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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 97-2003 (*.doc) or higher document file format. This will be used as the main submission file.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. DOI for the references must be given if applicable.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 9-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points,...
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • A short cover letter regarding the submission is attached, together with a suggestion of three (3) potential reviewers. This will be uploaded as supplementary file.

Author Guidelines

Submission of manuscripts for publication implies the author(s) accept the conditions that the manuscripts are submitted solely to the International Journal of Real Estate Studies and have not been in part or whole previously published by any other journals.

The manuscripts should be written in English and submitted as MS Word files. Papers should be single-spaced with 9-point font size, wide margins of 2.5 cm or 1 inch, and should be in the range of 5000 to 8000 words, including references. Please provide a word count for the paper. All figures and tables should be mentioned in the text and should be numbered consecutively. They should be typed on a separate sheet and given suitable captions.

The arrangement of the manuscripts should be in the following order. First page: title of the paper, authors’ full names, respective affiliations, the corresponding author, phone, fax, and e-mail. Second page: concise abstract of not more than 300 words, keywords (maximum of 5).  Subsequent pages: the main body of text, list of references, appendices.

For a full-length paper, the main body of the text should be in the following structure: introduction, literature review (optional), methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, references, and acknowledgment (optional).

Papers submitted will be pre-screened for conformity with submission guidelines and for overall appropriateness. Papers that pass the initial screening process will then be double-blind reviewed.

The double-blind peer-review process is employed to ensure that both authors and reviewers remain anonymous during the review process. Expert specialists within the related fields will be selected to perform the reviews.

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All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript (e.g. Name (2000) or Name (2000). For three or more authors, use the first author and followed by et al. in the text, while all authors are specified in the reference list.

The list of references is in the APA (6th edition) citation format as follows:

Journal paper
Smets, A. J. H. (2012). Housing the elderly: Segregated in senior cities or integrated in urban society? Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 27(2), 225-239.

Fadda, G., Cortés, A., Olivi, A., & Tovar, M. (2010). The perception of the values of urban space by senior citizens of Valparaiso. Journal of Aging Studies, 24(4), 344-357.


Wiggins, J. M. (2010). Facilities manager’s desk reference. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Brueggeman, W. B., & Fisher, J. D. (2011). Real estate finance and investments (14th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.


Chapter in an Edited Book
Jaafar, M., Nuruddin, A. R., & Syed-Abu-Bakar, S. P. (2014). Business successes of Malaysian housing developers. In J. Wang (Ed.), Encyclopedia of business analytics and optimization (pp. 418-428). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Ali, R. (2011). Entrepreneurship-related factors and firm performance: A study on the Bumiputera housing developers in Peninsular Malaysia (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia.

Ezeah, C. (2010). Analysis of barriers and success factors affecting the adoption of sustainable management of municipal solid waste in Abuja, Nigeria (Doctoral dissertation). University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Retrieved from


Conference Proceedings
Pei, X., Sedini, C., & Zurlo, F. (2019, November). Building an age-friendly city for elderly citizens through co-designing an urban walkable scenario. In E. Bohemia, G. Gemser, N. Fain, C. de Bont & R. A. Almendra (Eds.), Conference proceedings of the academy for design innovation management: Research perspectives in the era of transformations (Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 69-80). London: Academy for Design Innovation Management.


Paper/Keynote Presentation
Landman, K. (2000, August). Gated communities and urban sustainability: Taking a closer look at the future. Paper presented at the Second Southern African Conference on Sustainable Development in the Built Environment, Pretoria, South Africa.


Lovett, S. (2020, April 13). Coronavirus: Germany turning roads into bike lanes to aid Covid-19 prevention. The Independent. Retrieved from

Taub, A. (2020, April 6). A new Covid-19 crisis: Domestic abuse rises worldwide. New York Times. Retrieved from virus-domestic-violence.html.


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