Authors Guidelines

Aims and Scope

The Bulletin of the Polytechnic Institute of Jassy is devoted to original and interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed papers on theoretical and applied research related to building materials and equipments, structural mechanics, roads and foundation. The Bulletin seeks to cover a wide range of topics regarding:

  • Concrete Structures, Building Materials and Technology
  • Composite Structures
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Civil and Industrial Engineering
  • Building Equipment Engineering
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Seismic Hazard Studies and Methods for Mitigation of Earthquake Risks
  • Architecture

General

The journal publishes original papers in English (preferable), French or German, and is strongly supported by a dedicated international editorial board consisting of renowned scientists.

Open Access statement The journal is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Submission and review Manuscripts should be submitted in the publication languages, in 2 hard copies and electronic format (in order to facilitate an accurate typesetting) at the e-mail address: bteodoru@ce.tuiasi.ro.
All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two referees and will not be processed further until favorable referees' reports are obtained. Double blind Peer Review system is applied. All manuscripts become property of the Bulletin and will not normally be returned to the author(s) even if a manuscript is not accepted for publication. Authors will be notified promptly about the acceptance of their contribution.

Fees The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Manuscript Eligibility Criteria

Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewere. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors.

Preparation

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf. prepared using Microsoft Word or other wordprocessors software. It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the wordprocessor used. In particular, do not use the wordprocessor’s options to hyphenate words. Do not embed ”graphically designed” equations or tables, but prepare these using the wordprocessor’s facility. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the ”spell-check” and ”grammar-check” functions of your wordprocessor. If the LaTeX file is suitable, proofs will be produced without rekeying the text. The article should preferably be written using Bulletin document class ”bipart”, or alternatively the standard document class ”article”. The Bulletin LaTeX style file package (including detailed instructions for LaTeX preparation) can be obtained from http://www.bipcons.ce.tuiasi.ro/latex. It consists of the file: bipart.cls, complete user documentation for the class file, bibliographic style file bipart.bst, and template file for a quick start.

Manuscript Style

The text should be as short and concise as possible, excluding anything, which is not directly relevant to the subject matter but including any associated safety, environmental or ethical issues. The text should be readily understood by practicing engineers. All statements and references should be correct and accurate. Speculative material must be clearly identified as such. The text should be in the third person and should avoid colloquialisms – texts originally prepared for oral presentation therefore will usually need to be rewritten. The text should not refer to the names of individuals, organisations, products or services unless it is essential to understanding and then only appear once. Text must be neither gratuitously complimentary nor in any way derogatory about any person or organisation. Principal participants in a project should be listed separately from the text in a Acknowledgement.

Manuscript Organization

A paper for publication in Bulletin must contain a title, names and affiliations of the authors, a list of keywords, a brief abstract at the beginning, a conclusion section at the end of the main body, and a list of references that follows the conclusion section. The manuscript must be type written with single spacing and wide margins, on a single side of an A4 paper. The text should be in single-column format. Times New Roman typeface should be used throughout. Hand written manuscript will not be accepted for review. Each page should be numbered beginning with the title page to facilitate review.

Title and Authors’ Names and Affiliations The title of the paper should be typed in boldface and centered on the page. The authors’ names should also be centered on the page. Directly under the authors’ names, place their affiliation(s), with full postal address and email address for each author, centered on the page.

The Abstract Each manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract that should count 150...200 words and have a structured form which reflects your paper (background, material and methods, results, conclusion). The abstract should not include references, figure citations or acronyms. Domestic authors should also submit, on a separate page, a Romanian translation of the title, author’s complete name(s), affiliation(s) and abstract. For non-Romanian author(s), the Editorial Board will provide the Romanian translation.

The Key Words The authors are requested to supply 4...6 Key Words, separed by a semi-colon, that can be used for indexing/abstracting purposes. Key Words should not repeat the title of the manuscript.

Headings It is useful and recommended to divide the full text in paragraphs (or sections), with titles assigned with serial arabic numbers and typed in capital all significant first letters, centred, as in Sample Manuscript. The first paragraph is usually, but not obligatory, denoted as 1. Introduction, but the last becomes as a rule entitled Conclusion. The last paragraph (section) reflects the findings of the author, in the form of a set of concise sentences numbered sequentially by Arabic numbers.

Nomenclature and units Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI or if SI units do not exist, in an internationally accepted unit.

