Guidelines for Article Review
1. All articles (including those by the Members of the Editorial Board) are sent for review. The Editorial Board leaves it to their discretion to select a reviewer.
Articles by academicians of the State Academy of Sciences are not subject for review.
2. Authors are to enclose their own review obtained from a colleague, however it is only considered as extra information that does not exempt them from peer review.
The reviewer is selected from the leading specialists in construction and architecture (an academic degree is mandatory).
Articles can be reviewed by co-authors, supervisors or consultants of one of the authors.
In order to ensure maximum objectivity, “double-blind” peer review is performed, i.e. the reviewer is concealed from the author, and vice versa.
3. The reviewer must be objective. No personal criticism is acceptable. Sufficient argumentation is to be provided.
4. Articles are reviewed no more than twice. The reviewer’s comments are to be studied and utilized to improve the article.
5. The Editorial Board sends authors copies of the reviews or a motivated rejection. It is also their duty to forward copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation if requested.
6. If a negative review comes in, the article is withdrawn.
If the author does not agree with the reviewer’s comments, they are entitled to write a reply providing arguments as to why they do not agree with whatever comments made (replies are not otherwise accepted). If there is a conflict of interests, the Editorial Board can send the article for further review after considering the arguments of both parties.
7. A positive or negative review is not sufficient for the article to be published or rejected. The final decision to accept or reject the manuscript for publication, forward it for further improvement, or sending it to be further reviewed is up to the Editorial Board.
8. Manuscripts are kept for 5 years.
9. Articles are the author’s property and confidential: reviewers are prohibited from making copies for their own personal needs as well as from making any use of the manuscript.