Aims and scope
Building Materials and Structures aims at providing a platform for international communication and dissemination of innovative research in the field of building materials and structures. Journal publishes articles on the characterization of building materials, their technologies and modeling. In the area of structural engineering Journal publishes papers dealing with new developments in application of structural mechanics for the analysis and design of structures, as well as on the development and skillful use of novel building materials and technologies.
The scope encompasses the following areas in building materials and structures: conventional and non-conventional building materials, recycled materials, smart materials such as nanomaterials and bio-inspired materials, infrastructure – earthquake - wind - fire - blast engineering, structural reliability and integrity, life cycle assessment, structural optimization, structural health monitoring, experimental methods, digital design methods, data-driven analysis methods, performance-based design, innovative construction technologies, value engineering etc.
Building Materials and Structures publishes original papers that have not been published previously. The following types of articles are published: Original scientific articles, Review articles, Preliminary reports, Technical articles, Projects Notes, and Discussions. Conference Reports on major international and national conferences of particular interest to Building Materials and Structures. Book Reviews on new books relevant to the scope of Building Materials and Structures.
Building materials and Structures is an Open Access journal.
Contributions to the journal shall be submitted in English language.
Digital copies of the journal are archived in the legal deposit library of the National Library of Serbia in the Repository of SCIndeks - The Serbian Citation Index as the primary full text database.
The submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assist the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communication with the author, it may also assist the author in improving the manuscript.
This journal uses a single blind review process, which means that the authors do not know the names of the reviewers, but the reviewers know who the authors are. In the review process, the Editor-in-Chief first assesses whether the contents of the manuscript comply with the scope of the journal. If this is the case, the paper is sent to at least two independent experts in the field, with the aim of assessing its scientific quality and making recommendation regarding publication. If the manuscript needs to be revised, the authors are provided with the reviewers' remarks. The authors are obliged to correct the manuscript in accordance with the remarks, submit the revised manuscript and a special file with the answers to the reviewers within the given deadline. The final decision, whether the paper will be published in journal or not, is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
The choice of reviewers is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. All of the reviewers of a manuscript act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor-in-Chief may assign additional reviewers. During the review process, the Editor-in-Chief may require authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if they are necessary for the evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.
The editorial team shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.
Building Materials and Structures encourages authors to share research data that are required for confirming the results published in the manuscript and enhance the published manuscript under the principle ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’. We accept supporting software applications, high-resolution images, background datasets, sound or video clips, large appendices, data tables and other relevant items that cannot be included in the article.
Authors may submit data together with the manuscript through our journal management system. In this case, the data will be published once the manuscript is accepted for publication online. Note that these materials will not be copy-edited or typeset: their appearance and format is entirely the author's responsibility. The deposited data must have been labeled in such a way that a 3rd party can make sense of it (e.g., sensible column headers, descriptions in a readme text file).
A ‘Data Accessibility Statement’ should be added to the submission, prior to the reference list, providing the details of the data accessibility. If the data is restricted in any way, the reasoning should be given.
Alternatively, authors may deposit relevant data in a FAIR-compliant repository – institutional, disciplinary, or general-purpose. If you need assistance in finding a FAIR compliant repository, check this link: https://repositoryfinder.datacite.org/. Authors should also provide via the repository any information needed to replicate, validate, and/or reuse the results / your study and analysis of the data. This includes details of any software, instruments and other tools used to process the results. Where possible, the tools and instruments themselves should also be provided.
Exceptions: We recognize that openly sharing data may not always be feasible. Exceptions to open access to research data underlying publications include the following: obligation to protect results, confidentiality obligations, security obligations, the obligation to protect personal data and other legitimate constraints. Where open access is not provided to the data needed to validate the conclusions of a publication that reports original results, authors should provide the relevant access needed to validate the conclusions to the extent their legitimate interests or constraints are safeguarded.
Building Materials and Structures is an Open Access journal. All its content is available free of charge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search the full text of articles, as well as to establish HTML links to them, without having to seek the consent of the author or publisher.
The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages.
Authors can deposit author’s postprint (accepted version) and publisher's version (PDF) of their work in an institutional repository, subject-based and general-purpose repository, author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.), at any time after the acceptance of the manuscript and at any time after publication.
Full bibliographic information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages) about the original publication must be provided and links must be made to the article's DOI and the license.
Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the non-exclusive right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media. Articles will be distributed under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA license.
Authors can enter the separate, additional contractual arrangements for non-exclusive distribution of the published paper (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
The journal metadata are freely accessible to all, and freely reusable by all, under the terms of the Creative Commons Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication license.
The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and Editorial Staff. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. The publisher shall have no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.