Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

VLC Arquitectura Research Journal is an international research journal, born as an initiative of the School of Architecture of the Universitat Politècnica de València. The publication covers the architecture as an interdisciplinary understanding and it is the place for discussions on the architectural and urban project from its technical, energetic and material side, to its theoretical, historical and graphics perspective. Education research on architecture is also welcome.

The journal aspires to create a high-level discussion in university research in the fields of architecture and urbanism, and aims to be a channel for the dissemination of advanced research in the field.

All researchers related to architecture and urbanisms are invited to contribute. The journal is published twice a year and appears in hard copy and digital version. Selection of papers is done through a system of double-blind peer reviews, following the usual protocols for scientific publications.

VLC Arquitectura Research Journal encourages contributions to the following areas of research, according to UNESCO nomenclature:

6201 Architecture: Architectural Design, Parks and gardens, Urbanism

3305 Construction Technology: Architectural Design; Airport Construction; Buildings, large and skyscrapers; Bridges; Concrete (Technology of); Civil Engineering; Dams, Drainages; Excavations; Foundations; Harbors; Heavy constructions; Houses; Hyper static systems; Industrial and commercial buildings; Light constructions; Metallic constructions; Metrology of building; Organization of Works; Prefabricated constructions; Pre-stressed concrete; Public buildings; Regulations, codes and specifications; Soil mechanics (construction); Structural engineering; Structural strength; Topography of building; Tunnels; Underground Works; Urban planning; Water supply; Wood constructions

3329 Urban Planning: Building codes, Communications, Community organization, Land Use, Regional development, Sanitary services, Transportation, Urban environment, Urban-rural relations

5506 Specialized histories: History of Architecture

2201 Acoustics: Architectural acoustics

5203 Geographical demography: Urban demographics

5404 Regional geography: Urban geography

3313 Mechanical Engineering and technology: Building materials

If you have any question regarding the format of a submission or you wish guidance as to whether a subject is appropriate for VLC Arquitectura Research Journal please write directly to the Editor in Chief.



Section Policies


This section describes the contents of the journal intertwining all topics that appear in each issue. Written by the editorial team, the responsible for the coordination of the issue or an invited author.

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Research articles

Unpublished research articles, or criticism and dissemination of scientific activities in architecture.

In the anonymous and external peer review process, assessment will be levied on the interest of the article, its contribution to the knowledge of the topic, the developments made, the right relations established, the developed critical judgment, the bibliographic references and the correct wording handled.

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Book reviews

The journal collects publications, exhibitions and public events reviews. Written by non authors.

In the anonymous and external peer review process, assessment will be levied on the complete information and the correctly constructed arguments, the relation to other researches and studies published to date and the correct wording handled.

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Peer Review Process

The editorial review process lasts roughly five months, depending upon the availability of expert reviewers, the number of reviews required, and the VLC Arquitectura Research Journal editorial calendar.

Process comprises the following stages:

1_The editors of the journal will verify that the item meets the standards for style and contents indicated in the guidelines for authors (otherwise, it will be rejected). Afterwards, and according to the section to which it belongs, the article will be sent to two anonymous reviewers experts.

Reviewers will have an active academic profile in the field of research, and have previously been registered in the journal platform indicating the specific field of research (by keywords) and a brief description of their academic status. The editors of the journal will select the reviewers.

Authors are also invited to propose a reviewer for their contributions, but the reviewer profile must follow this criteria:

  • Reviewers must be affiliated with a research institution (university, institute, department…) and must be active at a postdoctoral level.
  • The following persons cannot be considered: any co-authors of a publication (articles, books, conference proceedings, papers…), considering the last 3 years; any co-editor of a publication, considering the last 3 years; and any partners in a research cooperation, considering the last 3 years.

2_The valuation report of the reviewers will affect the interest of the article, its contribution to the knowledge of the topic, the developments made, right relations established, developed critical judgment, managed bibliographic references, the correct structure and wording, etc., indicating recommendations, if any, for possible improvement. The time to perform a review of the article is roughly one month.

3_Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, authors will receive an outcome of the evaluation, taking into consideration four options: unchanged publication, publication with minor corrections, publication with major corrections, and may not be suitable for publication. Also authors will be provided with observations and comments from the reviewers. In the event of a split decision, the manuscript may be sent to a third reviewer.

