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Author Guidelines

Title Page

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s). Provide e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers for each author (Not only for corresponding author).
  • Provide personal (if available) website addresses for each author.
  • Provide a separate affiliation statement (as a footnote on the first page) for each author listed in the byline. This statement should include their position/title, address, and university affiliations if applicable. It is important that each author has a footnote and no authors share a footnote, even if they are from the same institution.


Abstract

Please provide an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Keywords

Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.


Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word document.

  • Use a Cambria font for title, 16 points.
  • Use a Cambria font for sub titles, 10 points.
  • Use 10-points Cambria for text.
  • Use an automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Use an automatic line numbering.


Equations

  • Use an equation editor for equations (MS Word's equation tool).
  • Equations will be written as Eq. (1) for a single equation in the text.
  • Plural equations will be written as Eqs. (2) and (3) in the text.


Figures

  • Figures will be written as Fig. 1 in the text.
  • Plural figures will be written as Figs. 1 and 2 in the text.
  • To identify the part of any element, it is going to be written as Fig. 1(a) in the text.
  • To identify the part of any element for plural figures, it is going to be written as Figs. 1(b-c) in the text.
  • Ensure that each figure has a caption.
  • Captions of each figure will be placed at the bottom of each figure (bolt) and will be written as:

Example: Fig. 1. Deformation under step load.


Tables

  • Tables will be written as Table 1 in the text.
  • Ensure that each table has a caption.
  • Captions of each Table (bolt) will be placed at the top of Tables and will be written as:

Example: Table 1. Comparison of fundamental frequencies of the beam according to different beam models.

  • Caption lists for each figure and table should be also provided after the references.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions). Manuscripts with mathematical content can also be submitted in LaTeX.

***Please submit tables and figures of graphs as editable text and not as image files.


Conclusions

Include a section under the heading "Conclusions" or "Summary and Conclusions" that presents the significant implications of the information presented in the body of the manuscript.


Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


References in the text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).

For single author; cite references in the text by surname and year in parentheses in the text:

Example: In the past 30 years, using of the plate bending ele-ments based on the Mindlin (1951), and Reissner (1947) theory (the first-order shear deformation theory) have interested many researchers.

For two authors, cite references in the text by surnames of two authors and year in parentheses in the text:

Example: However, more sub-stantive support is provided by the work of Kanakubo and Shindo (1997).

For three or more than three authors, cite references in the text by the surname of first author having et al. and year in parentheses in the text:

Example: One of the early models developed on this topic is the one based on the skew-bending approach proposed by Elfgren et al. (1974), which is based on equilibrium considerations.


Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication.

References for Journal Articles:

Full surname of authors abbreviations of initial names (year). Name of Journal (in italic), volume(issue), pages.

Example: Razaqpur AG, Bencardino F, Rizzuti L, Spadea G (2015). FRP-RC/PC members subjected to combined actions. Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics, 1(1), 1-8.

References for Proceeding (Conference) Articles:

Full surname of authors abbreviations of initial names (year). Article name. Conference name (in italic and initial letters are in capital), City (initial letter is in capital), Country (initial letter is in capital), pages.

Example: Hotta H, Tsunoda T (2004a). An experimental study on influence of mullion-type wall of predominat bending failure in reinforced concrete frame. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, Yokohama, Japan, 105-111.

References for Books:

Full surname of authors abbreviations of initial names (year). Book name (initial letters are in capital). Publisher name, Country.

Example: Cook RD, Malkus DS, Michael EP (1989). Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Canada.

References for Chapter in Books:

Full surname of authors abbreviations of initial names (year). Book name (initial letters are in capital). Full surname of editors and abbreviations of initial names. Chapter name (initial letters are in capital and italic). Publisher name, Country, pages.

Example: Ozcebe G, Sucuoglu H, Yucemen MS, Yakut A (2006). Advances in Earthquake Engineering for Urban Risk Reduction. In: Wasti ST, Ozcebe G, editors. In Defence of Zeytinburnu. Springer Inc., Netherlands, 95-116.

References for Dissertations:

Full surname of an author abbreviation of initial name (year). Thesis name (initial letters are in capital). Ph.D thesis (in italic), Name of the University (initial letters are in capital), City (initial letter is in capital), Country (initial letter is in capital).

Example: Ayvaz Y (1992). Parametric Analyses of Reinforced Concrete Slabs Subjected to Earthquake Excitation. Ph.D thesis, Graduate School of Texas University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.

References for Codes:

Abbreviation of code (year). Code describtion. Institute of code (initial letters are in capital), Publisher name, City, Country.

Example: ACI 440.1R (2006). Guide for the design and construction of structural concrete reinforced with FRP bars. American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, MI.

References for Online Documents:

Name of the references (year). Source of dowloading. Web adress. Date of downloading.

Example: Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (2009). PEER strong motion database. University of California, Berkeley, http://peer.berkeley.edu. Downloaded on 10-10-2015.


*** Citing Multiple Sources from an Author with the Same Year

In this case, you will need to differentiate between sources with the same author and publication date by adding a lower-case letter to the publication year. Ensure that the readers knows which source you are citing in the text and can find that source in your reference list.

Example:

Hotta H, Tsunoda T (2004a). An experimental study on influence of mullion-type wall of predominant bending failure in reinforced concrete frame. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering, Yokohama, Japan, 105-111.

Hotta H, Tsunoda T (2004b). An experimental study on influence of mullion-type wall of predominant bending failure in load-carrying capacity and deformation efficiency of reinforced concrete frame. Journal of Structural and Construction Engineering (Transaction of Architectural Institute of Japan), 582, 131-136 (in Japanese).


 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or Word Perfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
    • E-mail address for each author
    • Full postal address for each author
    • Phone numbers for each author
    • Keywords 
    • All figure captions 
    • All tables (including title, description, footnotes) 
    • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked' 
    • References are in the correct format for this journal
    • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa 
  5. Provide personal (if available) website addresses for each author.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

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