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Indoor and Built Environment

2014 Impact Factor: 1.225
2014 Ranking: 109/162 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SCI) | 20/59 in Construction & Building Technology | 32/47 in Engineering, Environmental
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor-in-Chief
Prof Chuck Yu President and Executive Director, EnviroAct Consultants, ISBE Ltd., UK
Deputy Editors
Dr Zhishi Guo US EPA, USA
Dr. Marcella Ucci University College London, UK
Assistant Editor
Dr Yan Cheng Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

eISSN: 14230070| ISSN: 1420326X|Current volume: 24|Current issue: 1 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Indoor and Built Environment publishes reports on any topic pertaining to the quality of the indoor and built environment, and how these might effect the health, performance, efficiency and comfort of persons living or working there. Topics range from urban infrastructure, design of buildings, and materials used to laboratory studies including building airflow simulations and health effects. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic access:

Indoor and Built Environment is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ibe.sagepub.com


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Indoor and Built Environment publishes original reports on any topics pertaining to the quality of the indoor and built environment, and how these might affect the safety, health, performance, efficiency and comfort of occupants living and working in these environments.

The journal specialises in disseminating research developments leading to design guides for architects and building professionals, as well as national and international standards and guidelines on indoor environmental quality, green building assessment methods and energy efficient buildings. We also publish workshop discussion papers formulating requirements for policies and standards regarding development of sustainable built environments.

Regional Editor: North America
Prof Karen Bartlett University of British Colombia (UBC), Canada
Prof. Charlene W. Bayer Georgia Institute of Technology and US GBC, USA
Prof Jong Jin Kim The University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Josephine Lau University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA
Regional Editor: Europe
Dr Derrick Crump Institute of Environment and Health, Cranfield University, UK
Prof Bob Giddings Northumbria University , UK
Prof Beata Gutarowska Technical University of Lodz, Institute of Technology Fermentation and Microbiology, Poland
Prof. Phil Jones University of Cardiff, Wales
Dr Stylianos Kephalopoulos European Commission Joint Research Centre (ISPRA), Italy
Dr. Pawel Wargocki Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Regional Editor: China
Prof. Zhaolin Gu Xian Jiaotong University, China
Prof. Angui Li Xi'an University of Architecture & Technology, China
Prof Xianting Li Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Wei Xu China Academy of Building Research, China
Regional Editor: Hong Kong
Prof. Albert Chan The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Prof Christopher Chao The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Regional Editor: Korea
Prof. Jeong Tai Kim CSHeB, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Regional Editor: Japan
Dr Kazuhide Ito Kyushu University, Japan
Regional Editor: Australia
Dr Stephen Brown CSIRO, Australia
Regional Editor: South East Asia
Prof. Chandra Sekhar National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr Yat Yau University of Malaya, Malaysia
Regional Editor: Global
Prof Helena Yoon The UN-Habitat Korea Coalition and Yonsei-SERI EU Center, Yonsei University, Korea
Editorial Board
Prof Dariush Azimi Ashford University, USA
Prof Julie Bregulla BRE, UK
Dr. Christine Däumling Federal Environment Agency, AgBB, Germany
Prof Qi-Hong Deng Central South University, China
Dr Caroline Hachem Concordia University, Canada
Prof. Paul Harrison PTCH Consultancy Ltd., UK
Prof. Sture Holmberg Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Dr Wolfgang Horn BAM, Germany
Dr Alvin Lai City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Berangere Lartigue Paul Sabatier University, France
Prof Ching Chang Lee National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Dr Young Lee Michigan State University, USA
Dr Danny Li City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Xiaoyu Liu US EPA, USA
Professor Vivian Loftness Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Dr. Ahmed Megri North Carolina A&T State University, USA
Prof Lidia Morawska Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Prof Fergus Nicol Oxford Brookes University, UK
Prof Jianlei Niu The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Prof. Catherine Noakes University of Leeds, UK
Prof. Shin-ichi Tanabe Waseda University, Japan
Prof. Joost van Hoof Fontys University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Dr Jörn von Grabe Timber Engineering and Building Construction, TU Munchen, Germany
Hanqing Wang Hunan University of Commerce, China
Dr. Xin Wang Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Doyun Won National Research Council, Canada
Dr Ling Tim Wong The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Prof Runming Yao University of Reading, UK
Dr John Zhai University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Prof. Lizhi Zhang South China University of Technology, China.
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. Authorship
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Statements and conventions
      6.1 Acknowledgments
      6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
      6.3 Funding acknowledgement
      6.4 Other statements and conventions
    7. Permissions
    8. Manuscript style
      8.1 File types
      8.2 Journal style
      8.3 Reference style
      8.4 Manuscript preparation
    9. After acceptance
      9.1 Proofs
      9.2 E-Prints
      9.3 SAGE production
      9.4 OnlineFirst publication
    10. Further information

