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Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted as electronic files via website.

Online submission: The submission after the deadline date is NOT ACCEPTED.
Submit in a consolidated PDF file not exceeding 10 MB, which includes text, captions for tables and figures, tables and figures following the order indicated in "Manuscript Format Guidelines". Prepare contact information of the contact author. Go to http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/jaabe/-char/en/ and click on "Submission". Enter the necessary information and upload your manuscript according to the instructions described there.
Should you have any inquiries, please contact the Secretariat at jaabe@aij.or.jp (Tel: +81-3-3262-6605).

Description of JAABE Fields
Architectural History and Theory:

1. Architectural History (History of Oriental Architecture)
2. Urban History (History of Town Planning)
3. Theory of Architecture (including Design, Environment, Landscape, and Conservation)
4. Theory of Urbanism, Architectural Criticism

Architectural/Urban Planning and Design:
1. Architectural Planning and Design (including Human Engineering)
2. Urban Planning and Design (including Regional Planning, and District Planning)
3. Housing Planning and Design (including Residential Unit Planning and Design, and House and Residential Pattern)
4. Facility Management
5. Landscape Planning
6. Construction Management (including Building Engineering, and Building Economy)
7. Environmental Psychology
8. Environmental Planning
9. Disaster Prevention Planning (including Sustainability and Energy)

Building Structures and Materials:
1. Materials and Construction
Mortar/Concrete; High-Performance Concrete, Steel/Metallic Materials; Inorganic and Organic Materials; Waterproof-Materials; Fire-Proof Materials, Finish Materials, Construction Methods with Different Materials, Ground/Foundation Work, Temporary/ Earth Retaining Work, Machine/Robotic Method, Quality Control, and Maintenance and Durability and Others
2. Structure
Reinforced Concrete Structure, Pre-Stressed Concrete Structure, Steel Structure, Steel-Concrete Composite Structure, Masonry Structure, Timber Structure, Shell/Space Structure, Membrane Structure, Nuclear Power Plant, Foundation and Soil Mechanics, Structural Mechanics, Statics and Dynamics, Structural Analysis and Design, Fire-Resistance Design, Earthquake-Resistance Design, Wind-Resistance Design, Load, and Reliability and Others

Environmental Engineering:
1. Room Acoustics, Sound Environment, Noise/Structure-Borne Sound, Environmental Vibration
2. Light/Color
3. Heat, Humidity, Thermal Comfort, Natural Energy
4. Air Flow, Air Quality
5. Air-Conditioning System, Heat Source System
6. Building Utility Application, Water Supply and Drainage, Water Environment
7. Urban Environment, Urban Installation
8. Environmental Design/Global Environment
9. Electromagnetic Environment

Acceptance Criteria

The journal accepts and publishes the academic papers that meet the following criteria for the type and quality:

1) The paper contains original materials of sufficient value and interest to the practitioners or researchers in a building-oriented discipline, 2) The paper gives concise and clear account of new research work, or project completed, together with an objective discussion of its significance, 3) The paper includes details of the work and reference to public source of the information sufficient to permit the reader to reproduce the work or verify its accuracy, 4) The paper is free of evident commercialism as well as private or

Acceptance of Other Contributions: Discussions providing significant comments or questions regarding the contents of the published papers are also acceptable for publication.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts for papers and discussions should meet the format defined by "Manuscript Format Guidelines."
Paper manuscripts should be written and arranged in a style that is succinct and easily followed. An informative but short title, a concise abstract with keywords, and a well-written introduction will help to achieve this. Simple language, short sentences and a good use of headings all help to communicate the information more effectively. Discursive treatment of the subject matter is discouraged. Figures should be used to aid the clarity of the paper. The reader should be carefully guided through the paper. Always think about your reader.
Discussion manuscripts should follow the requirements of paper manuscripts except that they do not have abstracts, keywords, introductions, or conclusions. They must be submitted within 6 months after the publication date of the paper.

