Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Challenge Journal of Concrete Research Letters is an international, quarterly published and open access scholarly journal that publishes original research articles as well as short communications, review articles, case studies, discussions, book reviews and letters to the editor in all areas of concrete research.

Challenge Journal of Concrete Research Letters (CJCRL) -formerly known as Concrete Research Letters- publishes as rapidly as possible manuscripts of high quality which addresses eminent topics related to concrete performance, production, durability, sustainability and applications. Being an international, peer-reviewed, online and open-access journal, CJCRL presents a world-wide forum for the dissemination of knowledge among engineers, scientists and mathematicians working in the field of concrete.

Concrete is one of the most commonly used structural materials. Since it has been used in construction industry, it powers the constructional evolution. As so far there is no substitute for concrete to take place at least in the near future, concrete will remain important to sustain our growth and maintain the quality of life for humanity. Primary aim of CJCRL is to encourage academic challenges in concrete research to seek for the global truth. Therefore, the Journal intends to publish at least a review or discussion at each issue. A double blind peer-review policy is followed in order to increase the scientific quality of the published papers. CJCRL publishes review articles, case studies, short communications and discussions, book reviews, challenge to previous published papers, and a diary on international events related to any aspect of concrete.

The submission, review, and publication processes in CJCRL are comprehensively web-based in order to facilitate the major goal of rapid publication. In addition to its distinguished fast publication time (maximum 90 days of submission date), CJCRL is the first short-communications publication devoted exclusively to concrete research starting in March 2010. CJCRL publishes four issues annually, aiming for bi-monthly publication frequency in the near future.

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ISSN 2180-1371 (from 2010 to 2016)

 

Section Policies

Letters to the Editor

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Research Articles

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Case Studies

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Short Communications

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Reviews

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Discussions

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Peer Review Process

Within 5 days of being submitted, each journal paper undergoes a preliminary review by the journal editor. Editor decides among four options for routing the paper: The editors of CJCRL have chosen to recognize the efforts of their reviewers through CJCRL's reviewer recognition program. According to the policy of CJCRL, each submitted paper is signed and numbered before sending to potential reviewers.

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously. This policy does not concern the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts.

Editor decides that the manuscript is ready to be published in CJCRL based on at least two or more reviews. CJCRL editors might be a reviewer.

To be rejected for publication, a paper must receive two negative reviews. Editor might be a reviewer. If Editor receives one positive and one negative review, a third reviewer must be obtained. At this point, given deadline for the third reviewer is shortened to speed up the review process. If two reviewers accept the paper and an editor rejects it; last round is completed with one selected editorial member by Editor.

A manuscript may be declined for review, if Editor considers it outside the scope of the journal. English level of each manuscript is checked by journal team before transferring the manuscript to Editor. If the level of used English is not adequate, the manuscript can be declined or send it back to the author by Editor.

Editor requests the author to revise the manuscript based on at least two reviewers. Authors may either proceeds the revise or decline the revise of manuscript. There is no guarantee that the revised paper will be accepted for publication. If the authors wish to proceed, they revise the paper and send it to CJCRL, along with a letter that explains how the reviewers’ comments have been addressed.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Editorial Commitments

The Editorial Board is comprised of Editor in Chief, Associate Editor(s), editorial board members, web editors, guest editor, editor assistants.

Editor-in-Chief
The chair of the editorial board is the Editor-in-Chief. The last decision for articles are taken by Editor-in-Chief.

Associate Editor(s)
An associate editor, who commissions articles, coordinates peer review process. 

Editorial Board Members
Having place in editorial board of CJCRL provides an academic prestige to the board members. Additionally, the role of the editorial board members are to advise and support the Editor-in-Chief.

Objectives of the editorial board are as described below:
1. Provide input on editorial needs and review manuscripts, as requested.
2. Help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers).
3. Complete assigned reviews in a timely fashion. Offer mutually respectful and constructive review of manuscripts to assist in providing the highest quality papers.
4. Identify key topics to include in the journal and invites key authors on these topics to submit an article.
5. Each Editorial Board member of CJCRL should review at least one article in three years.
6. Approaching potential contributors.
7. Identify appropriate conferences for editors to attend.
8. Endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.

Manuscript Editor
Manuscipt editor is responsible for format/language requirement before publishing articles. Formatting staffs directly reports to only manuscript editor.

Web Editor
Web editor is particularly responsible for the Journal's online content to inform all interested scholars about recent published issues.

Guest Editor
Guest editor migth be invited by Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and Journal Manager to handle special issues and books.

Technical Staff
Article submission problems, user account problems or general queries are handled by technical staffs.