    Indoor and Built Environment publishes original reports on any topics pertaining to the quality of the indoor and built environment, and how these might affect the safety, health, performance, efficiency and comfort of occupants living and working in these environments. The journal specialises in disseminating research developments leading to design guides for architects and building professionals, as well as national and international standards and guidelines on indoor environmental quality, green building assessment methods and energy efficient buildings. We also publish workshop discussion papers formulating requirements for policies and standards regarding development of sustainable built environments. Relevant and original quality papers will be accepted covering the following topics:

    Indoor Environmental Quality:
    Environmental health; indoor air quality and ventilation; perception and human factors; occupational and non-occupational health effects; exposure risk assessment of emissions in indoor air; materials emissions and biological effects; radon, combustion products and VOCs; urban environment and pollution dispersion; moisture and humidity risks; thermal comfort; noise; heating and lighting; access safety; living space; sanitation; social and housing requirements.

    Built Environment:
    Green buildings; environmental engineering; architecture and architectural engineering; urban and transport infrastructure; environmental beautification and urban aesthetics; façade configuration; building design and development; energy efficiency and low carbon housing; sustainable building materials; HVACR systems; thermal and acoustic insulation; crime and fire prevention; building conservation; building environmental assessment methods; renewable energy applications; urban pollution and urban heat island effect; water supply and sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS); contaminated land and land uses; flood risk management.

     

    1. Peer review policy

    Indoor and Built Environment operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.

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    2. Article types

    Indoor and Built Environment considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    Editorials: These will normally be published by the Editor accompanying with an issue; however, in some cases the Editor may invite contributions from other authors on topics related to a special issue of the journal or a special event at the time of publication.

    Original papers: Original research findings, designs and new developments relevant to the scope of the journal will be published after acceptance, as recommended by the peer review.

    Reviews: Authoritative reviews will be published from both invited experts and by direct submission. In both cases, the work will be subject to editorial peer review.

    Opinion: Short articles, which stress an original point of view of a controversial nature. Matters of a political or lobbying nature should not be considered under this heading.

    Case Reports: Articles which do not present new findings or original research, but are case studies illustrating problems related to particular types of built environment or methods of investigations of building related problems.

    Book Reviews: From time to time books which the Editor thinks may be of interest to the readership will be reviewed. Publishers wishing to have a book reviewed should send information to the Editor-in-Chief.

    Correspondence: Matters arising from articles published in the journal.

    Standards, Guidelines and Policy papers

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    3. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. 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. have 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.

    It is essential that author contributions are honestly and accurately recorded in order for both the author(s) and publishers to comply with the Committee On Publication Ethics guidelines as set out above.  Please note that declarations of author contributions will be required during the submission process and that in the event of an acceptance this information will be published alongside your paper.

    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 ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Indoor and Built Environment is hosted on SAGE track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibe to login and submit your article online. Only original manuscripts written in English and in MS-Word should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof Chuck Yu via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibe.

    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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    Each manuscript should contain:

    Title page: A title page stating the title, the authors' names, authors' affiliation and the institution where the work was conducted, full postal and email address, telephone and fax numbers of the main author.

    Key words: For indexing purposes, a list of 3-6 key words is essential.

    Abstract: Each paper needs an abstract of not more than 200 words.

    Introduction: The objective of the introduction is to place the work described in an appropriate context, and state the aim(s) of the work described in the text.

    Materials: Full description (including history where appropriate) of the materials used should be given. A statement of how the materials were obtained, sampled, transported, prepared, conditioned and stored should be given. This should include any international standard or national protocol relating to the preparation and storage of the material.

    Methods: This section describes the techniques used for the investigation, and makes clear the protocol of the study. References should be made to any appropriate testing standard used. The manufacturer, model number and sensitivity (minimal detectable levels or quantitation limits) of any analytical instrument used should be stated in this section. Wherever necessary, state the quality assurance procedures used for validating measurements or test methods chosen for the study. Any statistical tests should be described to illustrate the significance of the analysis or test, supported by a reference to the original citation of the test. The number of determinations and the probability (P) level for rejecting the null hypothesis should also be stated. In descriptions of diseases, the diagnostic criteria for the disease should be stated, together with a reference to any standard classification of the disease type or degree should be made if such exist. Where humans or animals are deliberately exposed to a stress (chemical or otherwise), it is understood that these experiments will have been performed under appropriate ethical constraints (e.g. informed consent in humans) in line with the Helsinki declaration. Appropriate consent approved by the relevant authority should be declared.

