Thursday, November 22, 2012

CFP: Exploring Issues of Project Cost Overrun (Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction)

CFP: Exploring Issues of Project Cost Overrun (Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction)

Special issue call for papers from

We, the Editorial team at the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction[1], have followed with intense interest the unfolding debate on the Co-operative Network for Building Researchers (CNBR)[2] recently, relating to issues of construction project cost overruns. It is apparent from that debate that there are conflicting, varied and sometimes quite controversial opinions held on this subject. Equally, that the subject embraces myriad sub-themes, which include:
• estimating methods and procedure;
• availability and completeness of information;
• time-related factors;
• unforeseeable events and conditions;
• management of construction;
• conflicting, biased or ulterior interests;
• (in)competence;
• enticement; and
• (even) untruths!

Given the level of interest demonstrated in these (and related) issues and their important ramifications for industry and academia alike, we feel it timely to issue a call for papers on this subject for a special edition of the Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction. The special edition will be titled: Exploring Issues of Project Cost Overrun.


We invite any papers that deal with project cost overrun or its sub-themes, so we will not be restrictive by suggesting specific topics for inclusion. However, the following points are highlighted:
• the particular issue of project cost (viv-a-vis time or quality for instance) is afforded precedence in this call;
• we welcome what might be generally regarded as ‘controversial’ views – or any others that might not accord with ‘central tendency’ (for instance, said CNBR debate has made reference to aspects of honesty and integrity) – though of course specific accusations will not be published and professionalism / justification in making any such views is paramount;
• we encourage results of empirical studies, although case study, viewpoints and conceptual papers that are appropriately presented in a well-researched academic style are equally welcome;
• all papers must be submitted via the journal’s online submission portal[3]; and
• all manuscripts must comply fully with author guidelines given on the journal website[4].


We will accept for publication up to six papers in the special edition and these will be assigned based on: 1) the order (i.e. GMT, date) in which papers were submitted; and 2) successful passage through review.  All papers will be refereed by a minimum of two experts, but to expedite matters, the process will be fast-track managed by the Editorial team who will also act as one of the reviewers to each manuscript submitted.
We aim to publish this special edition as volume 18 issue 3 (last issue 2013) although if the reviewing process extends this, we will publish it as volume 19, issue 1. With an eye to the UK’s REF-2014 deadline for papers we would point out that the latter issue would in any event be published online with a DOI via Emerald Earlycite in late 2013; so all papers published in either issue above should be eligible for return in REF-2014 based on a December 31st 2013 publication deadline.
Once the (up to six) special edition papers have been assigned to publication, any remaining manuscripts will be entered into the journal’s ‘normal’ reviewing/publishing  process and if accepted, may or may not be published by 2013-end. We will make an announcement as soon as the special edition is fully allocated.


It would help our planning if you would confirm if you intend to submit a paper under this call, by emailing Professor Gary Holt, Associate Editor (Construction) directly, at
We look forward to receiving your manuscripts!  Thank you.
The Editorial Team,
Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

Professor Akintola Akintoye, School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire, UK (
Associate Editor (Property):
Dr Peadar Davis, School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster, UK (
Associate Editor (Construction):
Professor Gary D. Holt, School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire, UK and Birmingham City Business School, UK (

Hyperlinked references/further information:

[1] Journal website:
[2] CNBR:
[3] Submission portal:
[4] Author guidelines: