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Aims and scope

The International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials (IJCSM) provides a forum targeted for engineers and scientists around the globe to present and discuss various topics related to concrete, concrete structures and other applied materials incorporating cement cementitious binder, and polymer or fiber in conjunction with concrete. These forums give participants an opportunity to contribute their knowledge for the advancement of society. Topics include, but are not limited to, research results on

  • Properties and performance of concrete and concrete structures
  • Advanced and improved experimental techniques
  • Latest modelling methods
  • Possible improvement and enhancement of concrete properties
  • Structural and microstructural characterization
  • Concrete applications
  • Fiber reinforced concrete technology
  • Concrete waste management

IJCSM also publishes review articles, as well as short communications and discussions.

IJCSM is currently published under the auspice of the Korea Concrete Institute. In addition, scholars from over 17 countries have contributed as editorial staff and judges for IJCSM, helping the world's top scholars to publish their best research papers.

Open access


All articles published by the International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in the International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials​​​​​​​ you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials therefore levies an article-processing charge of £905.00/$1420.00/€1155.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

The following are the APC paying options that authors can take upon the submission to IJCSM. The option has to be selected at the time of a manuscript submission and follow up actions to the selection will be take place if the review decision of the submission is decided as “Accepted for publication”. These APC options apply to articles submitted after 5th January 2018.

Option 1: Korean Concrete Institute (KCI) fee waiver request (Applies to all authors). There is full sponsorship money available to authors without available funding for APCs. To request sponsorship, please contact journal@mail.kci.or.kr

Option 2: Springer fee waiver request. Authors from low income countries or from Springer member institutions will be able to request waivers/discounts separately in Editorial Manager.

Option 3: Author self-paying APC. The authors will pay the full charge of APC of their manuscript (EUR 1155 per paper).

Indexing Services

All articles published in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials are included in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
  • SCOPUS
  • INSPEC
  • CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX
  • CSA Technology Research Database
  • Current Contents/Engineering
  • Computing and Technology
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO Applied Science & Technology Source
  • EBSCO STM Source
  • EBSCO TOC Premier
  • El-Compendex
  • INIS Atomindex
  • OCLC
  • SCImago
  • Summon by ProQuest
  • Transport Research International Documentation (TRID)

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink. International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials has an Impact Factor of 2.360.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. Publication of research articles by International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Citing articles in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials

Articles in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Int J Concr Struct Mater [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Int J Conc Struct Mater 2009, 1:115.

1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Editorial policies


All manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints


If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Why publish your article in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials?


High visibility

International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials

Copyright

Authors of articles published in International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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International Journal of Concrete Structures and Materials is affiliated with Korea Concrete Institute.

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