Waste and Resource Management
Manuscript preparation guidelines for journal authors - Engineering
Our engineering journal titles report the latest research and current practice for the benefit of the international civil engineering profession and related disciplines. We also cover historical research and lessons learned from past events. Each paper is independently assessed and peer-reviewed.
All of our engineering titles broadly follow the guidelines below. More specific instruction may be found on the journal homepage of the title that you are submitting to.
Types of content
- Paper (including research, case study or project papers). A Research article is an original presentation of findings from an investigation. A case study looks at the effects of the implementation of, for example, a system and analyses it, in context of the situation.
- State-of-the-art review. A state-of-the-art review is an up-to-date summary of knowledge on a particular subject or issue and represents an overview of recent developments.
- Briefing articles. Short, topical updates, which are not sufficiently comprehensive or novel to be submitted as a research article. Typically, briefings are used to provide authoritative updates of relevant technical, regulatory and professional developments. They can introduce new ideas, explain new legislation, reflect on industry trends, provide the background to a new product or service, discuss anniversaries and events, or simply report a short case history.
- Book review. A book review provides a short description of an academic title and evaluates its quality and contribution to the field in question.
- Discussion. This article format allows reader to comment on previously published papers. Authors of the paper being discussed are given the right to reply. All correspondence is peer-reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board or Panel.
- Letters (Géotechnique Letters only, 2,000 words max). Géotechnique Letters seeks the presentation of novel or emerging ideas and designs, current case studies or the results arising from recently completed research or work in progress that may be of immediate interest to the wider geotechnical community. The shorter format encourages the rapid publication of articles.
Length (excluding abstract and reference list)
- Research articles have a maximum length of 5,000 words (excluding article title, abstract and reference list).
- Briefing articles have a word count limit of 1,800, except for the Civil Engineering journal which has a limit of 600 words.
- Across all journals there is a word count limit of 500 for discussions and book reviews.
- Géotechnique research articles have a page limit corresponding to 12 published journal pages, combining all aspects of the paper (See here for more details).
If your article exceeds these restrictions, you can upload the additional information as supplementary data. Please note, that this is only published online and not in the print version of the journal. You can find out more information by reading our supplementary information policy.
Format and elements of submitted texts
Please prepare your main text document in Microsoft Word, text should be double-line spaced, line numbered and pages should be numbered. We have a template available should you need it.
We also accept Latex files; you may use one of the following three templates i) Géotechnique ii) Géotechnique Letters iii) Proceedings of ICE journal. Latex file manuscripts must be submitted using our template along with a PDF copy of the manuscript.
Please note that the style that you submit your paper in (e.g. any additional italics or bold fonts, bullet points, etc.) may be changed on publication to accommodate our house style.
- The text should be written in UK English, in the third person and all spelling follow the latest edition of The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, with a preference for ‘s’ rather than ‘z’ spellings, e.g. specialise.
- The manuscript should be able to be readily understood by a civil engineer and avoid any colloquialisms.
- The terms, including nomenclature and abbreviations, and style should be consistent throughout the text. Please bear this in mind when collaborating with other authors on the text.
- Referring directly to the names of individuals, organisations, products or services is forbidden unless essential to the comprehension of the manuscript. Gratuitous flattery or derogatory remarks about any person/organisation should not be included.
- Principal participants in a project should be listed separately in a table or acknowledgement at the end of the text. If a person/client is involved, you should seek their permission to detail the project.
- We do not accept footnotes.
- Symbols and Units: SI and derived units should be used, including for historical structures.
- Abbreviations: the use of internationally recognised abbreviations is allowed in the text provided they are defined on first use. Abbreviations should not be used in the title unless a commonly used, non-specialist term. Any abbreviations which can be pronounced as a word (i.e. acronyms) should generally have an upper-case initial only (e.g. Defra). Symbols for chemical elements and compounds should not be used as abbreviations unless in the context of a chemical equation. In particular, ‘carbon dioxide’ should not be abbreviated to ‘CO2’ or ‘carbon’.
- Use bullet points rather than numbered lists.
- Text should be 1.5 spacing or double spaced.
The following is a detailed manuscript preparation guide for research articles to ICE Publishing’s engineering titles; however, they can, in the most part, be used as a basis for other article types amending to concur with the word limit and premise of the formats, as appropriate.
On the first page of your main text document please provide:
- The date that the text was written or revised
- Title of paper (please see below for guidance on titles)
- Full names and post-nominal letters of author(s)
- Positions, affiliations and ORCID number of author(s)
- Contact address and email addresses of all authors
- Number of words in the main text (excluding abstract and references) and the number of figures and tables.
- Please DO NOT include your personal telephone number on the title page.
Titles are limited to 90 characters, including spaces. Please avoid the use of any abbreviations, acronyms or formulae. Titles should clearly reflect the content of the manuscript and any search terms that readers may use should be considered and incorporated.
Please provide a 150–200 word summary of the submission (briefings, research articles and letters only). This should be a concise reflection of the aims, findings, conclusions and any interesting or important results. Take care to incorporate any terms that may be used by potential interested readers to improve the article’s discoverability online (search engine optimisation). This should contain no references; abbreviations that are not commonly used should be defined (for the benefit of the non-specialist reader) at first use.
