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Advances in Structural Engineering

2016 Impact Factor: 0.829
2016 Ranking: 86/125 in Engineering, Civil | 41/61 in Construction & Building Technology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editors-in-Chief
Prof. Jin-Guang Teng The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Prof. Yong Xia The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Advisory Editors
Prof. Michael Anson The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Prof. Jan Ming Ko The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Editors
Prof. Jian Fei Chen Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Dr. Jian-Guo Dai The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Prof. Siu-Seong Law Beijing Jiaotong University, China
Dr. Songye Zhu The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Associate Editors
Dr. Tak-Ming Chan The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Suren Chen Colorado State University, USA
Prof. Joao Ramoa Correia University of Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Peng Feng Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Dilum Fernando The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Branko Glisic Princeton University, USA
Dr. Yail Jimmy Kim University of Colorado Denver, USA
Prof. Sung-Han Sim Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Prof. Wai-Meng Quach University of Macau, China
Dr. Tao Yu University of Wollongong, Australia
Dr. Xinqun Zhu University of Western Sydney, Australia


eISSN: 20484011 | ISSN: 13694332 | Current volume: 20 | Current issue: 11 Frequency: Monthly

Advances in Structural Engineering was established in 1997 and has become one of the major journals in the field of structural engineering. To better fulfil the mission of the journal, we have recently decided to launch two new features for the journal: (a) invited review papers providing an in-depth exposition of a topic of significant current interest; (b) short papers reporting truly new technologies in structural engineering. With the addition of these two new features, ASE publishes articles in the following categories:

  1. Research Papers
  2. Invited Review Papers
  3. Technical Notes
  4. New Technology Technical Notes
  5. Book Reviews
  6. Announcements
  7. Editorials

Invited Review Papers are state-of-the-art papers written by leading researchers at the invitation of the Editors-in-Chief. These invited papers will receive fast reviews (normally within 4 weeks) to speed up the publication process. Invited Review Papers, being a sub-category of full-length papers, are subjected to the same length and format requirements as Research Papers.

Short papers reporting New Technologies (NT) for the first time are a sub-category of Technical Notes and are thus subjected to the same length and format requirements of normal Technical Notes (up to 3000 word-equivalents). While NT Technical Notes on specific new technologies may be invited by the Editors-in-Chief when appropriate, most of them are expected to come from free submissions. NT Technical Notes will also receive fast reviews (normally within 4 weeks) to speed up the publication process. They are expected to report truly new structural engineering technologies with their feasibility and potential demonstrated to a reasonable level of certainty through pilot research. The new technologies can be new structural forms, new structural materials, new monitoring and control technologies, etc. The emphasis here is on technological innovations rather than in-depth studies of mechanics and the development of design methods that should follow. Some of these articles will be made freely accessible to non-subscribers, at the Editor’s discretion, so as to reach a wide range of interested readers.

Advances in Structural Engineering is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a major publication channel for cutting-edge research on civil engineering structures (e.g. bridges, buildings and offshore platforms) in areas of significant current interest to the international structural engineering community. The current focus areas of the journal, which are periodically reviewed by the editors, are as follows:

(a) Structural use of composite and other emerging materials;
(b) Behavior of structural systems;
(c) Structures under extreme conditions (e.g. earthquakes, strong winds, fires and blasts etc.);
(d) Performance-based structural engineering;
(e) Life-cycle structural engineering;
(f) Structural health monitoring for performance assessment; and
(g) Sustainability in structural engineering.

Notwithstanding these focus areas, papers of significant impact or lasting value in other areas of structural engineering are also welcome.

Acceptance of a paper for publication in the journal is subjected to the manuscript being an unpublished work presenting a significant original contribution or an in-depth state-of-the-art review of a specific topic of significant current interest to the journal’s readership. Apart from full-length papers, short technical notes, discussions, and book reviews may also be published.

