ISSN 0718-5073 online version
ISSN 0716-2952
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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Scope and policy

It publishes original and unpublished articles both, in Spanish and English in all the relevant topics related to construction engineering and management, like: construction materials, construction methods, technologies and processes, construction management, resources management, construction entrepreneurship, sustainable construction rehabilitation of materials and structures and other interesting topics. The journal includes articles that report research reports as well as practice applications and case studies. The opinions expressed in the articles are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the points of view of the Department of Construction Engineering and Management or the Editor. We invite researchers, academic personnel and professionals interested in sharing their knowledge to contribute with papers to be published in the journal or to send discussions about previously published articles. The instructions for preparation and submission of articles can be found on the inside back cover of each issue.

Peer review: Every article submitted for publication will be reviewed by an internacional comité of referees.

Procedure:

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The Editor sends an acknowledgement letter to the author every timea new article is submitted for publication.
2.
The coordinator checks that the article meets the standards for being evaluated. If the article meets the standards, it is reviewed by the Editor. Otherwise, the observations are informed to the author.
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The Editor checks that the article is within the interests and objectives of the Journal. If the article is within the Journal interests, it is sent along with reviewing directions and forms to five reviewers (peer review), who know neither the author’s name nor his (her) institution. Otherwise, the author is informed of the decision.
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The Editor reviews the evaluation and recommendations of the reviewers (at least, three reviews are required to proceed), and decides, whether the article is “Accepted with no observations”, “Accepted with observations”, or “Rejected”. Either case, the author is informed of the decision and the reviewers’ comments, whose names remain undisclousured, are sent to the author.
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If the article was “Accepted with observations”, the author is required to address the reviewers’ comments and suggestions in a second version of the article. Once the new version is received, it is evaluated along with the original reviewers’ comments by the Editor and the international Editorial Board which decide on the final approval of the article.
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The author is informed of the final approval and it is required to sign the copyright transfer form.
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A galley proof is prepared and sent to the author for approval once the copyright transfer form is received.
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The article goes to printing once the galley proof is approved.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

1. Submitting papers

The papers are to be written in either Spanish or English and must be original and unpublished previously or in a process of publication in another journal.

2. Format of papers

The paper must have a maximum extension of 5000 words, in letter-sized paper and doubled-spaced with a left side margin of 3 cm and 2 cm in the other three sides. The font of the text is to be Times New Roman 12. Papers not abiding by the format indicated will be returned without submitting them to the Review Committee.

2.1. First page

The papers are to have a page with the title with the complete name of the author or authors and a complete address for correspondence, telephone, fax and e-mail. The title and identification of the authors must be in Spanish and English.

2.2. Abstract in Spanish, abstract in English and keywords

The abstract in Spanish is not to exceed 250 words and must summarize the key aspects of the paper and describe a synthesis of most important applications and conclusions which the paper furnishes. The abstract in English is to be a correct translation of the summary from Spanish into English. Five keywords are to be included, both in Spanish and in English.

2.3. Content of the paper

The paper must be well construed and structured. The structure of the paper is to include as a minimum the following sections: introduction, discussion and development, and conclusions. The introduction is to clearly establish the purpose of the work. The discussion and development are to include the main results and observations in paper, the methodology used, etc. The conclusions are to be relevant to the readers.

2.4. References

The Harvard system for references is used (www.ing.puc.cl/ric). These are to be complete and correct. In the text, the references are to be cited as follows: González (2001) or (Peralta and Molina, 1999). For more than two authors it is to be indicated as (Martínez et al., 2000). At the end of the paper, the references are to be added in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author. The references of a same author of a same year are to be differences using 2000a, 2000b, etc. The style of the references must follow one of the following formats:

Loforte, F. (2001) El sistema BOT: el caso portugués, Revista Ingeniería de Construcción, 16(2), 76-84.

Serpell, A. (2002) Administración de Operaciones de Construcción, Alfaomega, México.

Videla, C., Aguilar, C. (2001) Effects of Mix Design Parameters on Drying Shrinkage of Concrete, 2nd International Conference on Engineering Materials. Volumen II, 99 – 110, San José, California, USA, August.

2.5. Tables and Formulas

Tables and formulas (equations) are to be numbered sequentially in the same order in which they appear in the text, with Arabic numbers and making reference to them as: table 1, table 2…, formula 1, formula 2…, etc., as the case may be. They must be introduced in the text in the same order in which they are referenced. In the case of tables, the title is to be placed on the lower part and must not duplicate the results presented in the graphs. The system of units to be used will be the International (IS).

2.6. Figures

The figures may include graphs, outlines, diagrams and photographs. The figures are to be sent in an as ready condition for the publication, with laser printing quality. If they are photographs, they are to be of high quality. They are to be numbered in a sequential manner, in the same order in which they are referenced in the text as: figure 1, figure 2, etc., and their title must be placed in the lower part. They must be included within the text as they are cited and besides they must be sent on separate sheets of paper and in the diskette, in the original software in which they were created.

3. Print-outs

Each author will receive two copies of the Journal where his/her/their paper was published, apart from a copy of the publication in PDF format.

4. Opinions expressed in the papers

The opinions stated in the papers published in the Journal are of the sole responsibility of the author or authors of the same, and do not necessarily reflect the points of view of the Department of Engineering and Construction Management of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

5. Copyright

Submitting a paper to Revista Ingeniería de Construcción implies that it represents an original work, not published previously and not considered for publication elsewhere. The authors must transfer the author’s rights of their papers to the Editorial providing the article is accepted for publication, using a form provided by the Editorial. The copyrights cover the exclusive rights for the reproduction and distribution of the paper, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilms, scanning of documents or any other methods of reproduction of similar nature as well as the translations. Permission to use figures from other source must be obtained by the author prior to submitting the paper.

Sending of manuscripts

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