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.
Khaled M. Mahmoud
Bridge Technology Consulting
11 Broadway, 21st Floor , New York City, NY 10004 USA
University of Rome
John W. Fisher
University of Tokyo
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Federal Highway Research Institute
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
New York, USA
Velizy-Villacoublay Cedex, France
University of Wisconsin
Jean Muller International
Hai Fan Xiang
Applied Science & Technology Source
International Civil Engineering Abstracts
Transportation Research Information Service
Web of Science: Emerging Sources Citation Index
By default, articles published in Bridge Structures are available only to institutions and individuals with access rights. However, the journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1250 / US$ 1450 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 1850 / US$ 2080 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.
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. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.
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
- Data Analysis
- Literature Review
- Writing Style/Clarity
Based on the received reviews the Editor in Chief will write a decision letter:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
- Revise and Resubmit
They mean the following:
- The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Editor in-Chief has the ultimate responsibility for what is published in the journal. Authors may appeal decisions by contacting the Editor-in-Chief (at email@example.com). Authors will be informed in writing of the result of their appeal.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Editorial Issue 18(1-2)
Khaled M. Mahmoud
Stress change calculations in accidentally damaged prestressed bridge girders
Azam Nabizadeh, Habib Tabatabai
An overview of integral abutments: Current practices, field monitoring and deck replacement measures
Aliaksei Kustau, Rosa Vasconez, Husam Najm
Model calibration of a long-span concrete cable-stayed bridge based on structural health monitoring data: Influence of concrete variability
Hadi Al-Khateeb, Cortney Natalicchio, Michael J. Chajes, Zheng Y. Wu, Harry W. Shenton III