RILEM Technical Letters – new open access journal of RILEM

Since 1947, the mission of RILEM, the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, has been to advance scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to promote and encourage transfer and application of this knowledge worldwide.
With the new scientific peer review journal, RILEM Technical Letters, RILEM seeks to venture into the new era of open access publishing by disseminating contributions breaking new ground in the field of construction materials science.


Scope of the journal and profile of the publications

RILEM Technical Letters publishes reports of major innovative research or strategic research needs in the field of construction and building materials science in the form of short letters available online. The letters are submitted on invitation by the Editorial Board.


Publication rules

If you are interested in submitting your letter, please send a short cover letter with proposed title, abstract and the five most recent references dealing with the topic by e-mail to the Editor-in-Chief. Please note that the article publication fees are sponsored by RILEM. This means that, for the submission to be considered, one of the authors should be a RILEM member or become a member upon submission.

RILEM membership fees together with different special discounts (e.g. for PhD students or different countries) can be seen here. Please also see the other benefits of joining RILEM.

Upon submission the authors grant the journal right of first publication in open access and agree on the copyright statement and submission rules.


Open access policy, copyrights, depositing (self-archiving)

RILEM Technical Letters is published as an open access journal available online. The published articles (full texts) are available for searching, viewing or downloading at no cost.

There are no publication fees for the authors. Publishing in RILEM Technical Letters is sponsored by RILEM as an additional benefit offered to RILEM members. RILEM membership fees together with different special discounts (e.g. for PhD students or different countries) can be seen here. Please also see the other benefits of joining RILEM.

Authors retain copyright of the articles published in RILEM Technical Letters and grant the journal right of first publication with open access. The work is simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share and adapt the work under the following terms: 1) a proper attribution is given in a form of a reference to the original work's authorship and initial publication in RILEM Technical Letters (bibliographic record with a DOI link); 2) a link to the license is provided; 3) the possible changes are indicated.

The authors are free to deposit (self-archive) the accepted or published versions of the articles (including the publisher's final layout) at any repository, under the condition that the bibliographic data is clearly indicated and the link (DOI) to the original source of the final layout is provided.


Publishing schedule

RILEM Technical Letters uses Continuous Article Publishing (CAP) scheme. New articles are continuously added to the current volume. RILEM Technical Letters publishes 1 volume per year, with about 20 letters per volume.


Editorial policies

Conflicts of interest
The authors need to state any possible conflict of interest in a dedicated section in their article.

Upon receiving a submission, the editors will evaluate whether any conflict of interest exists. In the case of a conflict of interest, the case is reported to the editor-in-chief and the submission is passed to another editor. If the conflict of interest involves the editor-in-chief, the submission is handled by the deputy editor-in-chief.

The editors also avoid possible conflicts of interest upon selecting the external reviewers.


Dealing with allegations of research misconduct
The authors are made aware and need to confirm upon submission that their submitted manuscript does not involve any form of research misconduct. Research misconduct concerns in particular: plagiarism (including self-plagiarism), manipulation of authorship (adding authors without significant contribution or removing contributing authors), data falsification, interference with the review process, etc.

In chosen cases, the editors may use anti-plagiarism software to check a manuscript or contact the authors for explanations. In special cases, the institutions of the authors may be contacted.

Any submissions associated with research misconduct will be rejected.

Any litigation case will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief with the assistance of the Editorial Board. In dealing with allegations, the guidelines by COPE are followed


Review and decision policy
RILEM Technical letters is a peer-review journal. Each new submission is assigned by the Editor-in-Chief to a member of the editorial board (Handling Editor). At this point, one or more members of the editorial board perform the initial review. Based on the decision of the Handling Editor, the submission can be rejected or sent for external review. In the latter case, at least one report by an external reviewer is required. The Handling Editor takes the final decision based on the recommendation of external reviewers and other Editors.

The journal uses a single blind-review scheme, which means that the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors.