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About Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies

This page includes information on the focus and scope of Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies as well as the policies and publication procedures. For details on how to prepare and submit a manuscript via the online manuscript submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

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Focus and scope 

Jàmbá is a trans-disciplinary publication in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new study field.

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies aims to engage, inform, and catalyse scholarly discourse within research and real-world practices that work towards the minimisation of vulnerabilities and disaster risks throughout developing communities with special emphasis on Africa. The intended focus of Jàmbá (meaning disaster in Yoruba) is on the African continent but also welcomes related articles from other regions.

The journal crosses and affects disciplinary boundaries to promote communication, collaboration and teamwork between professions and disciplines to avoid (prevention) or to limit (mitigation and preparedness) the adverse impacts of hazards, within the broad context of sustainable development.

The journal attempts to decrease the risk of disasters and build societal resilience within the context of sustainable development and planetary boundaries.  Covering all areas of disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

  • Risk awareness and assessment including hazard analysis and vulnerability/capacity analysis.
  • Knowledge development including education, training, research and information.
  • Public commitment and institutional frameworks, including organisational, policy, legislation and community action.

The journal is vital to the South African research community as its creates discourse on disaster risk management which can inform policy-makers and legislative stakeholders on how to develop more effective policies, programmes, and applied planning to reduce communities’ vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic hazards.

Historic overview of Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies 

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies was launched in 2007 under the African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. After a number of difficult years for the journal, the South African National Disaster Management Centre partnered with the ACDS. Through their continued financial support, the journal were able to establish itself as a credible open access journal on the African continent.

The word Jàmbá means disaster in Yoruba, which is a West African ethnic group.

Jàmbá is a journal in the field of disaster risk reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new field.

From January 2012, Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies obtained accreditation status from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training.

Jàmbá is also the official journal of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR).

Open Access 

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Peer review policy 

Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SCOPUS
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.


The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: http://www.jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/gateway/lockss

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

DHET accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SCOPUS


ISSN: 1996-1421 (print) | ISSN: 2072-845X (online)

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