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International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

ISSN: 2398-4708

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2020: 2.4
CiteScoreTracker 2021: 2.6 (Updated Monthly)

Journal history

Previously published as Structural Survey
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Editorial objectives

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The International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation publishes findings on contemporary and original research towards sustaining, maintaining and managing existing buildings. The journal provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of buildings, their performance and adaptation in order to develop appropriate technical and management solutions. This requires an holistic understanding of the complex interactions between the materials, components, occupants, design and environment, demanding the application and development of methodologies for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment in this multidisciplinary area. With rapid technological developments, a changing climate and more extreme weather, coupled with developing societal demands, the challenges to the professions responsible are complex and varied; solutions need to be rigorously researched and tested to navigate the dynamic context in which today's buildings are to be sustained.

The journal aims to publish rigorous research articles, case studies and reviews concerning innovative investigations on topics related to: the technical and pathological issues associated with maintaining and conserving buildings; and the refurbishment and adaptation of existing buildings in response to environmental, technological and societal developments. Particular emphasis is placed on the emerging environmental challenges and application of digital technologies (including BIM) with sustaining and conserving buildings.

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation is a CIB-encouraged journal.

Editorial criteria

The journal encompasses all building types and architectural forms, including historical buildings, the associated infrastructure and technologies, together with the methodologies applied in the context of surveying, adapting, converting, conserving, maintaining and managing these. The scope and coverage of the journal is, by design, appropriately diverse and multi-disciplined, reflecting the emerging technological, environmental and societal challenges of sustaining resilient buildings in all world regions.


Within this context, the scope and coverage of the journal incorporates the following indicative topics:

  • Behavioural and human responses
  • Building defects and prognosis
  • Building adaptation and retrofit
  • Building conservation and restoration
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Building and planning regulations and legislation
  • Building technology
  • Conflict avoidance, management and disputes resolution
  • Digital information and communication technologies
  • Education and training
  • Environmental performance
  • Energy management
  • Health, safety and welfare issues
  • Healthy enclosures
  • Innovations and innovative technologies
  • Law and practice of dilapidation 
  • Maintenance and refurbishment 
  • Materials testing
  • Policy formulation and development
  • Project management
  • Resilience
  • Structural considerations
  • Surveying methodologies and techniques
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Valuation and financial investment


The applied, interdisciplinary and contemporary focus of the journal's content means it is an invaluable resource for researchers and academics as well as practitioners in the design, construction and property (real estate) sectors wishing to keep abreast of current and future developments in an international context. Expert building technologists, including surveyors, architects, building control, construction professionals, facilities managers, real estate professionals, project managers and structural engineers need to be aware of emerging innovative solutions and rapidly developing applications so that they can respond accordingly and provide appropriate and professional advice to their clients. The journal provides an invaluable source of information and latest news to researchers and academics from other disciplines who need to keep abreast of the latest developments in building pathology and adaptation.

Key benefits

  • CIB encouraged journal.
  • The journal’s authoritative content and quality is ensured both through its rigorous triple-blind peer review system and its internationally respected Editorial Advisory Board.
  • Covers a broad range of contemporary and interdisciplinary topics concerning building pathology, building adaptation and emerging environmental challenges.
  • Expert reviewers are drawn from academia and professional practice to ensure relevance and currency of published articles. For a full list of our reviewers, please see below.
  • Publishes lively and responsive special issues overseen by eminent guest editors on new and emerging themes.
  • Is supported by the RICS with free content available to all members

Key journal audiences

  • Academics and researchers in the fields of building technology, building services and engineering, building design and project management
  • Architects
  • Building Services Engineers
  • Building Surveyors
  • Building Control surveyors
  • Contractors and Constructors 
  • Structural Engineers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Health and Safety Managers and Inspectors
  • Material suppliers and producers
  • Specialist Subcontractors and Design consultants
  • Building owners and occupiers
  • Other professionals responsible for the management, appraisal and adaptation of building

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation is indexed and abstracted in:

  • ABI Inform
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Academic Source Complete
  • Academic Source Premier
  • ARCOM abstract service
  • British Library
  • Construction and Building Abstracts
  • Construction Management Abstracts
  • Current Abstracts
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)
  • EI Compendex
  • Electronic Collections Online
  • The International Construction Database
  • Institute for Scientific Information
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals
  • ProQuest
  • ReadCube Discover

And ranked in:

  • Scopus

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection page.

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