Journal of Construction Research

1. Objectives and Unique Attributes
2. Topicality
3. Key Benefits
4. Key Journal Audiences
5. Coverage
6. The Editorial Team
6.1 Editor and Board of Consultants
6.2 Editorial Advisory Board
6.3 Annual subscription rates
6.4 JCR Submission Requirements

1. Objectives and Unique Attributes

ISSN 1609-9451
The Journal of Construction Research (JCR) is the official publication of the Asia Pacific Institute of Building (APIB). Its focus is to investigate and expand the frontiers of knowledge that cover business decisionmaking applications of scholarly construction research.

Construction research consists of construction operations, management, economics and engineering services. The Journal of Construction Research aims to provide an international forum for the interchange of information and ideas relating to operations management and production management in the construction industry. Market and policy papers introducing and analyzing the operational and institutional setting, the supply side of real estate, policy issues and related laws and regulations of construction markets are also welcomed.

The aim of this Journal is to explore the interface between academic research and practical application by disseminating new research findings alongside articles related to everyday professional practice. Papers are published in two sections, Academic Papers and Practice Papers. Papers are refereed to the highest academic standard through double blind refereeing procedures.

2. Topicality

Recent changes in the construction industry have already forced major rethinking within the industry. Practitioners are under great pressure to improve professional education and policing standards, and separate transaction and advisory business, to prevent property advice falling outside the mandate of professional consultants into less well regulated hands. The journal tackles central issues to keep industry practitioners informed on current thinking and developments.

3. Key Benefits

The JCR is published under the guidance of an expert international board and presents fully refereed papers on practice and methodology in the field. It provides essential reading for academic researchers, with its authoritative content and internationally respected contributors.

4. Key Journal Audiences

Academics and practitioners in all areas of the construction and real estate industry.

5. Coverage

Fully refereed papers on practice and methodology in the following areas:

    - Academic papers on the latest research, thinking and developments
    - Computer briefings covering the latest information technology
    - Law reports assessing new legislation
    - Market data for a comprehensive review of current research
    - Quality review papers which summarize, review, and synthesize the leading areas of research in construction
    - Practice papers - a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the industry

6. The Editorial Team

6.1 Editor-in-Chief

Professor K W Chau (
The University of Hong Kong
Department of Real Estate & Construction
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.

Board of Consultants
Professor Boyd C Paulson, Jr., Stanford University, USA
Professor Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, Purdue University, USA
Professor Iris D. Tommelein, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Professor Pat H. Hendershott, (Emeritus) Ohio State University, USA
Professor Fred Moavenzadeh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

6.2 Editorial Advisory Board

Adeli, H., The Ohio State University, USA
Denny McGeorge, University of Newcastle, Australia
Mustafa Alshawi, University of Salford, UK
Bryan MacGregor, University of Aberdeen, UK
James R. Webb, Cleveland State University, USA
Paul Olomolaiye, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Peter Stewart, RMIT University, Australia
George Ofori, National University of Singapore
Martin Skitmore, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Paul Bowen, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Bengt Larsson, Chamlers University, Sweden
Alan D. Russell, University of British Columbia, Canada
James E. Moore, II, University of Southern California, USA
Jon Robinson, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Lauri Koskela, VTT Building Technology, Finland
Stuart D. Green, The University of Reading, UK
Will Hughes, University of Reading, UK
Theo C Haupt, Peninsula Technikon, South Africa
Glenn Ballard, UC Berkeley, USA
Jonathan Shi, Illinois Institute of technology, USA

6.3 Annual subscription rates

Local: HK$200 (Print only)

Overseas: US$40 (including airmail postage)

Institutions/Libraries: US$120 (Print + FREE Electronic)

Orders and enquiries regarding subscription should be addressed to:

World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd.
5 Toh Tuck Link
Singapore 596224


Suite 1B,
1060 Main Street,
River Edge,

Contact: Ms Lim Sook Cheng

JCR is abstracted and indexed in Cambridge Scientific Abstract

Send three copies of the manuscript containing the fax number and email addresses of the authors to:

Professor K.W. Chau
Journal of Construction Research
University of Hong Kong
Department of Real Estate and Construction
Pokfulum Road, Hong Kong


6.4 JCR Submission Requirements

The Journal of Construction Research is the official publication of the Asia Pacific Institute of Building (APIB). Its focus is to investigate and expand the frontiers of knowledge that cover business decisionmaking applications of scholarly construction research.

