Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is countingcasualties.org?

A. The aim of countingcasualties.org is to serve as a forum for those working in the fields related to casualty recording and estimation to share, discuss, debate, and hopefully to begin to resolve the wide variety of methodological and theoretical challenges they face on a daily basis.

Q. Does countingcasualties.org have an official position toward any of the methodological and theoretical challenges faced by practitioners of casualty recording and estimation?

A. No.  The site will remain a neutral forum in these debates.  

Q. Who can become a member of countingcasualties.org?

A.  Membership is available to anyone interested in addressing the challenges and advancing the science of estimating and recording civilian casualties. Registration is free and provides:

  • Discussion forums for current events and unresolved debates

  • A periodic newsletter on relevant topics and events

  • News updates from media sources pertaining to civilian casualties

  • Opportunity to obtain feedback on working papers

  • Opportunity to provide feedback on the work of other members of the community

Q. How do I create a member account?

A. On the blue bar, roll your mouse over MY ACCOUNT. You will see a dropdown menu. Click CREATE MY ACCOUNT. Note: Because the username field will be shown for all the documents and forums you post, we encourage you to use your first name and last name to add authenticity to your post. 

Q. How do I email countingcasualties.org?

A.  You can contact us by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the CONTACT US link.

Q. How do I post a document?

A. The criteria for posting a document is that it must fit into one of the categories in the drop-down menu of the documents page and be directly relevant to casualty recording and estimation.  If you are posting a hard copy of the document, we assume that you possess the legal right to do so or have contacted the copyright owner to request permission to do so. If neither of these qualifications are met, you can just post a link to the copyright holder’s site from which the document can be directly downloaded. If the document you would like to post meets these criteria, you can click on the DOCUMENTS tab, then on the POST NEW DOCUMENTbutton. There, you will complete the document’s database entry by filling in:

  • Title

  • Document Category

  • Author

  • Organization

  • Source (journal name or institution name)

  • Publication Date

  • Document Attachment

    • Maximum Filesize: 4 MB

    • Allowed Extensions: txt, pdf, doc, docx, xls, and xlsx

  • External URL (links to a website where viewing the document is possible)

  • A brief description or abstract of the document of the document

Q. I have a lot of documents, can I have someone else post them?

A. Yes. We have university research assistants working on the website who will be happy to upload your documents that meet the countingcasualties.org criteria listed above.  Please email them to countingcasualtiesproject@gmail.com.

Q. How do I download countingcasualties.org documents?

A. Once you are a member, downloading documents is easy. Just click on the URL or PDF icon to the right of the desired document. If a PDF is not available, you can download the document from the website of the URL.  

Q. How do I use countingcasualties.org forums?

A. Forums are used to open up discussion to members of the site. When you click on a forum's name, you are taken to the list of threads it contains. A thread is a conversation between members or guests. Each thread starts out as a single post and grows as more individual posts are added by different users.

You can contribute to countingcasualties.org by beginning your own forum topic, by clicking on the Post New Forum Topic bullet, or you can contribute by commenting on a posted topic.

Q. How do I post a news article?

A.  Only site administrators can post news articles, however you can email us a link to the article by using the “contact us” link at the bottom of the page and we will consider it for inclusion.  You can also email links to countingcasualtiesproject@gmail.com.