The journal is published by RTU in collaboration with two partner universities in the Baltic Region - Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania).
The objectives of the journal are to extend the fundamental knowledge of real estate market and civil construction and to provide information that would help the industry practitioners and entrepreneurs, as well as academic staff to increase the efficiency, productivity and competitiveness of real estate and construction market. We invite authors publish their articles in the journal, reflecting the topical research that would be useful for making business decisions in such areas as sustainable development and management of sound environment, devoting special attention to real estate and construction market analyses and assessment.
Peer review process
All manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer review by two internationally recognised experts. Article undergoes the double-blind peer review process after the evaluation of article according to the general requirements of the BJREECM Journal and after passing the CrossCheck plagiarism test procedures.
Peer review process may take up to one month (average). The average term, given to the reviewer, are two weeks, but, some delays are possible. In case the topic of the article is very specific, and delay in the review process may happen, but the aim is to provide the review results to authors as soon as possible – in one month, or earlier. Fees for reviewers are not practiced.
Reviewers should make reviews objectively. Personal criticism of author(s) should be avoided. Information received in the review process is confidential from scientific, legal and ethical points of view.
Corrections to the article can be suggested to the author also before the peer review stage by the Editorial Team. Resulting evaluation of the article can be as follows: accept, accept with minor corrections, accept only after corrections and repeated review, refuse. If not sufficient corrections have been done by authors after receiving the review, where some corrections to the article were asked, the Editor-in-Chief has the right to reject the article.
The Editor-in-Chief makes a decision on the article publication based on minimum two referee reviews. Documents, such as a preface etc., should not be peer-reviewed.
The confidentiality of authors and reviewers is ensured in the double-blind peer review process.
Post-publication discussions and corrections
Post-publication discussions and correction opportunities are in the process of development and discussion. Technical corrections in affiliations, ORCID iD numbers and some other information (spelling mistakes etc.) are possible. Post-publication discussion can be done by contacting the corresponding author directly or the Journal editors by firstname.lastname@example.org. The opportunity to add supplementary files after online publication of an article (e.g., publication of additional files with data), is not practiced yet in the Journal.
Why subscribe and read
The journal articles reflect diverse research results concerning real estate sector, related sectors and interacting branches of science in the context of contemporary market development, which allows classifying the journal in the category of interdisciplinary scientific journals. The Baltic Journal of Real Estate Economics and Construction Management covers the following research directions:
property and real estate finance;
property development; property valuation;
property and real estate practice management;
budgeting and financial controls;
enhancing residential property value;
real estate valuation and investment;
innovations in residential management;
sustainability and housing development;
information technologies in property management;
mathematical methods in property management;
theoretical and conceptual frameworks for real estate economic and construction management;
sustainable real estate market development policies;
alternative economic paradigms in real estate and civil construction;
life cycle development and assessment of buildings, facilities and real estate;
life cycle assessment of housing;
legislation of sustainable real estate development;
social, economic and political aspects of sustainable construction development;
the choice of sustainable design and materials;
sustainable development systems, their application in civil construction and real estate;
sustainable development strategies, approaches and methods;
sustainable development problems, opportunities and solutions to entrepreneurship and management;
issues of sustainable development in construction, manufacturing, health care;
the role of education in sustainable development;
environmental impact assessment;
other related fields.
All manuscripts are subject to double blind peer review by two internationally recognised experts. The journal has neither article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.
The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.
The manuscripts are accepted in English. The submissions should be made electronically to the managing editor at email@example.com and comply with the Author Guidelines Template.
Allegations of misconduct
BJREECM Journal focuses on the evaluation of a particular case of misconduct following RTU Press Publication Ethics Guidelines and COPE practices. Misconduct includes falsifying data, plagiarizing others’ works, salami publishing and breach of confidentiality. If misconduct is suspected during the review process, the manuscript will be held until any concerns have been resolved. If misconduct is confirmed during the review process, the manuscript will be immediately rejected. If misconduct is proved after publication, then the article will be retracted. In the case of a suspected misconduct, it has to be reported to the Editor-in-Chief of the BJREECM Journal first. Initial investigation is performed by Editor-in-Chief of the Journal. Confidentiality is observed during the process of collecting information and confirming the proof. In case of minor misconduct investigation is not necessary. In case of serious misconduct, the author has the opportunity to present the explanation. However, the BJREECM Journal reserves the right to speak directly to the author’s institution. If severe misconduct is suspected, RTU Press and RTU Legal Department shall be involved.
