Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Construction Economics and Building (formerly known as the Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building [AJCEB]) is a peer reviewed, open access publication for original research into all aspects of the economics and management of building and construction, quantity surveying and property management as well as construction and property education. It is free for authors, readers and libraries.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

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Articles (Peer reviewed)

Each contribution will be screened for suitability for publication in AJCEB within a week. If suitable the manuscript will be sent to a minimum of three reviewers with special interests in the topic. Based on the advice from the reviewers the editor will accept the paper, stipulate changes before the paper can be accepted or reject the paper. This process should take less than six weeks, and if there are any delays, authors will be notified.

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Viewpoints (Peer reviewed)

Each contribution will be screened for suitability for publication in AJCEB . If suitable the manuscript will be sent to a minimum of two reviewers  Papers must be of a high standard but may be conceptual and polemic or dealing with professional problems.

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Book reviews

Submitted directly to the editor

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Reprints

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Discussion Board

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Special Issue on OH&S

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Guest Editorial

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Special Section on Megaprojects

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Special Issue on BIM

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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to Construction Economics and Building will undergo an initial screening by the editor before they are sent for peer review. The editor will check the new submission for the below aspects. Manuscripts that do not satisfy these criteria will be returned to authors for amendments or rejected outright.

  1. Appropriateness of the topic of the manuscript for consideration by the journal
  2. Research integrity
  3. Evidence of significant contribution to knowledge and/or practice
  4. Wider applicability of the research and findings
  5. Relevance of the literature review
  6. Soundness of the research method
  7. Language
  8. Adherence to the journal’s structural and format requirements

Suitable manuscripts will be sent to a minimum of two reviewers with special interests in the topic. Based on the advice from the reviewers the editor will decide to accept the manuscript, stipulate changes before the manuscript can be accepted or reject it.

Accepted manuscript will be sent for copyediting and publication. The corresponding author will be contacted during the copyediting for proofreading of their manuscript and/or for other queries related to their submissions.

Accepted manuscripts will be published within six months of initial submission, provided the authors duly meet the deadlines set by the editor for completing revisions, proofreading and other editorial requests. 

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.

Conflicts of Interest

Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their resesarch networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor.

 

Publication Frequency

Construction Economics and Building items are published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Content. The journal will publish four issues per year: March, June, September, December.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

The CLOCKSS system and the PORTICO system have permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

 

Editorial Board

Professor Allan Ashworth, University of Salford, UK

Associate Professor Rick Best, Bond University, Australia

Professor Christian Brockman, Bremen University of Applied Science, Germany

Professor Carlos Torres Formoso, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Professor Stuart Green, Reading University, UK

Associate Professor Anna Kadefors, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Professor Mariza Katavic, University of Zagreb Croatia

Professor Yong-Su Kim, Chung-Ang University, Korea

Professor Craig Langston, Bond University, Australia

Professor Heng Li, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Professor Helen Lingard, RMIT University, Australia

Professor Kerry London, University of South Australia, Australia

Professor Martin Loosemore, University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Stephen Ogunlana, Heriot Watt University, UK

Professor Pantaleo Rwelamila, University of South Africa, South Africa

Professor Abdul Rashid Abdul Aziz, Universiti SainsMalaysia, Malaysia

Professor Li-yin Shen, Chongqing University, China.

Professor Martin Skitmore, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Professor Willie Tan, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Thomas Ng, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Sam Wamuziri, A’ Sharqiyah University, Oman

 

Management Committee

Associate Professor Rick Best (Chair) Bond University, Australia

Mr Michael Manikas, Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Australia

Mr Robert Hunt, Australian Institute of Building, Australia

Associate Professor Florence Ling, Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers, Singapore

Mr Rick Mason, New Zealand Institute of Building, New Zealand

 

Disclaimer

The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not be considered representative of Construction Economics and Building or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

- Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.

- They contact the Journal Manager, Imriyas Kamardeen imriyas@unsw.edu.au to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.

- The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal's style guide.

- The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means that all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the article and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

 

Handling of Suspected Misconduct

Issues of suspected misconduct will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.

 

Corrections and Retractions

Corrections and retractions will be treated in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.

 

Complaints Handling

Complaints related to Construction Economics and Building should be directed in the first instance to the Journal Manager, Imriyas Kamardeen imriyas@unsw.edu.au. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, utsepress@uts.edu.au. Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.