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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 with line numbering enabled.
  • The word limit for the Abstract is 300 words.
  • 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.
  • The in-text citations are numbered and the reference list formatting matches the formatting requirements shown in the Author Guidelines. Where available, URLs or DOIs for references are provided.

Author Guidelines


It is essential that papers include citations demonstrating that the authors are aware of and have explored existing literature in the area both nationally and internationally. A complete list of references should appear at the end of the paper.

Both the in-text citations and list of references should be formatted according to the guidelines outlined below.

Use a numbered citation style, which includes in-text citations, numbered in square brackets, which refer to the full citation listed in the reference list at the end of the paper (please see reference list formatting guidelines below). The reference list is organized numerically, not alphabetically. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Do not use the numbered citation as part of the sentence.

Do not list sources in the reference list that are not cited in the text, and do not cite sources in the text that are not included in the reference list. Do not abbreviate journal names or conference titles. Please refer to the example reference list entries below for formatting guidelines.


The reference list below includes an example of an online source [1], book [2], book chapter [3], newspaper article [4], journal article [5], and conference paper [6].

[1] Burka, L.P. (1993). A hypertext history of multi-user dimensions. (Accessed Dec. 5, 2019).
[2] Fisher, J.W., and Struik, J.H.A. (1974). Guide to Design Criteria for Bolted and Riveted Joints. Wiley, New York, NY, USA.
[3] Kurtz, M. (1991). Section 7: Transformation of space in computer graphics. Handbook of Applied Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, USA, 7.1-7.42.
[4] Mossberg, W.S. (1993). Word isn’t perfect but new WordPerfect is too much for words. Wall Street Journal. Dec. 2, B1.
[5] Pennoni, C.R. (1992). Visioning: The future of civil engineering. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 118(3), 221-233.
[6] Awad, H., Gül, M., and Al-Hussein, M. (2019). Toward community generation: Energy simulation and performance evaluation of multi-family solar PV settings for energy-efficient homes in Edmonton, Canada. Proceedings, 2019 Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, Banff, AB, Canada, May 21–24, pp. 365–372.

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