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Call for Book Chapter Contributions for "Information Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management"

  • 1.  Call for Book Chapter Contributions for "Information Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management"

    Posted 06-03-2020 16:42

    Proposal Submission Deadline: June 25, 2020
    Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management
    A book edited by Jon W. Beard, Ph.D. (Iowa State University)


    Recent events with the Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus global pandemic in the first half of 2020 have provided an abrupt reminder of how quickly crises can occur and spread.  We have also seen how both existing and emerging information technology (IT) and IT applications can facilitate and enhance support for crisis response, mitigation, and management.  And there are many types of crises beyond this pandemic, ranging from natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes/typhoons, etc.) to man-made events and outcomes (e.g., industrial accidents, pandemics, famine, war/conflict, riots, product-safety failures and recalls, cyber security, etc.).  Some of these crises may be slow to develop and can be forecast, while others are difficult to anticipate and can emerge rapidly.  Yet planning and preparations often fall victim to budget constraints, limited attention for an unlikely event, and the difficulty to accurately anticipate exactly what is likely to occur.

    Objective of the Book
    This edited volume, entitled Information Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management, provides a multi-disciplinary perspective on current and cutting-edge research exploring and extending our understanding of the use of information technology and information systems to support responses to crises of all kinds-accidental, intentional, and acts of nature.  It includes issues that are technical, cognitive, organizational, and human-focused as well as lessons learned during and after a crisis subsides.  Submissions are encouraged that focus on the design, development, implementation, use, and evaluation of information technologies, information systems (IS), and methodologies to support crisis response and management, as well as technology management-related issues for crisis response and management.  These topics can be revealed and explored though quantitative, qualitative, or case-based methods.


    Target Audience

    Practitioners who work within and researchers who do work (I.e., research and analysis) on crisis response and management environments and support can benefit from this book by presenting knowledge of and exploring experiences with real-world situations and in preparing for future challenges.


    Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    ·         Rapid response to an emerging crisis

    ·         Crisis planning, exercises, gaming, and training

    ·         Command and control for crisis management

    ·         Leveraging response using social media

    ·         Effects on social and behavioral responses

    ·         Unanticipated challenges and responses

    ·         Differences in planning for anticipated crises vs. responding to unforeseen events

    ·         Lessons Learned, adaptations and improvisation during crises, post-hoc assessment and analysis

    ·         Analysis and design of crisis response, systems thinking, design thinking

    ·         Application of emerging technologies, e.g., blockchain, internet of things (IoT), AI, smart cities, etc.

    ·         Big data analytics, data fusion, modeling, representation, and visualization

    ·         Decision making and judgment

    ·         Research methods, and modeling approaches

    ·         Rescue, recovery, and humanitarian operations

    ·         Information systems strategy and operations, infrastructures, and interoperability

    ·         Disaster risk reduction and mitigation, risk management, ad-hoc, and sensor networks

    ·         Early warning and emergency response systems, including reactions to those systems

    ·         Case studies on positive and/or negative outcomes

    ·         Globalization and development issues

    ·         Virtual teams and organizations; collaborative and intelligent systems

    ·         Communication Technologies

    ·         Human-computer interaction

    ·         Healthcare and health information systems

    ·         Political / Geopolitical implications of crisis response

    ·         Geographical information systems



    Submission Procedure
    Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before June 25, 2020, a chapter proposal of 250 – 500 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by July 6, 2020 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2020, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission.


    Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Information

    Technology Applications for Crisis Response and Management.


    All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


    This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2021.

    Important Dates
    June 25, 2020:  Proposal Submission Deadline
    July 6, 2020:  Notification of Acceptance of Proposal
    September 30, 2020:  Full Chapter Submission

    Inquiries are welcome and can be sent to:
    Jon W. Beard, Ph.D.
    Iowa State University