Journal Managers
Journal managers of each journal are selected from the same field of research interest. Web editors, manuscript editors and all administrative staff works under the journal managers. The most important duty of journal managers is to follow the innovations for their journals' improvements. Journal manager names are preferred to be hidden in most cases.

Contact staffs evaluate received e-mails for Journal Manager. If it is believed that some issues can not be solved by journal staffs, then e-mails are forwarded to Journal Managers.

 

Disclosure Policy

If there is no conflict of interest, authors should state in their cover letter that “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.”

 

Complaint Policy

Complaints regarding any aspect of the peer review process will be investigated by Journal Manager.

Contact: complaintsarticles@challengejournal.com

 

Authorship, Originality and Copyright Policies

By submitting your work, you signify that you have read and agreed to the following terms.

Authors warrant that the Work is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published.

Each author has a responsibility to identify materials that require permission by including a citation in the figure or table caption or in extracted text

Each author confirm that all of the content, figures (drawings, charts, photographs, etc.), and tables in the submitted work are either original work created by the authors.

Each author warrant that they have obtained all necessary permissions for the re-use of any copyright works (including illustrations, photographs, charts, and other visual material) contained in the article.

Assigning copyright to CJCRL allows us to act on your behalf in instances such as copyright infringement or unauthorised copying.

 

The Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Tulpar Academic Publishing is committed to meeting high standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process across all our journals. In our ethical standards and procedures, we set out general expectations for authors, editors, reviewers and publishers. Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that authors receive credit for their research.

Allegations of misconduct will be investigated fully, as outlined on the relevant pages below. Complaints against a journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher should be directed to the editorial office (contact details are provided on each journal homepage) or alternatively info@tulparpublishing.com.

 

Authors' Commitments

Content of the Submission

Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Review articles should be accurate, objective and comprehensive, while editorial 'opinion' or perspective pieces should be clearly identified as such. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism takes many forms, from "passing off" another's paper as the author's own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Hence, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical publishing behaviour and unacceptable.

The publication of some kinds of articles (such as clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided that certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Authorship of the Submission

All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.

Only persons who meet these authorship criteria should be listed as authors in the manuscript as they must be able to take public responsibility for the content: (i) made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; and (ii) drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication. All persons who made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (such as technical help, writing and editing assistance, general support) but who do not meet the criteria for authorship must not be listed as an author, but should be acknowledged in the "Acknowledgements" section after their written permission to be named as been obtained. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate coauthors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate coauthors are included in the author list and verify that all coauthors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.

Conflicts of interest on the Research

Authors must declare all potential interests in a ‘Conflicts of interest’ section, which should explain why the interest may be a conflict. If there are none, the authors should state “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.” Submitting authors are responsible for co-authors declaring their interests. Declared conflicts of interest will be considered by the editor and reviewers and included in the published article.

Funding Sources on the Research

Authors must declare current or recent funding (including for article processing charges) and other payments, goods or services that might influence the work. All funding, whether a conflict or not, must be declared in the ‘Acknowledgments’.

Review Requirements for the Submission

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

Erratum on the Publication

When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editors or publisher and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors or publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.

 

Reviewers' Commitments

Contribution to the Decision-making Process

Reviewers are expected to contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner. Peer review assists editors in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and lies at the heart of scientific endeavor.

Confidentiality of the Review

Reviewers must maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author, and not retain or copy the manuscript. Any manuscripts received for review are confidential documents and must be treated as such; they must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief (who would only do so under exceptional and specific circumstances). This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Conflicts of interest on the Review

Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate.

Reviewers should be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and should immediately alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the authors. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for the reviewer’s personal advantage. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

 

Editors' Commitments

Independence of the Editorial Process

Editors will act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.

Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.

Confidentiality of the Submission

Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Conflicts of interest on the Submission

Editors handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.

Editors and editorial board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Decision on the Submission

Editors ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo double-blind peer-review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published, based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Editors will adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Society where appropriate. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.

Editors (in conjunction with the publisher and/or society) will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour will be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.

 

Publisher's Commitments

Tulpar Academic Publishing shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above. For recent and future journals, more detailed ethical procedures will be set out and brought to the attention of journal editors and editorial boards in the process of time.

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work.  The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

In the event that there are documented violations of any of the above mentioned policies in any journal, regardless of whether or not the violations occurred in a journal published by Tulpar Academic Publishing, the following sanctions will be applied:

-        Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript

-        Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by Tulpar Academic Publishing by any of the authors of the infringing manuscript

-        Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to any journal published by Tulpar Academic Publishing, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors. This prohibition will be imposed for a minimum of 36 months

-        Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of any journal published by Tulpar Academic Publishing

In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly egregious, the publisher reserves the right to impose additional sanctions beyond those described above.