About

Aims and scope

Geoenvironmental Disasters is an international journal with a focus on multi-disciplinary applied and fundamental research and the societal impacts related to geoenvironmental disasters triggered by various types of hazards (e.g. earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, tsunamis, intensive erosion and hydro-meteorological events).

The integrated study of Geoenvironmental Disasters is an emerging and composite field of research interfacing with areas traditionally within civil engineering, earth sciences, atmospheric sciences and the life sciences. It centers on the interactions within and between the Earth's ground, air and water environments, all of which are affected by climate, geological and morphological processes, biological and ecological cycles, and human activities. Disasters are dynamic forces which can change the Earth pervasively, rapidly, or abruptly, and which can generate lasting effects on the natural and built environments.

The journal publishes research papers, quick reports of recent geoenvironmental disasters, review papers and technical reports of various geoenvironmental disaster-related case studies. The journal aims for rapid publication of research papers at a high scientific level. The journal welcomes proposals for special issues reflecting the trends in geoenvironmental disaster reductions and monothematic issues. Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit original, unpublished contributions.

The research topics covered by the journal include, but are not limited to, the following fields:

  • Natural hazards as potential for geoenvironmental disasters
  • Understanding the impacts of geoenvironmental disasters
  • Community geoenvironmental disaster mitigation, preparedness, response to and recovery from geoenvironmental disaster events
  • Development of analytical instruments, modeling and methods for geoenvironmental disaster reduction
  • New proxies and lab techniques for geoenvironmental disaster risk reduction
  • Remote sensing tools and techniques for geoenvironmental disaster observation and mitigation
  • GIS techniques for geoenvironmental disaster management
  • Impact of geoenvironmental disasters in urban and rural infrastructures
  • Geoenvironmental disaster database and knowledge sharing
  • Climate and environmental changes and geoenvironmental disaster mitigation
  • Management of geoenvironmental disasters in scarce population environment
  • Anthropogenic controls on geoenvironmental disasters
  • Social and economic impacts of geoenvironmental disasters
  • Resilience of environmental systems to the global change and extreme events
  • Impact of geoenvironmental disasters on heritage and conservation areas
  • Geoenvironmental disaster adaptation and risk perception
  • Engineering designs for geoenvironmental disaster mitigation
  • Low cost, environment friendly and sustainable geoenvironmental disaster mitigation practices
  • Early warning of geoenvironmental disaster events
  • Theoretical aspects of geoenvironmental disaster studies and prognosis
  • Any other important new application or theories on geoenvironmental disasters that not listed here

Why publish your article in Geoenvironmental Disasters?

High visibility

Geoenvironmental Disasters's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Geoenvironmental Disasters offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Geoenvironmental Disasters and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Geoenvironmental Disasters gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Geoenvironmental Disasters are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Geoenvironmental Disasters are covered by International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction (ICGdR), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Geoenvironmental Disasters will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Geoenvironmental Disasters operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by Geoenvironmental Disasters is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Geoenvironmental Disasters should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Geoenvironmental Disasters

Articles in Geoenvironmental Disasters  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Geoenvironmental Disasters [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Domedarius WE, Bactrician BU, Boson IB, Taurustic ME: The role of livestock in human identity and family naming practices. Geoenvironmental Disasters 2009, 1:115.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.