Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

ArchNet-IJAR Objectives
ArchNet-IJAR objective is to establish a bridge between theory and practice in the fields of architectural and design research, urban planning, and built environment studies. It reports on the latest research findings and innovative approaches for creating responsive environments, with special focus on architecture and planning in developing countries. ArchNet-IJAR is truly international and aims at strengthening ties between scholars from different parts of the world with contributors and readers reaching across geography, boundaries, and cultures.

ArchNet-IJAR publishes research studies, criticisms and critical analyses about the creation, use, and evaluation of different types of environments at the macro and micro scales. The journal includes original empirical research papers, analytical case studies, and high quality position papers that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in architecture and urbanism.

Four major areas are covered by ArchNet-IJAR:

Architectural and Design Research
Topics include –but not limited to: architectural pedagogy and design studio teaching practices; architectural and sustainable design; design methods and architectural theories; architectural criticism; design and project programming; environment-behavior studies; information technology; Islamic architecture; computer applications and virtual environments; post occupancy and facility performance evaluation; and social and cultural factors in design.

Urban and Built Environment Studies
Topics include --but not limited to: administrative and political factors contributing to the shaping of communities, cities and urban regions, community planning; sustainable urban conservation; environmental planning and eco development; housing policy, planning, and design; new urbanism; everyday urbanism; sustainable development; space syntax and GIS applications; and way-finding and signage systems.

Critical Essays on Architectural and Planning Projects
Essays that cover the above topics; critically discussing projects in use; after they have been designed, built and occupied. Articles are preferred to utilize the case study approach as a critical method in built environment research.

Reviews and Trigger Articles
In this section, non-refereed, thought provoking articles are published while book reviews, conference announcements of interest to ArchNet-IJAR readers are outlined and summarized including critical reviews of recent books. The intention of this section is to give room for more voices so that the debate goes beyond pure academic writing. Therefore, this section represents a means of rapidly disseminating innovative ideas or lessons learned from experience and practice. However, while following the same graphical format, submissions are reviewed by the chief editor and interested board members principally on the basis of usefulness and interest to ArchNet-IJAR readers. However, the section is not necessarily a regular section and it will be available based on the quality of submissions received.


Section Policies

Original Research Articles

This section contains only original research articles with primary data collection.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Papers

This section conatis review papers.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Selected Papers, Education and Training Forum, PLEA 2017

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Selected Papers of FARU 2017, Conference on Design that Cares

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Notes to Contributors

Publication Ethics - Malpractice
ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research is committed to adopting and implementing the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. Contributors submitting their works to the ArchNet-IJAR for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their actual contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. By submission of manuscripts to the chief editor, the authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. 

ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research is committed to objective and fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted contributions for publication and to preventing any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material.
Papers are reviewed based on the following criteria:

1. Originality: Does the paper contain new and/or significant information adequate to justify publication?

2. Relationship to Seminal Literature: Does the paper demonstrate an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and cite an appropriate range of literature sources? Is any significant work ignored?

3. Research Methodology: Is the paper's argument built on an appropriate base of theory, concepts, or other ideas? Has the research or equivalent intellectual work on which the paper is based been well designed? Are the methods employed, robust, defendable and appropriate?

4. Results: Are results presented clearly and analysed appropriately? Do the conclusions adequately tie together all elements of the paper?

5. Interpretation, Implications for research, practice and/or society: Does the paper identify clearly any implications for research, practice and/or society? Does the paper bridge the gap between theory and practice? How can the research be used in practice (economic and commercial impact), in teaching, to influence public policy, in research (contributing to the body of knowledge)? What is the impact upon society (influencing public attitudes, affecting quality of life)? Are these implications consistent with the findings and conclusions of the paper?

6. Quality of Communication: Does the paper clearly express its case, measured against the technical language of the field and the expected knowledge of the journal's readership? Has attention been paid to the clarity of expression and readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc. Do the figures/tables aid the clarity of the paper?


Publication Frequency

ArchNet-IJAR is published three times a year, in March, July, and November. An archive of all previous issues can be found here:



Open Access Policy

ArchNet-IJAR 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.



An archive of all previous issues with downloadable articles in PDF format is available here: http://archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/issue/archive

ArchNet-IJAR is indexed and listed in Archnet at MIT  https://archnet.org/collections/34 

ArchNet-IJAR utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


ArchNet-IJAR Registration and Indexing

- ISSN (Online) 1938-7806

The journal was first registered in the following portals:

- OCLC & World Cat (Online Computer Library Center and World Catalogue) # 145980807
- Library of Congress Catalogue, LOC # 2007212183

Established in 2007, ArchNet-IJAR is an Open Access interdisciplinary scholarly peer reviewed journal of architecture, planning, and built environment studies, published on the World Wide Web three times a year.

ArchNet-IJAR is indexed and listed in several databases, including:

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture
  • CNKI: China National Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Pro-Quest
  • Scopus-Elsevier
  • Web of Science Core Collection of Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)
  • Many university library databases


ArchNet-IJAR: Editors, International Advisory and Review Boards

ArchNet-IJAR is led by the Chief Editor Professor Ashraf M. Salama. The journal is supported and managed by co-editor Dr. Farzad Pour Rahimian since December 2013 to present and two international boards (advisory and editorial) ensure the quality of scholarly papers and allow for a comprehensive academic review of contributions spanning a wide spectrum of disciplinary issues, methods, and practices.


ArchNet-IJAR: Authors and Readers

ArchNet-IJAR Authors
ArchNet-IJAR articles come from architects, interior designers, planners, and landscape architects, and from those working in these fields in academic institutions, universities, research centers, government agencies, and professional practice. For more information, visit the authors page: http://archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/information/authors

ArchNet-IJAR Readers
ArchNet-IJAR addresses academics, practitioners, and students of architecture, planning and interior design. It addresses those who are interested in developing their understanding and enhancing their knowledge about how environments are designed, created, and used in physical, social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic terms. Archnet-IJAR content keeps readers up-to-date on the latest ideas, designs, and developments in built environment related fields. For more infromation, visit the readers page: http://archnet-ijar.net/index.php/IJAR/information/readers