About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Ongoing advances in the modern built environment brought the issue of development of efficient means of transportation in buildings to the forefront. High performance and safe vertical transportation of sufficient capacity has become a pre-requisite for the sustainable development of cities. This necessitates the application of advanced principles and philosophy underlying Lift and Escalator Engineering which in turn demands multidisciplinary research and the integration of techniques involving mathematical modeling and computer simulation, systems engineering, control theory, artificial intelligence and intelligent supervisory systems, systems dynamics, materials and structural analysis. Transportation Systems in Buildings is aimed at providing a forum for disseminating and for the discussion of research covering the latest cutting-edge transportation technologies in buildings and associated areas. The scope of the journal covers a broad range of scientific areas with an emphasis on balancing the fundamental theoretical advances and practical new technologies and techniques.
Peer Review Process
All submitted papers are reviewed by two referees using a double blind reviewing process.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Statement of Ethics and Malpractice
The Editorial board/Editor aims to achieve the highest possible standard of professional ethics in publishing. To this end, the following guidelines and principles have been published to clearly define the responsibilities of authors, reviewers and editors. All manuscripts submitted for potential publication in the Journal should present the results of original research in the area covered by the Journal, or provide a useful contribution to the disciplines of design, maintenance, commissioning and consultancy in Vertical Transportation. Each manuscript will undergo rigorous peer review by at least two reviewers to ensure that the subject is relevant and original. A single blind setup arrangement will be used to ensure objectivity.
In discharging the editorial task, the following principles and guidelines will be strictly followed:
- The editors/editorial board will enjoy complete authority to accept or reject the manuscripts, based on the outcome of the peer review process, without external or personal influences. The editors/editorial board may consult with associate editors in making the final acceptance/rejection decision.
- The editors/editorial board will consider all relevant submitted manuscripts for publication regardless of the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy of the authors.
- The editors/editorial board will treat any submitted manuscripts as confidential documents and will undertake not to disclose any information about the manuscript to anyone other than the reviewers or the potential reviewers.
- The editors/editorial board will not use any unpublished information in their own research.
- Where any errors are brought to the attention of the editor/editorial board at any point following the publication of a manuscript, they should take immediate action to prompt the author to publish corrections or retractions as appropriate.
Authors are expected to uphold the following principles and guidelines :
- Authors are expected to present their research results in a concise and accurate manner.
- While the papers are expected to be concise, they should contain enough detail to allow other researchers to fully reproduce their work in order to allow verification.
- The authors are expected to acknowledge the work of others used in their work, and to seek permission for use where appropriate.
- The authors are expected to avoid the repeat publication of material that has already been published or submitted elsewhere.
- Cases of plagiarism and fabrication would be dealt with severely, resulting in the immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript, and will very likely lead to the blacklisting of the author from any future submissions.
- The list of authors should be restricted to those who have made significant contributions to the work presented in the manuscript. It is suggested that less significant contributions are acknowledged in the manuscript.
- Authors should address engineering issues, and not promote any company product or service.
- Authors are expected to avoid using their paper and/or presentation to make derogatory comments about any person, company, or profession. Session Chairman have permission to suspend a presentation if this requirement is not respected.
Reviewers are expected to uphold the following principles and guidelines:
- Reviewers should objectively assess the relevance and quality of the research presented; and ensure that their feedback is: constructive, clear, tactful, without bias, without personal criticism of the author(s) and not self-promoting. Reviewers must refrain from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments.
- Reviewers should treat any information contained in the manuscript as confidential and should not discuss its content with others. Where reviewers seek the advice of others regarding the content of the manuscript for the purpose of the peer review, they should inform the editor/editorial board.
- Reviewers should not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person's or organization's advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others. Reviewers should not use any of the material in their own research to gain competitive advantage.
- Reviewers should declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the symposium management if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
- Reviewers should not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
- Reviewers should not suggest that the authors include citations to the reviewer's (or their associates') work merely to increase the reviewer's (or their associates') citation count or to enhance the visibility of their or their associates' work; suggestions must be based on valid academic or technological reasons.
- Reviewers should be specific in their criticisms and provide evidence with appropriate references to substantiate general statements such as, 'this work has been done before', to help editors in their evaluation and decision and in fairness to the authors.
- Reviewers should remember that it is the authors' paper and not attempt to rewrite it to their own preferred style if it is basically sound and clear; suggestions for changes that improve clarity are, however, important.
- Reviewers should make clear which suggested additional investigations are essential to support claims made in the manuscript under consideration and which will just strengthen or extend the work.
The Journal Editor's decision on disputed comments is final.