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About Fire Science Reviews

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Fire Science Reviews, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Fire Science Reviews publishes scholarly review and survey articles on any aspect of fire safety science. Fire science topics include, but are not limited to: fire dynamics, fire chemistry, fire modeling, material fire properties, toxic hazard analysis, fire detection and suppression, structural fire performance, measurement and test methods, egress and evacuation, human perception and behavior in fire, human factors, applied psychology, statistics, probability, riskanalysis, operations research, decision analysis, smoke management, explosions, industry fire hazards, wild land and post-earthquake fires, fire safety management, fire forensic investigation methods, fire service performance analysis. Academic and industrial researchers and practitioners will find Fire Science Reviews to be the definitive reference in the field of fire safety science. Fire Science Reviews aims to actively consolidate advancements in the field, in order to foster growth within the discipline, thereby establishing a platform for new investigation. Our secondary goal is to encourage the use of science in improving fire safety in real-world industrial, corporate, and government settings. Fire Science Reviews is an open-access journal, which ensures that any published research will remain freely available to all readers. Authors benefit from the wide distribution of the work and citation indexing.

Open access

All articles published by Fire Science Reviews are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Fire Science Reviews are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Fire Science Reviews therefore levies an article-processing charge of £870/$1480/€1100 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Fire Science Reviews will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Editorial policies

  •   The journal is an online open access publication.
  •   Only survey and review articles will be considered.
  •   All articles will be peer reviewed by three reviewers.
  •   Articles will be permanently archived and citation indexing will be carried out for all articles.
  •  Publication of articles will occur on a rolling schedule, with final citation information, immediately upon acceptance. Targeted time from submission to publication is three months.
  •   Authors retain copyright
  •  Color illustrations, moving pictures, and large datasets are encouraged.
  • Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Fire Science Reviews, a personalized section of the site.

    Portability of peer review

    In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Fire Science Reviews, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Fire Science Reviews and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.

    Reprints

    Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.

    Supplements

    Fire Science Reviews will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

    Editorial policies

    Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

    Correspondence concerning articles published in Fire Science Reviews is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Fire Science Reviews. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.

    Editorial standards

    SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.

    We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:

    • Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
    • A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
    • Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
    • Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
    • Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.

    Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.

    Data and materials release

    Submission of a manuscript to Fire Science Reviews implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences, and atomic coordinates should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.

    Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

    Appeals and complaints

    Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

    Competing interests

    Fire Science Reviews requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

    Plagiarism detection

    Fire Science Reviews's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Fire Science Reviews to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

    Citing articles in Fire Science Reviews

    Articles in Fire Science Reviews should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

    Article citations follow this format:

    Authors: Title. Fire Sci Rev [year], [volume number]:[article number].

    e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Fire Sci Rev 2009, 1:115.

    refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

    Why publish your article in Fire Science Reviews?

    High visibility

    Fire Science Reviews's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

    Speed of publication

    Fire Science Reviews offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Fire Science Reviews and SpringerOpen.

    Flexibility

    Online publication in Fire Science Reviews gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).

    Promotion and press coverage

    Articles published in Fire Science Reviews are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Fire Science Reviews's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.

    In addition, articles published in Fire Science Reviews may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Fire Science Reviews.

    Authors of articles published in Fire Science Reviews retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement).

    For further information about the advantages of publishing in a journal from SpringerOpen, please click here.