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Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Please follow the below guidelines, and contact the Editor if you have any questions. Submissions should be made electronically through this website.
Architectural Histories is a rapid publication journal — once your article has passed peer review it will be published immediately, unlike traditional publishing models which can mean a wait of months or even years before publication.
Prospective authors are welcome to send outlines or drafts to the editor in advance of making a formal submission. Manuscripts (in English) must be submitted via the journal website. Submission of an article will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material (including illustrations) for which they do not hold copyright. They are warmly encouraged to use with preference images from open access repositories, under creative common licence, and the like. Revisions may be required before a decision is made to accept or reject the paper.
All word limits include referencing and citation.
The title page must include all of the below information, in the same order. No further information should be included:
Author names must include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot include only initials.
The affiliation should ideally include Department, Institution, City and Country, however only Institution and Country are mandatory.
To ensure blind peer-review, please do not include the author information within the submission files.
Titles to book reviews follow a certain format:
Of Grids, Ideals and Myths: A review Review of Early Modern Urbanism and the Grid: Town Planning in the Low Countries in International Context. Exchanges in Theory and Practice 1550–1800
Early Modern Urbanism and the Grid: Town Planning in the Low Countries in International Context. Exchanges in Theory and Practice 1550–1800, Piet Lombaerde and Charles van den Heuvel (eds.), Turnhout: Brepols, 2011; 252 pages; 173 illustrations (b/w)
Author information (optional)
A short biographical statement from the author(s) may be placed after the title page information. This must be no longer than 200 words and include only information relevant to the subject matter. This will be moved to before the reference list in the final publication.
Research articles must have the main text prefaced by an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.
Architectural Histories offers authors the possibility to add the same abstract in a language of the author’s choice (e.g. native language). With this optional feature, the journal wants to support the multi-lingual dissemination of an author’s work.
A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).
The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.
The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that allows non-specialists in the subject an understanding of the publication and a background of the issue(s) involved. Methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections may then follow to clearly detail the information and research being presented.
Up to three headings levels may be present and must be clearly identifiable using different font sizes, bold or italics. We suggest using the automated styles of Headings 1, 2 and 3 found in MS-Word’s ‘Style’ section.
Any acknowledgements must appear under this heading, placed after the main text but before the reference list.
If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here.
Ethics and consent (if applicable)
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, the studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject should be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian).
Experiments using animals must follow national standards of care. For further information, see http://bit.ly/1rBoe0S.
All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file.
For the submission title:
Capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinate conjunctions (i.e. as, because, although). Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions.
Headings within the main text:
First level headings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title.
For lower-level subheadings, only capitalise first letter and proper nouns.
NOTE: Headings should not be longer than 75 characters.
Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole of the submission.
When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.
American or English grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and match the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma or not.
The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. This may be changed during the typesetting process and will not necessarily be the published font.
Underlined text should be avoided whenever possible.
Bold or italicised text to emphasise a point are permitted, although should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise their efficacy.
Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list must be used.
Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their effect.
Use single quotation marks except for quotes within another speech, in which case double quotation marks are used.
Quotations that are longer than three lines in length must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text.
The standard, non-italicised font of the main text must also be used for all quotes.
It must be clear from the text and/or citation where the quote comes from. If the quote material is under copyright then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder.
If some of the original quote is being omitted then an ellipsis with a space on either side must be used to break the text.
Words added to text of the original quote, to enhance clarity, must be placed within square brackets
Acronyms and abbreviations
With abbreviations, the goal is to ensure that the reader — particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed — is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references.
A number of abbreviations are so common that they do not require the full text on the first instance. Examples of these can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Abbreviations#Miscellanea
Abbreviations should usually be in capital letters without full stops.
Common examples from Latin origin do not follow this rule and should be lower case and can include full stops.
To ensure impartiality, trade names should be avoided in favour of generic names, unless absolutely necessary. If a trade name is mentioned then its inclusion must be put in context and explained/justified.
Use of footnotes/endnotes
Use endnotes rather than footnotes (we refer to these as ‘Notes’ in the online publication). These will appear at the end of the main text, before ‘References’.
All notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed.
Avoid using notes for purposes of referencing. Try to use in-text citations instead, even if not as a direct source, e.g., ‘(see Cohen 2014 for more on this topic)’. If in-text citations cannot be used, a source can be cited as part of a note.
Please insert the endnote marker after the end punctuation.
Foreign language titles
For titles of books or organizations, preserve the original language; this journal is international in readership.
Symbols are permitted within the main text and datasets as long as they are commonly in use or have explanatory definition on their first usage.
Hyphenation, em and en dashes
There is no set rule on the use of hyphenation between words, as long as they are consistently used.
Em dashes should be used sparingly. If they are present, they should denote emphasis, change of thought or interruption to the main sentence and can replace comas, parentheses, colons or semicolons. Place a space on either side of the em dash.
En dashes can be used to replace ‘to’ when indicating a range in text within parentheses or in notes. No spaces should surround the dash.
For numbers zero to nine please spell the whole words. Please use figures for numbers 10 or higher.
We are happy for authors to use either words or figures to represent large whole figures (i.e. one million or 1,000,000) as long as the usage is consistent throughout the text.
If the sentence includes a series of numbers then figures must be used in each instance.
If the number appears as part of a dataset, in conjunction with a symbol or as part of a table then the figure must be used.
If a number is presented with a symbol then the figure must be not separated from the unit by a space.
If a sentence starts with a number it must be spelt, or the sentence should be re-written so that it no longer starts with the number.
When a number consists of more than four digits it must be split by a comma after every three digits to the left of the decimal place.
Do not use a comma for a decimal place.
Numbers that are less that zero must have ‘0’ precede the decimal point.
Units of measurement
If you are using units of measure that are unusual, spell them out at first mention. Otherwise, when a unit of measure appears after a number, either spell it out (kilometres/kilometers) or use its symbol (km), but do it consistently throughout your manuscript.
Months and years
When in the main text, months must be written in full. If displayed as part of a dataset then a shortened version is acceptable as long as the meaning is still clear. Months should always begin with a capital letter.
Use figures for years, decades and centuries. Do not include an apostrophe before the ‘s’.
When presented in the main text, fractions must be written in non-hyphenated words, not figures.
If the currency is unclear from the symbol then it must be written in full for the first use and then abbreviated there after
There must be no space between the currency symbol and the number.
Figures, including graphs and diagrams, must be professionally and clearly presented. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask he author to re-render or omit it.
All figures must be cited within the main text, in consecutive order using Arabic numerals. Figure numbers referred to specifically in the running text should be spelled out, such as, ‘in Figure 1’, but abbreviated within parentheses (Fig. 1).
Each figure must have an accompanying descriptive main title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the figure image. A short additional figure legend is optional to offer a further description.
Figure titles and legends should be placed within the text document, either after the paragraph of their first citation, or as a list after the references.
The source of the image should be included, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorisation (if needed). If using images from an archive then please provide the name of the archive, the collection and the acquisition number.
Examples of captions acquired from different sources:
If your figure file includes text then please present the font as Ariel, Helvetica, or Verdana. This will mean that it matches the typeset text.
NOTE: All figures must be uploaded separately as supplementary files during the submission process, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB. Standard formats accepted are: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS. For line drawings, please provide the original vector file (e.g. .ai, or .eps).
Tables must be created using a word processor's table function, not tabbed text.
Tables should be included in the manuscript. The final layout will place the tables as close to their first citation as possible.
All tables must be cited within the main text, numbered with Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc.). The shortened word ‘Tab’ should not be used to cite a table.
Each table must have an accompanying descriptive title. This should clearly and concisely summarise the content and/or use of the table. A short additional table legend is optional to offer a further description of the table. The table title and legend should be placed underneath the table.
Tables should not include:
NOTE: If there are more columns than can fit on a single page, then the table will be placed horizontally on the page. If it still can't fit horizontally on a page, the table will be broken into two.
Every use of information from other sources must be cited in the text so that it is clear that external material has been used.
The journal uses an author-date reference system, in which short identifying material is placed within the text in parentheses (usually an author and date), which matches precisely the first words (usually author and date) of an entry in the reference list. The material in parentheses is hyperlinked to the citation in the reference list.
If the author is already mentioned in the main text then the year should follow the name within parenthesis.
If the author name is not mentioned in the main text then the surname and year should be inserted, in parenthesis, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by semi-colon and follow alphabetical order.
If three or fewer authors are cited from the same citation then all should be listed. If four or more authors are part of the citation then ‘et al.’ should follow the first author name.
If citations are used from the same author and the same year, then a lowercase letter, starting from ‘a’, should be placed after the year.
If specific pages are being cited then the page number should follow the year, after a colon.
For publications authored and published by organisations, use the short form of the organisation’s name or its acronym in lieu of the full name.
Please do not include URLs in parenthetical citations within the running text, but rather cite the author or page title and then include all details, including the URL, in the reference list.
If archival material is cited in a manuscript submission, the author may create a logical system of reference, as long as it is used consistently within the article and follows these general guidelines to ensure correspondence with the overall author-date, linked system used in Architectural Histories.
In-text citations (less then 30 characters)
End-note citations (more then 30 characters)
The reference format for the archive in the list of references is given below.
All citations must be listed at the end of the text file, in alphabetical order of authors’ surnames. If both published and unpublished sources have been used, insert archival sources first, under the heading of “Unpublished Sources.” The remaining references should then appear under the heading, “Published Sources.”
All reading materials should be included in ‘References’ — works which have not been cited within the main text, but which the author wishes to share with the reader, must be cited as additional information in endnotes explaining the relevance of the work. This will ensure that all works within the reference list are cited within the text.
NOTE: If multiple works by the same author are being listed, please re-type the author’s name out for each entry, rather than using a long dash.
NOTE: DOIs should be included for online reference entries, where possible. This applies mainly to online journal and book publications. A free DOI lookup tool can be found at: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/. If a DOI has not been registered for the article then the URL or alternative persistent identifier can be used. Please ensure that these are working links prior to sending for typesetting.
This journal uses the Harvard system – see below for examples of how to format. Please use title case text for the titles of references.
NOTE: If multiple works by the same author are being listed, please re-type the author’s name out for each entry, rather than using a long dash.Books:
Author, A A Year Title. Place of publication: Publisher.
Author, A Year Title. Journal name, vol(issue): page. DOI
NOTE: Please include DOIs for all journal articles, where possible.Newspaper articles:
Author, A Year Title. Newspaper, date of publication, page.
Author, A Year Title of paper, paper presented at Name of conference, Place of conference, date-date Month year.
Author group Year Title. Place of publication: Publisher
Author, A Year Title. Unpublished thesis (PhD), institution.
Author, A Year Title, date of publication. Available at URL [accessed date month year].
Re-edition of a publication — with reference to its introduction:
Author, A Year Title. Revised by A Editor and B Editor. Place of publication: Publisher.
Translation of a publication — with reference to its introduction:
Author, A Year Title. Trans. by A Translator. Place of publication: Publisher.
Author, A Year Title. Trans. by A Translator and B Translator. Place of publication: Publisher.
Re-edition of a publication, with original publication mentioned (the original publication should only be mentioned if it has been consulted):
Author, A Year Title. Trans. by A Translator and B Translator. Place of publication: Publisher. (First published: Author, A Year Original Title. Place of publication: Publisher.)
Short reference to fonds or collection identical to in-text citation and/or end-note (Location, archive, fonds)
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Please ensure that the images uploaded are suitable for display in the final publication. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
Please ensure that the images uploaded are suitable for display in the final publication.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
We are pleased to announce that the Architectural Histories will no longer charge APCs to authors, thanks to a new partnership with Open Library of Humanities (OLH). OLH will provide funding for a proportion of articles published over the coming year, with EAHN continuing to support the remaining publications.
The new funding model will apply to journal submissions received after October 1st 2016.
Please contact the Editor-In-Chief with any questions.