Category Archives: Guidance

Pie charts: graphical bling?

I find pie charts so tiresome. In an exchange with an author who thought they were a good idea, I was looking at the multi-coloured, three-dimensional, textured shading of a few segments of his pie chart, and thinking that this … Continue reading

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Publication rights and sharing your work

We often get enquiries from authors who have posted a pre-publication draft of their work in an institutional repository, or some other on-line repository of work-in-progress, such as SSRN or REPEC. These services invite authors to place working papers and … Continue reading

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Complete and unambiguous complementarity

In writing research papers, should we be more careful in how we cite literature that supports our own findings? All too often, the nuances and tensions are overlooked. But they are the most important aspects Continue reading

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How to format papers for journal submission (and for dissertations)

Increasingly, authors have often asked how to format their papers for submission to the journal, Construction Management and Economics. In submitting a paper to a journal such as this, it may be helpful to note that your submission is, effectively, … Continue reading

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How to submit a paper to CM&E in Manuscript Central

When you have written a paper that you would like us to consider for publication, the only way to submit the paper to us is through the Scholar One website (formerly known as Manuscript Central). While many journals use this … Continue reading

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Secondary referencing

Secondary referencing is considered to be poor academic practice. It is important┬áto find the original papers and cite them, or explain in a footnote why the original papers are no longer available or accessible. Merely mentioning that someone else has … Continue reading

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Why are computer screen dumps not usually permitted in CM&E?

From time to time, authors ask why their computer screen dumps are not permitted as part of papers that we publish. It may be useful to share some of the reasons behind the policy of not reproducing screen dumps. As … Continue reading

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How to enter your details in Scholar One / Manuscript Central

When your personal details are entered into Scholar One, it is very helpful to enter full details about yourself for the following reasons: We need to know who you are in case you submit papers for review. It is important … Continue reading

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How to decide on active or passive voice

A common problem in writing is deciding on whether to use active or passive voice. There is a general tradition in scientific writing of writing in the third person, and avoid writing in the first person. But that is not … Continue reading

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How to view a paper in two screens in Acrobat

Occasionally, a frustrated referee complains about a practice that this journal shares with many others. We ask authors to place the Tables and Figures at the end of the manuscript, rather than inserting them near the point at which they … Continue reading

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