Focus and Scope

The Journal aims to promote the latest in construction technology and research. By providing a direction for the optimal amalgamation of construction materials, technology, and management, the Journal presents a multifaceted approach to construction research.

The scope of the papers in this journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Construction materials and methods
  • Sustainable construction
  • Construction engineering
  • Construction management
  • Construction technology
  • Project planning and design

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate Open Access to its content as it believes that making research freely available to the public which helps promoting the research results benefiting the scholarly community.

  • Higher Visibility, Availability and Citations – free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions increases citation of the article.
  • Ease of search – publications are easily searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
  • Rapid Publication – accepted papers are immediately published online.

 

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Construction Research will follow the following procedure:

Initial submission is reviewed by a professional in-house Managing Editor to determine whether they are properly prepared and whether they follow the ethical policies of the journal and for double-blind review.

After these checks, the Managing Editor will contact the journals’ Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors . Editor-in-chief decides on the manuscript to be sent out for review process and assigns the manuscript to reviewers from inside the editorial board or inform the managing editor to contact outside reviewers depending on the topic.

After evaluations by the reviewers have been received, the editor-in-chief makes one of the following recommendations: accept, minor revision, major revision, reject and resubmit, and reject.

If decision is minor revision, the authors have 7 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.

If decision is major revision, the authors have 14 days to resubmit the revised manuscript.

Upon resubmission, the same procedure is applied as for the initial submission.

Authors may appeal for a rejected submission. Appeal requests must be made in writing to editorial-icr@bilpublishing.com with detailed reasons for the appeal and point by point responses to the reviewers remarks. Decisions on appeals are final without exception.

For all manuscripts accepted for publication, the peer review process will be deemed to be completed. The manuscript will proceed to be copyedited, layout edited and proofread before being published online.

Note: You may suggest up to four academically qualified reviewers for consideration. Please insert the current contact details of the reviewer and state the reason(s) for recommendation under the "Comments for the Editor" section. However, please take note that the Editorial team strives to ensure the peer review process is fair and unbiased and hence, there is no guarantee that a recommended reviewer will be approached to perform the peer review.

 

Editorial Policies

Authors should read the “Author Guidelines” before making a submission, and make sure that the manuscripts were written in accordance to the style and specifications of the journal’s policy.

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Construction Research are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to Journal of Construction Research will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

A manuscript would not be considered if it has been published or is currently under consideration for publication in any other journals. In the cover letter, authors must state that neither the manuscript nor any significant part of it is under consideration for publication elsewhere or has appeared elsewhere in a manner that could be construed as a prior or duplication of the same work. The authors are required to notify the editorial team if the findings and data in their submissions have been presented in conferences.

 

Authorship

Authorship of a scholarly paper should be limited to individuals who have contributed substantially to its intellectual content. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or general supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. All authors should hold the responsibility of fairly evaluating their respective roles and their co-authors’ roles in the project. This is to ensure that authorship is attributed according to a fixed standard in all publications for which they will be listed as authors.

In order to be listed as an author for a paper, one should have contributed sufficiently in the project. A co-author is expected to have contributed to some component of the work which led to the paper, or be involved in interpretation of its results. All authors should have a say in the final approval of the version to be published, in addition to reviewing the final manuscript prior to submission.

Individuals who do not meet the above requirements, but have provided a valuable contribution to the work, may be acknowledged for their contribution as appropriate to the publication.

 

Publication Frequency

The publication frequency of Journal of Construction Research is quarterly.

 

Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest may exist when professional judgements concerning a primary interest has the possibility of being influenced by a secondary interest (e.g.: financial gains). It is to be noted that even perceptions of conflicts of interest are as important as the actual conflicts of interest.

Any agreements with study sponsors (for profit or non-profit), which interfere with the authors’ access to the study data, ability to analyse or interpret the data and publish manuscripts independently according to their own decision, should be avoided by authors at all costs.

A declaration of interests for all authors must be received before an article can be reviewed and accepted for publication.

