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Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management

Special issue call for papers from Online Information Review

Emergency Management Systems

Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management


An increasing number of incidents and hazards have caused huge loss of human life and property over the years, making it essential to improve our capabilities to handle natural and manmade emergencies. Efficient and effective use of online information helps to better prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from various types of disasters and unexpected events. Consequently, the creation, management and use of online information have emerged as important areas of study in emergency management.
The primary goal of this special issue of Online Information Review is to showcase the latest research related to the principles, strategies and practice of creating, managing and using online information in emergency management. The guest editors are seeking empirical, theoretical and high-quality innovative papers, both research-based and conceptual, helping us to unveil the value, impact and implications of online information in improving emergency management efforts.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

•    Theory and practice of using online information in emergency decision management
•    Novel techniques, methods and strategies in handling hazard-related online information
•    Information quality, trust and credibility aspects of emergency management
•    Web use and content for forecasting and early warning of unexpected events
•    Social, political and ethical aspects of using online information for emergency management
•    The role and impact of online information in disaster-related situations (e.g., terrorist attack, epidemic, economic crisis, earthquake and hurricane).
•    Emergency knowledge management
•    Big data for emergency management
•    E-education for emergency management
•    New approaches to creating, managing and using online information in emergency management

Guest Editors

Dr. Samuel K.W. Chu
Faculty of Education
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
[email protected]

Professor Helen S. Du
School of Management
Guangdong University of Technology, China
[email protected]

Please feel free to contact either Guest Editor if you have questions or queries about the issue or submissions.

Important Dates

  • First submission paper due: 30 Sept 2016
  • First round decision made: 16 Oct 2016
  • Revised manuscript due: 30 Nov 2016
  • Final decision made: 15 Jan 2017


Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for online information as distinct from implications for emergency management. (These implications should be mentioned in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper.) Papers which focus on findings for specific sectors without adequate attention to the online environment will not be accepted.

In general only research-based submissions will be considered. Such submissions may be any type of research, including technical or conceptual.

There are several types of submissions that OIR generally rejects:

•    Papers that require mathematics to develop, test or analyse concepts or findings (these require non-mathematical explanations for the readership of OIR)
•    Questionnaire-based studies based on convenience samples that expand previous studies only moderately (these should focus on a new topic, and argue convincingly that convenience sampling is necessary, to be acceptable)
•    TAM or other standard model-based submissions applied in a formulaic way to a limited population and which do not significantly advance our knowledge of the topic

Prospective authors should ensure their papers meet the journal scope and must adhere to the author guidelines. All papers must be submitted online, for more information please see the author guidelines.

Submissions to Online Information Review are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available here.

Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre.

About the Journal

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed (2015 Impact Factor: 1.152 ® Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports 2014) journal devoted to research in the broad field of online information in academic, government, corporate, scientific and commercial contexts. Within this broad framework the journal seeks to provide a forum for experts from a range of information-related disciplines, including information science, information technology, information management, knowledge management and related social sciences.

‘Online information’ encompasses any information that is stored and viewed in electronic form, from e-books to databases, document management systems and any other information-bearing artefacts in electronic format.

OIR focuses on issues relating to online systems, services and resources, and their use, with a particular focus on the processes and procedures involved in creating, managing, utilizing, disseminating and repackaging online information (including social, political and ethical aspects).

For more information on the journal, please visit the journal homepage.