Peer reviewers for the AJEM number just over 150 and represent 99 different institutions covering universities, government and non-government organisations, private practices and research institutions. Reviewers are predominately from Australia and New Zealand but the AJEM’s growing international influence means we now have reviewers from Canada, Indonesia, Taiwan, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany.
Every AJEM research paper completes a double-blind peer review process involving one and perhaps two rounds of review. Less ‘academic’ papers also complete a content peer review by a single reviewer. AJEM peer reviewers play a quintessential role in upholding the quality of AJEM published articles and the relevance of material for readers.
Some peer reviewers have been with the AJEM since its early days and have been pillars of expertise and great supporters as authors and reviewers. Over recent years, the changing nature of natural hazard occurrences, emergency and disaster management and the growing importance of all areas of resilience has meant AJEM peer reviewers come from a wider range of expertise. Now, new ‘waves’ of authors are turning to AJEM to publish their research.
The AJEM was first published in 1986 and, looking back at its 31 years of published research and information, the AJEM has positioned Australia as a very active hub of emergency management action with strong international links; such is the depth and breadth of subject matter and topics covered.
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catalogue at the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: www.knowledge.aidr.org.au/collections/australian-journal-of-emergency-management.