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Author Guidelines


Open Access and APC Information

Editorial review






Supplementary data

English Language Editing


Author Self-Archiving/Public Access Policy


The International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies is a quarterly publication concerned with the challenge of climate change and its effects on the built environment and sustainability. The Journal publishes original, quality research papers on issues of climate change, sustainable development and the built environment related to architecture, building services engineering, civil engineering, building engineering, urban design and other disciplines. It features in-depth articles, technical notes, review papers, book reviews and special issues devoted to international conferences. The journal encourages submissions related to interdisciplinary research in the built environment. The journal is available in paper and electronic formats. All articles are peer-reviewed by leading experts in the field.


International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies is committed to facilitating the widest possible dissemination of high-quality research. To further this objective, LCT is now a fully open access, online only journal.

LCT’s Open Access publishing model will maximise dissemination of research to the widest possible audience. It is no longer necessary to hold a subscription in order to read LCT content online.

Before submitting, please note: All new submissions to LCT that are accepted for publication in the journal will be published exclusively on an open access basis. As such if your paper is accepted for publication in this journal you will be required to pay an Open Access charge.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

- Regular charge - £750 / $1200 / €1000

- WSSET member discounted rate - £375 / $600 / €500

- Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £375 / $600 / €500

- Free Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Open Access Licence

LCT authors are required to complete an Open Access licence agreement which reflects the open access model outlined below. Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies can use the following Creative Common licence for their articles:

- Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)

- Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

Both of these licences mean that users of LCT articles published under this Open Access model are entitled to use, reproduce, disseminate or display these articles provided that:

1. the original authorship is properly and fully attributed;

2. the journal and publisher are attributed as the original place of publication with correct citation details given;

3. if an original work is subsequently reproduced or disseminated not in its entirety but only in part or as a derivative work this is clearly indicated;

The Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC) additionally requires that no articles are reproduced for commercial purposes without the prior consent of OUP and payment to OUP of any appropriate fee.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

- Title of content

- Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

- This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


The acceptance criteria for a manuscript are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers and the editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editorial Board, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.


Please submit online using ScholarOne Manuscripts. The International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies accepts contributions in three broad categories:

- Original papers reporting research and development work - these should typically be 3000–4000 words in length plus figures and tables.

- Reviews or critical assessments of research and development work, dealing with their subject in broad perspective. These should typically be 4000-5000 words in length plus figures and tables.

- Rapid Communications are short papers addressing exciting topics or presenting new ideas on a topic of broad interest. There is a strict 4 page limit. When submitting your Rapid Communication for publication, please provide a written justification to the Editors (no more than one page) explaining how your article meets our quality and novelty criteria.

Rapid Communications:

- are intended for high-quality research, addressing exciting topics or new ideas

- are concise; not exceeding four journal pages (3,500 words)

- enjoy fast publication; refereed by the editorial board and published as soon as they are ready

- have discounted article processing charges; £375 per paper

Book reviews and special conference issues are also featured, and the Editor particularly encourages submissions originating from interdisciplinary research in the built environment.

Manuscripts should be written in English and must be submitted online through our online submission website. For full instructions click here.

Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions, please visit the online submission website.


Title page

-Title of paper.

-Full name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s), including one email address for correspondence.

-An abstract in English of no more than 100 words.

-Up to 5 keywords.

Main text

-Use SI units throughout.

-Use italic typeface for variables; bold for vectors and matrices.

-Cite figures and tables like this: Table 1; Fig. 5; Figs 3(a) and (b).

-Cite references as follows: 'a recent study [1]'.

-Define terms and abbreviations, except for those commonly used.

-Avoid footnotes to text; include them in the text or reference list.


The Vancouver system of referencing should be used (examples are given below). In the text, references should be marked using [Arabic numerals] in the order in which they appear.

In the reference list, if a reference has many authors, list only the first three authors, followed by 'et al.' Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.

Names of journals should be abbreviated. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Kennedy T, Jones R. Effect of obesity on esophageal transit. Int J Low Carbon Tech1985;149:177–81.

Manners T, Jones R, Riley M. Relationship of overweight to haitus hernia and reflux oesophagitis. In Newman W (ed). Low Carbon Technology. Elsevier Science, 1997, 352–74.

