Advances in Structural Engineering

editor: Professor J. G. Teng


Instructions for authors


Submission of papers

Electronic submission of papers is preferred by the journal as it can speed up the review and publication process. Authors should email their manuscripts as PDF files to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor J. G. Teng ( The final revised version of a paper should be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief both as a PDF file and as an MS Word file.

Submission of hard copies of papers is also acceptable. Four copies of a manuscript should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, Professor J. G. Teng, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.

Acceptance of a paper for publication in the journal is subject to the manuscript being an unpublished work presenting a significant original contribution or an in-depth state-of-the-art review of a specific topic in structural engineering. Submission of a manuscript is taken to imply that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The submission of a manuscript is also taken to imply that the author(s) agree(s) to cede the copyright of the paper to the publisher of the journal upon its acceptance for publication, but will retain certain rights over the use of the material presented in the paper in their future publications in accordance with common practices of international scientific journals.


Review process

All papers submitted will be rigorously reviewed by at least two international experts. When a paper is returned for revision prior to final acceptance, the revised version must be submitted within 3 months of the authors' receipt of the referees' reports.


Manuscript preparation

The manuscript should be provided in double-spaced typing on A4 size pages. It must be written in English and should not, normally, exceed 10,000 word-equivalents. Technical notes should not exceed 3,000 word-equivalents. The title should be concise and be followed by the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). The main body of the paper is to be preceded by an abstract of about 150 words, reporting concisely on the objectives and conclusions, and a list of 4 to 8 keywords. The contact details of the corresponding author including telephone and fax numbers as well as email address should be provided in a footnote on the first page. Other footnotes are to be avoided. The metric system is to be used throughout and if it is necessary to quote other units then these should be added in parentheses.

The manuscript is expected to be written in correct and easily readable English. Both English and American spellings are acceptable, but each paper is expected to follow one style consistently.

When referring to figure numbers, please use Figure in full, followed by the number. When referring to equation numbers, the word equation and equations should be abbreviated to Eqn and Eqns, respectively. Thus, one may write: "... the figure on the left relates to Eqn 32 and the figures on the right relate to Eqns 33 to 37. Eqns 38 and 39, on the other hand, relate to Figures 102 and 103, respectively. Figure 102 is seen to be similar to Figure 103(a) but the two figures have clear differences that reflect the differences in their equations..."

Symbols denoting matrices and vectors may appear in two different styles:

(1) The symbols may appear enclosed in square brackets (for matrices) or curly brackets (for vectors).

(2) The symbols are preferred in roman, but may appear in bold face where they have been used before but in a different context. To signify this, the symbols must be bold-faced or a note should appear in the margin where they are to be bold face.

Each paper is expected to follow one of these styles consistently.



References to published work should be referred to in the text by the last name(s) of author(s) followed by the year of publication in parentheses. For example, one may write "Smith et al. (1996) referred to several existing studies (Chen 1990, 1991, 1992a,b; Ko et al. 1992; Zhu and Ko 1995)..." or "More information can be found in Livesley (1975)." The references should be grouped at the end of the paper in the alphabetical order of the last name of the first author in the following style:

Ko, J.M., Ni, Y.Q. and Tian, Q.L. (1992). "Hysteretic behavior and empirical modelling of a wire-cable vibration isolator", International Journal of Analytical and Experimental Modal Analysis, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 111-127.

Ko, J.M. and Xu, Y.L., eds, (2000). Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Structural Dynamics, Hong Kong, China, December.

Teng, J.G., Chen, J.F., Smith, S.T. and Lam, L. (2002). FRP-Strengthened RC Structures, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK.

Anson, M. and Zhang, J.P. (1995). "On-site graphics for planning and communicating the use of site space", Proceedings of the Fifth East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction, Y.C. Loo, ed., Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, July, pp. 883-888.

Ho, W.M.G. (1991). Nonlinear Analysis of Steel Frames with Semi-Rigid Connections, PhD Thesis, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China.



The original or electronic file of each illustration must be provided with the final revised submission. Each illustration must be clearly numbered. Illustrations should be separated from the text and attached to the end of the text. Captions for the illustrations should be typed in numerical order and placed at the end of the manuscript. The illustrations should preferably require the same degree of reduction. The type area of the journal is 175mm wide and 250mm deep, in two columns per page, each 85mm wide, and lettering should be large enough to be legible after reduction of the illustration to fit the page or column width. Hand-written lettering is not acceptable.



Authors will receive proofs which should be corrected and returned without delay. No new material may be inserted in the text at the time of proof reading. All joint papers must indicate the name and full postal address of the author to whom proofs should be sent.


Page Charges and Offprints

There will be no page charges. Twenty five offprints of each article and three copies of the issue in which the article appears are supplied free of charge to the corresponding author. Additional copies can be ordered at current printing prices.


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