Risk Analysis: An International Journal


Risk Analysis, the official journal received by all members of the SRA, provides a focal point for new developments in the theory and practice of risk analysis for researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including behavioral, biological, decision, economic, engineering, health, physical, and social sciences. Its research and perspective articles focus on risk assessment, management, perception, and communication in the topic areas of human health, safety, and the built and natural environment.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Risk Analysis Print and Distribution: As more and more people are affected by COVID-19 restrictions, we want to share an important update from our publisher, Wiley, on decisions they’re making to manage publishing operations during the pandemic. Like many of us, Wiley and their vendor-partners in most regions are now working from home. This, in combination with some country-wide lockdowns, is leading to disruption throughout the publishing workflow.

Right now, the most acute challenge is in the distribution of print content. In many countries, distribution of print materials is suspended, making it impossible to ensure copies reach intended destinations. Fewer passenger flights and the need to prioritize medical supplies has also reduced the availability of air freight. Given these obstacles and concerns, as well as desire to reduce pressure on supply-chain vendors to send their employees to work and increase their risk of exposure to the virus, Wiley has made the decision to suspend all printing and distribution of journal issues until further notice.

Many member subscribers have access to society publications via Wiley Online Library already. We will be working closely with our team at Wiley to help members who rely on print copies to access the journal digitally. We’ll share more information on options for alternative access as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any immediate questions and we will work with our team at Wiley to provide more information. COVID-19 is creating a very fast-moving situation, but both Society for Risk Analysis and Wiley are committed to ensuring the least disruption as possible to the assessment and dissemination of research in these challenging times.

Our most recent Virtual Issue is Nuclear Power, Weapons and Waste Management: A 40-year Retrospective. Editors Michael Greenberg, Joanna Burger and Karen Lowrie have selected 29 Risk Analysis papers from the past four decades that examine the range of risks and benefits of nuclear power, weapons production, waste management, and associated human dimensions of these risks and benefits to society and individuals.

Another recent Virtual Issue is on Risk Analysis & Coronavirus, which compiles papers on previous coronavirus outbreaks, including SARS in 2003 and MERS in 2012. Patterns and parallels can be drawn between these recent outbreaks.

History of SRA Journal

The journal was founded in 1981 and has grown remarkably during the last decade, including doubling the number of pages, publishing monthly, attracting increasing numbers of subscribers from Asia, and publishing many more papers from authors outside of Europe and North America. The impact factor has more than doubled, and while research articles are the bedrock of the journal, the journal has additional publication forms, including perspectives, book reviews, letters, biographical profiles, and editor’s choices. The journal publishes several special theme issues each year on important and varied risk topics. Also, the editors have assembled past articles into themed virtual issues with introductory essays. Members have free access to virtual issues, as well as all online content.

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