Planet@Risk Sections

Planet@Risk will publish singular papers that have successfully completed the review process. In addition to scientific articles different types of literature that have not explicitly been prepared for scientific publishing and are thus difficult to access and quality-wise hard to judge will be pooled within this journal. Planet@Risk includes the following seven sections:

View the Section Policies in order to see which submissions will be peer-reviewed.

State of the Art Collection

The State of the Art section will host articles where expert correspondents will keep readers up to date with the most recent developments in different fields of risks reduction, disaster management and global change. The aim is to fuel the debate and to trigger future research on cutting edge subjects.

Grey Literature Summaries

An important concern of the e-journal Planet@Risk is to make grey literature more easily available. The Grey Literature Summaries section innovatively credits open source material that has not been published in scientific journals, but which is usually available through specialized channels but may not have entered customary networks or systems of publication, distribution, bibliographic control, or acquisition by booksellers or subscription agents (therefore called grey literature). The ‘Grey Literature Summaries’ are condensed papers/summaries on government, agency or industry reports, on working papers of committees, and even publications written in other languages than English, etc.. The original documents can be published in summary or in full form (if not too long) and need to correspond to the aim and topics of Planet@Risk.

Case Studies for Good Practice

The Case Studies for Good Practice section focuses on projects whose outcomes can be regarded as good or even best practice examples. The papers are expert reviewed before publication and subject to open assessment after being published online for final approval as a good practice example. A special rating and follow-up system will be introduced which allows assessing the example of good practice over time and comparable to future successful model cases.

Scientific Reports

The Reports section will host articles about past disasters and summarize lessons learned from these incidents. The scale of disasters covered in this section may range from incident management of smaller scope up to mega catastrophes such as the cascading NaTech disaster in Japan of March 2011.

Working Papers

In addition to the singular papers and the special issues published online, the GRF e-journal Planet@Risk will contain a catalogue of Working Papers. Working Papers are documents with a well-focussed theme and a robust structure (including an introduction and a conclusion). They are an appropriate outlet for research that has reached the point at which it can be summarised but not written up in such a way as to be submitted to a refereed journal. They are appropriate for any of the different categories listed, as long as they are not too broad in conception and no more than 50 pages long.
All such Working Papers submitted and published in Planet@Risk will be issued on an occasional basis in a numbered series. They will have a standardised format for the cover, title page and layout. The graphic layout, especially of the cover and title page, distinguishes each new addition as part of the series.

Book Reviews

The Book Reviews section will introduce to the latest and most interesting books on a wide range of topics pertaining to the risk, safety and security, and global change topics. Planet@Risk book reviews will strive to be present in every addition and will accept reviews from all sectors and disciplines.

Event Reports

The Miscellaneous section will briefly announce upcoming conferences and events and will report on outcomes of specific conferences and workshops.