Journal of Research in Architecture & Planning
NED University of Engineering & Technology

ISSN 2519-5050 (Online), ISSN 1728-7715 (Print)
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Guidelines to Authors

The JRAP policy describes the principles for all publications. This document elaborates the requirements for submission of manuscript for the Journal. Please submit your manuscript as a Microsoft Word file through Researcher’s Web.


The manuscript must report and original and unpublished work. It must be based on significant factual records and be significant in the findings. The suitability of a manuscript for publication will be evaluated by the reviewers who will provide justification for publication.

The manuscript should be clean without showing changes, corrections or deleted material marked on the manuscript. It is the responsibility of authors to check symbols, abbreviations, units and technical terms for accuracy, consistency and legibility. Footnote and endnotes are not permitted. All the necessary information should be incorporated within the text of the paper. Gender specific words (such as he, she, etc) should be avoided. Use of the third person is encouraged. Please refer to the Sample Manuscript. The Journal reserves the right to safeguard its style and technical quality. Failure of authors to meet the manuscript submission requirements as given below may cause a delay in publication. There are no page charges for publication in the JRAP.

Manuscript Eligibility Criteria

A manuscript submitted to the JRAP implies that it is an original and unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Editorial Board considers a work not eligible for publication if most of the contents of the paper are under consideration for publication in a journal, conference proceedings or book chapter. Abstracts or extended abstracts submitted to conferences do not constitute prior publication. Extended abstracts do not include tables and figures and are normally under 2000 words. The manuscript having more than 20% similarity on Turnitin Software will be rejected.

Formatting of Manuscript

The manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, single column on one side only of 8.5 x 11 in. (215 x 280 mm) paper with at least 1 in. (25.4 mm) margins. The reference and abstract must also be double spaced. Font style should be either times new roman or courier and the font size should be 12 pt. Hand written manuscript will not be accepted for review. Each page should be numbered beginning with the title page to facilitate review.

Length – the maximum number of words and word equivalents for a technical paper should normally be limited to 6000-7000 words. Although most topics can be covered within these limitations the Editor may waive these restrictions to encourage articles on topics that cannot be treated within these limitations. The authors must clearly provide a justification for longer manuscripts. As a typical guide a half-page figure or table [6 x 4 in. (150 x 100 mm)] should be counted as 250 words.

Language – papers must be clearly and concisely written in good English. The spellings should be UK spellings.

Equations – all equations should be typed clearly. Make sure that all characters and subscripts & superscripts are legible, distinguishable and clearly placed. Each equation should be identified by numbers in square brackets sequentially and placed flush with the left margin. An abbreviation of the word ‘equation’ must be used in the text in capital e.g. Eq. (1). A letter or symbol should be used only for one entity and be consistently used throughout the paper. Each variable must be defined either in the text or list of symbols. List of symbols is placed after the reference list. This section should also be typed double-spaced. Capital letters are placed before lowercase letters and Greek alphabets follow Roman alphabets.

References – References to published literature should be listed in the Vancouver (author-number) style at the end of the paper. They should reflect current state-of-technology and citied in the following Harvard Referencing style.

Journal: – [1] Alsyed HS, Alhozaimy MA. 1999, Ductility of Concrete Beams Reinforced with FRP Bars and Steel Fibers Harvard Business Review, July-August, 28 (3), 253-265.

Proceedings: – [2] Al-Salloum AY, Alsayed HS, Almusallam HT, Amjad AM. Some Design Considerations for Concrete Beams Reinforced by GFRP Bars. In: Saadatmanesh H, and Ehsani RM, Editors. Proceeding of First International Conference on Composites in Infrastructure. Tucson, Arizona: p. 318-331.

Book: – [3] Neville MA, 2003, Properties of concrete, Longman Scientific & Technical, England, p. 529-565.

Website: – [4] PhD Thesis, Dept of Information Systems, University of Melbourne.

Thesis: – [5] Rouse, A.C., 2002, Information technology outsourcing revisited success factors and rises, Greenpeace n.d., The future is GE free, viewed 28 September 2005, from

Tables– ̵all tables should be in the portrait format. Each table should have a title and a number in Arabic numerals. The tables must be cited in the main text and capitalized in bold letters e.g. Table 1. The tables should be grouped together sequentially after the list of references in the order as they are cited in the text. The minimum text size for the tables is 8 point.

Figures and Illustrations – all figures should be in the portrait format. Recommended size of a figure is 4 x 5 in. (100 x 125 mm). The figures must be clear so as to be visible after reduction of size to suit the available Journal space. Each figure should have a title and a number in Arabic numerals. The figures must be cited in the main text and capitalized in bold letters e.g. Fig. 1. Figures should be grouped together sequentially at the end of the manuscript in the order as they are cited in the text.

Sections of Manuscript

A typical manuscript may consist of different sections. The suggested order of these sections and their requirements is given below.

1. Title: A maximum of 100 characters, including spaces between words, are allowed. The title should be bold and in capital letters.

2. Authors’ Names and Affiliations: The line under the title of the article contains the full name of each author. The footnotes at the bottom of the first page of the manuscript should contain author’s present title, current affiliation, telephone and fax number, email and complete mailing address. Clearly indicate the corresponding author who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

3. Abstract: Provide a self-contained abstract of 150-200 words outlining in a single paragraph the aims, scope and conclusions of the paper. It should not cite references, figure or tables.

4. Keywords: Provide maximum 10 keywords immediately following the abstract. Avoid words such as 'and', 'of' and/or abbreviations. Only firmly established abbreviations may be included.

5. Organisation of Text Body: The body of the main text may consists of following sections:

      i. Introduction
     ii. Background
    iii. Research Methodology
    iv. Discussion v. Analysis
    vi. Conclusions and Recommendations

 6. Acknowledgment: The author(s) can acknowledge any advisory or financial assistance and support. This section should be written in the third person and should be kept concise.

Manuscript Submission Requirements

Manuscripts that comply with the above stated Guidelines to Authors can be submitted to the Editor of the Journal for review. Electronic submission of manuscripts at is the desired mode of submission. This greatly speeds up the review process and reduces delays. The manuscripts must be sent in MS word format. Alternatively, manuscripts may be submitted on diskettes or a CD, together with four hard copies of the final version of the paper. The corresponding author should include a cover letter, Author’s Declaration and Agreement of Copyright Transfer with each new submission. The cover letter must state preferred subject category of the paper and complete contact details of the corresponding author. A sample of cover letter can be downloaded from the Journal website Authors Declaration form can be downloaded from the Journal website By signing Authors Declaration, the authors certify that the submitted manuscript:

(a) is presented only to the JRAP and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
(b) has not been published previously;
(c) does not contain plagiarised substance of any form;
(d) is checked and approved by all authors who have also contributed to the submitted work.

The Transfer of Copyright Agreement must be signed and submitted to the Editor of the Journal before the manuscript is processed for publication. The form is available on the Journal website at Normally all authors will sign the same form. However, signatures from different authors can be provided separately and can be typed and confirmed via email.