Authorship and contributorship
Authors are responsible for ensuring that their works are unique, original, and that they fully acknowledge the source of any content which is not entirely the authors’ own. Authors take the full responsibility to the article. Author is referred as a person, who made a substantial intellectual contribution to the content of the article. Corresponding author is asked to accept and confirm the last version of an article before publication. The BJREECM Journal Managing Editor will check articles for plagiarism (i.e., reproducing any content without attribution and permission) using Similarity Check (iThenticate tool). The percentage of similarities that may raise a concern is starting from the level of 25% reported by iThenticate tool. More information related to the plagiarism check is described in the subpart “Data and Reproducibility”. Author Guidelines Template, Guidelines for Reviewers, License to Publish form, Editorial Policy description, Conflict of Interest Disclosure Forms for Editor and Authors are available at the Journal’s webpage. In case of changes of authorship, changes should be confirmed by co-authors, except extraordinary cases, when changes are proved. The reason should be provided to the Editor-in-Chief. People or organisations that contributed to the paper but are not classified as authors, according to the conducted work, should be listed in the Acknowledgment, along with their contributions. It must be ensured that anyone named in the Acknowledgment agrees to being named. At the end of the article, authors should provide their short biographies, considering the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union that includes the scientific and/or practical experience and their research interests. The information we collect is: author’s name, surname; email; affiliation; country; ORCID iD number; number of submission, username (in case of submission through bjreecmjournals.rtu.lv/).
The manuscripts are accepted in English. The submissions should be made electronically to the managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through OJS system (bjreecmjournals.rtu.lv/) and should comply with the Author Guidelines Template.
Submissions and articles should be written in the English language. Articles can be rejected before peer review in case of low overall quality, if the topic of the research is out of the scope of the Journal, if important sections are missing in an article, or in case any other significant problem appears. All submitted articles must have the innovative significance. The significance of research topic should be explaned in abstract and introductory part of the research paper. The abstract must contain topicallity of the research, aim of the research, used methods of the research and short summary of findings.
Submission Preparation Checklist As part of the submission process, authors are required to check their submission’s compliance with all of the following items:
The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
Where available, URLs and/or DOI for the references have been provided.
The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate location, rather than at the end of the paper.
The submission is supplemented by the files containing figures that are saved in appropriate formats:
- Photos and scanned images (resolution – no less than 300 dpi) in file formats: *.tif, *png, *.jpg, - Diagrams, charts, schemes in file formats: *.pdf, *.eps, *.cdr, *.xls, *.xlsx, *.dwg as a separate attachment are preferable, but currently are not obligatory.
Information regarding survey of the research can be added as well. It will be a question of discussion and of a particular case to keep it to the original research, or not.
The following list will be useful during the final check of an article prior to the submission. Before sending the manuscript to the Journal for review, author/authors should ensure the following:
The submission has not been previously published. Please note that all submissions will be checked to prevent plagiarism in published works.
The text is prepared with a word processor and saved in .DOCX file (MS Office). If only older version of MS Office is available, then save in .DOC format.
One author has been designated as the corresponding author.
All authors should provide their e-mail addresses.
The manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked.
References are in the correct APA reference format for this Journal. MS Office reference generator or Mendeley tool can be used.
All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
Author/authors does/do not supply files that are too low in resolution. Authors should submit all images, schemes, diagrams as supplementary files through Open Journal System or in one .zip file.
The submitted graphics are not disproportionately large for the content.
Authors are requested to submit signed and scanned License to Publish Agreement and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form filled and signed by each author upon request before the manuscript is published. Editorial Board of BJREECM Journal may ask from Author(s) to send the signed original of the agreement. Submitted articles should not be published or should not be submitted for publishing to any other journal or publishing house. Articles should not contain illegal, fraudulent or inaccurate/falsificate information. Language should be standard English with appropriate and up-to-date scientific terms used. Authors should have an approved permission in case of reproduction of any copyright material. If a figure or other graphical material, such as Table, etc., created by another author is used, authors should have a written permission from an author of the original work. Editorial Team may ask for such a proof.
