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Author Guidelines

1.0 General

Manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Built Environment must be original work that has not been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The journal welcomes submissions written in English . Manuscripts should be not more than 7,500 words in length inclusive of tables, figures and illustrations. Minimum of 15 references required. All submissions will be peer reviewed.

Please use the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT TEMPLATE provided in this SUBMISSION PACKAGE. Kindly refer to Template Checklist for Guidance. Each submission must include :

i. Manuscript in  International Journal of Built Environment Template.

ii. COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AGREEMENT (CTA) as supplementary file.

In making sure your article will be accepted for publication, please refer to our Journal Policy. You can also refer to our guide on how to submit here.


2.0 Types of Paper 

2.1 Full-length original articles

Full-length original articles with 5,500-7,500 words (including references)

2.2 Opinions, viewpoints or comments

Opinions, viewpoints or comments on particular relevant issues with 1,000-2,000 words

2.3 Invited Reviews

Invited Reviews with up to 5,000 words


3.0 Title

The title should normally be concise but informative. Title should be in "Title" case. Author names and affiliations: Indicate the normal order of name of authors. All authors must provide his/her affiliation; email-address and phone number (includes country and area code). The corresponding author, the author who will communicate during the process, must be clearly indicated.

4.0 Abstract

Should contain background of the study, objectives, methodology and result within maximum 250 words ith at least three (3) keywords that could be useful for information-retrieval purposes. A good abstract should consist Of introduction, problem statement, methodology, results & findings, And way forward


5.0 Style

Manuscripts should consist of the following sections: 1.0 INTRODUCTION, 2.0 METHODOLOGY, 3.0 RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, 4.0 CONCLUSION. Each section and sub-section should be numbered using the Arabic numerals. 

5.1 Introduction

This section contains background, significance and objectives of the study.

5.2 Methodolgy

This section discusses the methods used in the research/study.

5.3 Result and Discussion

This section provides clear and concise results of the research/study and provides sufficient detail of the discussions on the results (what, why and how).

5.4 Conclusion

This section concludes e discussions and offers policy implications, if any.

5.5 Tables

Table Caption must appear in the Top and numbered consecutively. Place footnote belongs to the table in the bottom of the table body. The footnote must be smaller size font and italic. Caption must be clear and concise.

5.6 Illustrations

Illustrations including diagrams and graphs should be sharp, noise free and of good contrast. They should accompany the manuscript and numbered consecutively in the same order as they are referred to in the text. Line drawings should be in black ink on a white background and lettering size must be large enough to permit legible reduction whenever necessary. All photographs submitted must be of good quality and printed on glossy paper. Caption of the Illustrations must appear in the Bottom of the Figure and numbered consecutively. Caption  should not be embedded in the figure rather place separately. Caption must be clear and concise.

5.7 Units

The article must use SI unit. When expressing figures, the article must use the following format: 1,948.52 (use comma to separate thousands, and period to express decimal). But, Year 2014 should not be a comma or period.

6.0 References

All references cited in the text must present in the reference list and vice versa. For web reference, full URL and date of accessed should be given. Web references must be separated from non-web references, and should be put after non-web references.

Within the text: for single author (last name of the author, year of publication), for example (West, 2012). For two authors (both authors’ last names, year of publication), for example (Wackernagel and Rees, 1996). For three or more authors (first author’s last name and et al., year of publication), for example (Ratti et al., 2005), but in the reference list all authors’ names must present.

The Reference Style:

Journal publication: (please do not abbreviate the journal names) Simpson, J.R. (2002). Improved Estimates of Tree- shade Effects on Residential Energy Uses. Energy and Buildings, 34:1067-1076
Book: Watson, R.D, and K.S. Chapman (2002). Radiant Heating and Cooling Handbook. McGraw-Hill Handbooks, New York.
Edited Book: Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in Jones, B.S., Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281-304.
Internet Sources: Energy Price Information, US Department of Energy. Retrieved on 8 August 2010.

7.0 Submission

Kindly submit your article through:

8.0 Referees


9.0 Copyrights

Copyright of articles that appear in International Journal of Built Environment belongs exclusively to Penerbit Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. This copyright covers the rights to reproduce the article, including reprints, electronic reproductions or any other reproductions of similar nature.

10.0 Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics (Wager and Klenet, 2011):

The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethicaland responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarized, and has not been published elsewhere.
Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’contributions to the work and its reporting.
Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.


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 Microsoft Word 97-2003 (*.doc) or higher document file format. This will be used as the main submission file.

  3.  Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. DOI for the references must be given if applicable.

  4. The text is single-spaced and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All manuscripts must be in a A4 paper size.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed

  7. A short cover letter regarding the submission is attached, together with a suggestion of three (3) potential reviewers. This will be uploaded as supplementary file.




Copyright Notice

Copyright of articles that appear in Jurnal Teknologi belongs exclusively to Penerbit Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Penerbit UTM Press). This copyright covers the rights to reproduce the article, including reprints, electronic reproductions or any other reproductions of similar nature.


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. This Journal applies Creative Commons Licenses of CC-BY-NC-SA
  2. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its  publication in this journal.
  4. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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