The publisher and editorial board of the Civil Engineering Journalfollow ethical standards and guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; http://publicationethics.org).
Reviewers are expected to review such works they have professional expertise for. Reviewers shall keep confidentiality of the reviewed document, shall not use any information they gain during the peer review process to their own or to third parties benefit, nor to discredit others. Reviewers shall also report all potential conflict interests to the journal.
Reviews are expected to be completed in a timely manner and reviewers are asked to respond as soon as possible especially if they cannot conduct the review for any reason. The review shall be fair, objective, constructive, not influenced by the authors’ identity or background, or by any commercial issues. Review should help authors to improve quality of their work.
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