Conflict of Interest
According to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), “Authors should avoid entering into agreements with study sponsors, both for-profit and non-profit, that interfere with authors’ access to all of the study’s data or that interfere with their ability to analyze and interpret the data and to prepare and publish manuscripts independently when and where they choose.”
For authors, upon submission, authors must list all conflicts of interest related to the work, such as sources of funding, sponsor’s role in work design, data collection, and analysis of results, and whether the authors serve on the journal’s editorial board.
For editors and reviewers, editors and reviewers must declare any possible conflicts of interest related to the manuscript, and when editorial board members publish in journals they serve, editorial boards must avoid the peer review process, allowing authors knowing that they sidestep the potential peer review process.
Editors and reviewers need to be replaced when the editor or reviewer who works in the same organization as one of the authors, is one of the authors of the work, is recused by the author, has a financial relationship with the author.
The language used in papers submitted to Concrete Technology should be English—either British English or American English. It is very convenient to be understood by scholars all over the world. Universe Scientific Publishing will provide professional language editing service for the authors whose first language is not English.
Plagiarized articles are not allowed in any publication by Concrete Technology. Before submitting the manuscript, the authors should ensure that they have written original works. As a part of our commitment to protect the integrity of scholarly publications, we take the necessary steps in all aspects of publishing ethics. Submissions are checked for plagiarism via CrossCheck (powered by iThenticate). Overlapping and similar texts in the manuscripts submitted will be investigated promptly and may be considered as plagiarism. Papers detected with possible commitment of plagiarism will be rejected for submission.
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All submissions to Universe Scientific Publishing journals are subject to rigorous review. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice. The concerns or complaints on the possible allegations submitted to the journal will be dealt with promptly and appropriately according to the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart on complaints. The complainant may direct all inquiries and correspondence to the Publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Article Processing Charges (APCs)
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|Concrete Technology||US$ 800|
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All contributions submitted to Concrete Technology are contingent on a rigorous peer review. Aspects such as admissible English language, originality, novelty related to this journal are considered anterior to the peer review process.
All contributions submitted to Concrete Technology will not be made available to anyone except our individuals who take part in the publishing process of this manuscript.
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The publication frequency of journal name is bi-annual.
Erratum & Withdrawal Policy
Errata are important errors made by the journal that affects the publication record or the scientific integrity of the paper, or the reputation of the authors or of the journal. If the authors detect any errors in the published articles, please contact the journal editors. An investigation of the errors in the papers will be made under the approvement and guidance of the editors.
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USD 200 is charged for the withdrawal of papers, and it should be noted that the paid Article Processing Charge will not be refunded if your papers are withdrawn for academic misconducts and ethical violation.
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Units of Measurement
Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using System International (SI) units.
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Indexing & Archiving
All articles published in this journal have been included by some world-class databass: Google Scholar, National Library of Singapore.
Three article storage methods are encouraged:
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Focus and Scope
Concrete Technology serial number for the international standard ISSN1002-3550, Concrete Technology magazine is a professional journal in the concrete industry, fast, widely conveyed concrete industry information. This publication introduces international concrete technical standards and timely exchanges of technical innovations in concrete and building components. Advocate the concept of “producing opportunities for readers, authors, and advertisers, and providing value-added services” to further improve the level of running the magazine so that “concrete technology” becomes the leading media to understand the development of the industry, cutting-edge technology, and innovation, and the importance of academic exchange Parkland, editorial policy: Committed to promoting the development of the concrete industry, providing policy information, market trends, development status and prospects for concrete companies and scientific researchers; promoting new materials, new technologies, new equipment and new processes in the concrete industry; dissemination of production Information on management, engineering practices, testing standards, performance testing and patented technologies.
Main columns: theoretical research; raw materials and auxiliary materials; ready-mixed concrete; concrete products; production processes and equipment; production management; industry information, etc.
Peer Review Process
All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Concrete Technology are undergone a stringent peer review process which aims to uphold the high quality of papers published in Concrete Technology and ensure the truthful and accurate reporting of the research work.
The in-house editor takes initiative to assess the suitability of the original submission of the author on the basis of the editorial policy and relevant guidelines.
