Author Guidelines

1. Introduction

Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum, with registered number ISSN 2549-5925 (online) is a scientific journal published by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Universitas Gadjah Mada. It is at the International level that covers a lot of common problems or issues related to civil and environmental engineering and natural disaster. The complete guidelines can be downloaded at Journal Template provided on the right side of JCEF-journal portal

2. How to Write the Title, the Name, and the Author’s Address

Apply Title style to the paper’s title. This style has everything needed to define the title layout (font type and size, paragraph alignment, spacing). The title shall be 16 points Roman type font, title case (Capitalize the first character of each text, except for preposition), left aligned, single line spacing, 20 point spacing before and after the paragraph.

Type the name of the authors by their initials followed by their last name. Group the authors by their affiliation. If there is only one co-author and he/she has the same affiliation with that of the first author, put the word “and” to separate their names. Apply Author style to the author paragraph. The authors are written in 12 points Roman type font, left aligned, single line spacing, zero spacing before and after the paragraph. Apply Author Affiliation style to the affiliation paragraph. The paragraph should be 10 points roman type, left aligned, single line spacing, zero spacing before and 10 point spacing after the paragraph. Author(s) affiliation should contain the following: company/institute/university, city, country.

3. The Manuscript General Guidelines

The manuscript text general guidelines are as follows:

  1. The manuscript is the authentic research result that has not been published yet in other publication media or publishing houses.
  2. The manuscript does not contain any plagiarism element. The editorial board will directly reject the text that indicates plagiarism.
  3. The submission and the publication processes are free, without any additional fees.
  4. The manuscript that has been written under the guidelines of Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum (in MS Word format, use this article template) must be submitted through Online Submission System using Open Journal System (OJS) on the JCEF-journal portal choose only one procedure. Then, register as the author.
  5. The manuscript online submission can be viewed in the part of online submission guidelines below.
  6. The manuscript which is inappropriate with Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum writing guidelines will be returned to the author before the reviewing process.
  7. The manuscript should contain several aspects of a scientific article as follows: (subtitle as the order), which are: (a) the title of the article, (b) the author’s name (no academic title), (c) the affiliated author’s address, (d) the author’s email (e) the abstract and the keywords, (f) the introduction, (g) the research method (h), the research findings and discussions (i), the conclusion (j), the references.
  8. The chapter heading is written in 11 points roman type font, single line spacing, 15 point spacing before and 4 point spacing after the paragraph. An all capital character and an automatic numbering will be given to the chapter heading. The section heading is written in 11 points roman type font, single line spacing, 12 point spacing before and 4 point spacing after the paragraph.
  9. The manuscript has to be written in English with the standard language. The manuscript should consist of six (6) to twelve (12) pages including pictures and tables. The manuscript text ought to be written as this article template in the camera ready mode. The article is written on A4-sized papers (210x297 mm), with the left and right margins at 15 mm, top and bottom margins at 25 mm. Use the one-column page layout for the whole text in the paper.
  10. The text of the articles must be in Times New Roman 11 point, single line spacing, roman type. Use 10 point size font for the table captions, the figure captions, the references, the abstract, and keywords.
  11. The words from uncommon or foreign languages are stated in Italic format. Use italics also for titles of journals or books, Latin words (et al.), and parameters in mathematics except for functions (log, ln, sin, cos, max., d in dx, etc). Never use the bold typeface, except to denote vectors in mathematics. Never underline any text.
  12. The tables and pictures should be located close to the first reference to them in the text and number them consecutively. Explanations should be given at the foot of the table, not within the table itself. Tables and pictures are written in 11 points roman type font. You may use a smaller font size (10 points) in tables. The table should fit within a column width of 85 mm.

4. The Guidelines for The Manuscript Body Text

The title of the manuscript: The title should be informative and be written both briefly and clearly. It cannot diverse multi interpretations. It has to be pinpoint with the issues that will be discussed. The beginning word is written in a capital case and symmetrically. The article title does not contain any uncommon abbreviation. The main ideas should be written first and followed then by its explanations. The article title should be written within maximally 10 (ten) words (in English).

