The Disaster Information Reference Library

Criteria for inclusion in the DIRL

At minimum a paper or article must:

  1. Have passed an academic peer review process
  2. Be published in the proceedings of an academic conference or in an academic journal
  3. Be published in English (or, if published in another language, an English-language translation must be publicly available)
  4. Be of at least seven pages (or equivalently, 3,700 words) in length (including references) for a non-technical article
  5. Be of at least four pages (2,250 words) in length (including references) for a technical article

Search Terms (combined)*


  • emergency
  • disaster
  • catastrophe
  • crisis

Information and Technology

  • IS (information systems)
  • IT (information technology)
  • IT or ICT (information and technology
  • information communication technology) or IS in emergency and disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery management
  • information management
  • informatics
  • knowledge management
  • social media
  • crisis informatics and "emergency management" OR "disaster management" OR "crisis management" AND "social media"

*Also spelling and acronym variations

Core Journals

  • Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Disasters
  • Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal
  • International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (IJISCRAM) (until journal's discontinuation in 2019)

Core Conferences

  • ISCRAM (International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management) and regional and topical ISCRAM conferences
  • Disaster Information, Resilience, for Emergency and Crisis Technologies Minitrack @HICSS (Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences)
  • ITTDR (Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction) Annual Conference

Non-core Journals and Other Outlets

  • Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
  • Australian Journal of Emergency Management
  • International Journal of Emergency Management
  • Safety Science
  • International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
  • Journal of Disaster Research
  • Journal of Extreme Events
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Journal of Emergency Management
  • (IDRC) International Disaster and Risk Conference
  • IDRim
  • International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters
  • International Journal of Risk Science
  • Natural Hazards
  • Jamba: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies
  • Exploitation of Social Media for Emergency Relief and Preparedness (SMERP/Workshop)
  • Australasian Journal of Disaster & Trauma Studies
  • Journal of Applied Volcanology
  • Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (discontinued)