The editor will be responsible for determining if a revised manuscript meets the revisions requested. The editor may reject the revision or request additional revisions if determines that a revised manuscript fails to adhere to the revision requirements.

4_If the manuscript has been accepted with modifications, authors should resubmit a new version of the article, meeting the demands and suggestions of the referees within the deadlines imposed by the production schedule. If the author is unwilling or unable to revise the manuscript, it will not be published, and the author may withdraw the manuscript. If the article is not modified, and no activity is recorded in the item, during more than a year, the editor will archive the submission.

5_Given the degree of fulfillment of the requested changes, the Editorial Board will rule on whether or not publishing the article and the decision will be communicated to the author.

6_Once the article is accepted, the author(s) must sign a "Statement of work ownership and assignment of rights for the publication in VLC Arquitectura Research Journal", according to the attached model. The manuscript will be therefore scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue.

The whole process described will be conducted through the Open Journal System Platform (OJS) of the Universitat Politècnica de València, in the categories of author or reviewer user.

Authors already published in the VLC arquitectura Research Journal are strongly recommended to consider other journals for new submissions during the following year of their last publication.




Publication Frequency

VLC arquitectura publishes two issues a year, according to the following schedule:

Call for submissions: The journal remains always open for submission but announces a deadline to be considered for the up coming issue.

Articles review: 12 weeks

Proofreading: 4 weeks

Edition: 2 weeks

On-line journal publishing: April / October


Open Access Policy

VLC Arquitectura Research Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Hard copy and online journal is published by UPV, being necessary to cite the source in any total or partial reproduction.

Unless otherwise stated, all content of this electronic edition is distributed under a license and distribution "Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0" (CC-by-nc).

VLC arquitectura allows authors to spread electronically (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their own website) the published version of his works, as it encourages its circulation and perhaps early diffusion and thus a possible increase in its citation and scope between the academic community.

Once the article is accepted, the author(s) must sign a "Statement of work ownership and assignment of rights for the publication in VLC Arquitectura Research Journal, according to the attached model.



VLC arquitectura journal will be published in two versions: 1) English (U.S. spelling) and 2) Latin. In Latin version articles will be accepted in either Spanish, Catalan, French or Italian.

To this end, the authors must submit their accepted and definitive manuscripts in English and in the original language (if Latin). The first manuscripts that are under consideration by the editorial board and the respective reviewers can refer to a single language, the one preferred by the author within permissible. If the item is sent in English in the first version, this will be the only published.



Ethic and best practices

These Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics have been written to offer authors a framework for developing and implementing their own publication ethics policies and systems. Editors from VLC arquitectura Research Journal (VLC arquitectura) trust peer reviewers to provide fair assessments, authors trust editors to select appropriate peer reviewers, and readers put their trust in the peer-review process. Editors from VLC arquitectura believe good decisions and strong editorial processes designed to manage these interests will foster a sustainable and efficient publishing system, which will benefit academic societies, journal editors, authors, research funders, readers, and publishers. Good publication practices do not develop by chance, and will become established only if they are actively promoted.

Basic aspects of transparencyAuthors of the papers
Publication of papers not published beforePromoting research integrity
Peer-review systemsAppeals
Conflicts of interestEditorial independence
AccuracyAcademic debate
Responsible publication practicesPlagiarism and copyright
Protecting intellectual propertyPeer reviewer conduct and intellectual property


Basic aspects of transparency

Readers have a right to know who funded a research project or the publication of a document. Research funders should be listed on all research papers. Funding for any type of publication, for example, by a commercial company, charity or government department, should be stated within the publication. Other sources of support for publications should be clearly identified in the manuscript, usually in an acknowledgment. (Authors Guidelines)

Authors of the papers

The list of authors should accurately reflect who did the work. All published work should be attributed to one or more authors. VLC arquitectura instructions for authors explain the concepts of academic authorship, setting out which contributions do and do not qualify for authorship. The editors of VLC arquitectura ask for a declaration that all authors meet the journal's criteria for authorship and that nobody who meets these criteria has been omitted from the list (Submission Preparation Checklist, item 8). If an authorship dispute emerges after publication (for example, somebody contacts the editor claiming they should have been an author of a published paper, or requesting that their name be withdrawn from a paper), the editors of VLC arquitectura will contact the corresponding author and, where possible, the other authors to establish the veracity of the case.

