Notes for Authors

Journal of Disaster Risk Management

Center for Disaster Risk Management & Development Studies,
Federal University of Technology, Minna
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1. The Manuscript

The manuscript should not exceed 15 pages including tables, maps, illustrations, references and appendixes written in U.K English Language. It should be typed in double line space, on one side of A4 size paper, with 30mm left and right margins. The document should be prepared in MS word 2007, typed in Times New Roman with 12 font- size. The manuscript should conform to the following general outline.

(i) Title Page. The title page should contain the title of the article, surname and initials of author(s), institutional affiliation and address for correspondence, including E-mail and phone number(s). This should be done using 16 font size and single line spacing.

(ii) Abstract and keywords. The abstract should not be less than 100 words or more than 300 words, stating briefly the objectives of the study, methodology (including data used), summary of results and recommendations. It should be contained in one paragraph and typed in single line spacing. The keywords should be maximum of five words, written in lower case with the first letter capitalized and in 12 font-sizes arranged in alphabetical order. The keywords should be bold and should be placed below the abstract.

iii) Full text: The full text should contain the following paper layout/format.

• Introduction: The introduction should provide background to the study, stating the research problem, purpose of the study, its importance and significance

• Literature review: The paper should provide a background of knowledge and research outputs in the field of disaster management. Review of relevant literature should be presented in a sequential and logical manner, stating clearly the findings of similar researches and their relevance to the work.

• Research Methodology: Authors are to provide a clear explanation of the method of data collection, instruments used and the techniques for analysis. Information on the sample population, sample size and procedure should be provided where applicable. The methodology should be lucidly presented.

• Data Analysis and Research Findings: Results of analysis including computation should be presented clearly. Data analysis and presentation in this section may be supported by other relevant facts and figures. The use of tables, maps, graphs and pictures for illustration is encouraged

• Discussion of Findings/Conclusion: A summary of the findings should be presented and discussed in this section. The significance of the findings should be underscored, and the results should be compared to the findings of previous study, noting their implication and applicability to real life situations.

Other Important Notes
Headings: Major headings should be in bold character with each word capitalized and flush to the left margin of the paper. Same should go for sub-headings. The headings should carry section number (e.g. 1. Introduction and\or 1.1 for sub-sections).
Tables: All tables should carry identification such as table number (i.e. table 1), title and source(s). The table title should be at the top with each word capitalized (title case). The tables shall have only the top and bottom lines without internal horizontal and vertical partitioning (i.e. not in grid form). The sources should be placed immediately below the table in 10 font size.

Illustrations: Maps should be legible, carrying appropriate title (below the figure), source, legend and other marginal information. Maps and charts should be referred to as figures (e.g figure 1). Pictures as plates (e.g Plate I, II, etc.) should be in black and white or in color with proper identification. All illustrations should be contained in the text and be properly referenced in the text. All numbering should be done in Arabic numerals.
Measurements and Abbreviation: All measurements should be in S.I (system international). Abbreviations should be used minimally and should be explained at first mention, before subsequent use.
References: Citation within the text should carry the author’s surname and year in parenthesis e.g. Jinadu (2010). Where there are more than two authors, the first name should be followed by et al. e.g. Audu et al (2011) or Taylor et al, (2012). All references must follow the APA(6th edition) format and be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper. Where an author has more than one reference in the same year, the work should be differentiated using a, b, c etc. e.g. Baba (2012a) and Baba (2012b). References for journal, text book, magazines and conference papers should follow the format given below.

(i) Journal Article:
Edino, M.O; Nsofor, G.N and Bombom, L.S. (2009). Perceptions and Attitudes towards Gas Flaring in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Environmentalist; DOI 10.007/s10669-009-9244-2. Published online 18th August, 2009 by Springler Science+ Business Media. Pages 67 – 75

(a) One Author
Ojoye, S. (2008). Employee engagement: Improving participation in safety. Professional
Safety, 53(12), 40-45.

(b) Two to Seven Authors [List all authors]

Jinadu, A. M., Ocheme, O. B., & Dukiya, J. J. (2007). Hazard Identification and Mapping in
Minna Metropolis. Journal of Disaster Risk Management, 81, 453-484

(c) Eight or More Authors [List the first six authors and the last author]

Ogidan, T. S., Obotunde, I. T., Ojutiku, R. O., Kur, J.T, Ojo, B., Lantana, W....Gogo,
A. A. (2000). The role of women in nation development and consequences on the family.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68,843-856.

(ii) Text Book

Jinadu, A.M. (2007). Understanding the Basics of Housing: A Book of Study Notes for
Students in Tertiary Institution (Revised edition), Jos. University Press Ltd, (Place of
publication must come before the publisher)

(iii) Chapter in a Book

Abumere, S (1987). Urbanization and Urban Decay in Nigeria’, in Onibokun, A.G. Olokesusi, F and Egunjobi, Layi (eds) Urban Renewal in Nigeria. Ibadan, Nigeria NISER/CURP Femsod industrial press. PP 19-32

(iv) Conference Proceedings, Workshop and Unpublished Thesis

Jinadu, A.M (2012), Rural Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment in the Downstream Sector of Shiroro Dam, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC 2012) held at the International Conference Center, Davos Switzerland; between 26th and 31st August, 2012; pp 140 – 141.

(v) Magazines Article

Murray, S., Landesman, L.Y& Ogidiolu, T (2005, August 10).Basics of weather analysis. Newswatch, 130(15)16-25

(vi) Newspaper Article with No Author and Discontinuous Pages
Generic Prozac debuts. (2001, August 3). The Washington Post, pp. E1, E4.

(vii) Corporate Author with an Edition and Published by the Corporate Author
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders
(4th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

(viii) Anonymous Author
Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary (31sted.). (2007). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders.

(ix)Article from an Online Magazine
Adedeji, L. T. D. (2001, May 23). Individual-group continuity in cooperation and competition under varying communication conditions. Current Issues in Social Psychology, 6 (12), 166-182. Retrieved from http://www.uiowa.edu/~grpproc/crisp/crisp.6.12.htm


General Form
Okoli M.A, (2016). The moment of change. Retrieved from http://www .cc.gatech.edu/user_surveys/survey-1998-10/

Online Report from a Nongovernmental Organization

Adebowale, A. T., Okoli, A., & Musa, J. (2009). Prospects for reducing uninsured rates among children: How much can premium assistance programs help? Retrieved from Urban Institute website: http:// www.urban.org/url.cfm?ID=411823

Submission of Manuscripts

Three hard copies of the paper for consideration should be forwarded to the managing editor, Journal of Disaster Risk Management with a covering letter of undertaking that the work is not under consideration elsewhere and that it will not be sent to any other journal until final decision has been made on the paper.

Electronic Version

An electronic version of the article should also be forwarded to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A summary of the findings should be presented and discussed in this section. The significance of the findings should be underscored, and the results should be compared to the findings of previous study, noting their implication and applicability to real life situations

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