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International Journal of Services Sciences
International Journal of Services Sciences


Special Issue on: "Emergency, and Disaster Operations Management"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Bahram Alidaee, and Dr. Mustafa Altinakar, University of Mississippi, USA

Natural and man-made disasters are generally large-scale intractable problems. They have short and long-term technological, economic, social, humanitarian and environmental effects that need to be addressed. Emergency responses are an important part of disaster management and response.

This special issue of IJSSci solicits original research papers both theoretical and practical, and in both strategic and tactical aspects of disasters and emergency operations management. Papers addressing the four stages of life-cycle of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) using analytical approaches are highly welcomed.

While this special issue concentrates on non-routine (catastrophic) emergency responses, analytical and practical papers (specially with real data) from routine emergency responses, such as ambulance, police, fire department calls management (if they can directly help the non-routine emergency management), are welcome. Papers addressing all types of emergency, and disaster operations management are also encouraged, including: hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons, floods, drought, atmospheric/water pollution, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, epidemics, famine and food insecurity, man-made disasters, population movement, and technological disasters.

Subject Coverage
The topics of interest include, but not limited to (see for more information):
  • Chemical
  • Dam failure
  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Hazardous materials
  • Heat
  • Hurricane
  • Landslide
  • Nuclear
  • Terrorism
  • Thunderstorm
  • Tornado
  • Tsunami
  • Volcano
  • Wildfire
  • Winter storm
All analytical approaches, such as (but not limited to) linear, integer and non-linear programming, multi-objective programming, conflict analysis, heuristic programming, simulation, complex graph theoretic approaches, Stuart Kauffman type complexity approaches, hyper-project management, meta-synthesis and soft-OR approaches, and statistical analysis, are welcome. Due to the multi-disciplinary catastrophic nature of disasters, papers from different disciplines and from different cultural background in different countries are also very suited to the special issue.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper due: 15 September 2007

Notification of status of paper: 15 November 2007

Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2008

Final version of paper due: 1 May 2008