Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat is an international research journal, covering studies and reflections on how architectural production and the society for which it has been made interact. Founded in 2021, this journal is an initiative of the Higher Technical School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Borrianer Cultural Association and the Living Architecture Chairmanship, which is sponsored by Living Ceramics.

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat deals with the influence of the values, interests and means of a particular society and its time over the architecture which meets its demands, as well as the influence that this architecture might have in turn on these defining feature of this society in a given moment in time.

All researchers related to architecture, urbanism, art, technology, sociology and history are invited to contribute. The journal is published once a year and appears both in hard copy and digital version. The selection of papers is performed through a system of double-blind peer reviews, following the usual protocols for serialized scientific publications.

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat encourages contributions to the following areas of research, according to UNESCO nomenclature:

  • 6201 Architecture: Architectural design, Parks and gardens, Urbanism.

  • 3329 Urban planning: Building codes, Communications, Community organization, Land use, Regional development, Sanitary services; Transportation, Urban environment, Urban-rural relations.

  • 3305 Constructions Technology: Architectural design, Airport constructions, Large buildings 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.

  • 3313 Mechanical engineering and technology: Building materials.

  • 2201 Acoustics: Architectural acoustics.

  • 5203 Geographical demography: Urban demographics.

  • 5404 Regional geography: Urban geography.

  • 5506 Specialized histories: History of architecture.

If you have any question regarding the format of a submission or you wish guidance as to whether a subject is appropriate for ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat, please, write directly to the Editor in Chief.


Section Policies


This section describes the contents of the journal intertwining all topics which appear in each issue and/or introduces the theme of each issue from a local point of view or by means of case study from the immediate environment. It will be written by the editorial committee responsible for the coordination of the issue or by an invited person.

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Invited paper

It might be written by a member of the Scientific Committee or a prestigious researcher.

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Research papers

Unpublished research papers, 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 judgement, the bibliographic references and the correct wording handled.

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Peer Review Process

The editorial review process lasts roughly three months, depending upon the availability of expert reviewers, the number of reviews required, and the editorial calendar.

The process comprises the following stages:

1. The Editorial Committee will verify that the item meets the standards for the style and contents indicated in the guidelines for authors. Afterwards, and according to the section to which it belongs, the article will be sent to two anonymous expert reviewers.

Reviewers will have an active academic profile in the field of research, and will have previously registered in the journal platform indicating the specific field of research (by means of keywords) and a brief description of their academic status. Reviewers will have different academic affiliations among themselves and different from the one of the authors.

Reviewers will be selected by the editorial committee. However, authors are also invited to propose a reviewer for their contribution, but the reviewer profile must meet these criteria:

  • Reviewers must be affiliated to a research institution (university, institute, department, etc.) and must be active at a postdoctoral level.

  • The following people cannot be considered: any co-author of a publication (articles or papers, books, conference proceedings, etc.) considering the last three years; any co-editor of a publication considering the last three years; and any partner in a research cooperation, considering the same lapse.

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 judgement, managed bibliographic references, 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 from reviewers, authors will receive an outcome of the evaluation, taking into consideration four opinions: unchanged publication, publication with minor corrections, publication with substantial corrections, and may not be suitable for publication. Also authors will be provided with observations and comments from reviewers.

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 the adequate lapse for its publication in the corresponding thematic number, 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat”, according to the attached model. The manuscript will be therefore scheduled for publication in the corresponding 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 who have already published in ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat are strongly recommended to consider other journals for new submissions during the following year of their last publication.



Publication Frequency

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat publishes one issue a year, according to the following schedule: 

  • Call for submissions: Submissions are welcome from the day when the yearly issue is announced until July 31th.

  • Articles review: 8 weeks

  • Proofreading: 3 weeks

  • Edition: 3 weeks

  • Online journal publishing: November


Open Access Policy

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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.

Hardcopy and online versions of the journal are 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-ShareAlike 4.0 International(CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat allows authors to spread electronically (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their own website) the published version of their 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat”, according to the attached model.



ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat will be published in two versions: 1) Valencian/Catalan and 2) English (U.S. spelling).

However, 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/s within: Valencian/Catalan, English or Spanish.

Author/s will not be requested to submit their final and accepted manuscripts in both published languages. These tasks about translating will be assumed by the editorial board. Nevertheless, if they accept this courtesy, they will not be able to question the corresponding translations.


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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat guidelines for authors explain the concepts of academic authorship, setting out which contributions do and do not qualify for authorship. The editors of ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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. 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat exercise sensitivity when publishing images of objects that might have cultural significance or cause offence.

Informing readers about research and publication misconduct

Editors inform readers if ethical breaches have occurred. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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, ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat. 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat require statements about conflicts of interest from authors.

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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat, 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 ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat have a responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the material they publish. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat encourages academic debate. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 unfavorable comments about their work and they may choose not to respond to criticisms.

Responsible publication practices

Editors of ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 Similarity Check to avoid plagiarism.

In case of plagiarism, the author could state the situation through the e-mail: ojsadmin@upvnet.upv.es.

Protecting intellectual property

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat authors have a right to protect their intellectual property. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat licenses content from authors, they have the copyright of their papers. The authors may transfer the copyright from their papers to the editors of ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat.

Peer reviewer conduct and intellectual property

Authors are entitled to expect that peer reviewers or other individuals who are privy to the work an author submits to ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat will not steal their research ideas or plagiarize their work. ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat explains to peer reviewers that material is in confidence until it has not been published. Editors of ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat 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 contribution, but the reviewer profile must follow this eligibility criteria:

  • Reviewers must be affiliated to a research institution (university, institute, department, etc.) and must be active at a postdoctoral level.

  • The following people cannot be considered: any co-author of a publication (articles or papers, books, conference proceedings, etc.) considering the last three years; any co-editor of a publication considering the last three years; and any partner in a research cooperation, considering the same lapse.




[This section will be updated as ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat publishes its future issues].


Interoperability protocol

ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat is accessible through the OAI-PHM protocol (Open Archives Initiative – Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) based on Dublin Core scheme, for its metadata transmission over internet.





[This section will be updated as ANUARI d’Arquitectura i Societat achieves the different indexing which the journal might apply for in the future].

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