In case, because of the above-mentioned reasons (e.g., reproduction), some costs appeared to the Publisher or Journal, these related costs (losses) can be asked from the autho(s).
Complaints and appeals In case of the complaints or appeals, they should be written in English and sent electronically to Editor-in-Chief via email@example.com. Complains should comply with the ethical aspects, and should have the agrumentation or the importance of the raised question. If conflict cannot be solved, it can go to a more senior person to resolution.
Conflicts of interest / Competing interests
RTU Press and BJREECM require that, in accordance with “RTU Press Publication Ethics Guidelines”, the authors of manuscripts submitted for publication declare potential conflict of interests in order to allow editors and reviewers to consider whether it may influence the reviewing of the manuscript. Having a conflict of interests is not considered as unethical aspect; such interests sometimes are inevitable. Nevertheless, it can directly or indirectly influence the author’s objective interpretation of the results of his/her research or those of others. Editorial Boards of the BJREECM Journal do not reject papers simply because of the existing conflict of interest and the identification of the conflict of interest does not preclude publication. The declaration of conflict of interests will provide the transparency of interpretation of the results. Editorial independence in the decision-making process on publishing articles is a very important aspect for us and is observed stricly. Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for Editor and Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for Authors are available at Journal’s Sciendo webpage under the section of Supplementary Materials. Please fill in this form, sign it and submit together with your manuscript. The corresponding author fills in the form in the name of co-authors after having received authorisation from them, or they fill it themselves. In case one of the BJREECM editors or colleagues submit an article, the conflict of interest is prevented. For instance, in case the Editor-in-Chief or some of managing editors make a submission to the BJREECM Journal, the editing process is undertaken by another editor/editorial board member, making the necessary separate subsection notice in the article for this process.
Data and reproducibility
The Editorial Board participates in a growing community of Similarity Check System’s users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process. Authors may be asked to provide the data in connection with the research for editorial review. The number of used references should be appropriate for the study.
Data should be represented accurately, and the work of other authors should be appropriately cited. Plagiarism is a case of miscoduct. We encourage all researchers to archive and share their data, thus broadening access to the research literature and research results. Authors may place their data available in suitable repositories.
The basic ethical oversight is published at RTU Press Publication Ethics Guidelines, in particular adhering to national and international copyright laws. Publishing an article in the BJREECM Journal should be agreed with all co-authors. Plagiarism or self-plagiarism should be avoided. The research should be original and contain elements of scientific innovation. The conflict of interests should be declared. Researchers should ensure that only those individuals are rewarded with authorship who have made real, creative and substantial contribution to the research. Colleagues who have provided technical assistance (e.g., performing a standard analysis by using standard methods) or prepared figures or did editing should be listed in the Acknowledgement section of the article. Acknowledgement should also be given to individuals whose comments during the preparation of the manuscript have helped to interpret the results of the research. Authors should declare all possible financial and/or non-financial conflicts of interest. Authors, editors and reviewers are requested to adhere to the principles of international publishing ethics set out in the COPE Core Practices (publicationethics.org/corepractices).
Plagirism and self-plagiarism are considered to be the unethical publishing behaviour. In case of illegal action detection, the published article can be removed from the publication platform.
Copyright is a form of intellectual property applicable to certain forms of creative work. Author warrants that the submitted article is original, written by the stated author/s, has not been published before, does not contain unlawful statements, does not infringe the rights of others, is subject to copyright that is vested exclusively in the author and free of any thirdparty rights, and that any necessary written permissions to quote from other sources have been obtained by the author/s. All articles are published and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. Information that has been obtained privately (e.g., internal information of a company, which can be classified as a trade secret) can be published only with a permission of the provider of information. All articles are published in Open Access mandate form, so all articles are available for interested users at Sciendo platform free of charge and can be used for any lawful purpose. We encourage the authors to share their published research. Electronic backup is ensured by Sciendo.
