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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11 or 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Articles accepted for MTCJ fall into the following categories

1. Original research in massive timber technology or technology considered to be 'prebuild' or 'preconstruction' or any related topic.

2. Original research in engineering, manufacturing, construction, materials science, business and economics that addresses implications for massive timber construction practice, training, policy, or professional matters.

3. Case studies, where ethical methods of data collection have been applied.

4. Critical discussions, reviews, and debates regarding the relevance to practice of existing research studies.

5. Papers that address conceptual issues related to practice in mass timber construction directly, or those that are related to the use of mass timber in allied fields (i.e. philosophical, theoretical, political, sociological, historical, structural, critical).

6. Book reviews.

In many cases authors might like to consider sending an abstract to the editor for a quick review to ensure the submission will be considered for publication. Please use the contact form to contact the editor.

The following guidelines relate to proposed submissions;
1. Copy must be accessible and readable, and will present in a simple, clear, grammatically sound and direct style of English. As MTCJ is published as open-access to both public and professional readerships, articles must reflect a non-technical and non-jargon language, and include a small table of technical terms where these cannot be avoided.

2. Copy will be Arial, Times New Roman, or Other generic font, double spaced, left justified only, all 11 to 12-point font size including headings, and saved as an electronic file in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) only.

3. The body of the article will include a header or footer on every page with the title of the manuscript and the date of submission, with page numbers on every page. The body of the article must not include any identifying details of the author(s).

4. The author(s) will need to fill in the online form ‘Author Submission Form’ and submit this form in addition to the file containing their article as described above. The online form will be used to record author(s) details.

5. All articles (regardless of their focus or format) will contain an abstract describing the content of the article. Abstracts will be 150 - 200 words or less.

6. All tables and figures should be numbered and presented in the text where they appear. Illustrations originated by the author(s) are accepted as digital reproductions only in jpg format.

7. Written permission from copyright holders must be obtained by the author for any illustration, table, or quote of more than 100 words published elsewhere.

8. Articles may be between 1500 - 5000 words in length. For qualitative articles and systematic literature reviews additional allowance is made.

9. Referencing will be APA, Harvard, or other suitable referencing style.

Procedures to Submit
1. Prepare the manuscript as described above;

2. Save the file in Microsoft Word – a function of MS Word and most other major word processing packages, including WordPerfect, AbiWord, OpenOffice and so forth;

3. Fill in the online form ‘Author Submission Form’;

4. Attach your manuscript file to the online form;

5. Submit the completed online form with your attached article.

All articles are peer reviewed by two reviewers. From time to time, changes to editorial policy and procedure are necessary to attend to quality improvements. If such changes influence existing articles under review, authors will be appropriately notified.
The possible outcomes of the review process are:
Minor revisions with recommendation to publish;
Major revisions with recommendation and resubmission;
The rejection of the manuscript.

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