Hou Y, Qiu Y, Vo NH et al. 23-O derivatives of OMT: highly active against H. influenzae. In: Programs and Abstracts of the Forty-third Interscience Conference on on Low Carbon Technology, Chicago, IL, 2003. Abstract F-1187, p.242.


Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Tables should be consecutively numbered in the text in Arabic numerals. Legends should be concise but comprehensive: the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. Vertical grid lines should not be used to separate columns. Each column in a table must have a heading, with units of measurement in parentheses; all abbreviations must be defined in footnotes.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Abbreviations should be used sparingly: only where they ease the reader's task by reducing repetition of long, technical terms. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.


Please be aware that the requirements for online submission and for reproduction in the journal are different: (i) for online submission and peer review, please upload your figures either embedded in the word processing file or separately as low-resolution images (.jpg, .tif, .gif or. eps); (ii) for reproduction in the journal, you will be required after acceptance to supply high-resolution .tif files (1200 d.p.i. for line drawings and 300 d.p.i. for colour and half-tone artwork) or high-quality printouts on glossy paper. We advise that you create your high-resolution images first as these can be easily converted into low-resolution images for online submission.

For useful information on preparing your figures for publication, go to http://cpc.cadmus.com/da/index.jsp. Figures will not be relettered by the publisher. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material. Any photomicrographs, electron micrographs or radiographs must be of high quality. Wherever possible, photographs should fit within the print area of 169 x 235 mm (full page) or within the column width of 82 mm. Photomicrographs should provide details of staining technique and a scale bar. Patients shown in photographs should have their identity concealed or should have given their written consent to publication. Normally no more than six illustrations will be accepted for publication in the print issue without charge.

Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text, if possible. Graphs should be drawn professionally or with a computer graphics package. Pictures should be supplied electronically. Individual photographs forming a composite figure should be of equal contrast. Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration.

Figure legends should be concise but comprehensive: the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text. Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.

The quality of reproduction is limited by the quality of the submitted material. All figures must be of high quality - they should be sharply focused, have good contrast and any lettering must be clear and legible. Colour illustrations can be reproduced if there is sufficient scientific merit in doing so.

Guidance for preparation of Figures

Figures should be sized to fit a single column of the Journal where possible (88 mm) or a double column if necessary (180 mm). The preferred font for lettering is Times; lettering should have an upper case height of 2 mm and a lower case height of 1 mm at publication size (corresponding to point size 8). Line thickness should be set at 0.5 points. Shading used on line drawings should be clear and distinctive; shades of grey and heavy stippling do not reproduce well. Lines and symbols should be drawn boldly enough to withstand reduction. The preferred symbols are filled circles, open circles, filled squares, open squares, filled triangles and open triangles, and should be no smaller than 1 mm (height/diameter) at publication size. Part labels should be lower case letters within parentheses, e.g. (a), (b), (c) etc.


In order to reproduce any third party material, including figures or tables, in an article all authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse.

When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:

  (i) non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal.

  (ii) electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium.

  (iii) the right to use the material for the life of the work.

  (iv) world-wide English-language rights. If rights for all languages can be secured, this is preferable.

  (v) the right to use images with a resolution of 150 dpi in the PDF version of the journal or 72 dpi in the HTML version.

  (vi) include a statement indicating that permission has been obtained in the relevant legend/footnote.

  (vii) provide the Editorial Office with copies of any relevant paperwork.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/access_purchase/permissions_guidelines.doc.

Authors should also include a statement indicating that permission has been obtained in the relevant legend/footnote and provide the Editorial Office with copies of any relevant paperwork.

For further information, as well as a template permissions request letter, please contact the Editorial Office.


Only directly relevant experimental data should be included in the full text of manuscripts. Supporting data should be submitted for review as supplementary material, in a separate file from the manuscript, for publication online only. Material that has not been peer-reviewed will be made available only through a link to the author's home page, at the discretion of the Editor. Supplementary Material can be published in these formats: .txt, .htslp, .shtml, .html, .htm, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .mov, .mpg, .avi, .pdf, .xls, .zip, .doc, .rtf, .tif, .dtl.


Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.


Authors will receive a PDF file of the complete paper by email. In the interest of speed, corrections must be returned within 3 days.


For information about this journals policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

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