This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Earthquake Spectra, the professional peer-reviewed journal of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), serves as the publication of record for the development of earthquake engineering practice, earthquake codes and regulations, earthquake public policy, and earthquake investigation reports. The journal is published quarterly in both printed and online editions in February, May, August, and November, with additional special edition issues.
EERI established Earthquake Spectra with the purpose of improving the practice of earthquake hazards mitigation, preparedness, and recovery — serving the informational needs of the diverse professionals engaged in earthquake risk reduction: civil, geotechnical, mechanical, and structural engineers; geologists, seismologists, and other earth scientists; architects and city planners; public officials; social scientists; and researchers.
EERI is a non-profit membership organization that connects multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to reducing earthquake risk. EERI members receive full access to Earthquake Spectra, including the benefit of submitting manuscripts without author submission fees. Visit www.eeri.org to learn more about membership benefits, as well to explore the Institute’s many other products and activities.
Earthquake Spectra is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/earthquakespectra to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer-review process.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Target page Limit
1.4 Writing your paper
1.4.1 Make Your article discoverable
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.3.1 Third party submissions
2.3.2 Writing Assistance
2.4 Funding and Conflicts of Interest
2.5 Research Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.1.2 Prior Publication
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open Access and Author Archiving
- Preparing your manuscript for Submission
4.1 Format Guidelines
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.1 Cover Letter
5.3 Information required for completing your submission
- Acceptance and Publication
6.1 Submission, page overage, and color print fees
6.1.1 Submission Fee
6.1.2 Page Count Overage Fees
6.1.3 Color Print Fees
6.2 SAGE Production
6.3 Online First publication
6.5 Access to your published article
6.6 Promoting your article
- Appealing the Publication Decision
- Further information
8.2 Shipping and claims
Before submitting your manuscript to Earthquake Spectra, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Earthquake Spectra is a leading peer-reviewed journal with the purpose of improving the practice of earthquake hazards mitigation, preparedness, and recovery. Established in 1984, the journal is owned by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and is dedicated to providing the publication of record for the development of earthquake engineering practice, earthquake codes and regulations, earthquake public policy, and earthquake investigation reports.
The journal is published quarterly in both printed and online editions in February, May, August, and November, with additional special edition issues.
EERI established Earthquake Spectra to serve the informational needs of the diverse professionals engaged in earthquake risk reduction: civil, geotechnical, mechanical, and structural engineers; geologists, seismologists, and other earth scientists; architects and city planners; public officials; social scientists; and researchers.
EERI is a non-profit membership organization that connects multidisciplinary professionals dedicated to understanding earthquake risk and increasing earthquake resilience in communities worldwide. EERI members receive full access to Earthquake Spectra, including the benefit of submitting manuscripts without author submission fees. Visit www.eeri.org to learn more about membership benefits, as well as to explore the Institute’s many other products and activities.
Manuscripts published in Earthquake Spectra are contributed and solicited Technical Papers, Opinion Papers, Data Papers, Earthquake Engineering Practice Papers, Discussions, and Response to Discussions. Each type of manuscript is subject to rigorous peer review.
Research Papers comprise the bulk of submitted and published manuscripts; these are full-length papers presenting original research results.
Opinion Papers provide a forum for timely presentation and discussion of questions, problems, or topics based on technically sound observation, experience, or judgment for which proof or supporting research may not be available.
Data Papers are concisely written articles that describe data/datasets that are of interest to the earthquake engineering community. Earthquake Data papers serve the earthquake community by:
- Publicizing important datasets,
- Describing critical details regarding a dataset and its generation, and
- Providing a venue to publish a peer-reviewed article documenting and publicizing the archived data set, which serves as a permanent contribution to the profession.
The described dataset may be associated with laboratory or field experiments, may represent a collection of data from multiple sources, or may represent other data types relevant to earthquake engineering (e.g., social science data, numerical simulation data). The Data Paper should describe the significance of the data and its potential for re-use by the earthquake community. It must describe the experimental set up, data collection, and data processing in a detailed manner such that potential users of the data can understand it without the need to contact the authors. Interpretation of the data is beyond the scope of a Data Paper.
The described dataset must be publicly available in a data repository and must have an assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI). A link to the dataset via the DOI must be included within the reference list of the paper. The choice of the data repository for publication is up to the authors, but one relevant repository is DesignSafe (https://www.designsafe-ci.org/) of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) supported by the National Science Foundation. Through DesignSafe, authors can store, curate, archive, and formally publish data on the Data Depot and receive a persistent DOI. Other examples of general data repositories include Zenodo, Dryad, Figshare, Open Science Framework, Harvard Dataverse, and Hydroshare.
