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I want to purchase a Collection, but would like to discuss it beforehand. Who do I talk to?
Please contact Lesley Maw, our sales manager, for both journal and ebook purchases, at

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Can I purchase individual articles?
Yes. All our journal articles can be purchased individually, as well as all our book chapters. Articles can be added to the shopping basket.  The price is £15 (£5 for ICe members) and the paper is hosted locally, i.e. you will not have access rights to it from ICE Virtual Library in perpetuity.

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I wish to order some NEC contracts published by Thomas Telford Ltd. but I can’t find them on the website.  Where do I get them?
The full range of NEC2 and NEC3 hardcopy contracts can be ordered on the ICE Virtual Library website but electronic versions can only be ordered via

Authors - editorial

What is the status of my paper, when will it be published?
When you have successfully submitted your paper or article, you will receive an email confirming safe receipt by the journal office.  If your submission is accepted for peer review, you will receive a second email (within a few days) including your submission’s unique tracking number and explaining the peer-review process.

If you do not receive a tracking number within a few days, your submission has not been accepted for review. If the journal office has not contacted you already, please contact us to ask why.

You can check the status of your submission at any time from anywhere by logging into the journal submission website with your username and password. It will either be with the journal office, with reviewers or with the editorial advisory panel to make a decision.

Where do I submit my article?
To find out more about submitting your article, click here, or visit individual journal homepages for more information.  Accepted submissions will appear online through the ahead of print service, and then in the next available print issue of the journal.  If you have received, checked and approved the proofs of your submission, it will appear online within six to eight weeks’ time. 

When will I receive the free copies of my published article?
Authors receive a complimentary PDF of their individual submission. Copyright terms are provided to allow authors to freely share this file with contacts and colleagues for non-commercial purposes. More details are given at publication stage.

Can I use colour in my article?
ICE Publishing journals are published in print and online in black and white. Colour printing can be requested by contacting the journal office, at a cost of £750 per article.

I want to publish my article Open Access
We are fully compliant with the requirements of all open access funders. To read our policy on open access click here. If you have a additional question, ask the Journals Manager at

What type of content should I include in my technical article?
Your submission should be timely, interesting and technically accurate.

Your text should be illustrated with relevant graphs, images or tables. An example format for a paper is as follows.

1. Abstract –150 word summary of your paper.
2. Introduction – definition of a problem or issue.
3. Main body – illustrated description of the development and verification of your solution, including methods and results.
4. Conclusions – discussion of your solution, including applicability, limitations and any further work needed.
5. Acknowledgements – to any people or organisations who helped you.
6. References – to all publications you used, in Harvard format (e.g. Smith (2009)).

See our full author guidelines for further details.

Authors - production and processing

What is 'ahead of print'?
Ahead of print is the process whereby once you, the author, have approved the typeset proof then we will make the article available online for you and your colleagues to cite. The article will appear in print once it has been assigned to a particular issue by the journal’s editor. It can be cited using the DOI.

What is a DOI?
The DOI is a permanent, unique identifier that enables you to cite material published online. The article’s DOI will remain the same even if the journal’s website address changes making it the easiest option for identifying and locating a specific article on the internet. Whenever citing your article, whether the print or online versions, you should always include the DOI as this will allow the reader to access, at the very least, the abstract of your paper. If you type the following URL into the address bar of your web browser <> and then enter the DOI in the dialogue box presented on this web page, you will be taken directly to the abstract of the article. For example, Jean Venables’ presidential address (doi: 10.1680/cien.2009.162.1.3) can be found here

How long will it take for my paper to be published?
Your manuscript, once it has been accepted as ready for production, passes through a number of quality control steps before it can be published these include copy editing, resolving any outstanding queries, typesetting, proof-reading, indexing, correction, printing and distribution.  As an author, quickly responding to queries and signing off your paper will help us advance it rapidly.

My figures haven't been reproduced well - they look grainy and blurred. What has gone wrong?
The better quality figures you provide then the better quality reproduction we will be able to achieve. If you provide screen grabs from a website then the image will appear very pixelated on the printed page whereas if you provide high-quality TIF files from your digital camera then this will be reflected in the sharpness of the image that we are able to reproduce. Your Journals Editor will be happy to advise you regarding any images which are not 300dpi or above.

How can I get printed copies of my paper?
We offer authors reprints of the papers published in our journals and when you receive your proofs to check you will also receive an order form if you wish to order printed copies of your article.  

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