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.

The editorial process describes how CJEM will process prospective manuscripts of all categories from submission until publication. Post-publication issues (e.g., corrections, retractions) are described in a separate policy.

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.

CJEM is now publishing on the Open Journal System, in partnership with York University. It is using a continuous submission and release process by which content is managed and quickly disseminated through the Open Journal System. The Open Journal System instance is hosted by York University. Navigate to the page using the button below.

General Requirements for Publication

Papers are translated and published in both official languages.

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

Consider submitting 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

As a peer-reviewed journal, responsibility for editorial decisions rests with the Editor-in-Chief who, in turn, collaborates closely with the Editorial Board on the development of Aims, Scopes, and Processes. The Editor-in-Chief also oversees the work of the Managing Editor, who leads the team of editorial staff through the process of carrying approved manuscripts through to production.

The editorial process involves three primary steps, the first two of which are overseen by the Editor-in-Chief, and the oversight of the third being delegated to the Managing Editor:

1A.  Desk screening of submitted manuscripts for suitability and quality

1B.  Peer-review of the submitted manuscripts, until either acceptance or rejection

2.   Production & preparation of accepted manuscripts for submission (e.g., copyediting, translation, typesetting, and metadata)

Editorial Process Graphic

CJEM accepts and publishes various types of content as outlined below. Papers in CJEM are peer reviewed by relevant experts, with the exception of Book Reviews, which are reviewed by the editor.

1. Research Papers

Research papers are typically from 3,000 to 6,000 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. Communication

Communications are short articles between 1,000-2,500 words, intended to provide rapid dissemination of important insights, experiences, or contributions, particularly on time-sensitive topics.

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. Comment & Response

The Journal welcomes comments on papers published in CJEM in the last 12 months. If the comment is critical, authors of the original piece will be allowed a reasonable opportunity to provide a response. Both comment and response will be published concurrently. Both comment and response must be concise, impersonal, contribute to knowledge production, and advance informed debate.

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