Earthquake Engineering Practice Papers present original findings that are immediately useful to practicing engineers. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Engineering and construction case studies
- Simplified techniques and design tips
- State-of-the-practice reports
- Novel and practical applications of performance-based engineering methods 4
- Comparative or critical reviews of various seismic code provisions
- Issues and tips related to application of commonly used engineering software
- Proper and improper enginerring details and assumption
- Comparative study of various seismic analysis techniques and the impact of selected methods on the final product
- Committee and organization reports and summaries that may substantially affect engineering practice
- Legal and ethical issues affecting engineering practice Earthquake Engineering Practice
Authors must select one of the above types and specify the type in their Cover Letter accompanying the paper. Other manuscripts that are occasionally published in Earthquake Spectra include book reviews and the EERI Distinguished Lecture.
Discussions and Response to Discussions provide commentary on previously published papers in Earthquake Spectra. Authors of discussed papers are given a preprint of any Discussion paper and are provided with an opportunity to respond.
The target page limit for Technical Papers, Opinion, Earthquake Engineering Practice Papers, and Data Papers is 18 journal pages, and this includes the text, references, and any figures or tables. For papers longer than 19 journal pages page overage charges will be applied. For papers longer than 30 journal pages, authors must include a statement in the Cover Letter explaining the need for the added length.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit the SAGE Author Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights to the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyrighted work not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Earthquake Spectra will be reviewed.
Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Earthquake Spectra may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office by listing details in the Cover Letter and including the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system.
Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer-reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on any existing preprint to the final version of your paper..
The Earthquake Spectra Editor-in-Chief assigns each manuscript to an Associate Editor, usually a member of the Editorial Board, who in turn identifies three reviewers for the manuscript. Manuscripts are reviewed for their compatibility with the acceptance criteria described above, technical quality, clarity of expression, and grammar. When the reviews are received, the Associate Editor evaluates the reviews and submits a publication recommendation to the Editor. The Editor evaluates the recommendation and reviews, and then informs the manuscript’s corresponding author of the publication decision and the reviewers’ comments. Manuscripts will receive one of the following decisions: Accept, no revisions; Revise for Editor only; Revise for re-review; Reject.
Manuscripts requiring revision must be revised and resubmitted to the Editor with a reconciliation document that summarizes the response to each review comment. Authors bear the sole responsibility for adequately responding to suggested revisions, for ensuring the accuracy of the final manuscript, and for ensuring high-quality writing standards. The Editor may return manuscripts requiring substantial revision to the Associate Editor and reviewers for consideration.
Earthquake Spectra operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.
Earthquake Spectra is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Earthquake Spectra can opt into Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
I - made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
II - drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
III - approved the version to be published,
IV - each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgments should appear first at the end of your article, following any Data and Resources section, and prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
• Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
• Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
• Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company, and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose the use of language polishing services.
Earthquake Spectra requires all authors to acknowledge their funding and any conflicts of interest in a consistent fashion in the Acknowledgements section.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record and encourages authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Earthquake Spectra and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles will be routinely checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
If the material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. For example, theses or conference proceedings papers. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
If any content of your submission is already online or published, the nature and extent of the overlap must be specified in the authors Cover Letter (see 5.1).
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains the copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Earthquake Spectra offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies. Note that for some authors (particularly in some EU academic consortia) may have SAGE Choice fees waived based on prior arrangements.
Any SAGE Choice open access publishing charges are independent of any EERI overage charges specific to your paper (page overages and color figure requests). Potential authors are encouraged to use supplemental material to their advantage if they find their paper is longer than anticipated.
For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Earthquake Spectra doesn't follow the default Manuscript Submission Guidelines for SAGE as visible on the Author Gateway. Clarifications and items of particular importance to Earthquake Spectra are included below.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. (La)Tex templates are available on Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway, but please follow the instructions from Summary of Format Guidelines with examples.
Earthquake Spectra standards require that all figures are easily readable in print and online. For that purpose, please make sure that each figure should take about half a page in size. For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures, and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. For faster processing and publishing please include your figures both embedded into your text file and as individual uploads. Please ensure that all individual figure files are submitted in high quality as separate files in initial submission and use low resolution for Main Document.
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print please see section 6.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images, etc) alongside the full-text of the article. Please note that the supplemental materials will not be copy-edited. For more information please refer Section 2.5 (Research Data) above or to SAGE’s guidelines on submitting supplemental files as appropriate.
