I recently submitted a pre-print (about heating control algorithms for buildings) to arXiv.org, under General Physics, but it was rejected as being off-topic for that server.

I tried to find a pre-print server specialising in Building Physics research but couldn't find any. Wikipedia doesn't list anything.

Is there a pre-print server that is suitable for that kind of publication?

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    Building physics? Do you mean civil engineering? Jul 8, 2014 at 23:06
  • Not necessarily. The journal I submitted the paper to is "Energy and Buildings" but I don't know if could call that civil engineering.
    – lindelof
    Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28
  • @lindelof I would consider most topics in this area to be closer to engineering than physics.
    – David Z
    Jul 9, 2014 at 16:01
  • @lindelof This question may help you. Preprint services other than arXiv (for other fields)
    – enthu
    Jul 10, 2014 at 14:53

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No, there isn't yet a pre-print server for building physics, although some people have successfully smuggled such papers onto arxiv.

Furthermore, there aren't really any heavyweight open-access building-physics journals, and established journals in the field haven't been quick to embrace open-access.

There is the option of producing internal working papers and circulating it without publication, to get some of the benefits of pre-print, without risking a publisher's refusal. However, it's not easy to reach a very broad audience this way, nor a new audience.

Building-physics papers do often span multiple subjects - we often cross-over, for example into health, for example, when we look at condensation and mould, radon, or dust mites; so there might be other pre-print archives that we can use.

And, although it's a completely different thing, there's always the possibility to air early thoughts on the building-physics tags on the Physics and Sustainability Stack Exchanges, which can be a way to get a bit of an airing, and reach a different audience to that reached by circulation of working papers.

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