Bridge Structures

Assessment, Design and Construction

Volume

17, 4 issues

Latest issue

17:1-2 online 11 June 2021

Next issue

17:3 scheduled for October 2021

Back volumes

From volume 8, 2012

ISSN print

1573-2487

ISSN online

1744-8999

Aims & Scope

Bridge Structures - Assessment, Design and Construction - aims to present the transformation of theoretical knowledge into guidelines and specifications that are compliant with the technical constraints of bridge engineering design. Papers will be solicited from researchers, designers, fabricators and contractors of significant bridge projects, covering a wide range of topics and interests to bridge engineers from all over the world. The main difference between existing journals, and the reason why Bridge Structures is of particular interest to engineers working in the field, is that the focus is on practical issues and on how certain techniques can be adopted in the work of the bridge engineer. This journal is intended to narrow the gap between researchers and practitioners and to provide state-of-the-art solutions to the emerging challenges and problems confronting the bridge engineering community.

Bridge Structures - Assessment, Design and Construction- is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for publishing primarily:

  • Practical papers with high technical content of immediate value to practicing bridge engineers.
  • Papers offering innovative techniques in design and construction that bring new perspectives to the field of bridge engineering.
  • Papers on issues of fabrication

The scope of the journal encompasses, but is not restricted to, analysis, assessment, construction, design, fabrication, maintenance, management and rehabilitation of bridge structures. Bridge Structures is intended for a worldwide audience of practitioners and researchers who are working in the area of bridge engineering.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief

Khaled M. Mahmoud
Bridge Technology Consulting
11 Broadway, 21st Floor , New York City, NY 10004 USA
Email: khaled@kmbtc.com

Editorial Board

Sreenivas Alampalli
Consultant
USA

Fabio Brancaleoni
University of Rome
Italy

Paul Fanning
University College
Ireland

John W. Fisher
Lehigh University
USA

Yozo Fujino
University of Tokyo
Japan

Peter Irwin
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Canada

Jürgen Krieger
Federal Highway Research Institute
Germany

Husam Najm
Rutgers University
USA

Sissy Nikolaou
Consultant 
USA

Jerome Stubler
Freyssinnet
France

Habib Tabatabai
University of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, USA

Jean-Marc Tanis
Jean Muller International
France

Michel Virlogeux
Consultant
Bonnelles, France

Hai Fan Xiang
Tongji University
China

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SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT

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Authors are requested to send their articles directly to the Editor-in-Chief, Khaled M. Mahmoud: khaled@kmbtc.com

Required files for final submissions
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Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

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PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

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Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures
  • Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

    SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.

    Title page
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  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
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  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Abstract
    The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
    The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
    BACKGROUND:
    OBJECTIVE:
    METHODS:
    RESULTS:
    CONCLUSIONS:

    Tables
    Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
    Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
    Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
    Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
    Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
    Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.

     

    REFERENCES

    Authors are requested to use the Vancouver citation style.

    Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references at the end of the manuscript. List the references in the order in which they appear in the text. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed as (author(s), unpublished data). If an article has a DOI, this should be provided after the page number details. The number is added after the letters 'doi'. Manuscripts will not be considered if they do not conform to the Vancouver citation guidelines.

    References must be listed in Vancouver style:

    [1] Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406.
    [2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
    [3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
    [4] Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
    [5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: www.cancer.ca/.

    Footnotes
    Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the   information in the text.

    • If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as   possible.

    Figures
    Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.
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    Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.
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  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
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    Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.

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    Quoting from other publications
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    Bridge Structures Peer Review Policy

    Bridge Structures - Assessment, Design and Construction is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

    All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

    Papers deemed suitable to the journal will be forwarded to two reviewers. Reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s). The Editor in Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

    Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

    • Significance to Field
    • Relevance to Journal
    • Methodology
    • Data Analysis
    • Literature Review
    • Writing Style/Clarity

    Based on the received reviews the Editor in Chief will write a decision letter:

    1. Accept
    2. Minor revisions required
    3. Major revisions required
    4. Revise and Resubmit
    5. Reject

    They mean the following:

    1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
    2. The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor in Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
    3. The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision addressing all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
    4. In its current form, the manuscript is not suitable for publication. A resubmission would require substantial revisions and is only encouraged in special cases. The resubmitted manuscript will be considered as a new submission.
    5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.

    Authors are notified by the Editor in Chief, whose decision is final.