The Mass Timber Construction Journal’s Founder and Editor-in-chief Dr Paul Kremer, a Research Fellow at University of Melbourne, confirmed the online publication was established to fill a gap in the research publishing market, with editors encountering challenges in publishing MTC research elsewhere due to a lack of dedicated peer-reviewers, editorial staff and researchers within the MTC field.
“Journals that are focused on wood technologies are attempting to adapt their audience and editorial teams and accommodate massive timber technologies; however they struggle to ensure publications are reviewed, accepted and published in a timely fashion. A new journal dedicated to the technology was needed, so I started one.”
Dr Kremer said the journal’s focus would be to promote research informing practitioners and educators about contemporary construction, engineering, materials and timber technology practice. With an interest on quality contributions from an academic, industry and practitioner-driven base, he said the journal was particularly interested in fielding contributions related to industry and research collaborations The journal would especially welcome articles analysing the development of massive timber technologies and global innovations in engineered timber, he added. It is also intended as an avenue for current Masters and PhD students to showcase their research projects in the form of documenting research, case studies, trends, theory, reviews and experiments.
Some editions will have dedicated themes focusing on issues such as sustainability, material testing, consumer psychology, structural engineering, digitisation and more.
The editorial team comprises academics with a profile in publishing in the prefabricated and massive timber space: Professor Steffen Lehmann from the University of Portsmouth, & Distinguished Visiting Professor, XJTU China, along with Professor Tuan Ngo, the Director of the Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne.
“The journal is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified academics wishing to contribute to the development of research activities within massive timber.” Dr Kremer said. The journal’s Editorial Board is committed to an equitable reviewing approach that offers assistance to writers and researchers through a systematic and supportive review of material.
Parties interested in sponsoring or otherwise contributing to the journal should make contact via the website masstimberconstructionjournal.com. ■