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Tsunami Society International''s journal<<SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS>> offers authors the perfect place to publish and reach the largest possible audience of professionals and government officials around the world involved in the emerging field of Tsunami Science and the mitigation of the adverse impact of Tsunami Hazards.

The Tsunami Society encourages a holistic multidisciplinary approach that combines theoretical and applied sciences and mathematics, engineering, as well as social sciences, to the understanding of the tsunami phenomenon. The Society promotes the mitigation of the impact of tsunamis disasters on humanity through the implementation and establishment of effective, early warning systems and through programs of education and preparedness. To meet this mandate and to assist in efforts encouraging research and the mitigation of destructiveness of another tsunami disaster - such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami - we have expanded the multidisciplinary scope and content of the SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS. Furthermore, we have made our journal available to all - particularly to scientists in developing countries that have been severely affected by recent tsunami disasters.

To assure high quality standards of publication, all papers submitted to the Science of Tsunami Hazards Journal - regardless of the diversity of content - receive a thorough "peer-review" by an Editorial Board of senior scholars with specific multidisciplinary expertise. The archived published papers in the Society's journal - covering a time span of 35 years - include a wealth of data, research results and references on tsunamis that does not exist anywhere else.

Reasons for publishing in SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS

There are many reasons why an increasing numbers of tsunami researchers choose to publish in the International Journal of the Tsunami Society's SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS. The reasons include: the promise of rapid and thorough peer review; immediate access to current data and on-going research on tsunamis; free access to 25 years of archived published research on tsunamis; the scope and reputation of our journal - and much more. Because all past journals can be downloaded free of charge, papers published in SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS receive extensive dissemination and readership.


Instructions for authors

To help you submit your research paper or your data report related to the tsunami hazards, we've created the following quick instructions guide for the online submission process, including tips and advice as well as detailed author instructions.

Quick Instructions on manuscript submission

Electronic submission by e-mail to the Editor, SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS


with a copy to


Text Area is 22 by 17 cm. (approximate margins top 1.17 inches, bottom 1.17 inches, left 0.83 inches, right 0.83 inches; header and footer 0 inches)

Font Times/New Roman 12

One column text. Justified.

All text to be single space

Indent 5 spaces to start a new paragraph

Top half of first page to contain title in CAPITALS followed by authors and author affiliation, centered on page.

Bottom half of first page to contain abstract only with heading ABSTRACT centered on page.

See a recent journal issue for Desired Style.

Microsoft Word Document that can be edited.

Do not number pages.

Place all figures and tables at the end of the paper.

Send Microsoft Word manuscrpipt by e-mail to: drgeorgepc@yahoo.com

If mailing a camera ready paper, please notify Editor by e-mail and send by regular mail to:

1741 Ala Moana Blvd. # 70
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, U.S.A.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

The journal SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS is a forum for the publishing of original papers and the expression of carefully considered ideas and opinions based on scientific principles.

The Research Section of the journal publishes original manuscripts reporting scientific research on tsunamis. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of tsunami science, research articles may come from any field of basic or applied scientific research, engineering, or mathematics, as well as from related fields of social sciences.

In addition to tsunami research papers and data reports, the journal may also publish or include in the Society's website the following types of articles or announcements:

Forum articles - Brief reports on topics such as recent research advances, scientific meetings, policy and legislative updates pertaining to tsunami preparedness, and academic, industry, government, and nongovernmental organization tsunami activities and research.

Focus articles - Major articles on a wide range of national and international topics related to tsunami research or the deployment of instrumentation for early warnning systems.

Innovations articles - Articles describing new methodologies or instrumentation for early warning systems and the mitigation of tsunami hazards.

Criteria for Publication
The criteria for publication are weighted toward quality and significance of research as well as validity of assumptions, adopted methodology and data. Manuscripts are assessed according to their originality and scientific merit, and evaluated for conciseness, clarity, and presentation. Although word limits are not placed on articles, we encourage careful review by prospective authors to avoid redudancy or inclusion of irrelevant data or references. Papers that include redundant or irrelevant data will be returned to the author(s) for shortening before the review process can begin again.

Detailed instructions on manuscript preparation and submission

Conformance to SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS Style Requirements
To facilitate editing, manuscripts that are submitted to SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS must conform to the style requirements, briefly outlined previously. Additionally, authors should take special note of clarifications listed below for manuscript preparation, citations/references, figures, and tables. Manuscripts that do not conform to the journal's requirements will be returned to the authors for modification before the initiation of the peer review process. This additional step will cause delay in publication. Also, authors must ensure that the final PDF or Microsoft Word submission or mauscript to SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS is accurate. Once the manuscript is accepted, the paper in PDF format will be published online - generally within a brief period of time. Any substantive changes after this stage will require an erratum to be published. We try to avoid erratums so your co-operation for accuracy is needed.

Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts must be written in the active voice and be typed single-spaced in English, on one column. The reference list, tables, and figure legends should begin on separate pages and should also be single-spaced. Use Times/New Roman font, size 12.

Page one: The first page of the manuscript should list the title, authors (first or second names spelled out in full), full address of the institution where the work was performed, and affiliation of each author. Titles should not exceed 20 words and should generally not contain abbreviations or numerical values. When submitting, please Indicate in your email or letter the author with whom e-mail exchanges should be sent, and include complete address for express mail service (if needed), telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address.

The top half of first page of the manuscript should contain the title of the paper in CAPITALS, followed by names of the authors and author affiliation, centered on the page. The bottom half of the first page should contain a structured abstract only with the heading ABSTRACT centered. The abstract should not normally exceed 250 words and should not include references. No information should be reported in the abstract that does not appear in the subsequent text of the manuscript. A listing of 5-10 key words for indexing purposes on this first page could be included, as it would help with searches and search engines.

