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Publication Ethics

The Journal of Construction in Developing Countries adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) standards on publications ethics. Submission of an article implies that:

  • The work described has not been published previously except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis.
  • That it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • That its submission and publication in the journal is known and approved by all Authors.
  • The work is the Author’s own and there are no falsifications or fabrication of data, plagiarism including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation and misappropriation of.

Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with using the guidelines issued by the COPE. For further details please visit:

Copyright Policy

Upon acceptance of an article, Authors will be asked to transfer copyright. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. A notification email will be sent to the corresponding Author confirming receipt of the manuscript. A form facilitating transfer of copyright can be obtained from http://web.usm.my/jcdc/downloads/ JCDCcopyrightTransferForm2021.pdf.

If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the Author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

Authorship Policy

Corresponding author is responsible for communication with the journal and between co-authors. Ensure that all authors are included in the list in an agreed order, and that all authors are aware that the paper was submitted. Any changes to the author list after submission needs to be approved by a letter signed by every author.

Authors retain rights of personal use of the material, such as in derivative works, thesis or dissertation, and educational purposes, provided that full acknowledgement is made to the original publication in the journal.
Authors may upload their accepted manuscript PDF to institutional repositories (including PubMed Central); however, the following clause should be included:

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Engineering Science following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].

For commercial uses, permission from the Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia is required.

Conflict of Interest

Authors are requested to disclose any conflict of interest, either financial or personal, that could affect or influence their work.


Articles must be originally written by the author. Work/words of others have to be appropriately cited or quoted.

Open Access Policy

Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia publishes fully open access journals. All articles are freely available to read, share and download. In accordance to publication ethics and best practices of scholarly publishing, authors and journals must be properly credited.

All articles are accessible via the journal's website and selected indexing databases.

Publication Charges

There is no submission charges or article processing charges (APC).

Language Policy

Manuscript must be written in English.

Peer Review

To ensure material originality, accuracy and relevance, this Journal practices a double-blind peer review policy. The Editorial Board may exercise their prerogative to reject a manuscript without peer review if that article is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted or lacking in significance. Please send us suggestions of possible reviewers. The referee selected by the Editor may, of course, not necessarily be from the list.

As a peer-reviewed international e-journal, the evaluation process is often lengthy, therefore allow a conservative estimate of between three to five months before a formal result is announced.


All articles published in Journal of Construction in Developing Countries are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License which under the following terms:
  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
You are free to:
  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.