 

Plagiarism

The editorial team does not approve of any plagiarism attempts. iThenticate will be utilized at the editor’s discretion to verify the originality of submitted manuscripts. If plagiarism is detected during the review process the manuscript may be rejected pending the severity of plagiarism. Therefore, if a manuscript uses a text copied directly from another source, this text must be written in quotation marks and the original source must be cited.

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Journal of Construction Research is an Open Access Journal under Bilingual Publishing CO. All articles published in Journal of Construction Research are accessible electronically from the journal website without the need for subscription fees or other forms of payment from the readers. In order to ensure our content is freely available for the benefit of a wider audience while uncompromising our journal quality, an Article Processing Charge (APC) is applicable to all authors who wish to submit their articles to the journal. The APC is intended to cover the underlying costs of article processing, such as peer-review, copyediting, typesetting, publishing, content depositing and archiving processes. Those charges are applicable only to authors whose manuscripts have been successfully accepted after peer-review.

Journal TitleAPC(USD)
Journal of Construction Research$800

*At Bilingual Publishing CO., we strongly believe that the APC should not become a barrier in the publication process. A range of discounts or waivers are offered to authors who are not able to cover the APC. Authors can write in to apply for a waiver and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

APC Payment

Payments for APC of this journal can be made through our online PayPal payment gateway.

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Language

The language used in manuscripts submitted to Journal of Construction Research is English. Authors whose first language is not English may want to have their manuscripts professionally edited before the final submission to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by its prospective readers.

 

Indexing & Archiving

Indexing

Journal of Construction Research (JCR) is indexed/ included by :

Google Scholar

J-Gate

MyScienceWork

CNKI Scholar

National Library Board of Singapore

Crossref

BASE

Citefactor

Scilit

WorldCat

Archives

The contents of Journal of Construction Research are archived and preserved by Portico.

 

Publishing Ethics

Journal of Construction Research requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Code of Conduct and to its Best Practice Guidelines by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The journal editors take all possible misconducts seriously. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at editorial-icr@bilpublishing.com.

Journal of Construction Research adopts a zero-tolerance policy concerning any academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication regardless of the severity of these issues. The violations include plagiarism, falsification of research, data fabrication, submitting manuscripts of others as one’s own, submission of same manuscript to different publication venues at the same time and breached intellectual property rights. In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, a panel will be formed to investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the Panel’s Decision via email and all appeals regarding the decision will have to be made to the Publisher at editorial-icr@bilpublishing.com within 28 days of the decision date.

 

Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to approval to the Publisher. Advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appear. For more inquiries, please send email to editorial-icr@bilpublishing.com.

 

Disclaimer

Journal of Construction Research is not liable to the statements, perspectives, and opinions contained in the published articles. The appearance of advertisements in the journal shall not be construed as a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised and/or the safety thereof. Journal of Construction Research and the Publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.

 

Reviewer Responsibilities

Peer reviews are conducted as a double-blind process via our Open Journal System (OJS). As an editor’s and/or reviewer’s comments will determine the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts, these comments play an important role in the peer-review process.

Reviews should be conducted in a fair and objective manner. Remarks and suggestions should not contain insults or criticism directed at the author as opposed to the manuscript.

The peer review should not be seen as an opportunity to appropriate the author’s ideas or data.

Reviewers are advised to adhere to the following:

  Conflicts of interest should be declared accordingly

  Published works which are relevant and would value-add to the manuscript should be pointed out

  Reviewed articles and their contents should be kept strictly confidential

  Reviews should be objective; personal criticisms are to be avoided

  Promptness in response; reviewers should inform Bilingual Publishing CO. should they be unable to take part in the peer review of a particular manuscript

  Possible areas of focus while conducting the review of manuscripts:

      Potential ethical concerns

          Potential research misconduct (eg. Data fabrication/manipulation)

          Potential author misconduct (eg. Plagiarism, redundant publication)

      Technical errors

      Logical errors (fallacies, lapses in logic, etc.)

      Language errors that mar the clarity of the text

      References

          Suitability of references used

          Other relevant research which should be referenced in the paper

          Uncited content