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International Journal of Emergency Services

International Journal of Emergency Services

ISSN: 2047-0894

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Editorial Objectives

The International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES) provides a platform for the development of scholarship in the management of all emergency services, including 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.

In view of the nature of emergency services, IJES encourages contributions from across the social sciences, particularly psychology, economics, sociology, youth studies, criminology, public health and political science, 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 practice of the 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 are 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 the inclusion of 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 practice.


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, including the public perception of risk and the impact of the media on emergency planning and emergency services
  • Preparation, planning and contingencies in responses to emergencies
  • The contribution that emergency services make to wider social, economic and environmental concerns
  • Training, development and the continuous professional development of operational and non-operational emergency services 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 Benefits

  • IJES is the only journal which deals with issues that are common to all of the emergency services, rather than focussing on particular service issues
  • IJES is the only journal to present a holistic approach with an international perspective on the preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation stages of multiple emergencies, as well as consider multiple disciplines impacted upon by emergencies

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 the operational and strategic delivery of public services
  • Biological, chemical engineering and social scientists, particularly psychologists, economists, sociologists and political scientists with an interest in 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 such managers and their organisations
  • Practitioners within the emergency services and related fields, such as 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


"The International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES) is much needed. The academic literature on emergency services is currently marked by its exclusive nature. The journal I edit focuses on fire leadership and management. Several other fire-related refereed journals are engineering based; they are technical and written for specialists. The same holds true for the one-half dozen or so emergency management journals; they are narrow in scope and intended for a particular audience. Similarly, criminal justice and emergency medical journals were created to serve specific constituencies. In contrast, IJES allows for a more inclusive understanding of emergency services management, regardless of discipline. Moreover, the journal is international in scope, thus placing emergency services administration within its appropriate global context. It is this inclusiveness and international perspective that will make this journal unique, vital, and widely read."

– Dr. Robert E. England, Editor, International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management, Oklahoma State University, USA

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International Journal of Emergency Services is Indexed and Abstracted in:

Academic Search Alumni Edition, American Sociological Association Publishing Options database, Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC), British Library, Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance and Management, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Summon

International Journal of Emergency Services is ranked by:

Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)

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