1. Copyright & License

All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (KJCEM). Copyrights of all published materials are owned by KJCEM. Permission must be obtained from the KJCEM for any commercial use of materials. Every author should sign the copyright transfer agreement forms (CTA URL: http://journaltest.auric.kr:8080/download/kicem/Copyright_Transfer_Agreement.docx?v=20231012). This is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited for non-commercial purposes (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

2. Peer review policy

2.1 Peer review process

KJCEM reviews all manuscripts received. A manuscript is first reviewed for its format and adherence to the aims and scope of the journal by the editor-in-chief. If the manuscript meets these two criteria, it is checked for plagiarism or duplicate publication with Similarity Check. After confirming its result, it is dispatched to three investigators in the field with relevant knowledge. Assuming the manuscript is sent to reviewers, KJCEM waits to receive opinions from at least three reviewers. In addition, if deemed necessary, a review of statistics may be requested. The author’s names and affiliations are removed during peer review (double-blind peer review). The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its scientific significance. Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decisions of the reviewers. Following the initial review, each manuscript will be reviewed by reviewers. Reviewers are qualified scholars and experts who have adequate knowledge in the field. In addition, suggested reviewers may not be at the same institution as any of the manuscript authors. The authors’ names and affiliations are not disclosed to reviewers during the review. Only limited information would be given to a member of the editorial board if he or she is among the authors. They will not be given special treatment.

An initial decision will be made, and reviewer comments will be presented to authors within 6 weeks of submission via the online submission system. An expedited review is also available with extra submission charges, informing an initial decision within 3 weeks.

Acceptance of the manuscript is decided based on the critiques and recommended decisions of the reviewers. The reviewers are requested to identify one of four recommendations for publication:

  • accept as is,
  • accept with minor revisions,
  • revision and resubmission, and
  • reject.

If two reviewers decide to reject the submission of the manuscript, it may not be considered for publication.

The corresponding author must indicate the alterations that have been made in response to the reviewers’ comments item by item. Failure to resubmit the revised manuscript within three months of the editorial decision is regarded as a withdrawal. If further revision period is required, the author should contact the editorial office through email available from: Journal Email. A final decision on acceptance/rejection for publication is forwarded to the corresponding author from the editor.

The paper review process would take one to three months. The deputy associate editor shall also review the English communication and clarity of the accepted paper including the abstract and recommend its publication to the deputy editor-in-chief who will review the fairness of review procedures performed by the responsible editorial members and determine the final acceptability for publication. The paper decided to be published finally will be published in accordance with the publication procedures.

2.2 Peer review process for handling submissions from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board

All manuscripts from editors, employees, or members of the editorial board are processed the same as other unsolicited manuscripts. During the review process, submitters will not engage in the selection of reviewers and decision process. Editors will not handle their own manuscripts although they are commissioned ones.

3. Data sharing policy (Open data policy)

For clarification on result accuracy and reproducibility of the results, raw data or analysis data will be deposited to a public repository after acceptance of the manuscript. Therefore, submission of the raw data or analysis data is mandatory. If the data is already public one, its URL site or sources should be disclosed. If data cannot be publicized, it can be negotiated with the editor. If there are any inquiries on depositing data, authors should contact the editorial office.

4. Data Archiving Policy

It is accessible without a barrier from the Korea Citation Index (https://kci.go.kr) or the National Library of Korea (http://nl.go.kr) in the event a journal is no longer published.

5. Preprint Policy

A preprint can be defined as a version of a scholarly paper that precedes formal peer review and publication in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. KJCEM allows authors to submit preprints to the journal. It is not treated as a duplicate submission or duplicate publication. KJCEM recommends that authors disclose the existence of a preprint with its DOI in the letter to the editor during the submission process. Otherwise, a plagiarism check program may flag the results as containing excessive duplication. A preprint submission will be processed through the same peer review process as a usual submission. If a preprint is accepted for publication, the authors are recommended to update the information on the preprint site with a link to the published article in KJCEM, including the DOI at KJCEM. It is strongly recommended that authors cite the article in KJCEM instead of the preprint in their next submission to journals.

6. Advertising Policy

KJCEM does not accept advertisements.