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Scope and Policy

Original and unpublished scientific articles are accepted for publication.  Articles must be based on research, related to the area of knowledge called Technology for the Built Environment, which covers conceptual design, design, production, operation, maintenance, demolition and recycling or reuse of buildings and their immediate surroundings.

We do not accept texts that contain a simple bibliographic review, without the research method or approach being original. If part of the results presented have already been disclosed, the design of the text and its main conclusions must be original and unpublished.

Ethics and Plagiarism Policy

Only original and unpublished articles, which must be based on research, are accepted for publication. Your article is first evaluated by the editor-in-chief to analyse the relevance of the subject and if it follows  the editorial guidelines of the journal. If accepted in this step, your article will be checked concerning information about the authorship of the article in the text and file, so as to ensure double blind evaluation regarding the originality of the text to avoid publishing articles that harm the ethics of academic production.
Still concerning ethics, it is essential that the authors observe the following requirements:

- only authors who contributed significantly to the content and production of the article should be listed as authors. Recognition of advisory contributions can be made in the acknowledgments section at the end of the article;
- authors should make sure that all the sources used to write the article are duly cited, ensuring the originality of the text not practising plagiarism and self-plagiarism. The journal uses specific software to check the submitted papers for plagiarised content ( and Plagium).

Article Processing Charges and submission fees
No fees are charged to submit and evaluate articles.

However, upon completion of the peer review process, accepted articles will be proofread, carried out by professionals accredited by the journal. Proofreading services will be charged directly to the authors by the accredited professionals.

Peer review 
Articles submitted to the Ambiente Construído journal are evaluated using a double blind peer review system. It is the editor´s responsibility to check the relevance of the subject and if the author has followed the editorial guidelines of the journal. If your article  is accepted at this stage, your article is sent to at least three reviewers bearing no indication of the authorship. In order to ensure a standard in this evaluation process, the editorial staff has prepared a form including recommendations that guide the reviewers to prepare their report on your article. After the reviewers have done this, the editor sends you your article, according to the recommendations given by the peers without identifying them.

The editorial board of the journal Ambiente Construído recommends that the peer reviewers’ assessments take the following items into consideration: organization and structure of the paper, text quality, technical and scientific quality of the study, relevance of the theme and originality of the subject and consistency of the results presented.  With regards to the structure, reviewers are asked to consider the logical structure of the paper, which must include a theoretical background, a description of the research methods and presentation and discussion of the results. As to the text, reviewers will check for clarity and also spelling and grammatical quality. Assessment of the technical and scientific quality involves an analysis of the correct employment of concepts, depth of the content, scientific rigour of the investigation and citations of fundamental, internationally acknowledged references as well as clear contributions to scientific knowledge. As to the relevance, the work must be connected with significant issues related to the built environment technology. With respect to originality, reviewers must evaluate the uniqueness of the contribution, in addition to the innovation potential of the work. The journal also allows reviewers to add criteria that may contribute to improve the quality of the publication.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Articles submitted to Ambiente Construído cannot have been previously published, must be original, and be the result of research work. The maximum size is 7000 words. Articles that contain only literature review should not be accepted, unless they an original research method or approach. In case parts of the results have been published somewhere else, the conception of the article and its main conclusions should be necessarily original.

The structure of the article should have:

Title: the title of the article should be brief and sufficiently specific and descriptive, and should include some key-words that are representative of the content of the text. (maximum 15 words)

Indication of authorship: no information identifying the authors should be included in the paper. The identification of the authors should be made in the appropriate fields available at SEER ( The name of each author should be included in full in that system, without abbreviation.

Abstract: an abstract of between 100 and 200 words should be included at the beginning, in the language used for writing the article. A translation of the abstract into English should be made, if the article is not written in that language, or into Portuguese, if the article is written in English. The abstract should present clearly the aim of the paper, a short description of the research work, and the main results achieved.

Keywords: after the abstract, between three and six keywords, which help in the identification of the main topics discussed in the article, must be included.

Article: the text should have an introduction section, with the aim of informing the reader about the theme to be discussed, including the results of relevant previous research. A brief literature review must be presented, including key references on which the research work was found. A substantial part of the article should be for describing the development of the research and discussing the results obtained. The description, although brief, should be clear, enabling the reader to fully understand the procedure adopted, or to have access to it by references cited. The research method should be presented in detail, including the outline or strategies used, as well as clearly specified data collection and analysis tools.
An item containing conclusive comments is considered essential, highlighting the main aspects of the research and their contributions to the existing knowledge.

References: all references of publications directly or indirectly cited in the text should be included. Those references must be formatted according to the NBR 6023:2002 standard, and listed in alphabetic order.

Apud: articles that are cited as apud must have a complete reference as a footnote in the same page that it is cited.

After the assessment of the referees, if the paper is accepted, the following steps are carried out:

a)      Language revision (carried out by a specialist);

b)      Format and standardization (carried out by a librarian);

c)      Overall revision by one of the editors-in-chief;

d)      Final revision by authors.

a)      Inclusion of the final version of the paper in SEER, in pdf.

Check list

As part of the submission process, authors are required to verify the compliance of the submission with respect to all of the items listed below. Submissions that do not comply with the standards will be returned to the authors:

a.  The contribution is original and unpublished, and is not being evaluated for publication by another journal; Otherwise, justify in "Comments to the Editor".

b. Files for submission are in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or RTF format.

c. The file size does not exceed 5MB.

d. All Internet page addresses (URLs) included in the text (eg, are active and ready to click.

e. The text is formatted in single line spacing using a 12-point font, italics instead of underlining and figures and tables are inserted in the text, not at the end.

f. The text follows the style standards and bibliographical requirements described in Formatting your manuscript.

g. The author identification of this research was removed from the file and the Properties option in Word, thus ensuring the journal's privacy criteria, according to

instructions available in Ensuring Blind Peer Review

h. Names and affiliation of the authors were correctly filled in the system (all authors must inform the institution to which they are linked)

i. Please note that the costs of proofreading services will be charged directly to the authors by accredited professionals.


Send of the manuscripts

Authors should submit their papers at the Ambiente Construído journal website (, where all the necessary steps for submission are described. In this process, all authors must register in the system. The article must be submitted only in a .doc file type. If the article is accepted for publication, after the necessary revisions, the final version should also be in the same format. At the initial submission, authors should also send a permission for publishing the paper, in case it is accepted.


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