Focus and Scope
ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) is a online Open Access peer-reviewed journal for all kinds of design research and scholarly research within the architectural field, and has been set up by the ARENA network. The journal is freely available and published under a CC-BY licence. It welcomes the submission of essays by doctoral students and younger researchers as well as by established architects and academics.
Content for the journal is organised under 4 sections:
The journal operates a rolling process for uploading individual essays as they are approved, mixed with special themed collections by invited guest editors. All contributions to AJAR are fully peer-reviewed through the ‘double-blind’ refereeing system, with this applying equally to design research material.
ARENA (Architectural Research European Network Association) is an open, inclusive and comprehensive network for architectural researchers across Europe. It offers a shared platform that aims to promote, support, develop and disseminate high-quality research in all fields of architecture in the widest sense.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.
Open Access Policy
This 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. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.
The journal’s publisher, Ubiquity Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.
ARENA Journal of Architectural Research (AJAR) is indexed by the following services:
- JISC KB+
- SHERPA RoMEO
- Cengage Learning
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- Google Scholar
- In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.
If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.
Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume:
|...of which, Desk rejects5||47|
|Time from submission to publication8||194 days|
1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume
Annotation and Post-Publication Comment
The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.
The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.
The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.
If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.