Publication of papers that have not been published before

VLC arquitectura considers only work that has not been published elsewhere. One reason for this is that the scientific literature can be skewed by redundant publication, with important consequences, for example, if results are inadvertently included more than once into meta-analyses. VLC arquitectura asks authors for a declaration that the submitted work and its essential substance have not previously been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere (Authors Guidelines). If a primary research report is published and later found to be redundant (i.e. has been published before), the editor contacts the authors and considers publishing a notice of redundant publication. The editors of VLC arquitectura have a right to demand original work and to question authors about whether opinion pieces (for example, editorials, letters, non-systematic reviews) have been published before.

Promoting research integrity

Research misconduct

If the editors of VLC arquitectura suspect research misconduct (for example, data fabrication, falsification or plagiarism), they should attempt to ensure that this is properly investigated by the appropriate authorities. Peer review sometimes reveals suspicion of misconduct. If peer reviewers raise concerns of serious misconduct (for example, data fabrication, falsification, inappropriate image manipulation, or plagiarism), these should be taken seriously. However, authors have a right to respond to such allegations and for investigations to be carried out with appropriate speed and due diligence.

Protecting the rights of research participants/subjects

Editors of VLC arquitectura create publication policies that promote ethical and responsible research practices. The editors seek assurances that studies have been approved by relevant bodies. If human participants were involved, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and appropriate informed consent of each. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been followed. If a paper has been submitted from a country where there is no ethics committee, institutional review board, or similar review and approval, editors should use their own experience to judge whether the paper should be published. If the decision is made to publish a paper under these circumstances a short statement should be included to explain the situation. In the majority of cases, editors should only consider publishing information and images from individual participants where the authors have obtained the individual's explicit consent.

Respecting cultures and heritage

Editors of VLC arquitectura exercise sensitivity when publishing images of objects that might have cultural significance or cause offence (for example, Australian aboriginal remains held in museums, religious texts, historical events).

Informing readers about research and publication misconduct

Editors inform readers if ethical breaches have occurred. VLC arquitectura publishes corrections (errata) when errors could affect the interpretation of data or information, whatever the cause of the error (i.e. arising from author errors or from editorial mishaps). Likewise, VLC arquitectura publishes ‘retractions’ if work is proven to be fraudulent, or ‘expressions of concern’ if editors have well-founded suspicions of misconduct. The title of the erratum, retraction, or expression of concern includes the words ‘Erratum’, ‘Retraction’, or ‘Expression of concern’. It is published on a numbered page (print and electronic) and should be listed in the journal's table of contents. It enables the reader to identify and understand the correction in context with the errors made, or explains why the article is being retracted, or explains the editor's concerns about the contents of the article. It is linked electronically with the original electronic publication.

Peer-review systems

Editors of VLC arquitectura have a responsibility for ensuring the peer-review process is fair and should aim to minimize bias. Editors have chosen a peer-review system that best suits VLC arquitectura. Our system is a double blind peer review process. The material that has not been peer reviewed is clearly identified. If discussions between an author, editor, and peer reviewer have taken place in confidence, they remain in confidence unless explicit consent has been given by all parties or there are exceptional circumstances. Editors or board members are never involved in editorial decisions about their own work. We do not consider original research papers from editors of the journal.

Peer reviewer selection and performance

Editors of VLC arquitectura have a responsibility to ensure a high standard of objective, unbiased, and timely peer review. Editors monitor the performance of peer reviewers/editorial board members and record the quality and timeliness of their reviews. Peer reviewers who repeatedly produce poor quality, tardy, abusive or unconstructive reviews are not used again. Editors of VLC arquitectura encourage peer reviewers to identify if they have a conflict of interest with the material they are being asked to review, and editors ask that peer reviewers decline invitations requesting peer review where any circumstances might prevent them producing fair peer review.

