Guide to Authors
 
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

General Information to Contributors

Submission of papers. Submit one PDF file and one word file of the manuscript, and one cover letter. E-mail everything to CRIOCM at IJCM.journal-submission@polyu.edu.hk. Only original papers will be accepted and copyright will be vested in the publisher.

Refereeing. All papers that are submitted for publication in the Journal will be anonymously reviewed by three referees. Only those papers receiving favorable recommendations from the referees will be considered for publication.

Manuscript. The manuscript must be in English. The length must be between 3000 and 6000 words. Manuscripts must be typed on one side of A4 paper, with doubled spacing and margins of 2.5cm/1inch on all four sides. Papers must be numbered consecutively. Figures and tables should be grouped together at the end of the manuscript on separate sheets. Figure and table captions should be in standard fonts. All figures and tables must be referred to consecutively in the text, and their appropriate positions should be indicated.

Title page. The first page of the manuscript must contain the full title of the paper, the affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), an abstract, key words (no more than 8), and the name and address of the author who will be responsible for correspondence.

Abstract and keywords. An abstract and up to eight keywords for the purposes of indexing should be included on title page. The abstract should not exceed 150 words, and must provide a clear indication of the research described in the paper. Keywords must be carefully selected to reflect the subject of the paper.

Units, measurement and spelling. Systeme International (SI) units should be used. If other units are used, then metric equivalents should be given in parentheses. Spelling should conform to the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Illustrations. Line drawings should be either: (1) original artwork drawn in black indelible ink, twice the size required for reproduction, using a 0.25 Rotring pen and upper and lower case stencil lettering, or Letraset with a capital letter of 4 mm; or (2) produced on a high quality laser printer for same size reproduction, with adequate line thickness and upper and lower case labelling in 8pt type. Photocopies will not be accepted. Illustrations must fit the type area of 135x195mm. Tints should be avoided, but when essential must have a density no greater than 70% nor less than 30%.

Photographs should be unmounted black and white prints. Labelling should be on an overlay. The photographs should be identified on the reverse with the authorí»s name, figure number and the top of the figure. Use a pencil only - do not use ball-point. Please send digital versions of figures and state the format of the files and the software used to create them. Ideally, these should be created by popularly used software.

Tables should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and accompanied by an appropriate caption. All abbreviation should be explained and the source of data indicated in a footnote. Tables should be numbered consecutively.

References. The Harvard system is used, with in-text citations of the authorí»s name followed by the year of publication, e.g. Smith (1995) or (Brown and Green, 1996), or when there are more than two authors, Jones et al. (1997). If there is more than one entry per year for the same author, then distinguish with a letter, e.g. 1995a, 1995b, etc. All references should be listed in detail at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the first authorí»s surname. The following are examples of the style:

Murdock, j., and Hughes, W. (1996). Construction contracts: Law and management, 2nd Ed., E&FN Spon, London.

Shen, L. Y., Drew, D., and Zhang, Z. H. (1999). "An Optimal Bidding Model for Price-Time Bi-parameter Construction Contracts." Journal of Construction Engineering & Management, ASCE, 125(3), 204-209.

Proofs. Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for correction. To maintain production schedules, proofs must be returned as quickly as possible. Proof corrections should be limited to printerí»s errors and the like, and any alterations to the original text are strongly discouraged.

Free copies and offprints. Three free copies of the relevant issue of the Journal will be supplied to the authors. Offprints may be purchased at a price determined by the publisher by returning the form enclosed with proofs.

Copyright. The submission of a paper to this Journal is taken to imply that it represents original, unpublished work that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors will be asked, using the form provided, to transfer the copyright for their papers to the publisher when the paper is accepted for publication. This copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any reproductions of a similar nature, and translations. Permission to publish illustrations must be obtained by the author before submission, and any acknowledgements should be included in the captions. The Institute is not responsible for any statement made or opinion expressed its publications.

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