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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The topic is of interest to the field.
  • Distinct novel aspects are treated in the paper.
  • The novelty is well substantiated by a thorough and complete literature review.
  • These novel aspects are clearly written in the abstract.
  • Clear objectives are given.
  • A sound methodology and correct mathematics are used.
  • The conclusions are supported by the data.
  • The paper is properly organized.
  • The paper is to the point and concise.
  • The paper is written clearly using correct grammar and syntax.
  • All illustrations and tables are useful and of good quality.
  • The references are relevant and well-formatted in author-date style.
  • The format follows the Journal template (for final acceptance).
  • Appropriate and complete keywords are provided.

Author Guidelines

The manuscript have to be submitted in the final formatting in all submissions. A formatting template / example is avaliable in Word.

Authors are encouraged to propose suitable reviewers to the editor upon submission of a manuscript (under comments to the editor). However, the editor handling the paper is free to select the reviewers that he/she thinks are most appropriate for the review.

For all articles in JCRFR the following rules apply. All papers have an abstract. There is no formal maximum length for papers. But the length is subject to approval of the acting editor. The papers should convey their message clearly and concisely.


Audiovisual materials

The Editorial Board encourages using audiovisual material to provide the context and the motivation of the research. Examples include a video/documentary of the research, a video abstract, photos or audios recorded at study site(s), interviews with local people, other researchers, decision makers, among others. Audiovisual materials can also be used to provide a summary of the research (e.g. short video, narrated powerpoint pitch, etc.)

Originality with respect to previous works

Studies that are submitted should be original, and add novel elements to the field of flood risk management. Upon submission, authors are required to make a statement about the originality of their submission, and the originality of the study itself. This should be clearly specified in the comments to the editor upon submission to the journal (no cover letter is necessary, but please write a paragraph or two clearly outlining the originality). 

The originality of submission relates to prior documents on which the submitted manuscript is based, which should be disclosed upon submission. This statement can for instance refer to a conference abstract, student thesis, project report, etc. It is not allowed to submit manuscripts that have been previously published in (peer-reviewed) outlets. With respect to conference proceedings, the authors need to substantiate that at least 50% of the submitted manuscript consists of new results (in terms of both the writing and the results).  

With respect to the originality of the study the authors need to show upon submission how their study adds to the field of coastal and riverine flood risk. Studies can be original through, amongst others, the following aspects:

  • Methodology. Development of a new methodology, extension on an existing one, or application in a new setting. Also verification/replication studies are valued to deepen insight and confidence in methodologies.
  • Interdisciplinarity. New combination of disciplines and approaches to tackle an issue more holistically or broaden the view (e.g. multi-hazards).
  • Data/Information. JCRFR encourages the publication of empirical findings from relevant events (observations, surveys, etc.), including some analysis/outlook.
  • Datasets. A new dataset that is of use for the coastal and riverine flood risk community. The 4TU research data platform can be used to publish the datasets itself.
  • Synthesis. Synthesis or (systematic) review papers in the domain of coastal and riverine flood risk.




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