Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

VITRUVIO Journal is an international journal publishing original articles on frontier research, interdisciplinary and overlapping, in Architecture and Building Engineering covering topics on Sustainable Heritage. So that, the journal positions its scope both in the dominions of Science and Social Sciences.

Topics covered by the journal:

Design and Technique.  Innovation and research in design, processes and operation of integrated design systems and solutions that inform advances towards the sustainable development of heritage.

Digital Cultural Heritage. Modelling the Built Environment uses technology and digital innovation to find answers to some of the big questions facing adaptations of heritage and its societies today.

Spatial Analysis. Smart Heritage Cities and Towns, urban and rural, are informed theoretically and empirically, by GIS systems among others to raise awareness of new technologies, software and techniques that have emerged as ‘web revolution’.

Regeneration. Social sciences applied to the improvement communities and their Historical Built Environments looking for global prosperity of Heritage Sites. Health, human wellbeing and climate change.

Energy Focus. Works in partnership with industry, government and other academic bodies, to ensure that the carried out research has a real-word impact on sustainable use of natural resources.

Historic Buildings and Structures. Reuse, rehabilitation and maintenance. Approaches may consider energy efficiency in historical buildings, as well as materials conservation and repair, monitorisation of structures and materials decay, among others.


The journal considers that all the aforementioned realms perform heritage in a constant state of evolution. Hence, papers should be presented considering the focus of the journal on Dynamic and Sustainable Heritage.

Researchers related to these fields are invited to contribute. The selection of papers complies with the protocols for scientific publication. The peer review is done through a system of referees, experts in the field of research.

The journal is published twice a year and appears in digital version. 


Section Policies


This section describes the point of view of experts in the topics related to the journal. Written by the editorial team or an invited author.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


The peer review will evaluate the coherence with the focus and scope of the journal, the scientific quality, the technical impact and relevance and the presentation.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Selection and evaluation of manuscripts will be conducted by external peer reviewers, with a double-blind system.

Reviewers will have an active academic profile in the field of research. The stages of the peer review are:

  1. The Editorial Board will verify the paper respect the focus and scope of the journal and if it can be inserted in one of the topics described. Afterwards the Editorial Board will send the article to two anonymous reviewers’ experts in the field of the paper.
  2. The valuation report of the reviewers will affect the technical quality, the technical impact and relevance and the presentation.
  3. The authors will receive an outcome of the evaluation with observations and comments from the reviewers. The outcome of the evaluation will be classified in three options:
    • Accepted for publishing 
    • Accepted for publishing with modifications 
    • Rejected 
    If the manuscript has been accepted with modifications, authors should resubmit a new version of the paper.The time to send the article with modifications is 15 days. The Editorial Board will decide if the modified paper can be accepted. The decision will be communicated to the author.
  4. If the accepted paper is written in Italian or Spanish, the author must send an English version of the paper within 15 days after the acceptance. If the English form is incorrect, the Editorial Team will refuse the article.

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


Publication Frequency

VITRUVIO Journal publishes two issues a year, according to the following planning:



Deadline for submissions: 15.03

Deadline for submissions: 15.09

Articles review: 15.03 - 30.04

Articles review: 15.09 - 31.10

Proofreading: 01.05 - 31.05

Proofreading: 01.11 - 30.11

Edition01.06 - 15.06

Edition01.12 - 15.12

On-line journal publishing: 16.06 - 30.06

On-line journal publishing: 16.12 - 31.12


Open Access Policy

VITRUVIO Journal provides immediate open access to its content.



The papers will be published only in English. The paper must be sent in English.

The Editorial Team reserves the right to refuse the article, if the English form is incorrect.


Proposal of reviewers

The authors can propose a reviewer for their contributions, with these requirements:

  • the reviewer has to be external to the paper;

  • the reviewer does not have previous publications with the author of presented paper;

  • the reviewer is not a partner in a research project with the author of the paper, considering the last 3 years.

The potential reviewer can be included in the message body "Comments to the editor" shown during the submission process, indicating the name and the affiliation.

The Editorial team reserves the right to accept or not the received proposal, even when the proposed reviewer meets the listed requirements.


