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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines



The Journal Quantity Surveying and Construction Business is original, peer-reviewed and international construction sector related journal that aims to report current research work and latest development in the fields of quantity surveying, construction costing and economics, construction procurement and contract administration; and management of construction businesses and construction marketing.




  • Longer research-based and theoretical papers


These should be a minimum of 5000 to a maximum of 7000 words. Papers that detail the results of research, or that are based on robust theoretical/literature review are welcomed.


  • Shorter practitioner papers and reports


These should be a maximum of 3500 words and address key issues facing the practice and profession of or reports new methods or techniques related to Quantity Surveying and significant aspects of the management of construction businesses, construction marketing and other but key aspects related to the development of construction industries as a whole. Recommendations should be aimed primarily at improving practice and/or identifying new and significant areas for research and development.


1.1.3    Abstract of PhD theses


These should be a maximum of 300 words. The Journal welcomes submissions of abstracts of recently completed PhD and doctoral theses. The theses must relate to Quantity Surveying, construction businesses, construction marketing and other but key aspects related to the development of construction industries as a whole. The abstract should indicate the research problem, aim and objectives of the research, the methodology used in carrying out the research, the key results and conclusions.


  • Book reviews


The Journal will appoint regular book reviewers and welcome submissions of reviews of new or recently published work. Books will be analyzed based on content, style, and merit. Reviews should make comparisons, where relevant, to other texts in the subject area. Only a fair and balanced critique of books from an academic, researcher and practitioner perspective, will be published.





All papers submitted will be blind-reviewed by at least two referees appointed by the Editors. Reviewers will be selected who have an established reputation in quantity surveying, construction business research, teaching or practice.

Wherever possible, reviewers will be selected based on their experience and research fields, related to the topics of the papers submitted.





All papers should be submitted electronically to thejqscb@gmail.com

            All submitted manuscripts must be original work that is not under submission at another journal or under consideration for publication in another form, such as a monograph or chapter of a book.

Authors of submitted papers are obligated not to submit their paper for publication elsewhere until an editorial decision is rendered on their submission.

            Further, authors of accepted papers are prohibited from publishing the results in other publications that appear before the paper is published in the Journal unless they receive approval for doing so from the editors.





  • Cover sheet


A cover sheet giving name(s) and Affiliation(s) of authors and exact length of the article i.e. Word count and state the intended type of submission. The cover sheet must be kept separate from the text as the Journal uses blind refereeing.


  • Abstract


The abstract (around 200 words) should describe the main arguments and conclusions of the article. Precedes main text of article.


Key words

Up to eight keywords to be used for web searching. Placed after the abstract.


Introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussions, conclusions and recommendations

Papers should include an introduction, a review of related literature, a section to describe the methodology used in the research, presentation of the results and a section on discussion of the results and of the key findings. In addition, the paper should also include conclusions and recommendations section of at least 400 words. This should identify the key issues, problems and consequences for the findings of the research together with clear recommendations to the Industry, practitioners, the professions and for further research.



Tables should also be uploaded as separate files. Any diagrams or maps should be in .TIF or .JPG formats in individual files. These should be prepared in black and white. Tints should be avoided; use patterns instead.



The authors should acknowledge where applicable the source(s) of funding and describe the role of sponsors in the research project.


Papers accepted for publication rests with the publisher. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that where copyright materials are included within an article the permission of the copyright holder has been obtained. 





  • Font Size


For the basic text, the 12-point font size is to be used. However, the 10-point font size may be used for items like captions, figures, and tables.


  • Font Style


Use only “Times New Roman” font style.


  • Paragraphing, Line Spacing and Paging


The typing should be one and half spaced.  Each page (other than the cover page) is given a page number at the bottom-middle part of the page.  Each main paragraph or heading is numbered with whole number, sub-heading is given in decimals of the whole number of the main heading, and subsidiary paragraphs to the sub-heads are to be in decimal points of the sub-heads.


  • Margins


The following margins should be observed:

LEFT               4.0 cm

TOP                 2.5 cm

RIGHT            2.5 cm

BOTTOM       3.0 cm


  • Outline Structure of Paper


The following format is recommended for the papers:

Cover Sheet




Literature Review (titles of sections to be decided by authors)


Data Analysis, discussion of results

Conclusions and recommendations



For the shorter practitioner papers the following is recommended;

Cover sheet


Key Words


Topics (titles of sections to be decided by authors)

Conclusions and Recommendations






  • Harvard Reference System


The Harvard System uses in the name of the author and a date of publication as a key to the full bibliography details, which are set out in references. 

When the name of the author is mentioned in the text, the date is inserted in parentheses immediately after the name, as in ‘Raymond (1995)’.  When a less direct reference is made to one or more other authors, both name and date are bracketed, with the references separated by semicolon, as in ‘several authors have noted this trend (Roberts, 1992; Brunson, 1990; Johnson, 1989)’


  • Format of Reference Lists and Bibliographies


Submission should include a reference list or bibliography, the content and format which conform to the following examples:


  • Book

Bromwich, M (1985). The Economics of Standard Setting. London: Prentice Hall.


  • Multiple author

Bruns, WJ and Kaplan, R s (eds) (1987). Accounting and Management: Field Study Perspectives. Boston: Harvard Business School Press.


  • Article in journal

Ordelheide, D (1993). ‘The true and fair view: Impact on and of the Fourth Directive’, European Accounting Review, 2 (1): 81-90


  • Report

Fitchew, GE (1990) ‘Summing up’, in Commission of the European Communities, the Future of Harmonisation of Accounting Standards within the European Communities, Brussels.


  • Article in newspaper

The New Straits Times (1991) ‘The Year that Shook the World’, 23 August 1991:9


  • Articles from the web

The World Bank (2006) ‘Global Economic Prospects: Overview and Global Outlooks 2006’, <http://www.worldbank.org/> [Accessed 28 September 2009]





Enquires concerning any aspect of the Journal may be directed through email to the editorial team as follows;


Professor Sr Dr Khairuddin Abdul Rashid               



Professor Dr Christopher Preece        



Assistant Professor Sr Dr Tan Chin Keng     



Assistant Professor Dr Sharina Farihah Hasan          



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Journal of Quantity Surveying & Construction Business (JQSCB)
Procurement and Project Delivery System Research Unit 
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
International Islamic Univeristy Malaysia
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Kuala Lumpur

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