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Exploring Issues of Project Cost Overrun

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction


Following intense debate on the Co-operative Network for Building Researchers[1] regarding construction project cost overruns, the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction[2] is pleased to announce a Special Issue on this theme. It is apparent from that debate that there are conflicting, varied and sometimes quite controversial opinions held on this subject. Equally, that the subject embraces myriad sub-themes, which include:

  • estimating methods and procedure;
  • availability and completeness of estimating and cost information;
  • time-related factors;
  • unforeseeable events and conditions;
  • the management of construction;
  • conflicting, biased or ulterior interests in a project;
  • (in?) competence;
  • enticement; and
  • (even) untruths!

Given the level of interest said debate demonstrated in these and related issues – and their ramifications for practitioners and researchers alike – we are producing a special edition of the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction titled: Exploring Issues of Project Cost Overrun.

We will not be restrictive by suggesting specific topics for inclusion and so, are considering all papers that deal with project cost overrun or its sub-themes.



To help in the compilation and submission of your paper, please note the following:

  • In addition to empirical research, we welcome what might generally be regarded as ‘controversial’ views – or opinions that might not accord with ‘mainstream’ thought. For instance, the earlier debate made reference to aspects of honesty and integrity – though of course ‘accusations’ will not be published (!) and professionalism / justification in making any such views is paramount;
  • we encourage results of empirical studies, although case studies, personal viewpoints and conceptual papers that are appropriately presented, in a well-researched academic style, are equally welcomed;
  • all papers must be submitted via the journal’s online submission portal[3];
  • all manuscripts must comply fully with author guidelines given on the journal website[4] and;
  • while there is no fixed deadline, it would be helpful if papers are submitted by April 2013, if we are to meet the (UK REF related) publishing timing aspirations below.



We will publish up to six papers in the special edition and these will be assigned based on: 1) the order (i.e. GMT, date) in which papers were first submitted to the journal; and 2) successful passage through review. All papers will be double-blind refereed by a minimum of two experts, but to expedite matters the process will be fast-track managed by the Editorial team, a member of which will also act as one of the reviewers to each manuscript submitted.

We would like to publish this special edition as volume 18 issue 3 (last issue 2013), although if the submission of manuscripts and / or reviewing process extends this, we will hopefully publish it as volume 19, issue 1. With an eye to the UK’s REF-2014 deadline for papers, the latter issue would be published online with a DOI via Emerald Earlycite in late 2013; so papers published in either issue above should be eligible for return in REF-2014 based on a December 31st 2013 publication deadline.

Once the special edition papers have been assigned to publication, any remaining manuscripts that are accepted will be entered into a ‘normal’ issue.


It would help our planning if you would confirm your intention to submit a paper under this call, by emailing Professor Gary Holt, Associate Editor at [email protected]


We look forward to receiving your manuscripts! Thank you.

The Editorial Team,

Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction


Editor-in-Chief: Professor Akintola Akintoye, School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire, UK ([email protected])

Associate Editor (Property): Dr Peadar Davis, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK ([email protected])

Associate Editor (Construction): Professor Gary D. Holt, School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire, UK and Birmingham City Business School, UK ([email protected])



Hyperlinked references/further information

[1] CNBR:

[2] Journal website:

[3] Submission portal:

[4] Author guidelines: