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Overview

ISSN


1996-1421 (PRINT)
2072-845X (ONLINE)

 

 

Focus and scope


Jàmbá is a trans-disciplinary publication in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new study field. Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies aims to engage, inform, and catalyse scholarly discourse within research and real-world practices that work towards the minimisation of vulnerabilities and disaster risks throughout developing communities with special emphasis on Africa. The intended focus of Jàmbá (meaning disaster in Yoruba) is on the African continent but also welcomes related articles from other regions. The journal crosses and affects disciplinary boundaries to promote communication, collaboration and teamwork between professions and disciplines to avoid (prevention) or to limit (mitigation and preparedness) the adverse impacts of hazards, within the broad context of sustainable development. The journal attempts to decrease the risk of disasters and build societal resilience within the context of sustainable development and planetary boundaries.  Covering all areas of disaster risk reduction, including but not limited to:

  • Risk awareness and assessment including hazard analysis and vulnerability/capacity analysis.
  • Knowledge development including education, training, research and information.
  • Public commitment and institutional frameworks, including organisational, policy, legislation and community action.

The journal is vital to the South African research community as its creates discourse on disaster risk management which can inform policy-makers and legislative stakeholders on how to develop more effective policies, programmes, and applied planning to reduce communities’ vulnerability to natural and anthropogenic hazards.

 

 

Historic data


Jàmbá was launched in 2007 under the African Centre for Disaster Studies (ACDS) at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. After a number of difficult years for the journal, the South African National Disaster Management Centre partnered with the ACDS. Through their continued financial support, the journal were able to establish itself as a credible open access journal on the African continent. The word Jàmbá means disaster in Yoruba, which is a West African ethnic group. Jàmbá is a journal in the field of disaster risk reduction, aimed at serving as a platform for discussion and debate in this relatively new field. From January 2012, Jàmbá obtained accreditation status from the South African Department of Higher Education and Training. Jàmbá is also the official journal of the Southern Africa Society for Disaster Reduction (SASDiR). The free publication and open access of Jàmbá is made possible through the generous support of the South African National Disaster Management Centre.

 

 

Publication frequency


The journal publishes one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

 

 

Types of articles published


Read full details on the submissions guidelines page.

 

 

Open access


This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

 

 

Review process


The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.

 

 

Marketing


AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.

 

 

Membership


AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.

 

 

DHET Accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SCOPUS
  • SciELO SA

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SCOPUS
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • SciELO SA

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is, https://jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/gateway/lockss. Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal Impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.

 

Citation-based measurement  

2017

Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)

n/a

CiteScore, based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

0.44

Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

0.39

Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

0.16

H-index, based on Google Scholar

9.00