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Architectural Histories is a rapid publication journal. Once an article has passed the peer review process and final revisions are made, it will be published within a few weeks, unlike traditional publishing models where publication can occur months or even years after submission. To send proposals for articles and position papers, contact the editor-in-chief; for reviews, contact one of the review editors.
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Prospective authors are welcome to send outlines or drafts (in English) to the editor-in-chief in advance of making a formal submission. Revisions may be required before a decision is made to send the manuscript for full peer review.
To prepare your manuscript, follow the guidelines below, and contact the editor-in-chief if you have any questions. Except for reviews, all submissions should be made electronically through this website.
Submission of an article will be taken to imply that it is unpublished and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Any allegations of plagiarism or self-plagiarism made to the journal will be investigated by the editor of the journal. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material (including illustrations) for which they do not hold copyright. They are encouraged to use images from open access repositories, under creative common licence, and the like, and this information must be included in the captions, preferably with a link to the originating site.
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.
For research articles and position papers, authors are free to construct their own title. The copy-editor may suggest changes to improve clarity and concision.
For reviews please follow the following format:
Line 1: Title of your choice: A Review of [mention here the author(s) in the case of a book review followed by a comma] [mention here the title of book, exhibition or event in italics]
Line 2: Details about the book, exhibition or event:
For book reviews, please add the following information, separated by commas, with semi-colon after publication date: book title, name of author, publisher, extent, publication year; ISBN (13-digit), additional information (if applicable): name of editor/photographer/translator, number of b&w and colour illustrations. For an example of a review of two books:
Swedish Masters of Modernism: A Review of Nicholas Adams, Gunnar Asplund’s Gothenburg: The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interwar Europe, and Janne Ahlin, Sigurd Lewerentz, Architect 1885–1975
Nicholas Adams, Gunnar Asplund’s Gothenburg: The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interwar Europe, University Park: Penn State University Press, 288 pages, 2014; ISBN: 978-0-271-05984-6, 152 illustrations.
Janne Ahlin, Sigurd Lewerentz, Architect 1885–1975, with an epilog by Wilfried Wang, Zürich: Park Books, 204 pages, 2014; 978-3- 906027-48-7, 307 b/w and 29 colour illustrations, plans and drawings, facsimile of the original edition by Byggförlaget, Stockholm and MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 1987.
For exhibition reviews, please add on a separate line: the start and end date of the exhibition, and the name of the exhibition venue and the city where the exhibition is held. For example:
Architectural Economics in The City. A Review of Mies van der Rohe + James Stirling: Circling the Square.
8 March to 25 June 2017
The Architecture Gallery, RIBA, London
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.
Only one heading level may be present.
Any acknowledgements must appear under the heading “Acknowledgements,” 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.
Style guide: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edn (after consulting this style sheet first)
Dictionary: Use one consistently (Oxford; Merriam-Webster, etc.)
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.
Avoid second-level headings. If they must be used, only capitalise first letter and proper nouns.
NOTE: Headings should not be longer than 75 characters.
Essays are submitted in English. Authors are welcome to use American, British, Canadian, or Australian spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout.
When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.
American, British, Canadian, or Australian grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and match the spelling format (see above). For instance, one 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.
Italicised text to emphasise a point is permitted, although should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise their effect.
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.
For consistent appearance across the journal, use single quotation marks except for quotes within a quote, in which case double quotation marks are used.
End punctuation follows the end quotation mark.
Quotations that are longer than three lines in length must be in an indented paragraph (a block quote) 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 quoted 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). Please use the automated footnote/endnote insertion tool so that the numerical markers in the text are linked to their corresponding numbers in the list of endnotes.
All notes should be used only where crucial clarifying information needs to be conveyed.
Avoid using notes for purposes of referencing. This is because each in-text citations will be hyperlinked to its bibliographical entry. Therefore, use in-text citations, 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.
Whenever possible, avoid using notes for additional discussion.
Please insert the endnote marker after the end punctuation (though in front of a semi-colon).
Foreign language titles
For titles of books or organizations, preserve the original language; this journal is international in readership.
• Organisation: Original language (abbreviation [if the abbreviation is used from hereon in]; English translation)
• Title of book [square brackets show the translated portion, which is not in italics, is not part of the original title]: Architectura. Dat is constelicke bouwijnghen huijt die Antijcken ende Modernen [Artful Buildings from the Antique and the Modern]
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, but only 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 spelled out, or the sentence should be rewritten 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 (not a point) after every three digits to the left of the decimal place.
