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Author Guidelines

Introduction

The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building invites authors to submit manuscripts that deal with any aspect of the economics and management of building and construction, quantity surveying and property management as set out in the ‘

 

Focus and Scope’ of the journal.

Preference will be given to papers that deal with original research, however, review style papers will also be considered for publication if they add further dimensions to an existing area of research.

 

Submitted articles must not be under consideration elsewhere and must be previously unpublished.  Papers should be written and arranged in a style that is succinct and easily followed. An informative title, a concise abstract and a well written introduction will help to achieve this. Simple language, short sentences and a good use of headings all help to communicate information more effectively. Figures and tables should be used to aid the clarity of the paper, not to pad it out.  It is strongly recommended that non-English speaking authors seek assistance from a competent English writer to ensure that grammar, spelling and style are correct.

 

Submission

Manuscripts shall be up 3000 to 7000 words in length including references, typed with single spacing, 11 point typeface and fully justified using a modified Harvard style of referencing as outlined below. Do not include anywhere in the manuscript the author[s]' name or any details that can identify the author[s] (see "Ensuring a blind review" below).

 

The first page of the manuscript shall contain only the full title, up to five key words  or descriptors that clearly describe the subject matter of the paper and an abstract that does not exceed 200 words and précis the paper with a clear indication of the conclusions. Papers that do not conform to the Author Guidelines will be returned to the author(s) for corrections

 

All graphics and tables must be embedded in the manuscript near the first reference to the corresponding figure or table and must be no wider than 13.5 cm. Figures and Tables must be clearly labelled as Figure or Table 1, Figure or Table 2, etc., at the bottom of the figure, left justified, numbered in sequence, and must be referenced within the text of the article. Alternatively the term 'Exhibits' may be used to cover both Figures and Tables. It is the responsibility of the author/s to obtain permission for the use of any illustrations, tables or artwork for which they do not hold copyright.

 

Note also that all papers reporting on a research study must state the research method in such detail that it can be replicated. When samples are used, the population should be defined, the method of selecting the sample and the response rate should be stated as should any attempt to establish if the sample or response is biased.

 

Authors should post their submissions online after registering and logging in at http://utsescholarship.lib.uts.edu.au/epress/journals/index.php/AJCEB . No hard copy submissions will be accepted. Please do not submit compressed files. Receipt will be automatically acknowledged and registered.

 

After an assessment of the paper’s suitability for publication in The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building the editor will either return the paper to the author as unsuitable or send it electronically to three or more referees, who will decide whether to recommend rejection or publication with or without changes. The process is tracked electronically, including any communication with the author. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous. Authors should not identify themselves in any way in their article.

 

The editor will decide whether to accept the paper, require revisions or reject the paper as appropriate, considering the recommendations of the reviewers and the policy of the journal. Accepted articles, when in final form, are assigned to an issue of The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building copy edited and formatted for publication. On the date of publication, the issue will be announced and subscribers notified.

 

Style and Referencing

Use UK/Australian spelling such as ‘behaviour’, ‘colour’, ‘analyse’ and ‘organisation’ (does not apply to quotes, titles and references). Measurements should be given in metric units. If other units are used, the metric equivalent should be given in parenthesis. Use present tense when discussing the literature and your findings whenever possible.  Use a single (not a double) space after full stops and other punctuation. Do not put a space in front of a question mark, or in front of any other closing quotation mark.

 

The beginning of a new paragraph should be indicated by a space made by a double carriage return (not an indent). Insert page numbers on the bottom right hand corner of each page. Limit headings to three levels. The first level (for the title of the paper) should be 16pt bold. The second level (for subheadings) should be 12 pt bold, and if a third level is necessary use 12pt italic text. Capitalise the first letters of words in titles and headings. Subheadings should be separated from the preceding paragraph by a space, but do not put a space before the paragraph immediately following the subheading. For further details, see the text formatting guidelines below.. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as strike through, hidden text, comments and merges.

