Journal Title: College of Safety & Emergency Services Journal     

Mission Statement:

Safety & Emergency Services Journal is a Columbia Southern University sponsored online peer-reviewed academic journal. Academic articles are presented by scholar-practitioners who have extensive expertise in the fields of criminal justice, homeland security, fire science, emergency medical services, cyber security, occupational safety, environmental management, military leadership, and military operations professions. 

Submission Policies:

When an article is submitted to CSU’s Safety & Emergency Services Journal, authors may not submit the article elsewhere while it is under consideration by the editors at the Safety & Emergency Services Journal. All authors identified are expected to have made substantial contributions to and approved the submission.

All articles submitted for publication are checked for plagiarism before starting the review. If plagiarism is detected, the editor-in-chief will alert the primary author and request a revision. If more than 25% of the paper is plagiarized, the article will be rejected. The Safety & Emergency Services Journal adheres to Columbia Southern University’s academic integrity policy which defines plagiarism as “representing the words, ideas, or works of an author without giving proper attribution to sources used through the use of in-text citations and references” (Columbia Southern University, 2023, p. 30).

Text generated from artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, or similar algorithmic tools cannot be used in papers published in the Safety & Emergency Services Journal, nor can the accompanying figures, images, or graphics be the products of such tools. In addition, an AI program cannot be an author of a Safety & Emergency Services Journal article. A violation of this policy constitutes scientific misconduct. 

The editors of the Safety & Emergency Services Journal reserve the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with its scientific content, or our publishing policies have been violated. Additionally, editors reserve the right to request supporting data in order to evaluate the article.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Manuscripts must be between 1000-4000 words in length (excluding references).
  • Manuscripts must adhere to APA 7th edition format.
  • Authors must submit an original manuscript and a clean copy without any biographical information
  • Submissions must contain a brief biography of author (Headshot, background, experience, education, etc.). 
  • Manuscript content must be relevant to Safety & Emergency Services professionals and academia.

For questions or to send articles for consideration for publication, please send an email to csesjournaleditor@columbiasouthern.edu 

Deadlines: Safety & Emergency Services Journal peer-reviewed articles are published on a monthly basis. All articles for consideration in our publication must be submitted to Editor-in-Chief by the 20th of each month. Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor have the right to revise the article as it relates to grammatical, APA 7th ed., and structural elements of the submission.

  1. Editor-in-Chief & Journal Webmaster-Dr. Thomas Rzemyk

  2. Associate Editor-Professor Heather Winters

  3. Peer Review Team:

    • Criminal Justice/Corrections -Dr. Ashley French

    • Criminal Justice/Homeland Security-Dr. Joseph Moore

    • Criminal Justice/Homeland Security-Dr. Sherah Basham

    • Criminal Justice/Homeland Security-Prof. Heather Winters
    • Information Technology-Dr. Allyson Heisey

    • Emergency Management-Dr. David Milen

    • Military Leadership & Military Operations- Prof. Chris Simpson
    • Forensics- Dr. Heidi Sievers

    • Fire Science-Dr. Marion Blackwell

    • Guest Peer Reviewers



Columbia Southern University. (2023). Student Handbook 2022-2024. https://www.columbiasouthern.edu/media/funhsode/student-handbook.pdf