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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • 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 Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Author shall submit 3 files into the OJS submission system, otherwise will be deemed incomplete submission. The files are:
    1. Cover letter
    2. Title page
    3. Manuscript without authors' information


Journal of Design and Built Environment (JDBE) is a SCOPUS-indexed and open access publication by the Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya. JDBE publishes original papers and review articles resulting from research in architecture, building engineering, quantity surveys, real estate management and all disciplines related to the built environment.

Journal of Design and Built Environment covers the following topics:

  • Urban Design: Development and Management
  • Sustainable buildings, design, construction and materials
  • Construction management and technology
  • Building design, performance and operation
  • Sustainable Construction and Artificial Landscape
  • Building Services and Maintenance
  • Energy and building
  • Heritage Conservation
  • System safety and reliability
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Facilities management
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Human interaction with the built environment
  • Life cycle assessment



We welcome original manuscripts that was not previously published, in the form of research or review papers, in particular critical reviews, that are relevant to design and built environment.


All submitted manuscript are subjected to initial review by the Editors. Manuscripts will be subjected to the screening for plagiarism and double-blind peer review process prior to publication.



Architects, Builders, Building Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Real Estate professionals, Engineers, Policy makers, Students and Researchers in Built Environment, Building Science and Engineering in institutions of higher learning.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the journal, manuscripts should be written for the professional and academic audience that may have either general or specific interest in the topics.



Manuscript must be written in ENGLISH language only.



Authors are invited to submit manuscripts electronically through OJS submission system. Other modes of submission will no longer be entertained.  Upon acceptance of an article by the journal, the authors will be asked to transfer the copyright of the article to the publisher. This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.



For submissions received from 1st February 2024 onwards,  each accepted paper will be subjected to an APC of RM1,000.  



Manuscript must be prepared using Microsoft Word format, A4-sized paper, 2.0 cm margin on each side. The preferred length for articles is around 5,000 to 7,000 words for research manuscript and around 8,000 to 10,000 words for review manuscript, inclusive of everything (Tables, Figures, References and Appendices). 

Author shall submit 3 files into the OJS submission system, otherwise will be deemed incomplete submission. The files are:

  1. Cover letter  
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript without authors' information


(a) Cover Letter

All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter from the corresponding author.

By submitting this letter, the corresponding author accepts responsibility for all statements contained within it. The details of all authors including email address must be listed in the cover letter. It should be declared that the manuscript has not been submitted to another journal and will not be published elsewhere until the decision made by the journal. All authors must agree on the submission to this journal.

Three (3) potential reviewers in the field should be recommended to escalate the reviewing process. Kindly provide the full name, email address, and affiliation of the reviewers.


(b) Title page

The Title page should be a single page, including the title of the manuscript, the authors name and affiliations, country, e-mail address of corresponding author and all contributors (if any), and acknowledgement (if any) using 12-point regular Times New Roman font.

Once accepted for publication, the author’s name cannot be changed.


(c) Manuscript without authors' information

This manuscript will be sent for the double-blind review process.  Do include the title in this document. The length of the abstract shall be between 150 to 200 words and up to five keywords to facilitate indexing. The abstract should summarise the objectives, main findings, and conclusions of the manuscript.


Manuscripts should be typed in ONE column, double-spacing, using 12-point regular Times New Roman font, justified. The pages should be numbered consecutively, and include line number to ease the review process and commenting. 


Only references which are cited in the text should be included in the Reference List. The in-text citation and reference list shall be accordance to APA Style 7th edition (can refer to https://umlibguides.um.edu.my/c.php?g=939660). Please provide the DOI or URL if any, so that it is easier for the readers to refer. The reference list shall be single spacing, justified, with “hanging” by 0.6 cm. Then the list shall be sorted according to alphabetical order by name, followed by year.


All figures and tables must be cited in the main text and included within the text rather than grouped at the end of the paper. Captions should be centred with respect to figures and tables and numbered consecutively. Table headings must be placed above tables, and figure captions placed underneath figures.



Submission of a manuscript implies a commitment to publish in this journal. Simultaneous submission to other journals is unacceptable. Previously published work, or work which is substantially similar to previously published work, is ordinarily not acceptable. If in doubt about these requirements, please contact the journal.



Authors are usually notified whether their manuscripts have been accepted after the review process is completed. If changes are required, authors are furnished with comments from the editors and the international review board. The editors are responsible for all final decisions on editorial changes. The editors reserve the right to copy-edit and proof all articles accepted for publication without prior consultation with contributing authors.



All inquiries and submission of the manuscripts should be addressed to jdbe@um.edu.my or OJS submission system.