Refereeing Procedure

The Chief Editor assigns the manuscript to one of the Field Editors. When judging it qualified for refereeing process, the Field Editor identifies two competent referees who are the acknowledged experts in the subject. JAABE has a "double blind" referee process; The referees' name will remain anonymous while the authors' name of the paper will remain anonymous to referees. Based on the referees' evaluations, the Field Editor reports his/her decision to the Chief Editor. Only those receiving favorable recommendations from the referees will be accepted for publication. The Chief Editor informs the contact author of the publication status. To safeguard the author, the referees regard all information contained in the manuscript as confidential until it is published.

It is authors' responsibility to ensure high standards of English expressions in their manuscripts. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission. Upon request, we will provide authors with a list of English proofreaders who can check and polish the English of their manuscript. When accepting manuscripts for publication, the Field Editor may request improvement in English used therein. The Field Editor also retains a right of declining final manuscripts that fail to satisfy this request.

JAABE Best Paper Award

The JAABE Best Paper Award is presented to outstanding papers published in this journal by the Architectural Institute of Japan, the Architectural Institute of Korea and the Architectural Society of China. This award is given to a maximum of four papers (not more than one per field) once a year and announced in every May issue.

Publication Charges

No fee will be charged for publication of papers and discussions. However, excessive alterations of the proofs by the authors will be billed to the authors, unless they stem from printer's errors. Cost of printing in color must be borne by the author. Contact Architectural Institute of Japan for cost estimate and further information regarding these.


Submission of an article to this journal is taken to imply that it represents original, unpublished work, not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors will be asked to transfer the copyright for their papers to the Architectural Institute of Japan if and when the article is accepted for publication, using the copyright transfer form provided. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any reproduction of a similar nature, and translations. If a third party requests permission to duplicate or reproduce the article, the Architectural Institute of Japan shall contact the author for his/her approval. Authors who wish to publish illustrations previously in print must obtain written permission from the original publisher, and should include acknowledgements in the figure captions. The written permission must be enclosed with the final version of the manuscript sent for publication.


Type Area and Layout: The manuscript should be typed on A4-size(210 x 297mm) paper. Leave 25-mm margins on top and bottom, and 20-mm margins on left and right. Print the text in two columns, each measuring 82 mm across, with a blank space 6 mm wide in between. Insert and lay out figures, tables, and their captions in the text.

Typescript: The manuscript must be typed in English, using Times Roman of 10.5-point font size. Adjust line spacing to accommodate 59 lines from top to bottom of the type area. Handwritten manuscripts will be rejected. Number all pages starting with the title page. If special characters or accents could not be typed, they may be substituted by alternative key/characters.

Length: Submission must meet strict length limitations. Expedited paper manuscript must not exceed 8 pages, including spaces, figures, tables, and references. Discussion manuscript must not exceed 2 pages.

Title page: The first page of the manuscript must contain the paper title, author full name(s), position(s), and affiliation(s), and contact author's name, position, affiliation, address, phone&fax number, and email address. The paper title should be not more than 75 characters long including spaces.

Authors are encouraged to use the JAABE manuscript template for manuscript preparation.

template PC (Word)
template Mac (Word)

Abstract and keywords: An abstract and keywords should be included on the title page. The abstract must not exceed 200 words and must precis the paper giving clear conclusions. Keywords of up to five words must be carefully selected to facilitate readers' search.

Major Sections and Headings: The paper should involve the following major sections:

􀂄 Introduction: Describe the motivation or purpose of the research.
􀂄 Methods: Provide sufficient information to allow readers to repeat the work.
􀂄 Conclusions: State conclusions concisely and without interpretation.
􀂄 Acknowledgements: Recognize any advisory or financial help received.

References: The Harvard System is used. References in the text should be quoted in the following manner: Smith(1975) or (Brown and Green, 1976) or if there are more than two authors, Jones et al. (1980). References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order by the first author's surname. If references to the same author have the same year, they should be differentiated by using 1980a and 1980b etc. The style should follow the examples below.

Reference to a book
Author's Surname, Initials. (Year of publication) Title. Edition (if not the first). Place of publication: Publisher.

