About the Journal
The International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management IJCSCM (ISSN 1179-0776) is an online, open access (free submission and free access) peer-reviewed journal for the publication of research and innovation in construction management and its supply chain. IJCSCM seeks to provide the forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge on all issues relevant to construction and projects development. There is emphasis on original research and application papers on current developments and advances in both theory and practice. The journal also publishes detailed industry reports, short communications and discussions to a broad audience. IJCSCM papers will be published quarterly.
Topics covered include, but are not restricted to:
- Construction supply chain management
- Project procurement management
- Project management processes
- Project integration
- Stakeholder management
- Knowledge management
- Risk management and sustainability
- Resource management
- Management of project objectives
The key objective for setting up the International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management IJCSCM is to provide an opportunity for researchers and academics, industry and other professionals to disseminate their personal and or group knowledge from basic and applied research, case studies, practice and field reports. It is hoped that this will address specific knowledge gaps in the realm of construction and the management of its supply chain.
General Journal Policy
In line with international practice, articles published in IJCSCM will be original not previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere, and refereed. All manuscripts are pre-reviewed by the editor, and when considered appropriate, are sent for blind peer review. The peer review process is critical and ensures that the quality of published articles compare well with other international publications. Published papers will be contributing to the advancement of knowledge in both research and practice.
IJCSCMs PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENTS
The IJCSCM and its Editors are fully committed to ethical publication practice. IJCSCM supports the practical application of ethical standards that are consistent throughout all scholarly publications. IJCSCM follow closely the standards and guidelines for best practices set by the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ and Committee on Publication Ethics COPE and other industry associations. The subtopics below outline the ethical publication practice followed by IJCSCM.
Publication and Authorship
The published articles are to be original, not submitted elsewhere and not under consideration with any other publication outlet. No part of the articles shall contain fraudulent information/data, neither shall articles be construed as been malicious to individuals, groups and organisations, in any form. Proof of consent have to be obtained for any named individuals, groups or organisations. Due permission are to be received for any third party material before they are published.
Authorship is limited to persons that have made substantial contribution to the paper. The corresponding Author must have obtained permission from all contributors for each version of the paper submitted for review and for any authorship changes. The corresponding Author is to ensure that no one has been ‘gifted’ authorship or denied credit as an author. In multi-authored papers, it is important that all authors that have made a significant contribution to the paper are listed. Those who provided support but have not contributed to the research should be acknowledged in an Acknowledgement section. The Acknowledgement section should also contain information on any financial support or grant in aid for the research work being published.
Authors submitting manuscripts to IJCSCM attest that the manuscripts represent their original and significant contributions, and that all information data therein are real and authentic. Authors acknowledge that submitted manuscripts have not been previously published or concurrently submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts must be original, have not included copied or plagiarized materials in whole or in part from other works. Manuscripts should contain appropriate citations and references for all information and data sources in accordance to IJCSCM reference style guidelines.
Authors submitting manuscripts for consideration oblige to participate in an objective and fair double-blind peer review process followed by IJCSCM. It is the responsibility of Authors to ensure that actual or potential conflict of interests are prevented and where observed are reported. It is the responsibility of Authors to retract or correct any mistakes at any stage in the review process and after publication. Authors submit their works to IJCSCM on the understanding that basic publication principles have been adhered to. If discovered that there is a breach in these basic principles, the Committee on Publication Ethics COPE guidelines shall be followed to address any ethical issue.
Peer Review/Responsibility for Reviewers
IJCSCMs peer review process is critical and ensures that the quality of published articles compare well with other international publications. The editorial board and reviewers have been pooled internationally to assure the quality of accepted publications. All submitted manuscripts are pre-reviewed by the Editor, and when considered appropriate, are sent for the blind peer review. The peer review involves an objective and fair double-blind peer review process. The reviewers' reports constitute recommendations to the Editor, who then makes the decision on submitted manuscripts.
IJCSCM Reviewers have the responsibility for objectivity in their judgements. Reviews will be constructive and follow IJCSCM specific guidelines. Other responsibilities of IJCSCM Reviewers include the following:
- To approach all review in a timely manner.
- To respect the intellectual independence of authors.
- To treat reviewed manuscripts confidentially. Information acquired by a Reviewer from manuscripts is not to be disclosed or cited until the article is published.
- To provide written reports on the appropriate IJCSCM review template. The report should explain and support Reviewers’ judgements so that the Editor and authors understand the basis of their comments. Reviewers may provide reference to published work, where appropriate.
- To point out relevant published works that have not be cited during the review process.
- To have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or research funders. Any such interest whether real or perceived are to be reported to the Editor, who is to take appropriate steps, so that this does not bias the review process.
IJCSCM closely follows all the Best Practice Guidelines developed by COPE for Journal Editors . The general objective is to preserve the academic publishing integrity of IJCSCM at all times. The Editor provides liaison between all interest parties: editorial board, reviewers, authors, publishers and general readers, in a professional manner. The Editor is responsible for ensuring confidentiality in all matters relating to interest parties hitherto listed.
The Editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept/reject a submitted manuscript. Decision to accept/reject a submission may occur at the initial, during or after the final review process. The Editor will only accept a manuscript for publication when reasonably certain that it has met all IJCSCM criteria for publication.
The Editor is to ensure at all times that there is no conflict of interest in the handling of a submission. In the event of a conflict that could impact on his impartial scientific judgment or evaluation, editorial responsibility will be transferred to the Associate Editor/or a member of the Editorial Board.
Publishing Ethics Issues
IJCSCM takes the view that publishing involves authors, journal editor, reviewers, publishers and the general readers. All of these parties play key roles in achieving publication integrity throughout the publication stages, from the initial submission of manuscripts till the final publication of accepted articles. IJCSCM follows closely the standards and guidelines for best practices set by the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ and Committee on Publication Ethics COPE and other industry associations.
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