January 24, 2014: Since posting, I have received comments on how valuable the list is as well how one can contribute other journals. I have uploaded the list to Google Docs and created a form to contribute additional journals.
Back in May 2013, Professor Ali Asgary from York University in Canada wrote a great article in the IAEM Bulletin. He discussed the state of academic and research journals in disaster and emergency management. His finding were based on his own research with his master's student that produced a list of over 125 core journals. They categorized the journals by:
- Business Continuity
- Disaster and Emergency Management
Here are some of the key findings:
From Hazard Science to Disaster and Emergency Management. Core DEM journals can be classified into these categories: risk and risk management (37.6%); disaster and emergency management (28.8%); hazard science and mitigation (28%); and business continuity (5.6%).
Status and Format. Of the 125 core EM journals, 106 journals are currently active. About 21 journals are published online only, and about 104 journals appear in print editions only or are published in both print and online formats. The first online only DEM journals appeared in 1997, with an increasing number emerging in recent years.
Publishers and Country of Publication. About 80 publishers from 189 countries are involved in the publication of the core DEM journals. However, as with any other discipline, major publishers, such as Rutledge, Inderscience Publishers, I.G.I. Global, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Elsevier Ltd., and Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., publish the majority of EM journals. Most such journals are published in the United Kingdom (45), the United States
Growth and Change. The first DEM-related journals started in 1957, with the publication of a risk-related journal called the Journal of Risk and Insurance. This trend continued with the publication of a hazard-related journal in 1964.
Overall, he found significant growth in journals starting in the 1990s. In that time, journal focus also shifted from being mainly hazard-specific to more disaster and emergency management related.