Kasai, K. and Yashiro, T. (2001) Elicitation of subjective probabilities for risk
analysis. 3rd ed. Tokyo: Architectural Institute of Japan.

Reference to an article in a journal
Author's Surname, Initials. (Year of publication) Title of article. Title of journal, Volume number and (part number), Page numbers of contribution.

Kasai, K. and Yashiro, T. (2001) Elicitation of subjective probabilities for risk
analysis. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering, 1 (1), 77-82.

Endnotes: A limited number of explanatory endnotes are permissible. These should be numbered as 1, 2, 3, consecutively in the text and denote by superscripts. Endnotes should be listed at the end of the paper with numbers linked to those in the text.

Mathematics: Number the equations consecutively, e.g., (1), (2) and (3). Make sure that subscripts and superscripts are legible.

Measurement: International System of Units (SI) should be used; if other units are used, SI equivalents should be given in parentheses.

Tables: Insert tables in the text and arrange them across one (82 mm) or two (170 mm) columns of the page. Number the tables consecutively with Arabic numerals, e.g., Table 1. and Table 2.. Make sure the typeface in the tables is still legible after reducing the table to the final size.

Figures (line art and photographs): Insert figures in the text and arrange them across one (82 mm) or two (170 mm) columns of the page. Number the figures consecutively with Arabic numerals, e.g., Fig. 1. and Fig. 2.. Original figures should be included in the final submission. Negatives will not be accepted. Glossy prints are preferable both for black-and -white and color photos. Make sure the typeface in the figure is still legible after reducing the figure to the final size.

Color: Color printing is permitted at the expense of the authors. Color transparencies are usually discouraged because dyes in transparencies differ from those used in creating a print or proof.


For final publication approval, the contact author should submit the following materials 1)-6):

1) A Word file of the final manuscript. (The preferred format is MSWord. Other formats such as PageMaker and InDesign are not acceptable.)

Your manuscript will be re-edited by the publisher, and therefore we strongly recommend that you use the JAABE template for your final manuscript preparation.

template PC (Word)
template Mac (Word)

/ Fonts other than "Times New Roman" can not be used. Do not use two-byte characters such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean fonts.
/ For special characters such as Greek letters, please use symbol fonts. We recommend that you utilize the equation-editor tool included in MS Word or MathType (Design Science, Inc.) for numerical expressions.
/ Also, please do not hyphenate manually, and be sure to cancel the hyphenation function before starting.
Photographs and Graphics
/ Insert caption(s) below photographs and other graphic elements.
/ Photographs and graphics inserted and laid out in the text should be reduced in size to 50 percent of the original, or smaller.
/ Please attach the photos and graphics in the original size in separate files.
/ Photographs should have good contrast and resolution.

2) A PDF file of the final manuscript. The PDF should be matched with the Word version above.

3) Original figures (line art and photographs). Negatives will not be accepted. The identity of the figures (Fig.1, etc.) should appear on the back. Make sure the typeface in the figure is still legible after reducing the figure to the final size. Do not use color for line art if it is to be reproduced in black and white. Photographs should have good contrast and intensity.

4) Copyright transfer form signed by each author. (form - available in PDF )

5)Color printing order form. (price lists & form - available in PDF )

(order form for AIJ Member in Japanese - available in PDF )

(Note: There is no reprint service available from 2009.)

6) English Proof Certificate (examples)

*All the submitted data and documents will not be returned to the authors.

Notes: A signed copyright transfer form warrants that adequate permission has been obtained and attribution made for any quotation or use of the work of authors, whether published or not, and that proper authorization has been obtained for publication of the results. Any figures or photographs reproduced from the work of others must be credited and the written permission of the originator must be attached to the completed copyright form.

This release does not preclude authors from using the manuscript or parts therein for their own work.


Proofs will be sent to the contact author for correction. This should be checked and returned as soon as possible. The authors must prepare their manuscript carefully: no alterations to the original text are accepted. Our aim is rapid publication: this will be helped if authors follow the above instructions scrupulously, and return their proofs as quickly as possible.

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