Quick Response Report Submission Guidelines


General Instructions

Before drafting your final report, please review the following style guidelines in full. Reports that do not follow these instructions will be immediately returned to the author for further revision. The following template can be used to easily create your Natural Hazards Center Research Award report.

We Can Answer Your Questions!

We are here to support you at every stage of the writing process. Not sure how to format a reference? Torn by word choice, or acceptable acronyms, or any other sort of writing quandary? Please contact the Natural Hazards Center editing team with any questions.

Report style will closely follow the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition; however, there will be some differences in the final format due to our web-based publishing system. The Purdue University Online Writing Lab is an excellent resource for APA and many other styles. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with APA guidelines for inclusive and bias-free language.

Report Due Date

The reports for the Quick Response Research Award Program are due no later than six months following award activation.

Report Submission and Editing

Prior to submitting your final report, please make sure all authors submit biographies using this online form.

When your report is completely formatted and closely edited, please submit it as a Word document to the Natural Hazards Center at haz.research.awards@colorado.edu. If your report adheres to Natural Hazards Center Guidelines, it will then enter the review process. You will receive comments and any suggestions for revision within 4 weeks of submission.

After the report is finalized, it will be posted on the Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Report Archives page and widely promoted.


About the Quick Response Reports Series

For over three decades, the Natural Hazards Center team has worked with researchers to produce over 300 reports that are available on our Quick Response Report Archives page. The series is designed to help researchers to share their results quickly in order to help inform the public, policy makers, journalists, and other academics who can draw from this work to make evidence-informed decisions that benefit communities affected by disaster. The Natural Hazards Center promotes these reports widely through our website, social media, and online publications. We encourage authors to share the reports as well and to build on initial findings to develop future peer-reviewed publications, grant proposals, and other collaborative activities.

To date, the Natural Hazards Center has produced two special edited volumes in response to major disaster events: Beyond September 11: An Account of Post-Disaster Research and Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Please visit the Center’s website for more information on the history and impact of the program.