Abstract: A concise and factual abstract is required (range from 250 to 300 words). The abstract should state briefly the background, purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. It is written in single line spacing and 10 points roman text style.

Keywords: Keywords are a tool to help indexers and search engines find relevant papers. If database search engines can find your journal manuscript, readers will be able to find it too. This will increase the number of people reading your manuscript, and likely lead to more citations.

However, to be effective, Keywords must be chosen carefully. They should:

  • Represent the content of your manuscript
  • Be specific to your field or sub-field


  • Manuscript title: Increases in levels of sediment transport at former glacial-interglacial transitions
  • Poor keywords: climate change, erosion, plant effects
  • Better keywords: quaternary climate change, soil erosion, bioturbation

Introduction: The introduction must contain (shortly and consecutively) a general background and a literature review (state of the art) as the basis of the brand new research question, statements of the brand new scientific article, main research problems, and the hypothesis. In the final part of the introduction, the purpose of the article writing should be stated. In the scientific article format, it does not allow to write down the references as in the research report. They should be represented in the literature review to show the brand new of the scientific article.

Research Methods: The method is implemented to solve problems, including analytic methods. The methods used in the problem solving of the research are explained in this part.

Discussion and Result: This part consists of the research results and how they are discussed. The results obtained from the research have to be supported by sufficient data.  The research results and the discovery must be the answers or the research hypothesis stated previously in the introduction part.

Conclusion: This is the final part containing conclusions and advice. The conclusions will be the answers to the hypothesis, the research purposes, and the research discoveries. The conclusions should not contain only the repetition of the results and discussions. It should be the summary of the research results as the author expects in the research purposes or the hypothesis. The advice contains suggestions associated with further ideas from the research.

References: All the references used in the article must be listed in this part. 

5. The Guidelines for the Citations and References

Every text citation must be listed under the heading “References” at the end of the text. All the references used in the article must be listed in this part. In this part, all the used references must be taken from primary sources (scientific journals and the least number is 80% of all the references) published in the last ten years. Apply Heading Not-numbered style to the heading of this reference. The reference must be in Harvard style and listed in alphabetical order, by surname of the first author followed by initials. All the served data or quotes in the article taken from the other author articles should attach the reference sources. The references should use a reference application management such as MendeleyEndNote, or Zotero. Reference application management enables you to deposit any research data (including raw and processed data, video, code, software, algorithms, protocols, and methods) associated with your manuscript in a free-to-use, open access repository. Please include the DOI of the deposited dataset(s) in your main manuscript file.

6. The Online Submission Manuscript Guidelines

The manuscript text must be submitted by one of two systems ( the second procedure is more preferable):

  1. The document should be submitted by Online Submission System in Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum portal HERE.
  2. Firstly, the author should register as either an author or reviewer (checking role as author or reviewer) in the “Register” or HERE.
  3. After the registration step is completed, log in as an author, click on “New Submission”. The article submission stage consists of five stages, such as:  (1). Start, (2). Upload Submission, (3). Enter Metadata, (4). Upload Supplementary Files, (5). Confirmation.
  4. In the “Start” column, chose the Journal Section (Full Article), check all the checklists.
  5. In the “Upload Submission” Columns, upload the manuscript files in MSWord format in this column.
  6. In the “Enter Metadata” columns, fill in with all the author data and affiliation. Including the Journal Title, Abstract and Indexing Keywords.
  7. In the “Upload Supplementary Files” columns, the author is allowed to upload supplementary files, the statement letter, or any other else.
  8. In the “Confirmation” columns, if the data you entered are all correct already, then click “Finish Submission”.
  9. If the author has difficulties in the submission process through the online system, please contact Journal of the Civil Engineering Forum editorial team at