Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Hazard Mitigation (IREHM) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum to improve the practice of earthquake engineering topics, earthquake hazards mitigation, preparedness and recovery. The mission of this journal is to provide information needed for the different professionals involved in earthquake loss reduction objectives including civil, geotechnical, mechanical and structural engineers, geologists, seismologist, earth scientist, architectures and city planners, public officials, social scientists and researchers in all related disciplines. As the main aim of all researches is to reduce the hazard (e.g. earthquake) effects in the societies, the Editorial policy is to maintain a reasonable balance between papers from the earthquake engineering related subjects and from the hazard mitigation subjects so that the journal will be useful to both groups. Readership of IREHM are engineers, researchers and educators in civil and earthquake engineering, mechanical engineers, material engineers, social scientists, earth scientists and architects.

Topics of the journal are:
earthquake engineering, structural dynamics, health monitoring, structural control, seismology, ground motion characteristics, dynamic analysis, behavior of structures, base isolation, seismic code requirements, performance based design, wave propagation, probabilistic and deterministic methods in structural engineering, experimental behavior of structures, earthquake resistant design, retrofit of structures, system identification, dampers, soil amplification, soil failure, foundation dynamics, landslide, liquefaction, tsunamis, storms, floods, natural hazards, failure assessment, damage detection, smart structures, soil dynamic, structural collapse.

The Editorial policy is to maintain a reasonable balance between papers regarding different research areas so that the Journal will be useful to all interested scientific groups.

IREHM also publishes letters to the Editor and research notes which discuss new research, or research in progress in any of the above thematic areas.


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Peer Review Process

After submitting a paper, it will be peer-reviewed.
All our journals are peer-reviewed. Reviewers are appointed by the journal editor.

Peer review has two key functions: 
- To act as a filter and determine the validity, significance and originality of the work to ensure only good research is published. 
- To improve the quality of research submitted for publication by giving reviewers the opportunity to suggest improvements.

The review procedure

Each submitted paper is subjected to the following review procedure:
- Preliminarly, the Plagiarism Prevention Office (plagiarismprev@praiseworthyprize.org) checks each submission through the Ithenticate’s CrossCheck software, in order to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts (click here to find out more about CrossCheck for Researchers), comunicating the results of the test to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal only in the case of abnormal percentage of similarity;
- the Editor-in-Chief, if not in conflict of interest, decides for general publication suitability;
- in case of conflict of interest, the Editorial Office invites an Editor (Helper editor) to handle the paper;
- the Editor-in-Chief (or the Helper Editor) invites 3 Reviewers to perform an independent review of the article; 
- the Journal adopts a single-blind peer review: the Reviewers are aware of the identity of the Authors, but the Authors are unaware of the identity of the Reviewers;
- taking care of the recommendations of the Reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief (or the Helper Editor) decides whether the particular article may be accepted as it is, or it may be revised or rejected;
- the Editor contact the Corresponding Author by email with the editorial decision, Editor comments and Reviewer comments. Authors will be requested to revise their manuscript according to the Reviewers' suggestions, comments and criticisms;
- the revised manuscript must be returned within one month and the review process begins again.

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