Equations and Mathematical Expressions Equations are separated from the paragraphs of text. They should be centered in the text. These equations should be numbered consecutively using arabic numbers enclosed in parentheses and set on the right margin. The respective references in text will be as eq. (1), eqs. (2) and (3).

Tables Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article (e.g. in graphs). Tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and given a suitable caption. Tables should be simple with brief column headlines (including all units) and as few rows and columns as possible. Each table should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the text (e.g. Table 1). Supplied tables on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.

Preparation of References All references should be cited in the text as: (Author, 2006) or (Author, 2006, p. 25) or (Author 1 & Author 2, 2006) or (Author et al., 2006). The form (Author, 2006 a, b) is used when there are two papers of the same author(s) published in the same year. The list of references is arranged alphabetically according to the first author; do not use numbers. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). All references must be complete and accurate. References will be given in the original language, using only the Latin alphabet (use transliteration if necessary). For references with more than one author, include the names of all authors (do not use et al. or other abbreviations). Papers ”in preparation” or ”submitted” are not valid references.

Artwork Instructions Artworks can be divided into two types. Halftone artwork includes photographs, paintings, or other images containing shades of gray. Line artwork consists of any figures such as graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, and drawings that are entirely black on white, with no shades of gray. Graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, and drawings in which shading is indicated by stippling (dots) or crosshatching (lines) are also considered line art. All artworks – drawings, diagrams, photographs – are called figures and should be denoted and referred to as “Fig.”, with capital first letter. They should be numbered serially by arabic numbers and should be cite in paper (e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 7 or Figs. 1 and 7). Do not import the figures into the text file but, instead, indicate their approximate locations directly in the manuscript. Supplied figures separately from the text, with each one saved as a separate file. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions on a separate page, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Figures should be included wherever possible to enhance the understanding of the text. Colour figures are for the time being not acceptable therefore they must be suitable for reproduction in black and white. For example use cross hatching rather than grey-scale. Detailed maps, CAD drawings and large charts do not reproduce well on screen, and will not be accepted.

Font Information and Sizing of Artworks In order to have a uniform look for all artwork contained in a single article, the lettering on the artwork should have a finished, printed size, no smaller than 7 pt for normal text and 6 pt for superscript and subscript characters. Smaller lettering will yield text that is hardly legible. Text in the illustrations should be typed in the font corresponding to the main text (Times). The maximum size of a simple or composite figure is 120 x 170 mm. For composite figures do not mount together their parts. You should note that during the production and typesetting processes your figures may need to be reduced or increased in size to fit the design of the Bulletin. To achieve the best results you are advised to prepare your artworks at the same size they will be reproduced in the Bulletin. In graphs, axis labels should be separated from quantities units by a comma followed by double spaced (e.g. Normal Stress, [kPa]). All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) width.

File Formats Figures can be supplied as, .jpeg, .pdf or .eps files. Although we prefer artwork files in the foregoing format, we are also aware that a number of authors already (for convenience) submit their artwork in MS Ofice formats, therefore, we support, for now, these submission types. When supplying artwork files, please ensure that files are supplied at the correct resolution: Line artwork: minimum of 300 dpi; Halftones artwork: minimum of 600 dpi; Combinations artwork (line/halftone): minimum of 600 dpi; If author(s) prefer can submit their original application source files, preferable CorelDRAW (.cdr files), CorelDesigner (.des files) ar CAD (.dwg or .dxf files).

File Naming Name your figure files with “Fig.” and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps. Composite figures should be named by their parts, e.g., Fig2a.jpeg.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts that match with the above stated Authors Guidelines can be submitted to the Editor of the Bulletin for review. Electronic submission of manuscripts at bteodoru@ce.tuiasi.ro is the desired mode of submission. This greatly speeds up the review process and reduces delays. Alternatively, manuscripts may be submitted on a CD, together with four hard copies of the final version of the paper to

Professor Nicolae Ţăranu
Editor in Chief
CONSTRUCTIONS. ARCHITECTURE Section
“Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Jassy
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Building Services
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering
43, Dimitrie Mangeron Blvd., Jassy 700050, ROMANIA
email: taranu@ce.tuiasi.ro
phone: 40 232 278 683, ext.1410
fax: 40 232 233 368

In accordance with usual practice, papers previously published and are under consideration for publication elsewhere cannot be accepted.