International Advisory Board
Daniel P. Abrams University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Wai-Fah Chen University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Shilin Dong Zhejiang University, China
Dan M. Frangopol Lehigh University, USA
Yozo Fujino Yokohama National University, Japan
Gregory Hancock University of Sydney, Australia
Sritawat Kitipornchai University of Queensland, Australia
Yew-Chaye Loo Griffith University, Australia
John Mander Texas A&M University, USA
David Nethercot Imperial College, UK
Jianguo Nie Tsinghua University, China
Jinping Ou Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Nimal Rajapakse Carleton University, Canada
J. Michael Rotter University of Edinburgh, UK
Zuyan Shen Tongji University, China
Yukio Tamura Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics, Japan
Tamon Ueda Hokkaido University, Japan
Yeong-Bin Zhang National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Weiqiu Zhu Zhejiang University, China
Xuhong Zhou Chongqing University, China
International Editorial Board
Lawrence C. Bank City College of New York, USA
Mark Bradford University of New South Wales, Australia
James Brownjohn University of Exeter, UK
Steve C. S. Cai Louisiana State University, USA
Fabio Casciati University of Pavia, Italy
Siu-Lai Chan The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Genda Chen Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA
Alain Combescure LMC-INSA Lyon, France
Yaojun Ge Tongji University, China
Ming Gu Tongji University, China
Lin-Hai Han Tsinghua University, China
Hong Hao Curtin University, Australia
Jiann-Wen Ju University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Albert K. H. Kwan University of Hong Kong, China
Kenny Kwok University of Western Sydney, Australia
Guo Qiang Li Tongji University, China
Hui Li Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Jie Li Tongji University, China
Zongjin Li University of Macau, China
Laura De Lorenzis Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Yong Lu University of Edinburgh, UK
Amir Mirmiran Florida International University, USA
Antonio Nanni University of Miami, USA
Yi Qing Ni The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Deric Oehlers University of Adelaide, Australia
Wei-Xin Ren Hefei University of Technology, China
Hoon Sohn Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Giovanni Solari University of Genova Via Montallegro, Italy
Billie F. Spencer University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Izuru Takewaki Kyoto University, Japan
Asif Usmani The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Zhishen Wu Ibaraki University, Japan
Yan Xiao Nanjing Technological University, China
Shilang Xu Zhejiang University, China
Ben Young University of Hong Kong, China
Xiao Ling Zhao Monash University, Australia
Hong Ping Zhu Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aise) to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Advances in Structural Engineering will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Research Papers
    Invited Review Papers
    Technical Notes
    New Technology Technical Notes
    Book Reviews

    Manuscripts should not normally exceed 10,000 word-equivalents, which is estimated as number of words counted by the Word processor + 300 x number of figures + 300 x number of tables.

    Technical Notes should not exceed 3,000 word-equivalents. The main body of the paper is to be preceded by an abstract of about 150 words, as well as a list of 4 to 8 keywords.

    Invited Review Papers are state-of-the-art papers written by leading researchers upon the invitation of the Editors-in-Chief. They are subjected to the same length and format requirements as Research Papers.

    New Technology Technical Notes are expected to report truly new structural engineering technologies with their feasibility and potential demonstrated to a reasonable level of certainty through pilot research. The new technologies can be new structural forms, structural materials, monitoring and control technologies, etc. The emphasis here is on technological innovation rather than in-depth studies of mechanics and the development of design methods that should follow.

    Both Invited Review Papers and New Technology Technical Notes will receive fast reviews to speed up the publication process. Some of these articles will be made freely accessible to non-subscribers, at the Editor’s discretion, so as to reach a wide range of interested readers.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Advances in Structural Engineering operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the authors.

    The Editorial Team conducts a preliminary assessment of each paper submitted to Advances in Structural Engineering before it is sent out to reviewers. Papers that are marginal to the scope of the journal and/or below the minimum standard of the journal will be declined directly without going through the peer-review process. A manuscript that passes the preliminary assessment is sent to at least two reviewers to assess its suitability for publication in the journal. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Advances in Structural Engineering requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Advances in Structural Engineering to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Advances in Structural Engineering and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Advances in Structural Engineering offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Advances in Structural Engineering conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines.

    4.5 Reference style

    Advances in Structural Engineering adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Advances in Structural Engineering is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aise to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Advances in Structural Engineering editorial office as follows:

    Dr Yong Xia and Prof Jin-Guang Teng (Editors-in-Chief), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Email: ase.journal@polyu.edu.hk

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