Become a reviewer for International Journal of Emergency Services

International Journal of Emergency Services

IJES  is currently recruiting new reviewers to carry out double blind review for the Journal

About the journal

The International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES) provides a platform for the development of scholarship in the management of all emergency services both universal services such as Fire and Rescue, Police, and Ambulance services as well as more specialised services such as the Coastguard, Air-Sea or Mountain Rescue. IJES is interested in the functioning of the emergency services, in the planning, prevention and recovery stages of emergencies and disasters, and in responses and reactions to emergencies. As of 2014 the journal is indexed in Scopus.

In view of the nature of emergency services, IJES encourages contributions from the social sciences particularly psychology, economists, sociologists, youth studies, criminologists, public health and political scientists; as well as from scholars interested in the management of these services. The editors adopt a very broad view of what constitutes “management” and welcome articles dealing with the theory and practise of strategic and operational management of emergency services and the related professional and policy aspects. Articles drawing comparisons between two or more jurisdictions and those offering theoretical cross-jurisdictional perspectives will be particularly welcome.

Papers published in IJES are double blind peer-reviewed. For more details about Emerald's approach to Publication Ethics; please refer to the company guidelines.

Editorial Criteria

IJES publishes articles by academics, students and practitioners covering original thought, research, review and analysis. Research papers, technical papers, conceptual papers, viewpoints, literature and general reviews are all encouraged. A Practitioner Interface and book reviews have been specifically designed to foster interaction between the practitioner and academic communities and in so doing encourage critical engagement with new ideas and practise.


The coverage of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Theoretical and methodological foundations of emergency response services
  • Accountability and governance of emergency services
  • Staff functioning within, and leadership, of emergency services.
  • Organisational and structural issues in the running of emergency services
  • Measurement management and monitoring of the performance of emergency services
  • Development and management of intelligence, risk assessment, and risk modelling, public perception of risk and the impact of the media on emergency planning and emergency services
  • Preparation, planning and contingencies in the responses to emergencies
  • The contribution that emergency services make to wider social, economic and environmental concerns
  • Training, development and continuous professional development of operational and non-operational staff
  • The interrelationship between emergency services and critical services in health, criminal justice and local service delivery
  • The interrelationship between emergency services and social policy such as community engagement, the impact of volunteerism and the building of social capital
  • The effectiveness efficiency or value of international responses to emergencies
  • Community preparedness for and rehabilitation from major emergencies, long term disaster or long lead time disasters such as drought
  • Leadership domains in international responses across multiple nations and agencies
  • Cultural variances of emergency management in relation to global responses


Key Journal Audiences

  • Academics and students interested in disaster response and management; emergency planning and civil resilience; criminal justice; fire and rescue; ambulance services; the police; coastguard and mountain rescue
  • Management academics interested in operational and strategic delivery of public services
  • Biological, chemical engineering and medical social scientists, particularly psychologists, economists, sociologists and political scientists with interests in the reactions to disasters and emergencies
  • Practitioners in executive roles in the agencies and authorities responsible for responding to emergencies
  • Senior and middle managers and those involved in the education and development of those managers and their organisations
  • Practitioners within the emergency services and related fields e.g. emergency planners, business continuity professionals, risk assessors, occupational health workers etc.
  • Academics from other social science disciplines interested in policy formulation and implementation and organisational aspects of emergency services.

Why become a reviewer for International Journal of Emergency Services?

  • You will receive free online access to the journal for 12 months from the date of your review.
  • You are establishing yourself as an expert in a given field of research by acting on a board of reviewers.
  • You are able to interact with the cutting-edge research in your area, before it has even been published. This is a great opportunity to contribute and shape the field of emergency services.

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please contact the Editor-in-Chief: Paresh Wankhade: [email protected], providing information about your research interests and specialisms.