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Journal of Architecture and Civil Engineering (JACE) is a comprehensive journal in civil engineering and architecture field including building structure, geotechnical engineering, underground structures and foundation engineering, disaster prevention and reduction, bridge engineering, building material, architecture, municipal engineering, mechanics and other topics in civil engineering and architecture field. The articles must be original and should not have been published previously, and the manuscript will be double-blind peer-reviewed. JACE is a unique open access publication that provides free full text download of all articles published in the journal through the platform (http://jace.chd.edu.cn/) without any page charges or subscription requirements. Authors are invited to submit papers through the submission system. Once your article is accepted, you will receive an email from the submission system. The email contains a link to check the status of your article. Before you contribute to JACE, you should read the follow contents
Types of paper
Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication: Original research papers, Reviews.
Please ensure that you select the appropriate article type from the list of options when making your submission. Authors contributing to special issues should ensure that they select the special issue article type from this list.
Submission checklist
You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.
Ensure that the following items are present:
One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
All necessary files have been uploaded:
Manuscript:
• Include keywords
• All figures (include relevant captions)
• All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)
• Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided
• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print
Further considerations
• Manuscript has been "spell checked" and "grammar checked"
• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
• A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare
• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements
Publishing ethics
Please see our information pages on Publishing Ethics .
Declaration of interest
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential competing interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors must disclose any interests in two places: 1. A summary declaration of interest statement in the title page file (if double-blind) or the manuscript file (if single-blind). If there are no interests to declare then please state this: "Declarations of interest: none". This summary statement will be ultimately published if the article is accepted. 2. Detailed disclosures as part of a separate Declaration of Interest form, which forms part of the journal"s official records. It is important for potential interests to be declared in both places and that the information matches.
Copyright
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a ¡°Journal Publishing Agreement¡±£¨Click here to download Journal Publishing Agreement £©. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a ¡°Journal Publishing Agreement¡±form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Author rights
Authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement, but have the right to:
Share their article for Personal Use, Internal Institutional Use and Scholarly Sharing purposes, with a DOI link to the version of record on CNKI.
Retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).
Proper attribution and credit for the published work.
Publisher rights
For both subscription and open access articles, published in proprietary titles, JACE is granted the following rights:
The exclusive right to publish and distribute an article, and to grant rights to others, including for commercial purposes.
For open access articles, JACE will apply the relevant third party user license where JACE publishes the article on its online platforms.
The right to provide the article in all forms and media so the article can be used on the latest technology even after publication.
The authority to enforce the rights in the article, on behalf of an author, against third parties, for example in the case of plagiarism or copyright infringement.
Protecting author rights
Copyright aims to protect the specific way the article has been written to describe an experiment and the results. JACE is committed to its authors to protect and defend their work and their reputation and takes allegations of infringement, plagiarism, ethic disputes and fraud very seriously.
Open access
Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in this journal will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The author does not have any publication charges for open access.
Submission
Submission to this journal proceeds totally online. Use the following guidelines to prepare your article. Via the homepage of this journal ( http://jace.chd.edu.cn/en/) you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. The system automatically converts source files to a single PDF version of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor"s decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail and via the author"s homepage, removing the need for a hard-copy paper trail. If you are unable to provide an electronic version, please contact the editorial office prior to submission e-mail: jzxb@chd.edu.cn; telephone: 0086-29-82334397.
Peer review
This journal operates a double blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor"s decision is final.
The peer review process is following: Author submits paper to journal¡ú Editor¡®s initial evaluation of paper (go to next step if it meets the requirements of journal, otherwise reject and inform author)¡ú Invite experts for peer review¡ú Experts send comments to editor¡ú Editor decides to accept (or reject and inform authors)¡ú Editor asks author to revise¡ú Author revises and submits revised paper¡ú Editor and/or original reviewers re-evaluate to decide further revisions needed or reject or accept¡úInform author
Article structure
Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to "the text". Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
Introduction
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Material and methods
Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.
Theory/calculation
A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work. In contrast, a Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.
Results
Results should be clear and concise.
Discussion
This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
Conclusions
The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.
Abstract
A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Keywords
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
Tables
Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.
References
Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either "Unpublished results" or "Personal communication". Citation of a reference as "in press" implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
Web references
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.
References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words "this issue" are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.
Proofs
One set of page proofs (as PDF files) will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author or a link will be provided in the e-mail so that authors can download the files themselves. Please list your corrections quoting line number. If, for any reason, this is not possible, then mark the corrections and any other comments (including replies to the Query Form) on a printout of your proof and return by fax, or scan the pages and e-mail. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication: please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.
Offprints
The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail (the PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use). For an extra charge, paper offprints can be ordered via the offprint order form which is sent once the article is accepted for publication.

If you encounter any problems at any stage with the submission system, please contact the editor office via e-mail:jzxb@chd.edu.cn.