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 journal VITRUVIO - International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability 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 journal VITRUVIO 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 systemsConflicts of interest
AccuracyEditorial independence
Responsible publication practicesPlagiarism and copyright
Peer 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. 

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 VITRUVIO 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

VITRUVIO 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. VITRUVIO 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).

The editors of VITRUVIO 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 VITRUVIO 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 VITRUVIO 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 VITRUVIO 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. VITRUVIO 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, VITRUVIO 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 VITRUVIO have a responsibility for ensuring the peer-review process is fair and should aim to minimize bias. Editors have chosen a double blind peer-review system that best suits VITRUVIO. Our system is a 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.

Peer reviewer selection and performance

Editors of VITRUVIO 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. They will demand a further review when it is considered that provided is not of sufficient quality, just be advised when there are few days to meet the deadline for review estimated.

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.

The editors of VITRUVIO 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.


The editors of VITRUVIO have a responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the material they publish. VITRUVIO 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.

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. Editorial Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, as the publisher of VITRUVIO, 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.

Responsible publication practices

Editors will follow to the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), or other competent authority, if more advice is needed.

Editors of VITRUVIO pursue cases of suspected misconduct that become apparent during the peer-review and publication processes. 

Plagiarism and copyright

VITRUVIO 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. To support the review before a possible plagiarism, Similarity Check platform will be used and all works will be checked. In case of plagiarism, the author could state the situation through the e-mail: ojsadmin@upvnet.upv.es.

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 VITRUVIO will not steal their research ideas or plagiarize their work. VITRUVIO explains to peer reviewers that material is in confidence until it has not been published. Editors of VITRUVIO 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.




Reviewers for 2020 - 2019


Dra. Adriana Rossi
Seconda - Università  degli Studi di Napoli, ITALY

Dra. Ana Patricia Montoya Pino
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, COLOMBIA

Dra. Antonella Violano
Università  della Campania, ITALY

Dr. Daniele Rossi
Università  di Camerino, ITALY

Dra. Donatella Radogna
Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, ITALY

Dr. Humberto Varum
University of Porto, PORTUGAL

Dr. Javier Cárcel Carrasco
Universitat Politècnica de València, SPAIN 

Dr. Juan Antonio García-Esparza
Universitat Jaume I, SPAIN

Dra. Olimpia Niglio
Kyoto University, JAPAN

Dra. Özlem Lamontre-Berk
École Nationale Supérieur d’Architecture de Lyon, FRANCE

Dra. Paola Ardizzola
Antalya International University, TURKEY

Dr. Pierluigi De Berardinis
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, ITALY

Dr. Rafael Temes Córdovez
Universitat Politècnica de València, SPAIN

Dr. Renato Morganti
Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, ITALY

Dra. Rosa María Domínguez Caballero
Universidad de Sevilla, SPAIN

Dr. Sandro Parrinello
Università di Pavia, ITALY

Dra. Sibel Onat Hattap
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, TURKEY

Dr. Stefano Bertocci
Università degli Studi di Firenze, ITALY 


Dr. Mohammad Arif Kamal
Aligarh Muslim University. Architecture Section. Aligarh, INDIA

Dra. Sibel Onat Hattap
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. Department of Architecture. Istambul, TURKEY

Dra. Özlem Le Montre-Berk
École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture (ENSAL). Lyon, FRANCE

Dr. Humberto Varum
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, FEUP. Porto, PORTUGAL

Dr. Luigi Gurriero
Università della Campania, Facoltà di Architettura. Napoli, ITALIA

Dra. Donatella Radogna
Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, ITALIA

Dra. Paola Ardizzola
Lebanese American University, School of Architecture & Design. Beirut, LEBANON

Dra. Antonella Violano
Università della Campania, Facoltà di Architettura. Napoli, ITALIA

Dra. Graziella Bernardo
Università degli Studi della Basilicata, ITALIA


Interoperability protocol

VITRUVIO - International Journal of Architectural Technology and Sustainability is accessible through the OAI-PMH protocol (Open Archives Initiative - Protocol for Metadata Harvesting) based on the Dublin Core scheme, for its metadata transmission over internet.




Plagiarism Policy

VIRUVIO 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.

If the editors of VITRUVIO 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.

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