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Announcement and call for papers for PLoS Currents: Disasters

Source(s):  Public Library of Science (PLoS)

PLoS Currents: Disasters is a new open-access publication from the Public Library of Science (PLoS, for the rapid communication of new research results and operational analyses derived from the study or management of all types of disasters. The aim of PLoS Currents: Disasters is to provide a new channel, particularly for data and analyses that might not otherwise be openly shared or where rapid and timely sharing is especially important. PLoS Currents: Disasters will be launching in August 2011.

PLoS Currents: Disasters will consider any content relevant to disasters-natural or manmade, local, regional or global. Possible topics include: description of disasters; effects of disasters on the environment or on human populations; immediate management of disasters, both environmental and clinical; disaster risk management; disaster risk reduction; follow up of disasters, short and long term; implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015.

Specific article types will be:

• Case studies, surveys, or other research (clinical, environmental, etc.) of previous or ongoing disasters
• Analyses and evaluation of operational responses and management of disasters
• Protocols for response to disasters

The Editors of PLoS Currents Disasters are:

• Emily Chan, School of Public Health and Primary Care and Director, CERT-CUHK-Oxford Centre for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
• Mike Clarke, Chair of Research Methodology, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK
• Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow, Climate Change Group, International Institute for Environment and Development, London , UK and Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh,
• Virginia Murray, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection, Health Protection Agency, London, UK
• Fabrice Renaud, Head of the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystems Services Section, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, Bonn, Germany
• David Sanderson, Director, Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Plus a reviewer board of more than 30 international experts.

How PLoS Currents: Disasters works:

• Submissions are authored and published using an online authoring tool.
• The review process is overseen by the Editors and individual submissions are moderated rapidly by a board of expert reviewers.
• If deemed appropriate for publication, the content is immediately made public online at PLoS Currents: Disasters, is archived in PubMed Central and indexed in PubMed.
• All content is Open-Access and published using the Creative Commons license
• There is no publication fee

If you have relevant expertise or would like further information on submitting articles or reviewing for PLoS Currents: Disasters please visit the website or contact

  • Publication date 15 Jul 2011

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