Calls for papers


International Journal of Forensic Engineering
International Journal of Forensic Engineering


Special Issue on: "Structural, Economic and Human Seismic Loss Estimations"

Guest Editors: Professor Humberto Varum, CONSTRUCT-LESE, University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, Portugal

Earthquakes can have devastating impact in a matter of seconds. Their unpredictable nature and the potential scale of their impact make them one of the most lethal of all disasters, claiming an average of 27,000 lives a year worldwide since the 1990s. There are more than 1.4 million earthquakes a year around the planet, an average of almost 4,000 per day. Of course, if earthquake phenomena occur in uninhabited areas where they do not have any human impact, they remain hazards rather than disasters. If, on the other hand, they strike urban areas with high population density or communities where buildings are not earthquake-resistant, there is the potential for major disasters with large-scale human loss, especially in the case of larger earthquakes.

Management of earthquake risks is a process that involves pre-, co- and post-seismic phases. Rapid response systems go into action immediately after the earthquake and provide assessment of the distribution of ground shaking intensity (so-called Shake-Maps) and information on physical (buildings) damage, casualties (fatalities) and economic losses. This rapid information on the consequences of an earthquake can serve to direct search and rescue teams to the areas they're most needed and assist civil protection authorities in emergency action. As such, the need for a rapid loss estimates after an earthquake has been recognised and requested by governments and international agencies.

Subject Coverage
  • Developing/improving seismic loss estimation tools and platforms
  • Structural damage following an earthquake with a specific focus on new methodologies for rapid risk and vulnerability assessments
  • Non-structural damage following an earthquake with a specific focus on direct physical damage to building stock
  • Human causalities/fatalities following an earthquake with a specific focus on methodologies to reduce casualties in highly populated urban areas
  • Proposing methodologies to formulate direct social losses as a function of casualties
  • Economic issues and downtime
  • Proposed improvements for HAZUS-MH and similar platforms
  • Developing fragility functions for complex and critical structures and infrastructures
  • Uncertainties in the loss estimation process
  • Repair, retrofit and rehabilitation of damaged structures

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double blind process.

All papers must be submitted online. Please read our Submitting articles page.

Please find the special issue under "Structural, Economic and Human Seismic Loss Estimations" on the pulldown menu during the submission process. If you cannot find the issue on the menu, please enter the name of the guest editor and the title of the special issue in the "Notes" box (Part D) in step 1 of the submission process.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 April, 2016