Earthquake Spectra adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Earthquake Spectra is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/earthquakespectra to login and submit your article online. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Your submission must include a Cover Letter stating:
I - that the content is original, or in what form and to what degree it has been previously published (some latitude is afforded to theses, proceedings, or reports that are not widely distributed as long as any such overlap is clearly stated,
II - any issues that the Editor should be made aware of, including potential conflicts of interest, previous submissions of a similar or the same manuscript to another journal, or other concerns,
III - and the type of manuscript you are submitting, if not a technical paper.
IV- justification for papers longer than 30 journal pages.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now a recommended part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign in to your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author and assign the order number to each author as it is in the manuscript. These details must match what appears in your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Earthquake Spectra charges the following fees for accepted manuscripts. Papers will not be passed into the production stage until all fees are paid in full. Earthquake Spectra publications coordinator will be issuing submission fee invoices as soon as possible after the acceptance of the paper. All payments will be processed by EERI.
If the First Author is not an EERI member, the Submission Fee is $350. There is no submission fee for current EERI members who have paid their annual dues. To join EERI, visit www.eeri.org/join.
The overage charge is based upon the finalized page count, as confirmed by Sage following author approval of your manuscripts PDF Proof post acceptance.. We offer equations below to help authors estimate the number of final formatted journal pages, but would like to stress that this is an approximation, and may yield estimates that don’t exactly match the finalized page count. This calculation uses the length and quantity of the author-submitted manuscript files for the accepted paper to estimate the number of formatted Earthquake Spectra pages once published.
If you find your paper is becoming lengthy, we encourage the use of supplemental material when possible. Supplemental materials are published alongside your manuscript online, and do not count towards the final page count since they are not copy-edited (see section 4.3).
Earthquake Spectra charges the following page count overage fees:
● If the number of formatted journal pages is 19 pages or fewer, no page count overage fees will be charged.
● If the number of print ready formatted journal pages is between 20-24 pages there will be a flat page count overage fee of $300.
● If the number of formatted journal pages is between 25-30 pages there will be a flat page count overage fee of $800.
● If the number of formatted journal pages is 31 pages or more, the paper will require justification and Editor’s approval (as described above). Additionally, it will be charged a flat rate of $800 plus $150 for each page over 30.
Sample Calculations for a submitted and approved manuscript in Word with Embedded figures/tables:
36 page word manuscript x 0.675 = TOTAL pages =25 ⇒ FEE CHARGED is $800
33 page word manuscript x 0.675 = TOTAL pages =23 ⇒ FEE CHARGED is $300
30 page word manuscript x 0.675 = TOTAL pages =21 ⇒ FEE CHARGED is $300
23 page word manuscript x 0.675 = TOTAL pages =16 ⇒ NO FEE CHARGED
If the manuscript has figures/tables embedded into the document, the file length is multiplied by 0.675 to yield an estimated number of formatted journal pages. If the manuscript does not contain figures or tables, the length of the document is multiplied by 0.675 and an estimated number of formatted pages are added to that number based on 0.5 pages per figure or table, to yield a total number of formatted journal pages.
The estimated number of formatted journal pages should be rounded up to the nearest whole page.\
Sample Calculation for an approved manuscript that does not contain embedded figures/tables where the author submits a 23-page Word document (this word document contains only text) and 12 individual images, one for each figure or table that will be compiled into the final formatted version during the production process:
23 page text-only word manuscript x 0.675 = 16
12 figures/tables x 0.5 = 6
⇒ TOTAL pages= 22 pages ⇒ FEE CHARGED is $300
Earthquake Spectra charges $50 for each figure to be printed in color, if the First Author is not an EERI member. If the First Author is an EERI member the color charge per figure will be $25.
A SAGE Production Editor will be assigned to each paper once it is accepted and begins the production process that includes various steps such as copyediting, typesetting, layout, web-posting, compilation into the final issue, and printing.
Your SAGE Production Editor, who is different from the Earthquake Spectra Publications Coordinator, will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made and sent to SAGE Production promptly.
Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
Online First allows final articles (accepted and copyedited articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals OnlineFirst help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
Due to the efficiencies and speed of the Online First publication model with SAGE, Earthquake Spectra no longer publishes an online preprint version of approved manuscripts in their submitted and unformatted state.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article, not printed copies.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
The Earthquake Spectra Editorial Board includes an Ombudsperson whose role it is to referee when authors are concerned about the editorial process. The Ombudsperson will be brought in as deemed appropriate by the Editor or Managing Editor.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at email@example.com
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Earthquake Spectra editorial office as follows:
Earthquake Spectra Editorial Office
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
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If you are a SAGE subscriber and your hard copy of Earthquake Spectra has not arrived in the expected time frame as above please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To gain permission for an article published after 1st January 2020, please follow the ‘Request Permission’ hyperlink on the individual article. If the article was published before 1st January 2020, please contact: PermissionsUK@sagepub.com. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.