The Editor-in-Chief (EIC) decides the fitness of the article and whether the topic is within the field of CT.
The associate editors assign the accepted contributions in accordance to their area of expertise and select relevant reviewers from the editorial membership.
Reviewers are required to assess the full paper from the perspective of originality, methodology, demonstration of the results and presentation of the conclusion, contribution to the literature and research, as well as the suitable referencing of pertinent studies.
After the post-evaluation made by the reviewers, the manuscripts are sent to the associate editors who makes one of the standard suggestions (Accept; Accept with minor revision; or Reject), and then passed to the EIC for final determination.
If EIC recommends minor revisions, a maximum of 7 days is given for the authors to resubmit the revised article.
If EIC recommends major revisions, a maximum of 14 days is given for the authors to resubmit the revised article.
The above steps are repeated before the paper is accepted for publication after post-evaluation.
Authors with rejected submission are suggested to make an appeal in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org in which specific reasons for the appeal and detailed response to the reviewers’ suggestions are included.
Open Access Policy
Open Access (OA) makes scholarly research permanently accessible online without restrictions, which can benefit all stakeholders in the scholarly publishing process, including researchers, funders, students, librarians, scholarly societies, publishers, and the public.
The freely available online work can be accessed and shared by anyone in the world. Researchers can even access OA literature outside university without encountering paywalls. Authors can benefit from the public availability of their research to others, which may increase the visibility and usage of their work. Many funding agencies encourage OA since the potential for increased visibility and discoverability promises a greater return on investment.
New connections may be made and new partners may become possible, if researchers other than those you normally work with share access to your research. Thus, paving the way for spin-offs and new research opportunities.
Public Access and Engagement
OA means more opportunities for the community at large and potentially more public participation in research which can help research-dependent professionals outside of academia including health workers, faculty, and lawyers benefit from access to the latest discoveries.
By publishing open access, a virtuous cycle of scholarly resources can foster social knowledge sharing and innovative creativity.
Research News: AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW SEMINAR SERIES
The American Concrete Institute announces the launch of a series of seminars hosted at ACI Headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI, USA, that will enable concrete industry professionals to receive valuable information on a variety of topics.
The seminars will allow attendees to earn PDHs/CEUs, an increasing requirement to retain PE status. Highly recognized speakers will offer face-to-face interaction, and free resources and referencing tools will be distributed for use both during and after the seminar.
The first seminar, “ACI 562: Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures,” will be held October 30, 2018. The one-day seminar will help attendees learn how to use the ACI 562 code; learn about a design-basis code; and understand the different load combinations and reduction factors in ACI 562.
Future public seminar topics include concrete slabs-on-ground, troubleshooting concrete construction, and troubleshooting concrete forming and shoring. The seminars will be held at ACI Headquarters, in Farmington Hills, MI, USA.
Learn more about ACI public seminars at concrete.org/education/publicseminars.
Research News: SMART CEMENT TO TURN BUILDINGS INTO BATTERIES
Researchers at Lancaster University have developed a fly ash and alkaline solution cement mixture that is capable of conducting and storing electricity. The mixture, a potassium-geopolymeric (KPG) composite, conducts electricity through potassium ions that pass through the crystalline structure. The mixture can store and discharge between 200 to 500 watts per square meter.
The mixture can also be used to sense mechanical stress on structures caused by cracks, which alter its conductivity. When measuring the changes in the way potassium ions move, the structural health of a building can be detected automatically without additional sensor installation. Researchers are carrying out further work to optimize the performance of the KPG mixture and explore the incorporation of 3-D printing techniques.
Research News: PURDUE RESEARCHER ADVANCING CONSTRUCTION THROUGH AI
A robotic system that installs rebar for concrete and software that compares a building's design to local building codes are among the advances in the construction field at Purdue University. "We've developed new technology in our domain to help with productivity, safety, quality and cost of the products," construction management technology professor Jiansong Zhang says.
Artificial intelligence is a major part of technology in future construction, including the early stages of planning. In his lab, Zhang works on software side with the algorithms of computing technology, which are used to support future automation on the job site.