The Canadian Journal of Emergency Management (CJEM) publishes papers in the field of emergency management in Canada.
You are invited to submit papers on relevant topics in this field.

Open Access

Papers published in the CJEM are made freely available online. They are published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC 4.0). There are no fees to submit or publish papers in the CJEM, nor subscription fees to read the CJEM.

General Requirements for Publication

English and French: papers submitted in English will be published in English; papers submitted in French will be published in French.

All authors must fulfill all the criteria listed below:

  • Have made substantial contributions to the conception, design, or data acquisition/analysis/interpretation of the work;
  • Have drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content;
  • Agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved;
  • The lead author provides final approval of the version to be published;

Original Work
All submitted papers must be based on original work by the authors. Any claims of plagiarism will be investigated and appropriate action taken. Duplicate publication (a paper that overlaps substantially with one previously published) is discouraged. Authors must declare that all submitted content is the intellectual property of its authors, and that any copyrights or licenses required for publication in the CJEM have been secured.

References and citations must follow the APA citation style (7th edition). Please refer to this recommended guide from the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Submitting to CJEM

Consideration for publication will be initially based on the submission of a 250-word overview that provides an outline of the central thesis, theories, concepts or results referenced.  This overview is not a summary, but rather an abridgement of the final paper.

Please send your overview, in Microsoft WORD format, to

CJEM accepts and publishes various types of content as outlined below. Research papers are subject to the peer review process described here. All other content are assessed by one or more members of the Editorial Board or their associates, and are not peer reviewed.

1. Research Papers

Research papers are typically from 3,000 to 4,000 words. They highlight theoretical, strategic, or policy issues that require further study; additionally, they recommend “first steps” for practitioners to consider in their program or operational practice of emergency management in any of the four phases. They do not necessarily need to represent an original research question and methodology, but are sufficiently novel that they warrant theoretical exploration. Research papers are peer reviewed.

2. Bridging the Gap articles

These articles are between 1,000 to 3,000 words and are focused on programmatic and operational practice. They are explorations and discussion of the practice of emergency management in a specific subject area or context, and conclude with practical recommendations for practitioners and/or take-aways for the policy and scholarly community to consider. Suitable citations must be included. Collaboration with multiple authors will enhance their validity and coherence.

3. Conference Reports

Conference reports are summaries of complete conferences, sessions, or workshops held within a six month period of the submission date, that suggest take-aways for practitioners and/or scholars and policy makers. They should closely reflect the materials presented or referred to through strong citation, and should be 750 to 1,500 words in length.

4. Book Reviews

Book reviews are constructive critiques of books about any subject in Disaster & Emergency Management, written about any book or author and assessed for relevance, strength and clarity of the review, and value to building a body of knowledge. They are 500 to 1,000 words in length.

5. Interviews

Interviews are transcribed from recorded interviews with industry leaders in academia, policy or program circles, community and non-profit organizational, or operational leaders. Interview subjects should be exceptional in their experience or insight in their area of expertise within emergency management, such that recording interviews adds to the body of knowledge or concepts and doctrine of Canadian emergency management. Interview transcripts should be no more than 1,000 words.

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