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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: 5 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
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. Catherine Noakes University of Leeds, UK
Michelle Shipworth UCL Energy Institute, 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
Prof. 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. Article types
    2. Editorial policies
          2.1 Peer review policy
          2.2 Authorship
          2.3 Acknowledgements
          2.4 Funding
          2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
          2.6 Data
    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

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibe 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 Indoor and Built Environment 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

    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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    2. Editorial policies

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    2.1 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.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of up to 3 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

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    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.

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    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 communciations 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.

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    2.4 Funding

    Indoor and Built Environmentrequires 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. 

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    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Indoor and Built Environmentto 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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    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Indoor and Built Environmentrequests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor  may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at editorial@ibejournal.co.uk

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    3. Publishing Policies

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    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
    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 using 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 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.

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    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.

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    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Indoor and Built Environment 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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    4.3 Supplementary material

    Indoor and Built Environment does not currently accept supplemental files.

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    4.4 Journal layout

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

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    4.5 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, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

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    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

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    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Indoor and Built Environment is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ibe 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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

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    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 Indoor and Built Environment editorial office as follows:

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

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