Timing of publication

Editors of VLC arquitectura aim to ensure timely peer review and publication for papers they receive, especially where, to the extent that this can be predicted, findings may have important implications. Authors should be aware that priority publication is most likely for papers that, as judged by the journal's editorial staff, may have important implications. The timing of publication may also be influenced by themed issues or if editors group submissions on a similar topic which, inevitably, prevents them from being published in the order that articles were accepted.


Authors have a right to appeal editorial decisions. VLC arquitectura establishes a mechanism for authors to appeal peer review decisions. Editors mediate all exchanges between authors and peer reviewers during the peer-review process. If agreement cannot be reached, editors consider inviting comments from additional peer reviewer(s), if the editor feels that this would be helpful. All the files related to each paper to avoid academic misconduct are kept properly at Polipapers platform (OJS) including author submission, review decision form, and the copyright form.   

Conflicts of interest

Editors, authors, and peer reviewers have a responsibility to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively. These include relevant financial (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fees), personal, political, intellectual, or religious interests. The editors of VLC arquitectura require statements about conflicts of interest from authors. Editors should explain that these statements should provide information about financial (for example, patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fees), personal, political, intellectual, or religious interests relevant to the area of research or discussion.

Editorial independence

Editorial independence is respected. Journal publishers do not interfere with editorial decisions. The relationship between the editor and the journal publisher is set out in a formal contract and an appeal mechanism for disputes is established. Universitat Politècnica de València Editorial, as the publisher of VLC arquitectura, works with the journal editors to set journal policies appropriately and aim to meet those policies, particularly with respect to: editorial independence; research ethics (including confidentiality, consent, and the special requirements for research in social sciences); authorship; transparency and integrity (conflicts of interest, research funding, reporting standards); peer review (for further information concerning responsibilities in relation to peer review process.


The editors of VLC arquitectura have a responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the material they publish. VLC arquitectura encourages authors and readers to inform them if they discover errors in published work. We publish corrections if errors are discovered that could affect the interpretation of data or information presented in an article. Corrections arising from errors within an article (by authors or journals) are distinguishable from retractions and statements of concern relating to misconduct.

Academic debate

VLC arquitectura encourages academic debate. VLC arquitectura encourages correspondence commenting on published items and should always invite authors to respond to any correspondence before publication. However, authors do not have a right to veto unfavourable comments about their work and they may choose not to respond to criticisms.

Responsible publication practices

Editors of VLC arquitectura pursue cases of suspected misconduct that become apparent during the peer-review and publication processes. In instances of confirmed misconduct, editors may consider imposing sanctions on the authors at fault for a period of time. Sanctions must be applied consistently. Before imposing sanctions, editors formally define the conditions in which they will apply (and remove) sanctions, and the processes they will use to do this.

Plagiarism and copyright

VLC arquitectura editors and readers have a right to expect that submitted work is the author's own, that it has not been plagiarized (i.e. taken from other authors without permission, if permission is required) and that copyright has not been breached (for example, if figures or tables are reproduced). We ask authors to declare that the work reported is their own and that they are the copyright owner. Papers are revised with CrossCheck to avoid plagiarism. In case of plagiarism, the author could state the situation through the e-mail: ojsadmin@upvnet.upv.es.

Protecting intellectual property

VLC arquitectura authors have a right to protect their intellectual property. VLC arquitectura licenses content from authors, they have the copyright of their papers. The authors may transfer the copyright from their papers to the editors of VLC arquitectura.

Peer reviewer conduct and intellectual property

Authors are entitled to expect that peer reviewers or other individuals privy to the work an author submits to VLC arquitectura will not steal their research ideas or plagiarize their work. VLC arquitectura explains to peer reviewers that material is in confidence until it has not been published. Editors of VLC arquitectura protect peer reviewers from authors and, even if peer reviewer identities are revealed, should discourage authors from contacting peer reviewers directly, especially if misconduct is suspected





Proposal of reviewers

Authors are invited to propose a reviewer for their contributions, but the reviewer profile must follow this eligibility criteria:

1. Reviewers must be affiliated with a research institution (university, institute, department…) and must be active at a postdoctoral level.

2. The following persons cannot be considered:

  • any co-authors of a publication (articles, books, conference proceedings, papers…), considering the last 3 years.
  • any co-editor of a publication, considering the last 3 years.
  • any partners in a research cooperation, considering the last 3 years.

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