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 Publishing, ensuring availability of archived material in perpetuity. Papers are published online individually as they are accepted and format is approved. TU Delft OPEN Publishing 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 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

TU Delft OPEN Publishing strongly supports that the data underlying the journals are archived in a recognised research data repository in line with the TU Delft Research Data Framework Policy and will support data citation. Please visit this page for more information on policies. 

Research Software

TU Delft OPEN Publishing strongly encourages the adoption of the TU Delft Research Software Policy. This policy facilitates best practices on management and sharing of research software and facilitates proper recognition of the contribution of TU Delft researchers to software.

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

Check TU Delft OPEN Publishing code of conduct and integrity policy.

Similarity check

A similarity check is part of the TU Delft OPEN Publishing standard publication procedure. Authors submitting their article to the JCRFR should expect their work to go through a similarity analysis at any workflow stage. All articles submitted are checked with iThenticate software. The editor and publisher carefully analyse the reports. In case of suspected plagiarism, the authors will have two weeks to explain.

The journal also checks for AI-generated content. Articles will only be accepted if using AI-generated tools is part of the work.

Use of AI

The use of AI technologies in writing/summarising is gaining popularity and is expanding. When used responsibly and appropriately in research, it can facilitate innovation. However, authors/editors remain fully responsible and accountable for the quality and content of their manuscripts. With this in mind and with reference to the COPE Position Statement of 13 February 2023, authors are required not to list AI tools as a co-author because these tools cannot take responsibility for the submitted work, and they need to be transparent in disclosing in the materials and methods of the manuscript how the AI tool was used and which tool was used (such as ChatGPT and other generative (language-based) AI tools for generation of images, etc.) in the writing of their manuscripts. If applicable, disclosure needs to take place at the bottom of the References section, in the Acknowledgements section, and separately in the cover letter submitted before the review process. This policy is subject to review based on new developments to include the COPE Position Statement.


Complaints such as misconduct, authorship dispute or suspected conflict of interest should be brought to the attention of the publisher (publishing-lib@tudelft.nl) or the editorial board.

Author appeal

If an author wishes to appeal an editorial decision, the author may contact the journal's Editors-in-Chief. Their appeal decisions are final. This means that discussing or negotiating the final decision will be without effect and can be ignored.  

Conflict of interest

All COIs will be handled as follows by the journal in the first instance, then the publisher:

  • Disclosure: Anyone (editors, reviewers, authors and any other relevant parties) involved in the publishing process should disclose any potential conflicts of interest they may have
  • Evaluation: After disclosing the potential COI, it needs to be examined to determine its importance and possible impact on the publication process.
  • Management: An identified COI requires appropriate steps. Those steps may include stepping back from specific duties or decisions, removal from the publication process, or taking other actions to reduce the conflict.
  • Transparency: Any identified conflicts of interest should be transparently disclosed to relevant parties, including readers, authors, and reviewers.
  • COI can be mentioned after the section Acknowledgment of the publication.

Publication notices and changes

Any changes to the published content will be accompanied by a post-publication notice that will be permanently linked to the original content.

Publication notices include errors introduced by the journal (erratum), an author error (corrigendum), adding a (small) document to a published work to provide additional information (addendum), and retraction.

The Editors-in-Chief and the publisher handle publication notices through the following steps:

  • Review the proposed changes to the published content to determine if they are necessary and appropriate.
  • Preparing a post-publication notice that accurately reflects the changes made to the content.
  • Linking the post-publication notice to the original content clearly and prominently.
  • Distributing the updated content and the post-publication notice to relevant parties, including subscribers, indexers, and other databases.
  • Monitoring the impact of the changes on the academic record and making any necessary further updates or corrections.


All co-authors must agree to submit the work to the journal. For authors’ disputes, see the “Complaints and Appeals” section.

How to add extra authors before publication:

  • All co-authors must agree to add new (co)authors to the publication.
  • Agreement must be collected and sent to the editor with an explanation.

Guest Editors/Special Issues

JCRFR requires an agreement between the Guest Editor(s) and the Editors-in-Chief where the Guest Editor(s)’s role is clearly defined. Guest Editors are subject to the same rules as journal editors and adhere to TU Delft OPEN Publishing policies.


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).


JCRFR with 2772-767X is indexed by Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources (ROAD), Sherpa Romeo, The Keepers, Google Scholar and WorldCat.


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 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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