, and relevance to the theme.

Practitioners, professionals and academics with particular experience, knowledge and skills in this area are invited to nominate as a referee of papers.

All correspondence can be directed to

Types of submission

Research articles: present an original thesis and report results that are based on an empirical method of evaluation. Subject to double blind peer review. Word limit guide (total with references): 3000 words.

Practitioner papers: present information, innovation, practice stories, lessons learned, evaluation and on-the-ground methodologies in a practical sense. Subject to single peer review. Word limit guide (total with references): 3000 words.

Opinion: pieces that reflect the submitting author’s evaluation of and commentary on the topic that is of interest to students and practitioners of emergency management. Approval to publish opinion pieces rests with the Editor-in-Chief. Not peer reviewed. Word limit guide: 1000–1500 words.

Book/media review: reviews a recent publication on the topic. Reviews must provide critical evaluation of content. Not peer reviewed. Word limit guide: 700–800 words.

Case study/reports: present a short explanation and evaluation and possible recommendations about a particular topic relevant to the theme. They could include lessons learned, innovative practices, and new developments. May be subject to single peer review. Word limit guide: 700–800 words.

Formats: Articles should be submitted in electronic MS Word compatible format.

Image formats: The Journal accepts images in jpeg, tif or eps formats at 300 dpi minimum. Appropriate captions for images should accompany (or be included) with submissions. All print-ready images should be supplied as separate files. Authors may indicate an approximate placement of the image within the text.

Copyright: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources and are asked to check that references to people and organisations are accurate and not libellous. A Copyright Form completed by all authors should accompany research articles and practitioner papers.