List of notations
Please provide a list of symbols and definitions used in the text that would be helpful for the reader.
These are used for indexing your article on ICE Virtual Library (this website). Please select a minimum of three keywords from this MS Excel file (if it displays as symbols on a webpage, try opening them in a browser other than Internet Explorer). When you submit your article, you may also type in keywords not on this list.
A concise, accurate, but not exhaustive, summary of current knowledge, with reference to relevant previous and recent works in the field should be presented. This should be accompanied with the aims of and justification for the work contained in the submitted manuscript.
The methods and processes applied to investigate and achieve the aims should be communicated in sufficient detail that readers could repeat the work successfully. The results should be reported clearly and logically, must be interpreted accurately and discussed fairly. Figures/tables can be used to support these findings, but data must not be reproduced in more than one form.
It is a requirement that all research articles include a section at the end of the main text that highlights the contribution of the findings to the field and any potential applications.
All research articles, case studies and project papers should discuss how the work relates to mitigation of or adaptation to climate change. Where relevant, a section on health and safety should be included.
In general, we recommend one figure per 500 words of text.
Examples of figures and guidance on filetypes can be seen on our Figure Guidance page. For specific advice and step by step guidance on accepted file formats and our figure requirements please open, download and save our figure guidelines PDF.
All figures are published in colour online. The following four journals also have a black and white printed version: Bridge Engineering, Géotechnique, Ground Improvement and Magazine of Concrete Research. This should be considered when trying to convey information through colour, use greyscale where necessary. If you wish, you can pay a charge of 750 GBP for colour printing. To do so, send this form to the journal office.
If reproducing or adapting figures from other published work, this must be referenced in the caption and appropriate permissions sought. Please see our copyright page for more information.
A concise summary of the findings or, in the instance of case studies or project papers, the lessons learned. No new information should be introduced here. If necessary, you should explain here the applicability / relevance of your article to readers in other countries.
Research papers must explain the practical relevance and potential applications of the work described. This is important to readers working in civil engineering and related practice.
Similarly, case studies and project papers must highlight the relevance of the work described and summarise the lessons learned. As with research papers, they must also include relevant references to demonstrate how previous research and practice has been used. These references could be standards, codes or relevant past ICE Publishing journal papers.
Additional information, such as tables or mathematical calculations/derivations can be included and should be clearly referred to, from the main text, as belonging to the appendix. These will be included in the print and online versions of the article.
Please provide details from those (individuals and institutions) other than co-authors that contributed to the paper. Additional details required by funding bodies can be placed here too, as well as information about the source of the work (i.e., based on a presentation etc.)
Please add a list of literature cited in the manuscript at the end of the text. Harvard style (author, date) referencing is used in engineering papers. Further details about Harvard referencing.
Unpublished material should not be included in the Reference list.
• If an article has been submitted but not yet accepted, it should only be cited within the text and not the reference list. For example, at the first citation ‘(see ‘Title of publication’ by Author, submitted to Journal’). Subsequent citations can be presented as ‘Author (submitted)’ or ‘(Author, submitted)’.
• If an article has been submitted and accepted but is not yet published, it should be included in the reference list with 'in press' at the end. A DOI number should be included where possible.
Only relevant equations should be included in the main text and should be numbered – anything else can be added as an appendix or as supplementary information. Simple, single line equations can be written using word; an equation editor program is required for more complex formulae.
Figures and tables caption list: Please supply a figure caption list at the end of your main text document. Figures and tables must be mentioned in the text in consecutive order, but as different sets (i.e., Figure 1, Table 1 etc.) All figures must have a brief title accompanied with a short description that can be able to be understood without reference to the main text.
Authors are encouraged to provide a passport style photograph of themselves. These will be published only if a file for every named author is provided.
We only permit one corresponding author per submission. Co-authors can be added, and their email addresses and institutions must be provided.
Additional information, data and other material that may enhance the manuscript but is not necessary to the conclusions can be uploaded as supplementary material. Any reference to supplementary information in the main text should be referred to as, e.g., Figure S1. Further details, please read our supplementary information policy.
Once you have completed your manuscript preparation, please go through this submission checklist. When you are ready, please upload your MS Word document text, and separate high-resolution image files, to the journal submission website. All of our titles use ReView, a manuscript management system - all articles must be uploaded through this.
We have more instructions on how to submit your article. This will save you emailing large files through to us. Please do not submit all of your files as one PDF. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your paper online.
Information on copyright, including text extracts and the reuse of permission published elsewhere, can be found via our Copyright and Permissions page
If you have any queries, please contact the editorial office.
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Original research and practice papers on civil engineering aspects of the resource management cycle.
Aims and scope
Waste and Resource Management publishes original research and practice papers on all civil engineering and construction related aspects of the resource management cycle, from the minimization of waste, through the re-use and recycling, to the management and disposal of residual wastes.
Associated legislation, standards, socio-economic considerations and links with sustainable consumption and production are included. The range of subjects covered encompasses, but is not restricted to, strategies for reducing construction waste through better design, improved recovery and re-use, more efficient resource management, the performance of materials recovered from wastes, and, the procurement, planning, design, construction, operation and logistics of waste and resource management facilities.
Awards: Each year, the paper rated best by the Editorial Panel is given the ICE's Telford Premium prize.
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