Aims and Scope

PLOS Currents: Disasters is a new open-access publication from the Public Library of Science for the rapid communication of new research results and operational analyses derived from the study or management of all types of disasters.


The aim of PLOS Currents: Disasters is to provide a new channel, particularly for data and analyses that might not otherwise be openly shared or where rapid and timely sharing is especially important, while ensuring that they will be permanently archived and citable. The site provides immediate open access to all content, ensuring that authors reach the widest possible audience. The content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License, enabling unrestricted distribution and use of the published materials, provided that its authors are properly credited. Every accepted submission will receive a permanent identifier that can be linked to and cited in other publications.


PLOS Currents: Disasters will consider any content relevant to disasters—natural or manmade, local, regional or global.

For the purposes of this publication, we define a disaster as a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources, as per the UNISDR definition.

Possible topics include: description of disasters; effects of disasters on the environment or on human populations; immediate management of disasters, both environmental and clinical; disaster risk management; disaster risk reduction; follow up of disasters, short and long term; implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015.
Specific article types may include the following:
• Case studies, surveys, or other research (clinical, environmental, etc.) of previous or ongoing disasters
• Analyses and evaluation of operational responses and management of disasters
• Protocols for response to disasters

Publication Criteria

To be accepted for publication in PLOS Currents, research articles must be within the scope of the relevant section. In addition they must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The study presents the results of primary scientific research.
  2. Results reported have not been published elsewhere.
  3. Experiments, statistics, and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail.
  4. Conclusions are presented in an appropriate fashion and are supported by the data.
  5. The article is presented in an intelligible fashion and is written in standard English.
  6. The research meets all applicable standards for the ethics of experimentation and research integrity.
  7. The article adheres to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

Publication Process

The submissions are reviewed by a group of leading researchers in the field – the Board of Reviewers. The reviewers make a rapid determination as to whether a contribution is intelligible, relevant, ethical and scientifically credible, but will otherwise not impose restrictions on the nature, format or content of the contributions. Those submissions deemed appropriate are posted immediately at PLOS Currents: Disasters and publicly archived at PubMed Central. It is assumed, and encouraged, that submissions will often report preliminary data and analyses, and it will be possible to revise contributions, for example in light of new data. Such revisions will also be subject to approval by Reviewer Board, and different versions of the same article will be identifiable and all versions will be archived and separately citable.
The content in PLOS Currents: Disasters is subject to the standard PLOS Terms of Use.