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Online Journal of Architecture and Building Technology (OJABT) is an open access journal that provides rapid monthly publication of articles in all areas of architecture, building technology, civil engineering, structural design, surveying, building services, environmental engineering, hydrology, soil mechanics, shear moments and forces, architectural composition, dwelling, form and modeling studies, interior design, materialization of building, typology of building, climate design and sustainability, design informatics, building law, building economics, housing management, real estate, design and construction management, ecology, geosciences. The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately one month after submission upon acceptance by the editorial board. All articles are peer-reviewed.

Papers submitted must be with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by ONLINE RESEARCH JOURNALS or any other publisher.


The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the coauthors.


Electronic submission of manuscripts is strongly encouraged, provided that the text, tables, and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file (preferably in Arial font, font size 12 and double line spacing).


Submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at: submit.ojabt@onlineresearchjournals.org or ojabt.onlineresearch@gmail.com.  An acknowledge mail bearing the manuscript number would be mailed to the corresponding author same day or within 48 hours of receipt.

A cover letter containing the corresponding author's full names, academic title, school address and telephone/fax numbers should accompany every submission.


Article Types

Four types of manuscripts may be submitted:


Regular articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.


Reviews: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged. Reviews should be concise and no longer than 4-6 printed pages (about 12 to 18 manuscript pages). Reviews are also peer-reviewed.


Short Communications: A Short Communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, gene isolation and identification, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus. The style of main sections need not conform to that of full-length papers. Short communications are 2 to 4 printed pages (about 6 to 12 manuscript pages) in length.


Book Reviews: Book review of other scholars work are accepted for publication. Book reviews are not to be peer review.


Our Review Process

All manuscripts are reviewed by minimum of two (2) external reviewers, members of the reviewers’ board, editors and members of the Editorial Board. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return atleast two (2) reviewers’ assessment to authors within 3 weeks of author’s submission. The editorial board will re-review (for publication approval) manuscripts that are accepted pending revision by the author. It is the goal of the OJABT to publish manuscripts within a MONTH after submission if accepted by the editorial board.


Regular articles

All portions of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced and all pages numbered starting from the title page.


The Title should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper. The Title Page should include full names of all the authors' and affiliations (institutional addresses), the name of the corresponding author should be asterisk (*) and the corresponding author’s phone, fax and E-mail information should be provided. Present addresses of authors should appear as a footnote.


The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should be100 to 250 words in length. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used, and the abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.


Keywords: A minimum of five (5) keywords that will provide indexing to the references should be stated.


A list of non-standard Abbreviations should be added and clearly written at the last page of the manuscript. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Only recommended SI units should be used. Authors should use the solidus presentation (mg/ml). Standard abbreviations (such as ATP and DNA) need not be defined.


INTRODUCTION should provide a clear statement of the problem, the relevant literature on the subject, and the proposed approach or solution. It should be understandable to colleagues from a broad range of scientific disciplines.


MATERIALS AND METHODS should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Capitalize trade names and include the manufacturer's name and address. Subheadings should be used. Methods in general use need not be described in detail.


RESULTS should be presented with clarity and precision. The results should be written in the past tense when describing findings in the authors' experiments. Previously published findings should be written in the present tense. Results should be explained, but largely without referring to the literature. Discussion, speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but should be put into the Discussion section.


DISCUSSION should interpret the findings in view of the results obtained in this study and compare to past studies on this topic. The Results and Discussion sections can include subheadings, and when appropriate, both sections can be combined.


Conclusion State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc should be brief.


Tables should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed double-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The details of the methods used in the experiments should preferably be described in the legend instead of in the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form or repeated in the text. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word and the exact positions of each table should be cited in the body of the article (table 1).

Figure legends 
should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (figure 1). Begin each legend with a title and include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.


References: In the text, a reference should be identified by a square bracketed numerical value e.g. [1]. When there are more one reference to be cited, it should be given as [2,3] or [3-6] and the name of the author should be written when a reference begins the sentence such as Nagashima et al have reported the presence of H. pylori antigens in the glomeruli of membranous nephropathy patients [8].

References should be cited in numerical order (i.e., the fist cited reference should be designated as [1], the second [2] and so on. The initial number given to a reference should be used wherever the reference is repeated. References should be listed at the end of the paper in numerical order. Articles in preparation or articles submitted for publication, unpublished observations, personal communications, etc. should not be included in the reference list but should only be mentioned in the article text (e.g., A. Kingori, University of Nairobi, Kenya, personal communication). Journal names are abbreviated according to Chemical Abstracts. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of the references.




[1] Hirschl AM. Helicobacter pylori: pathogens, pathomechanisms and epidemiology. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 1994; 106(17): 538-42.


[2] Sugimoto T, Furukawa T, Maeda T, Somura M, Uzu T, Kashiwagi A. Marked reduction of proteinuria after eradication of gastric Helicobacter pylori infection in a patient with membranous nephropathy: coincidental or associated? Intern Med. 2007; 46(17): 1483-1484.


[3] Farrant JM, Mundree SG. Some physiological and molecular insights into the mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in the resurrection plant Xerophyta viscasa Baker.  In Cherry et al. (eds) Plant tolerance to abiotic stresses in Agriculture: Role of Genetic Engineering, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 2000; pp 201-222.


[4] Bujard H, Peschke U, Beuk V, Gentz R,  Le Grice  S. Efficient utilization of Escherichia coli transcriptional signals in Bacillus subtilis. J. Mol. Biol. 1985; 186: 175-182.


[5] Kanbay M, Kasapoglu B, Turgut F, Uz E, Bavbek N, Akcay A. Helicobacter pylori: a major risk factor for endothelial dysfunction? Med Hypotheses. 2007; 69(1): 227-228.


Short Communications

Short Communications are limited to a maximum of two figures and one table. They should present a complete study that is more limited in scope than is found in full-length papers. The items of manuscript preparation listed above apply to Short Communications with the following differences: (1) Abstracts are limited to 100 words; (2) instead of a separate Materials and Methods section, experimental procedures may be incorporated into Figure Legends and Table footnotes; (3) Results and Discussion should be combined into a single section.


Proofs and Reprints: Electronic proofs will be sent (e-mail attachment) to the corresponding author as a PDF file.  Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage.  Because OJABT will be published freely online to attract a wide audience, authors will have free electronic access to the full text (in both HTML and PDF) of the article. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.


Copyright: Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.


Fees and Charges: Publication of an article in OJABT is not contingent upon the author's ability to pay the charges. Neither is acceptance to pay the handling fee a guarantee that the paper will be accepted for publication. Authors that may not be able to pay the $400, can request that the editorial office reduce the fee to an amount that the author can afford to pay. We only accept payment of handling fee after manuscript has been accepted for publication. The handling fee is used for the smooth operation of the journal. As an open access journal, OJABT does not charge subscription fees to authors and researchers for viewing or downloading published articles. To successfully provide open access, OJABT use a model in which our expenses—including those of peer review, journal production, employees salary, water bills, online advertising of published articles (through our publication alert services), electricity bills, expenses on purchasing diesel for plant, tax and online hosting and archiving—are recovered in part through the publication fee.



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