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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Building Materials and Structures (JBMS) is an open access journal with no submission charges and no article processing charges (APCs), that publishes in English, in all areas of building materials and engineering structures. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and academic excellence. All articles published in JBMS will be peer-reviewed.

Manuscripts should be prepared in Word file format using the provided template (link below) and submitted via email to

Three types of manuscripts may be submitted:

1- Original articles

These should describe new findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly (10 pages max).

2- Short Communications

A Short Communication is suitable for describing the results of complete case studies or giving details of new simulations or theories, innovative methods or techniques (6 pages max). 

3- Review

Submissions of reviews and viewpoints covering areas of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise investigation.

General Format

The Title should be brief and concise which describes the contents of the paper. The Title Page should include the authors' full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding author along with E-mail information.

The Abstract should be informative, concisely present the topic, indicate significant records and show major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should be 150 to 250 words in length. 

After the abstract, 3 to 6 key words, that will offer indexing references, should be listed.

The Introduction should provide a rich report of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. 

Materials and methods should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Methods in general use need not be described in detail. 

Results should be offered with accuracy. Results interpretation and discussion should be explained the findings in view of the results obtained in this and in past studies on this topic. The Results and discussion section can includes subheadings, when is needed.

Conclusions should state clearly the main findings of the case report and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. 

Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to designate tables and figures (Table 1, Figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the object is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript.

References should be presented in the text by means of an author‘s name followed by the date in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author‘s name should be cited, followed by 'et al'. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter like ’a‘ and ’b‘ after the date to distinguish the works.

For example:

Safi et al. (2013), (Yahia, 2014), (Ghernouti and Ait Tahar, 2008), (Sonebi, 2005a,b; Yahia, 2001, 2013).


Safi, B., Saidi, M., Aboutaleb, D., & Maallem, M. (2013). The use of plastic waste as fine aggregate in the self-compacting mortars: Effect on physical and mechanical properties. Construction and Building Materials, 43, 436-442.

Yahia, A. (2014). Effect of solid concentration and shear rate on shear-thickening response of high-performance cement suspensions. Construction and Building Materials, 53, 517-521.


Khayat, K. H., Sonebi, M., Yahia, A., & Skaggs, C. B. (1996). Statistical models to predict flowability, washout resistance and strength of underwater concrete. In: Bartos PJM, Marrs DL, and Cleland DJ (Eds) Proceedings of the International RILEM Conference on Production Methods and Workability of Concrete, 463-481.


Taylor H.F.W. (1997). Cement Chemistry, Thomas Telford Publishing, 2nd Ed., London.


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