 

Text Formatting Guidelines

Use Full Stops after abbreviations but not in the case of contractions (Dr, Prof) or capitalised abbreviations (NSW, USA). Use Capitals only for proper nouns or to avoid ambiguity. If referring more than once to an organisation, place etc use Full Title first followed by an abbreviation or contraction in parentheses: eg the United Nations (UN). Use single Quotation Marks for quotes. ‘Use “double quote marks” within single quotes’ for quotations within quotations. Quotations of more than three lines should be indented and without quotation marks. Use (…) for breaks within quotations but not at the beginning of quotes. Use Italics sparingly for emphasis or uncommon or foreign words. Dates should be expressed by day, month and year (1 July 2010) though this must be First of July used at the beginning of sentences. Use 1920s not 1920’s and 1959-60 not 1959-1960. Only use underline if used in a quotation. Use [Square Brackets] for interpolations.

 

Referencing Style: Modified Harvard System

In-text referencing (note that for direct quotes page number should also be stated):

(1) Single author: “Smith (2003) stated that …” OR “ … regardless of location, size and budget (Smith 2003)

(2) Two or three authors: “Hardy and Lammer (1996) suggested …” OR “… from previous studies" (Hardy & Lammar 1996, p. 53).

(3) More than three authors “Neto et al. (2007) showed that …” OR … the client is the most important stakeholder (Neto et al. 2007).

(4) When citing an anonymous work, use the title in italics and year if there is no author (Generating the master plan for hospitals 2002).

 

For electronic references, use the same principles as for books. However, as electronic sources often do not contain page numbers, use the paragraph number preceded by the abbreviation para. If the author’s name is unknown, cite the website URL. Add a, b, c, etc. to distinguish between two or more references with the same author or editor name and the same year. List a string of references in chronological order, and separate them by semi-colons. Include links to internet sources in text and/or bibliography.

 

Bibliography

  1. Books: Author/s Year, Title, Edition, Publisher, Place of publication.
  2. Lee, R. 1987 Building Maintenance Management, Blackwell Science Ltd. London
  3. Condamin, L, Louisot, J & Naim, P. 2007, Risk Quantification: Management, Diagnosing and Hedgong, Wiley & Sons, NY
  4. Edited Books:  Editor (ed.) Year, Title, Edition, Publisher, Place of publication
  5. Boyd, R, Gasper, P & Trout, J.D., (eds) 1991, The Philosophy of Science, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  6. Book Chapters: Author(s) of chapter Year, 'Title of Chapter', Editor (ed.), Title of book, Publisher, Place of publication, page numbers
  7. Trout, J.D., 1991, ‘Reductionism and the unity of science’, Boyd, R, Gasper, P & Trout, J.D., (eds), The Philosophy of Science, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 387-92
  8. Electronic Books:  Author(s) Year, Title, Publisher, date viewed
  9. Journal Papers:  Author Year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, volume(issue or part) (if applicable), page numbers
  10. Tait, P. & Loosemore, M. 2009, ‘The corporate governance of Australian listed construction companies’, The Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 9 (2), 7-15
  11. Electronic Journal Papers:  Author Year, 'Title of article', Journal, Volume(issue), pp. Date viewed,
  12. Conference Papers:  Author Year, 'Title of conference paper', Title of proceedings, editor(s) of proceedings, Conference Name, Publisher, Conference Date Location, Pages.
  13. Pasquire, C, Gibbs, A & Blismas, N, 2005, ‘What should you really measure if you want to compare prefabrication with traditional construction’, Proceedings IGLC-13, R Kenely (ed), The Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 18-21 July, Sydney 481-91
  14. Other Media:  Title Year, Medium, Production Company, City   or   Title Year, Medium, Series Title, TV or Radio Station, City, Broadcast date. Include links to internet sources in text and/or bibliography. Copyright

 

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:  Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

 

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

 

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Where appropriate URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The text provides all available DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to each source used as a reference. For assistance on locating the DOIs, please go to the free service http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery to retrieve all available DOIs to add to the references.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms: 

a)                 Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share and adapt the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b)                 Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c)                  Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

d)                 Authors should be aware that the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License permits readers to share (copy and redistribute the work in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the work) for any purpose, even commercially, provided they also give appropriate credit to the work, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. They may do these things in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests you or your publisher endorses their use.

 

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