Page two: Begin with the INTRODUCTION and the body of the text on a new second page. The text area should be 22 by 17 cm. (approximate margins top 1.17 inches, bottom 1.17 inches, left 0.83 inches, right 0.83 inches; header and footer zero inches). All new paragraphs should be indented by 5 spaces. Do not number the pages since the final PDF journal will have a different, cumulative, sequential paging order.

Subsequent pages: In subsequent pages recommended headings, where appropriate, are " Methods," "Results," "Discussion" or "Conclusion," and "References." Do not include tables and figures in the text. Place them after the References section. The Journal Editor will make the final formatting and pagination.

Suggested Article Length
Submissions should not exceed the following limits: Editorials, 1,000 words; Correspondence, 1,000 words; Commentaries, 5,000 words; Reviews, 10,000 words; Research Articles, 7,000 words; Meeting Reports, 5,000 words; Workgroup Reports, 8,000 words. All limits include references, tables, and figures.

References/Citations/Footnotes: All citations must be placed in name/date form. Place the citation immediately after the textual information cited, placing name and date within parentheses without a comma.

Single author: (example: Theilen-Willige, 2006)

Two authors: ( example: Rastogi and Jaiswal 2006)

Three or more authors: Use first author's name plus "et al." (Henson et al. 2006).

Different first authors but same last name and date: Use first author's last name plus initial(s) (Smith A, 2006; Smith J, 2007)

Several sources cited at one time: List publications alphabetically by author in the citation. Separate publications by the same author(s) with commas and those by different authors with semicolons.

Quotations: Provide references for any quotations used in the text. For example: According to Gisler et al. (2006), "enter quotation."

The list of references should begin on a separate page. All references must include:

1. Author/editor last name plus initials (for six or fewer authors; if there are more than six authors, use "et al." after the sixth) or authoring agency
2. Year of publication
3. Full title of article or chapter (lower case)
4. Title of journal (abbreviated according to Biosis or Index Medicus) or book/proceedings in title case
5. City/state/country of publication and name of publisher
6. Volume and inclusive page numbers

If you are uncertain what to include, please include all information.

List references alphabetically by the last name of the first author. If the first author has more than one publication, list references in alphabetical order (letter by letter) of subsequent authors. If the first author shares the last name with another first author (Smith JM vs. Smith RB), alphabetize by initials. If you list more than one publication by the same author/group of authors, arrange publications by date, early to late. If you list more than one publication published in the same year by the same author/group of authors, use a, b, c, d, and so on to distinguish the publications.

Finally, authors should double-check all references for accuracy and completeness of information, spelling, accents, symbols, subscripts and superscripts, and italics. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of their references. Check the final draft to make sure citations and references match. Any manuscript that is not properly formatted will be returned to the author for correction before review.

Footnotes: Do not use footnotes; instead, place all textual information within the manuscript and all citations/references in the proper form.

Manuscript Submission

Please submit the final paper in unpaged Microsoft Word Document format. We will convert it to Acrobat PDF format and page it sequentially. If you are submitting the paper in Acrobat PDF format make sure that it is in a version that can be edited. However, submissions in Microsoft Word document form are preferred. For a sample of Desired Style for the final format, please look up a recent journal issue.

File size should not exceed 5 MB (although exceptions may be made). Graphics must fit the page dimensions listed previously (22 by 17 cm.) or smaller. Line graphs generally provide acceptable images at 72-100 dpi. Electronic images should be in TIFF or JPEG format at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher for color and grayscale images, and 600 dpi or higher for line art (black-and-white art). JPEG files should be saved on the "highest quality" setting. Color images should be RGB and saved at 8 bits per channel, minimum. Figures may be reduced or enlarged to fit our layouts, so sufficient resolution is essential. All figures must be identifiable in the submission file (Microsoft Word of Acrobat PDF.

Figure Format Requirements: Please format all figures in Macintosh format (if possible) and indicate the type of software used to create the figures.

If there are questions about preparing the manuscript submission, please contact the journal's Editor.

At the present time manuscripts may be submitted as follows:

1. E-mail the manuscript file submission is strongly encouraged (to: drgeorgepc@yahoo.com or postmaster@tsunamisociety.org )

At a later time we may obtain software that will allow online submissions.

Manuscript Processing and Peer Review
All manuscripts will be sent to three expert reviewers for the peer review process and then returned to the Journal's Editor. After editorial consideration, a decision letter and reviewers' comments will be e-mailed to the authors. For more information go to our Peer Review Policy link on this website.

Publication Fee

Our international journal SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS is being published continuously for 35 years, but we have no institutional support and our current global distribution, has more than quadrupled our expenses. Thus we charge a small publication fee of $250 for 3-year members, to cover expenses and maintenance of our website,editing, office expenses, supplies, printing, global distribution and organizing symposia and training seminars. Payment for publication and the 3-year membership can be made by credit card or Paypal. If not a member or do not wish to become a member the publication fee is $350.

Copyrights, Reproduction, and Citations - Users' Rights.
Tsunami Society International gives users the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of all articles published in its journal SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS. Copyright is retained by SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS journal.

Articles published in the SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARDS are distributed under the Creative Commons CC-BY license. Use of any materials published in the SCIENCE OF TSUNAMI HAZARD should be appropriately acknowledged. Pertinent reference information should be provided for the article from which the material was reproduced.


The International Journal of The Tsunami Society
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