The BJREECM Journal is published in Open Volume scheduled manner. It allows publishing single articles within an issue as soon as they appear. Articles are published upon Open Access mechanism; the principle that makes research outputs freely available online and supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The copyediting (proofreading) stage is intended to improve the flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting of the article. It represents the last chance for the author to make any substantial changes to the text because the next stage is restricted to typos and formatting corrections. The file to be copyedited is in Word format and therefore can easily be edited as a word processing document. The set of instructions displayed here proposes two approaches to copyediting. One is based on Microsoft Word’s Track Changes feature and requires that the copy editor, editor, and author have access to this program.
The next step is the evalution of articles before the peer review process. This step includes the usage of CrossCheck system. Corrections are asked, if necessary.
If an article is evaluated positively during the first steps, the article is sent to the double-blind peer review process. After double-blind peer review process, the proofreading of the English language and technical proofreading are done in cooperation with RTU Press. When the corrections are confirmed/accepted by the author, the article is sent for the layout preparation. Final layout version of the article is confirmed by the author.
Initial copyedit. The journal copy editors will edit the text to improve flow, clarity, grammar, wording and formatting, equations and formulas, units, as well as including author queries as necessary. In case of submission through OJS system, once the initial edit is complete, the copy editor will upload the revised document through the Journal website (hand notify the author that the edited manuscript is available for review.
Author copyedit. Before making dramatic departures from the structure and organisation of the edited manuscript, authors must check it with the editors who are co-chairing the piece. Authors should accept/reject any changes made during the initial copyediting, as appropriate, and respond to all queries.
Final copyedit. The journal copy editor will verify changes made by the author and incorporate the responses to the author queries to create a final manuscript. When finished, the copy editor will upload the final document through the Journal website (bjreecm-journals.rtu.lv/) and alert the layout editor to complete formatting.
Prof. Ineta Geipele, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Dr. Gita Actiņa, Riga Technical University, Latvia Dr. Linda Kauškale, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Prof. Suresh P Sethi, University of Texas at Dallas, United States of America Prof. Arturas Kaklauskas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Prof. Remigijs Počs, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Member, Latvia Prof. Roode Liias, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia Dr. Woodrow W. Clark II, Clark Strategic Partners, United States of America
Editorial Board Members
Dr. Jonas Šaparauskas, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Prof. Jelena Stankevičienė, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Prof. Yu Gu, Beijing Jiaotong University, China Prof. Jana Šelih, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia Prof. Andrea Pődör, Óbuda University, Hungary Prof. Namejs Zeltiņš, Institute of Physical Energetics, Latvian Member Committee of the World Energy Council, Latvia Prof. Yuri Merkuryev, Riga Technical University, Latvia Prof. Andris Krēsliņš, Riga Technical University, Latvia Dr. Natalija Lepkova, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Prof. Bronius Neverauskas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania Dr. Jenny Paulsson, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Prof. Leonid Melnyk, Sumy State University, Ukraine Dr. Sanda Geipele, Riga Technical University, Latvia Prof. Attilio Coletta, Tuscia University, Italy Prof. Sabina Źróbek, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland Dr. Tine Köhler, ILS - Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development, Germany Prof. Andreas Hendricks, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany Prof. Ahad Ali, Lawrence Technological University, United States of America Prof. Martin Weischer, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany Prof. Olegas Prentkovskis, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Dr. Jurga Naimavičiene, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Dr. Loreta Kanapeckiene, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania Prof. Ivan Potravnyy, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Russia Prof. Frank Riemenschneider, Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany Prof. Tatjana Tambovceva, Riga Technical University, Latvia Dr. Jānis Priede, University of Latvia, Latvia Prof. Jānis Vanags, Riga Technical University, Latvia Dr. Jānis Kaminskis, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland Prof. Maija Šenfelde, Riga Technical University, Latvia Dr. Armands Auziņš, Riga Technical University, Latvia Prof. Carlo Giacomo Prato, University of Queensland, Australia Dr. Yener Coşkun, Izmir University of Economics, Capital Markets Board of Turkey, Turkey