About the Journal

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.



Peer Review Process

The manuscript review process begins once the team of associate editors has met. The Editorial Team meets twice a year to consider articles received by 15 May and 15 November respectively. Thereafter, selected articles undergo an anonymous peer review process.

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 are selected by the editor of VLC arquitectura. However, authors may also propose a reviewer for their contributions, as long as the following criteria are met:

  • 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_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.

3_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 six months, the editor will archive the submission.

4_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.

5_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.


Publication Frequency

The 'VLC arquitectura' Research Journal publishes two issues a year, according to the following schedule:

  • Call for submissions: The journal remains always open for submissions but announces a deadline to be considered for the up coming issue (May, 15 for the October issue, and November 15 for the April issue).
  • Articles review: 8 weeks
  • Proofreading: 2 weeks
  • Edition: 2 weeks
  • Online 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.