    Results: Give results of measurements/analyses/testing/survey used, with appropriate numerical and graphical support, for the study. There should be no discussion of the results in this section. Do not duplicate presentations by giving both a table and a figure (e.g. a chart of graph) for the same results. All tables will need a heading and figures, a legend and these should be presented close to where the results are stated. Give statistics to support the significance of the finding. 

    Units and symbols: Follow international accepted rules and always use SI units. Use italic symbols for the names of biological species, quantities and variables.

    Discussion: This section is a discussion of the results or the scientific significance of the findings or design produced.

    Conclusion: This should be a statement giving a conclusion of what has been achieved by the study.

    Acknowledgement and declaration: Give an acknowledgement of the funding source. A declaration statement is needed to clarify the contribution of the authors to the manuscript paper according to COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). Also declare any conflict of interest.

    Footnotes: Avoid footnotes.

    Equations: Number consecutively the equations as given in the text. Equation should be indented, and should leave one blank line before and after the equations. Equation numbers should appear in parenthesis and be numbered consecutively and on the right hand side of the equations. Mathematical symbols and formulae should be given in the text, where these are referred. Symbols should be explained after the equations.

    Abbreviations: Avoid abbreviation other than the conventionally accepted abbreviation. Frequently used terms may be abbreviated after first used and defined, e.g. volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

    Tables and illustrations: Colour illustrations will only appear in colour on the Web copy of the journal but may be reproduced in the paper copy at the author's expense. Tables and figures should be incorporated in the text where these are discussed.

    References: References should be given according to SAGE Vancouver style. In the text identify references, in order, by superscript Arabic numerals. The list of references should include only those publications which are cited in the text. Do not alphabetise; number references in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. The surnames of the authors followed by initials should be given. Cite all authors; ‘et al.’ is not acceptable. Abbreviate journal names according to the Index Medicus system. (Also see International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. N Engl J Med 1997; 336; 309-315).

    Examples

    [1] Papers published in periodicals: Langer AM, Morse RG. The World Trade Center Catastrophe. Indoor Built Environ 2001; 10:350-360.

    [2] Monographs: Matthews DE, Farewell VT. Using and Understanding Medical Statistics. 4th ed. Basel: Karger; 1985.

    [3] Edited books: Flamm WG. Pros and cons of quantitative risk analysis. In Taylor SL, Scanlan RA (eds). Food Toxicology: A Perspective on the Relative Risks. IFT Basic Symp. Ser. New York: Marcel Dekker; 1988, pp 429-446.

    [4] Conference paper: Ito K. Micro/macro scaleexperiments of fungal growth for determining parameters of mathematical growth models. In Kim K-W, Yoon D-W, Yeo M-S, Moon H-J, and Park C-S, editors. RoomVent 2009: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms; May 24-27, 2009; Busan, South Korea: SINTEF; 2009, pp.400-407.

    [5] Standards: EN ISO 16000-9:2006: Indoor air; Part 9: Determination of the emission of volatile organic compounds from building products and furnishing – emission test chamber method. Brussells: European Committee for Standardization (CEN); 2009.

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    5. Journal 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.

    Indoor and Built Environment 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Statements and conventions

    6.1. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Indoor and Built Environment 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 include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    6.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Indoor and Built Environment additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    6.4 Other statements and conventions

    Non applicable.

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    7. 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.

    Manuscripts are received with the explicit understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication. The authors will need to sign a ‘Copyright Transfer Agreement’ to declare that the paper has not been previously published elsewhere, and that the submission of an article for publication implies agreed transfer of copyright from the author to the publisher upon acceptance. The manuscript should not include any commercial promotion of products and not include libellous content. Accepted papers will become the permanent properties of Indoor and Built Environment and may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher and the Editor. It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications for their use.

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    8. Manuscript style

    8.1 File types

    Only original manuscripts written in English and in MS Word should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof Chuck Yu via visiting the link: https//mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibe. All figures should preferably be in TIFF or JPG format. Separate electronic files containing original photographs or drawings of the figures with a resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch) are required for reproduction.

    8.2 Journal Style

    Indoor and Built Environment conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    8.3 Reference Style

    Indoor and Built Environment adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link or access the EndNote Downloads page and search for ‘SAGE Vancouver’. Save the ens. file to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    8.4 Manuscript Preparation

    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.

    8.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    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 SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    8.4.2 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.

    8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Indoor and Built Environment does not currently accept supplemental files.

    8.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    9. After acceptance           

    9.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    9.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    9.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Indoor and Built Environment with SAGE. 

    9.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    10. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Editor-in-Chief: Prof Chuck Yu
    Email: editorial@ibejournal.co.uk

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