About the Journal

Serial title 

 Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk (JCRFR)

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk is a completely free and open access community-based journal. All papers are rigorously peer-reviewed in a double-blind fashion. Its mission is to publish quantitative and qualitative studies on all aspects of coastal and riverine risks. This focus includes  (but is not limited to) risk management and disaster mitigation, climate adaptation strategies, the forecasting of events, flood emergency response and post-disaster surveys, and reconstruction and planning. 

The scope of hazards covered includes events affecting coastal and riverine areas, including atmospheric, oceanographic, volcanic and seismic (as long as these take place close to the coastline, in islands, along rivers or underwater) events. These include, but are not limited to, tsunamis, storm surges, high-waves, river and pluvial floods originating from a variety of other phenomena, and flooding in (low-lying) coastal regions in general, or any combination of sources (compound flooding). 

Interdisciplinary topics that deal with the described hazards through a combination of engineering, natural science, social science and/or disaster risk management are welcomed. Studies can be related to the processes of the hazards, their impact on society, and how to deal with these hazards (through any parts of the disaster management cycle). Examples include the investigation and planning of structural and non-structural coastal and riverine risk management, sea level rise and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies. Case studies and post-disaster field surveys whose findings add value to the understanding of hazards and how to improve resilience to future events through build-back-better processes are also within the scope of the journal. Research conducted in and by researchers in developing countries is of great interest to the journal.

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk is entirely open access and free for both authors and readers. JCHS is published by TU Delft OPEN, ensuring availability of archived material in perpetuity. Papers are published online individually as they are accepted and format is approved. TU Delft Open will ensure that The Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk will be listed in the various indexing systems (like Google Scholar, DOAJ and Scopus), such that all published papers can (retroactively) be subject to impact evaluation.

The Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk is an open access journal licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licence. This means that all content is available without paywalls.  Anyone is free to share (to copy, distribute, and transmit the work), to remix (to adapt the work) under the following conditions:

  • The original authors must be given credit.
  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission.
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

Copyright policy

  • Authors retain their copyrights.
  • if you are using published images, text or other materials, please be aware of copyright regulations. The TU Delft Copyright helpdesk can provide further information and answer your copyright questions.
  • In case of (alleged or proven) copyright breaches or scientific misconduct (e.g. fabricating data), JCRFR will follow the developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Types of papers

We welcome a variety of different types of content types, as detailed in the list below:

-Article. An article is a substantial and novel research study. Its main text should be around 6,000 words (excluding abstract, methods, reference and figure legends), and no longer than 8,000 words. 

-Short communications (including what is referred to in other journals as "Opinion papers", "Perspectives", etc). Short communications cover a number of different type of articles that are not written in a complete structure (such as that of an article). Examples can include brief descriptions of a given new methodology, verifications or existing methods, reports of failures of a given method, etc. Its main text should be around 2,000 words (excluding abstract, methods, reference and figure legends), and no longer than 4,000 words. 

-Survey reports. A survey report details measurements and other records conducted by teams in the aftermath of flooding. They are intended to document what happened during such events, and do not require substantial analysis or discussion (the originality of such reports resides in the fact they are documenting an event for posterity). Its main text should be around 6,000-8,000 words (excluding abstract, methods, reference and figure legends), though longer reports can be considered.  

-Data. Data articles can be used when authors are happy to publicly release some data they have collected, but are not willing to significantly analyse or discuss it. Nevertheless, it should be accompanied by a short description of what the data is about, how it was collected, and how it should be interpreted (around 500 to 1000 words).   

-Review. A review is an authoritative, balanced and comprehensive survey of recent developments in a given research field. Its main text should not be longer than 10,000 (excluding abstract, methods, reference and figure legends), though it is expected to include abundant references (not exceeding 200, though exceptions are possible).

Peer review and quality control

The (acting) editor-in-chief divides the submitted manuscripts over the editors and can also handle a manuscript him-/herself. The assigned editor can decline a manuscript before sending it out for review when it is out-of-scope, or of apparent insufficient quality (e.g. clear lack of sufficient English language level). The assigned editor makes the final decision on acceptance of a manuscript. In editorial meetings selected review results and decisions are discussed amongst the editorial board in order to obtain and sustain a common quality baseline.

All papers have to be submitted from the start in the final formatting in order to facilitate the review process and to enable the reviewers to comment on formatting. All papers are subjected to a double-blind review. The standard period for reviewers for a single review round is 3 to 4 weeks in order to have a balance between high quality thorough reviews and sufficiently fast publication. Reviews are performed by reviewers that are experienced in the field and the reviews will be based on a well-defined list of quality aspects. At minimum two reviews are needed to accept a paper. Authors can appeal to decisions, which will be decided on by the editorial board by majority vote. After the content of a paper is approved by the reviewers, the final formatting (typesetting) will have to be made by the author(s), and to be approved by the assigned editor before the manuscript can be published. After acceptance of a manuscript, it is published in the one journal volume / issue per year and archived in this manner. The anonymous reviews will be published together with the published paper.

Article Processing Charges

Publishing in JCRFR is completely free, so neither Submission Charges nor Article Processing Charge are required from the authors. The resources needed to run the journal are covered by the institutions where the (associate) editors are employed, mostly in the form of time invested.

Research Data

JCRFR strongly supports that manuscripts include data registration in a recognised research data repository and will support data citation- please visit this page for more information.

Plagiarism Policy

All papers are checked for plagiarism by the assigned editor and reviewers, and a software-based plagiarism check can be performed additionally. In case of suspected plagiarism, the authors will have 2 weeks to provide an explanation.

Reproducing a part of a published content or images is allowed if the original source and authors are respectively referred to and are given proper credit.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Authors are allowed to deposit a Submitted version, an Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) and a Published version (Version of record) of their work in an institutional or any other repository of their choice.

TU Delft OPEN Publishing is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research. We work in partnership with organizations as well as maintaining our own digital archive.



The journal will be indexed by Scopus after two years (this is the minimum amount of time for a journal to be indexed). All this process is handled by TU Delft OPEN Publishing, and should happen fairly automatically. 



JCRFR grants you the right to publish the metadata of the series, it's issues and articles under the terms of the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).

Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the fair data principles. The journal adheres to the COPE Core Practices  and the principles of transparency as described in the Declaration on transparent editorial policies for academic journals

Code of conduct

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The opinions expressed in our published content are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views opinions of TU Delft OPEN Publishing.  

The responsibility of the content provided is exclusively of the author(s) concerned. TU Delft OPEN Publishing, the Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk, the editors and reviewers are not responsible for errors in the contents or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in it.

The opinions expressed in the publications of   Journal of Coastal and Riverine Flood Risk do not necessarily represent the views of TU Delft OPEN Publishing and the editors.  

We follow and open access publishing principle, in which author(s) are the sole owners of the copyright of the content published, for any omissions, copyright violation author(s) of the concerned article are only responsible. Our responsibility is limited only to removal of the concerned article from the journal once the query is raised.


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