Structural Survey

Structural Survey

Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment

ISSN: 0263-080X

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We are delighted to announce a change of title for Structural Survey – as from 1st January 2017 Structural Survey will become the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. This exciting new title follows a long process of consultation and market research and a desire to strengthen the international appeal of the journal. 

The new title retains the main core themes and aims of the journal, whilst at the same time gives greater prominence to the challenges associated with the adaptation of existing buildings in response to rapid technological developments, a changing climate and developing societal demands. This of course is in the context of an increasingly global society and a construction sector where solutions need to be developed that are internationally rigorous and informed by world class research. The change to the title will also be reflected in changes to the Aims and Scope which will be updated in December 2016 and we will be inviting submissions in line with these changes.

The launch of the new title coincides with the excellent news that the journal has been accepted for inclusion in the Thomson Reuters’ Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), and reflects our plans to pursue recognition by the SSCI or SCI collections in the very near future. 

Professor David Proverbs and Dr Mark Shelbourn

Editorial objectivesA CIB-encouraged journal.

Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment publishes findings on contemporary and original research in building pathology and building forensics, refurbishment and adaptation. This includes all related areas towards supporting more sustainable and resilient futures. The journal aims to publish rigorous research articles, case studies and reviews concerning innovative investigations on topics related to technical, managerial and legal issues affecting land, property and construction. Particular emphasis is placed on the emerging environmental challenges associated with sustaining the modern built environment.

Winners from the recent Literati Awards.Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment is a CIB-encouraged journal.

Editorial criteria

The journal by nature has a broad scope, encompassing all residential, commercial, retail, industrial, leisure, education and health sectors, in the context of the design, operation, maintenance and adaptation of buildings.


  • Building adaptation and resilience
  • Building conservation and restoration
  • Certification of buildings
  • Conflict avoidance, management and disputes resolution
  • Health and safety
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Project management
  • Maintenance and refurbishment
  • Materials, components and building defects
  • Law and practice of dilapidation


The applied and contemporary focus of the journal's content means it is an invaluable resource for researchers and academics as well as practitioners in the industry wishing to keep abreast of current and international developments. Expert building technologists need to be aware of emerging innovative solutions and rapidly developing applications so that they can provide appropriate and professional advice to their clients.

Key benefits

  • CIB encouraged journal.
  • The journal’s authoritative content and quality is ensured both through its rigorous double-blind (three reviewers) peer review system and its internationally respected Editorial Advisory Board.
  • Covers a broad range of contemporary topics concerning building pathology and emerging environmental challenges.
  • Expert reviewers are drawn from academia and professional practice to ensure relevance and currency of published articles.
  • Publishes lively and responsive special issues overseen by eminent guest editors on new and emerging themes.

Key journal audiences

  • Academics and researchers in the fields of building surveying, building technology, building services and project management
  • Architects
  • Building services engineers
  • Building surveyors
  • Structural engineers
  • Building owners and occupiers
  • Other professionals responsible for the management, appraisal and refurbishment of buildings

Structural Survey: Journal of Building Pathology and Refurbishment is Indexed and Abstracted in:

  • ABI Inform
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Academic Source Complete
  • Academic Source Premier
  • British Library
  • Construction and Building Abstracts
  • Construction Management Abstracts
  • Current Abstracts
  • EI Compendex
  • Electronic Collections Online
  • The International Construction Database
  • Institute for Scientific Information
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals
  • ProQuest
  • ReadCube Discover


Structural Survey is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection page.

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