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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Please download and read carefully the instruction files below to prepare a manuscript:

  1. Template File for Preparing a Manuscript (in .docx)
  2. Template File for providing Authors’ information and suggesting Potential Peer Reviewers (in .docx)

All manuscripts should be submitted via the Online system. Authors should follow the submission guide provided below:

  1. Guide for Online Submission of a Manuscript (in .pdf)
  2. Template for responses to Reviewers' questions (in .docx)

The submission of a manuscript to the Journal should include at least two completed files in .doc format by using the above template files numbered 1 and 2.

  1. General Requirements

Journal of Materials and Construction (ISSN 2734-9438), the press agency of Vietnam Institute for Building Materials (VIBM),  is a peer-reviewed open access journal and published annually (two issues per year). All accepted papers are published online as well as in print. They will have DOI (Digital Object Identifiers), and permanently archived in database of Google Scholar. Crossref, BASE, WorldCat. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts in materials and construction studies, covering a wide area of building materials, product quality testing methods, architecture, construction, construction technology etc. For the 2022 issue, it particularly focuses on high performance and sustainable materials and construction. The submitted papers must be original work, written in an academic style and have not been published in English in other places or not currently on offer to other journals.  If a part of the work is resulted by an organization or scientific team, it should be agreed in a written document by them for all uses.

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given by citing the source at appropriate places. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

For more information, please see the Copyright NoticePrivacy Statement and Journal Policies at the Journal website.

  1. Format Requirements

Manuscript should be typed using Template File for Preparing a Manuscript in Microsoft Office Word; single column; about 15 to 18 pages in A4 size (21 x 29.7 cm); font type: Times New Roman; font size: 13; line spacing: multiple at 1.2; space before paragraph 6 pt; margins (top, bottom, left and right): 2.5 cm.  

PAPER TITLE: about 20 words, in upper case letter, centered.

Full names of Authors: in lower case letter.

Authors’ names, academic title, degree, affiliations, e-mail addresses, phone numbers and other information are in lower case letter, italic.

Abstract: about 150 to 300 words in length, in lower case letter. The abstract should state concisely the whole research work including the necessary, purpose, methodology and main results obtained, not just the conclusions. It should contain no citation to other published work and uncommon abbreviations.

Keywords: about 5 to 10 words, separated by semicolons, in lower case letter.

Manuscript should provide Readers with the background information needed to understand the study topic; specify the limitation of previous research works related; identify reasons to conduct this work and contribution on theory and application; present the research objectives, methodologies, means of study, relevant analyses, evaluations, data to prove rigorously, results obtained and discussions to interpret the results; be written clearly and coherently; use science terminologies exactly; provide adequate citations and references.

Manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. A number of relevant references should be cited in the introduction and other sections, approximately 20 to 30 references. The cited references should be strongly related to the research question.

References are numbered in order of their appearance and enclosed in square brackets, for example [1-3] or [1, 2, 5]. The references listed at the end of the manuscript should all be cited in the manuscript and vice versa.

Manuscript should be divided in numbered sections and sub-sections. The section title should be written in a specific and concise manner, containing information related to the section content.

Figures and photos should be clear, not blurred; use Times New Roman font type, in lower case letter; include relevant captions and notes placed below figures and photos, in lower case letter, centered; be numbered and cited in the text.

Tables should be formatted clearly and uniformly; include titles placed above tables, in lower case letter, centered; be numbered and cited in the text.

Equations should be typed clearly using the MathType in Microsoft Office Word; numbered in order and within parenthesis (…) on the right-hand side of the equation; cited in the text.

Units should be the international system of units (SI).

Conclusions should concisely be supported by the main results achieved in the study, avoiding overstatement of the importance of the findings. The conclusions should be consistent with the research objectives and within the scope of the study which are stated in the introduction. Limitations of the study may also be noted in the conclusions.

Acknowledgements must be identified including organizers and individuals who provided help and financial supports in research projects.

For example: Financial support (Number …) from Vietnam National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED) is greatly acknowledged.

References References should be listed at the end of the manuscript, numbered according to the order of appearance in the text, cited in the text in square brackets […] and vice versa; ensure the following IEEE format:

For books: 

[No.] Author’s name, Title of book, edition (if not first). Place of publication: Publisher, Year

For Chapters in books:

[No.] Author(s) of chapter, “Title of chapter”, In Title of book, edition (if not first), Editor(s) of book, Ed. Place of publication: Publisher, Year, Page number(s).

For conference articles:

[No.] Author(s) of paper, “Title of paper,” Title of conference’s proceeding, palce of organization, time of organization – italicized, Place of Publication: Publisher, year of publication, page numbers.

For scientific journal articles:

[No.] Author(s) of paper, “Title of paper,” Journal name- italicised, volume number, issue number, page number(s), year. DOI: xx.xxxxxxxxxx (if available)

For magazine articles:

[No.] Author(s) of article, “Title of article,” Title of newspaper – italicised (Year of publication, month day), page number(s).

For PhD dissertations, Masters’ theses:

[No.] Author, “Title of thesis – italicised,” Doctoral dissertation/Master's thesis, Institution, Location, year of preparation of thesis.

For Internet addresses:

[No.] Author(s) of document, “Title of document,” Time document created or revised.  [Online]. Availabe: http://www...... [Accessed mm dd yyyy].