Author Guidelines

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Types of Content Published 
    • Articles: Technical content presenting completed research and analysis or innovative practical design concepts or methodologies. Articles generally have between 3000 and 10,000 words.
    • Technical Notes: A technical note presents practical information, preliminary research results, or innovative design techniques. Technical notes generally have fewer than 3000 words.
    • Discussions: Reader commentary on technical points in previously published content.
    • Closures: Author responses to reader comments provided in discussions, published concurrently with the relevant discussion piece.
    • Steel Structures Research Update: A column highlighting developments in structural steel research, written by Research Editor Judy Liu, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Purdue University.
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Initial Manuscript Guidelines
Submittals must be in English and must include references, as appropriate, to the most recent AISC standards and publications available at the time of submittal. Submit your article to Margaret Matthew, P.E., editor, via email. Send a Microsoft Word file that includes the following information:

    • page numbers and consecutive line numbering.
    • an abstract and keywords.
    • clear figures and tables, embedded within the flow of the text; color graphics are acceptable.
    • U.S. customary units are the journal standard. If S.I. units are used, U.S. customary units must be provided in parentheses. Rolled shape sizes in S.I. units must include an approximate U.S. equivalent in parentheses.
    • equations formatted using Microsoft Equation 3.0 (accessible via the Insert-->Object-->Object--> submenu in Word 2007 and Word 2010) or equations formatted using Mathtype, a compatible add-in for Microsoft Word.
    • references formatted similarly to the examples shown below.
    • biographical information for each author: name and title, employer and business address and professional e-mail.
    • designation of a primary author to receive correspondence regarding the submittal.

Submittals without these elements or deviating excessively from the editorial guidelines outlined below may be rejected by the editor without technical review. The most common problems with initial submittals include:

    • improperly formatted references. Examples of correct format:

AISC (2010), Specification for Structural Steel Buildings, ANSI/AISC 360-10, American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, IL.
Brown, H.B. (2005), "How to Format References," Sample Journal Title, American Society of References, vol. 23, no. 9., pp. 12-25.

    • references without citations or citations without corresponding references.
    • mislabeled, unreferenced or missing tables, figures and equations.
    • poor grammar and style.
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Review Process

Submittals accepted for review will be acknowledged via e-mail within 10 business days of receipt. 

Reviews are single-blind: authors will not be told the names of reviewers. Each submittal is reviewed by at least three volunteer reviewers, selected by the editor for their expertise in their fields. All reviews are considered by the Engineering Journal review board, comprised of AISC technical staff, before rendering a decision. The review board decision will be communicated to the primary author and accompanied by reviewer comments. This review process takes approximately 90 days.

Instructions for reviewers may be found here.
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Final Manuscript Guidelines

Materials accepted for publication may be edited for style and grammar. The editor may decline final submittals that require excessive copyediting for style and grammar.

  • File Format: Compatible with Microsoft Word 2010.
  • Fonts: Use Times New Roman font, 10 pt or 12 point type, and 1.5- or 2-line spacing. Use tabbed indents to indicate paragraphs.
  • Headings: Differentiate between heading levels as illustrated in the examples below:
    MAJOR HEADING (bold, all caps)
    Minor Heading (bold, title case)
    Second-level Minor Heading (bold italic, title case)
  • Graphics: Figures must be legible. Use large, clear fonts in your figures. Use line weights that will remain visible at reduced size. Embed all graphics in the Microsoft Word file in the flow of the text. In addition, provide each graphic as an individual file (PDF, JPG, TIF). Raw AutoCAD DWG files are not acceptable. Use the following format to reference graphics in text: "As shown in Figure 3, ..."
  • Equations: Embed equations in the flow of the text using Mathtype. Do not use the new Word 2007 or Word 2010 equation tools due to compatibility issues. Number equations sequentially. Use parentheses to set off the equation number from the equation itself. Use the following format to reference equations in text: "As shown in Equation 6, ..." 
  • Tables: Provide as individual Word or Excel files for very large tables. Images of tables are not acceptable. Report numerical results to three significant figures. Use the following format to reference tables in text: "...results are shown in Table 12."
  • Footnotes: Avoid footnotes if at all possible Any footnotes should be noted clearly in the text with a superscript asterisk, dagger, or double dagger.
  • Fractions: Use the forward slash: 7/8, 3/4, 1/8. For compound fractions, insert a hyphen for clarity between the whole number and the fraction: 1-1/8.
  • Temperature: use the ° symbol: 20 °C, 100 °F. Do not use a superscript lower case letter “o”.
  • Steel Shapes: Use the true × symbol in your font or find it in the Symbol font. Do not use a lower case letter "x".

Each author will receive three printed copies of the issue in which the accepted material appears.
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Copyright Information

The primary author must sign a copyright permission statement prior to publication. An excerpt of the statement reads as follows:

"You confirm, and AISC acknowledges, your ownership of the copyright to the Paper. You acknowledge and agree that AISC intends to include the Paper in a future issue of the Engineering Journal and that AISC will have all right, title, and interest in the Journal and the copyright to the Journal.

You also acknowledge and agree AISC shall have the right to use the Paper for any additional purposes, including publication in other compilations or singly, or in online database files. Therefore, you hereby grant AISC a perpetual, royalty-free, nonexclusive license to use, copy, display, and/or distribute the Engineering Journal Paper for any purposes and in any medium, including videotape presentations."
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