Do not use a comma for a decimal place.
Numbers that are less than zero must have ‘0’ precede the decimal point.
Units of measurement
If units of measure 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 the manuscript.
Months and years
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.
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).
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 the author to re-render or omit it. The editorial team will not crop, resize, or otherwise alter image files.
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.
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 in a caption. 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 (no need to include the copyright symbol unless required in writing by the copyright holder) 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. The first example of a caption below is to an image from a source that is in the public domain.
Examples of captions:
Figure 1: S.-C. Constant-Dufeux, obverse face of the medal of the Société centrale des architectes (c. 1843–1849) (Constant-Dufeux 1849: pl. 17).
[example of descriptive title and standard in-text citation]
Figure 2: ‘New Royal Exchange — (From the Architect’s Drawing)’, Illustrated London News, 4 June 1844. © The British Library Board.
[example of title from the original caption, no in-text citation, copyright symbol included to acknowledge the source; a copyright symbol is not usually required in a caption)
Tables must not be submitted as image files. The copy-editor must be able to edit the text in the table, and the journal’s designer must be able to manipulate the table to fit as necessary.
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, whether paraphrased or directly quoted, so it is clear when 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.
The general principle is to use the author’s last name plus date. If there is no author, a shortened version of the title can be used. Avoid using “Anonymous,” unless the publication itself uses that word as author.
If the author is already mentioned in the main text, then the year should follow the name within parentheses.
When the same source is quoted consecutively, repeat only the date and, if applicable, page numbers.
If the author name is not mentioned in the main text, then the surname and year should be inserted, in parentheses, after the relevant text. Multiple citations should be separated by a 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 sources that involve more than one volume, include the volume number after the year, preceding the colon. The example here is of a complex source, which the author wanted to cite in its original form, but also the translation.
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.
(ICRC 2000) NOT (International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 2000)
International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies 2000 …
For articles from newspapers for which no author is given, use a short title, cut off at a logical place (don’t interrupt a phrase, for example).
The very first of L’Illustration’s texts on skyscrapers in New York included various quantitative features of a building (overall height, number of floors, depth of foundations, weight of steel, overall weight) without ever mentioning its name or location (‘Les constructions géantes’, 1896).
Les constructions géantes à New-York, 1896. L’Illustration, November 14, p. 394.
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.
Rules to be follow:
In-text citations (less than 30 characters)
End-note citations (more than 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 or title (if no author). If both published and unpublished sources have been used, they should be organized under different headings: “Unpublished Sources” and “Published Sources.”
All reading materials should be included in the ‘References’ list. Works not 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.
Author, A Year Title. Place of publication: Publisher.
Chapter in edited volume
Author, A and Author, B Year Title Chapter. In: Editor, E and Editor, F (eds.) Title book. Place of publication: Publisher. pages.
Editor, E (ed) 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.
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.
Organisational publications/Grey literature
Author Group Year Title. Place of publication: Publisher.
Theses and dissertations
Author, A Year Title. Unpublished thesis (PhD), institution.
Webpages / PDFs
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.
Re-edition and translation of a publication
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 endnote (Location, archive, fonds)
After an article has been approved for publication by the editor-in-chief, the copy will be sent to the copyeditor for an overall assessment of the English language. If the copyeditor considers that extensive work is required for publication, then the author will be informed and requested to contact and hire the services of one of the English-language copyeditors that Architectural Histories has vetted.
The fee estimate that authors can expect to pay is between US$50 and $100 per 1000 words.
English-language copyeditors and authors are responsible for negotiating payment, based on the estimate of the editor. Note that agreements established via email constitute a contract.
Authors must pay English-language copyeditors immediately or arrange and guarantee payment to the satisfaction of all parties involved before articles are published.
English-language copyeditors may not be available immediately.
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:
Architectural Histories does not charge APCs to authors, thanks to a partnership with Open Library of Humanities (OLH) and the support of the EAHN. OLH generously provides funding for a proportion of articles every year, with EAHN supporting the remaining publications.
Authors may have to pay for English-language copy editing. See the Author Guidelines for more information about our policy on English language.