ISSN 1021-2019 printed version
Scope and policy
The purpose of the journal is to peer-review and publish original research papers in the field of civil engineering.
The Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering is a peer-reviewed journal published biannually in April and October. Articles submitted for publication may cover all aspects of civil engineering, and are reviewed by a panel of referees under the guidance of the SAICE Journal Editorial Panel.
The journal's peer review process:
Papers received are pre-assessed by an assessor serving on the Journal Editorial Panel who makes an initial judgement on whether the paper is suitable to be refereed on the basis of the scope of the paper, quality, format, length and language. If the paper passes pre-assessing the assessor contacts two potential referees and gets their commitment to referee the paper. The assessor then passes this information on to the secretariat who deals with the administration around the peer-reviewing process, and who returns the referee reports to the assessor for final recommendation to the Journal Editorial Panel
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Manuscript format and layout / guidelines to authors:
References cited in the text should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper. References by the same author should be in chronological order. The following are examples of a journal article, a book and a conference paper:
Specifications of the publication & types of article required:
Classification of articles considered for publication in the Journal
Policy regarding language and originality of submitted articles
Proofs: First proofs of papers will be sent to authors in PDF format for verification before publication
Captions for tables should appear above the table. All other captions should appear below the illustration (figures, graphs, photos).
Only those figures and photographs essential to the understanding of the text should be included. All illustrations should be referred to in the text. Original prints of photographs are required. Alternatively photos should be scanned at 300 dpi minimum and submitted as separate files in JPEG (.jpg) format. Care should be taken not to damage photos by writing on the back or using paper clips. Illustrations will not be returned after publication, unless arrangements are made.
The final paper will be typeset in a three column format. Figures and tables should be 52 mm, 115 mm or 176 mm wide - to fit across one, two or three columns respectively. The maximum height of any figure or table should not exceed 250 mm including the caption.
Tables should be typed in Times New Roman 9 pt font. They should not duplicate information already given in the text, nor contain material that would be better presented graphically. Tabular matter should be as simple as possible, with brief column headings and a minimum number of columns.
Tables, figures and equations should be numbered consecutively and should appear in the text directly after having been referred to for the first time.
Figures should be produced using computer graphics. They should be submitted as separate files in JPEG (.jpg) format and not embedded in the text document. Lettering on figures should be equivalent to a Times New Roman 9 pt font or slightly larger (up to 12 pt) if desired. Lettering smaller than 9 pt is not acceptable. Hand-drafted figures will not be accepted.
Symbols should preferably be defined in the text, but if this is not feasible, a list of notations may be provided for inclusion at the end of the paper. Symbols should conform to accepted international usage. The SI system of units should be used. Decimal commas, not decimal points, should be used.
Since mathematical formulae are generally scanned in during the production process, they should be set out as they are to appear in the printed paper.
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