The first diamond open-access peer-reviewed journal of catastrophe research

PRESS RELEASE: First Diamond Open Access Journal Launches for Catastrophe Risk and Resilience Research

LONDON: 20th June, 2023 – From today, academia and beneficiaries in finance and vulnerable countries will have access to a unique and ground-breaking new diamond open access interdisciplinary research journal, the Journal of Catastrophe Risk and Resilience (JCRR).

A not-for-profit publication, JCRR is a free, online digital journal that has been designed to enable an open and transparent exchange of research, knowledge and ideas between academia, finance and beneficiaries in vulnerable countries on the global challenges presented by natural hazards and climate change.

The journal has a broad remit encompassing natural hazards and catastrophe risk, and the societal and institutional response to the management of such events. JCRR aims to publish multi-peril peer-reviewed research from experts around the world, with a goal to accelerate the application of cutting edge research and encourage debate and discussion.

JCRR is supported by a number of organisations from across academia and the private sector, with founding member organisations including:

AXA XL
Fathom
Lighthill Risk Network representing Lloyd’s, Hiscox, Guy Carpenter, Aon, Liberty Mutual Syndicate
MS Amlin
Flood Re
Renaissance Re
JBA Risk Management
WTW

Representatives, including experts in risk modelling and multi-peril natural hazard research, from these supporting institutions make up the independent Editorial Board and Supervisory Board.

Now officially open for submissions, JCRR will begin peer-reviewing and publishing original research and commentary from scientists, researchers, practitioners and decision makers across academia and the private sector.

JCRR is seeking submissions on a variety of topics including: the monitoring and modelling of hazards; exposure and vulnerability; catastrophe risk management; and mitigation and adaptation strategy design by governments, NGOs, and businesses.

Four formats of articles will be published by JCRR. The first three types include long-form academic research articles, research notes, and high-impact reviews, all of which will be peer-reviewed and assured for high standards of scientific significance and quality. The fourth category is classified as commentary and is intended to encourage discussion and set a wider research agenda. While commentary articles will not be peer-reviewed, they will be by invitation only and subject to Editorial Board review.

Adam Sobel, Professor at Columbia University, said:

“It is a big day for scientists and experts in all sectors working on catastrophe risk. With the launch of the Journal of Catastrophe Risk and Resilience, we now have the opportunity to share our research, to incite broader debate and discussion than any other forum yet does – especially between private sector and academic scientists – and to ensure positive change through what truly is the first diamond open access peer-reviewed journal of its kind.

In order to meet the global challenges of the present and future, the science of catastrophe risk needs to broaden from its pragmatic industry roots into a true scientific field. To do this it needs proper institutions, and among the most important of those are journals. A journal has not yet existed that can serve all the diverse communities and practitioners in this space; JCRR will be that journal. It will not just share and encourage new research, but, critically, also ensure that such content will be accessible to everyone working towards resilience and climate adaptation.”

Kirsten Mitchell-Wallace, Director of Portfolio Risk Management, Lloyd’s of London, said:

“In an era of unprecedented risk and uncertainty, risk management and insurance are more important than ever. This journal – offering both a platform to access new ideas, and standard for best practice in the industry – therefore couldn’t be more timely. It will help encourage the collaboration between academia and insurance that will enable us to build a more resilient world.

All of us in the insurance industry are excited to see how this new wave of research informs both our underwriting and our understanding of risk in the months and years ahead.”

Following the official launch of the journal, the Editorial Board is now welcoming research submissions and written briefs for commentary articles. For all prospective contributors, please visit the website for detailed information on the journal’s editorial processes and author guidelines.

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Note for Editors:

About the Journal of Catastrophe Risk and Resilience

The Journal of Catastrophe Risk and Resilience (JCRR) is a diamond open-access interdisciplinary research journal with a broad remit encompassing natural hazards, catastrophe risk, and the societal and institutional response to their management. It publishes original research, reviews, and commentary from scientists, researchers, practitioners, and decision makers across academia and the private sector on a variety of topics including: the monitoring and modelling of hazards, exposure and vulnerability; catastrophe risk management; and mitigation and adaptation strategy design by governments, NGOs, and businesses.

Articles published in JCRR are those deemed by editors to be within its scope, contributing towards its aims, and (where relevant) satisfying independent reviewers that it meets high standards of scientific significance and quality.

The JCRR Editorial Board consists of: Oliver Wing, Fathom (Chair), Ioana Dima-West, AXA XL; Kelly Hereid, Liberty Mutual Insurance; Thomas Loridan, Reask; Tom Philp, Maximum Information; Tiziana Rossetto, University College London; Cameron Rye, WTW Research; Len Shaffrey, University of Reading; Adam Sobel, Columbia University; Beth Tellman, Floodbase; Mesut Turel, Arch Insurance Group.

The JCRR Supervisory Board consists of: Chair Dickie Whitaker, Oliver Wing; Tom Philp; Adam Sobel, Paul Young,Emily White, Len Shaffrey

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