Authors should submit three copies of clearly typed, double-spaced, paginated manuscript. The cover page, which will be removed before the manuscript is sent to a referee,should contain: the aticle title, the name of author and affiliation (mailing address), phone, fax numbers and email address.

Submission of an IBM-compatible disk copy of the manuscript is also encouraged. Authors should make an effort to assure that disk and hard copy are in agreement as to text content, numbers of notes, reference information, exhibits, etc.

Contributions to the Journal will be double-blind refereed to ensure impartiality and high quality. Publication dates for accepted manuscripts will be determined by the Editor.

As a general rule, the Editor will attempt to "balance" the topics addressed in any one issue of the Journal. Consequently, in an effort to balance the topical coverage, the Editor may choose from accepted manuscripts those articles to include in any given issue.

Submitted manuscripts should cover original work and not substantially resemble articles that may be under review at another journal. In addition, the name appearing on the article should be that of the individual(s) who did the work; the work should be original research; the article should not be under review simultaneously at another journal, and it should be understood that APIB owns the copyright if the article is published. The Journals occasionally will review previously published work providing that it has not been copyrighted.


An abstract of not more than 100 words, summarizing the research purpose, method and findings should precede the article text.


Headings are numbered.


1. First-level heading

1.2 Second-level heading

1.2.4 Third-level heading.
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Each manuscript should include at the end of text, a non-technical summary statement of the main conclusions of author.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures must be titled and numbered consecutively as exhibits with Arabic numbers. Please check that text contains a reference to each table or figure. When exhibits are done on oversize paper, submit the oversize paper rather that a xerox reduction. Indicate approximately where each exhibit should be placed. Verify that all numerical amounts add up to totals shown in tables, that significant digits are rounded to no more than 4 or 5 numbers, that the exhibit title, column heads, captions, notes, etc. are clear and to the point. As for figures, the author must make certain all plotting points are sharp and clear. Each exhibit should list its source.

Mathematical proofs, equations

Lengthy mathematical proof and extensively detailed mathematical tables should be placed in an appendix (or omitted entirely) and the author should make every effort to explain the meaning of such proofs. Equations should be displayed on a separate line, centered, and numbered consecutively at the right margin, using Arabic numerals in parentheses.

Avoid the use of abbreviations. Use either British or US spelling throughout - do not mix the two.

Notes (footnotes)

Notes in the text must be cited consecutively. They should be presented on a separate page, double-spaced for insertion before the reference section. Notes to exhibits must also be double-spaced and typed at the bottom of the separate exhibit page.


References must be presented alphabetically by the last name of the author on a separate page, double-spaced for insertion at the end of the article before exhibits. References must be dated, and the citations in the text must correspond to these dates. For example, citations to publications in the text should appear appear as follows: "Love et al. (2005) report that...," or "The evidence has been fairly well documented (Park and Chapin, 1999)." The author(s) should take particular care to make certain there is a reference for every in-text reference citation and that there is consistency with regard to
dates and the spelling of author names.

Examples of references

Park, W.R., W.B. Chapin (1999),The Theory and Practice of Econometrics, second edition, Wiley, New York.
Kinnard, W.N. (1991),Tools and Techniques for Measuring the Effects of Proximity to Radioactive Contamination of Soil on Single-Family Residential Sales Prices, paper presented at the Appraisal Institute Symposium, October 1991.
Mills, E.S. (1971), The Value of Urban Land, in H.S. Perloff, editor, The Quality of the Urban Environment, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, 229-53.
Love, P.E.D. R.Y.C. Tse, and D.J. Edwards (2005), TimeˇVCost Relationships in Australian Building Construction Projects, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 131(2), 149-270.

Authors may wish to include a brief acknowledgement. This should appear at the end of the article, after References.

After your article has been edited and typeset you will receive page proofs to review and approve within 3 days. No substantive author changes are allowed at the proof stage. The corresponding author will receive 1 free copy of the relevant journal issue for each author, and a total of 25 offprints, to be shared with co-authors if appropriate.