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Manuscript Submission


We have created the following overview to assist authors with submitting a manuscript.
Please submit your final manuscript by January 2, 2018.

Your paper should be submitted as a Word document (.doc). You may submit the figures as part of the main document or upload them separately as .doc, .jpg or tif files — NOT PowerPoint or Excel.


Manuscript Criteria

  1. Does the paper add unique value to the international tunneling and underground space community, i.e., to your knowledge, this or similar material has not been published?
  2. Does the paper present new concepts and information?
  3. Is the technical content presented and supported well in the paper, e.g., equations, tables, figures, rationale, conclusions?
  4. Is the paper well written – organized, easy to understand, written with correct English grammar and paragraph/sentence structure?

Copyright Submission

Every author shown on each paper must submit a copyright assignment. This includes authors and coauthors. This is a mandatory requirement to include an author’s name. Copyright submission will be submitted online through during the Final Manuscript Submission process along with your manuscript.

Why Approval for Owner/Client is required

  1. In general engineering (consultant) and construction (contractor) contracts with owners have specific requirements for publishing of data and release of other information related to their work on these contracts, with these conditions flowing down to sub-contractors/consultants.
  2. Authors of papers and presenters should not feel that their work is in isolation of others on the project and should be respectful of the chain of command and responsibilities of others, which depending on contract arrangements can include constructor, designer, and owner. Where appropriate consider joint authorship with other parties.
  3. Owner and/or client is not surprised by publication and information presented.
  4. Process in obtaining approval aids building the team.v
  5. Simple errors can be fixed readily and access to owners proprietary documentation can provide high quality figures and accurate general project information, as well as project insights that make for a better paper.
  6. Sensitive issues can be presented in a sympathetic way and any inappropriate publication that would harm parties is avoided. Avoids the awkward situation where papers/presentations have to be withdrawn.

Why Approve Papers

  1. Positive, accurate reporting of facets of engineering projects is generally good for owners and avoids the information vacuum that may be filled with inaccuracies and rumor.
  2. Increased engagement, teamwork, partnering and motivation can be generated when parties work together on preparation of technical papers.
  3. Increased understanding of facets of engineering relevant to future projects that advances the art and science of engineering for future projects and those of other owners.

What Review could comprise

  1. Review papers to verify accuracy of project information and avoid discussion of controversial and sensitive issues that relate to stakeholders, construction contract, potential or ongoing litigation and third parties.
  2. Cursory review of technical issues and opinions.
  3. Review does not include issues that are the responsibility of the authors like originality, technical accuracy, legal issues, and relevance.

Who Should Review

Review by owners project manager, technical champions and media relations representatives is generally appropriate. This also includes representatives of organizations in the chain of command which could be Constructor or Lead Designer.

When Should Review Take Place.

Clearly the final camera ready copy should be reviewed and approved, however it is appropriate to engage the owner from the submittal/acceptance of abstract phase in order that there are no surprises and review can be coordinated and managed properly with adequate notice and time for review.

Manuscript Submission Resources


Key Dates

October 20, 2017 - Draft Manuscripts Due for Review
December 1, 2017 - Comments returned to Authors
January 2, 2018 - Final Manuscripts Due


Ready to Submit Your Manuscript Online?

Questions about Manuscript Submission?

For more information, please contact
SME Authors Support
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
T: 303.948.4200