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International Journal of Architectural Research

ISSN: 2631-6862

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Information: Journal information  |  Editorial Team  |  Author Guidelines
Other: Journal News (inc. calls for papers)  |  Sample article

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Citation Index

CiteScore 2019: 2.1
CiteScoreTracker 2020: 2.0 (Updated Monthly)

Image: Editor-in-Chief Prof Ashraf Salama in Leeds with the Emerald team
Editor-in-Chief Prof Ashraf Salama in Leeds with the Emerald team
(Carys Morley, Gemma Hemming and Ciara Boardman)

Editorial Objectives

Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research is an interdisciplinary scholarly journal of architecture, urban design and planning, and built environment studies. The journal aims at establishing a bridge between theory and practice in these fields. The journal acts as a platform that reports on the latest research findings for examining buildings and urban environments and debates innovative approaches for creating responsive environments. Archnet-IJAR is truly international and aims at strengthening ties between scholars, academics, and practitioners from the global north and the global south with contributors and readers reaching across the boundaries of cultures and geographies.

Key Focus Areas

Archnet-IJAR publishes articles in two broad areas that address a wide range of topics and scales:

Architectural and Design Research: involves a range of topics that include architectural pedagogy and design studio teaching practices; architectural and sustainable design; design methods and architectural theories; architectural criticism; design and project programming; environment-behaviour studies; application of information technologies; post occupancy and facility performance evaluation; and social and cultural factors in design.

Cities and Urban Research: involves a range of topics that include governance 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; urban design assessment; and urban studies.  

Authors and Key Audiences 

Archnet-IJAR articles come from architects, interior designers, planners, and landscape architects, and from those working in these fields in academic institutions, universities, research centres, government agencies, and professional practice. Archnet-IJAR addresses academics, practitioners, decision makers, and students of architecture, urban design and planning and interior and spatial 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. 

Article Types

Archnet-IJAR publishes the following types of articles. However, the core focus is on peer reviewed research papers and trigger articles. 

Research Papers: Articles that involve a rigorous research process, include a clear methodology or approach to examination, and integrate the existing body of knowledge of their scope into an empirical investigation, which leads to authoritative conclusions that instigate new knowledge either in architectural and design research or urban design/urban planning research. These should be in the range of 6000 – 8000 words.

Trigger Articles: Articles that are occasionally published in the journal by invitation only. These articles adopt an evidence –based design approach to critically analyse architectural or urban project proposals or projects in use (after building and occupancy) or introduce a new research idea that has the potential of conceptual and/or empirical validation. These should be in the range of 4000 - 6000 words.

Book Reviews: Articles that that critically discuss a published authored or co-edited book or a volume or a series. These are published occasionally by invitation only and should not exceed 2500 words

Brief History

Archnet-IJAR was launched in March 2007 as part of Archnet, considered to be the most comprehensive digital platform for architects, planners, urban designers, interior designers, landscape architects, and scholars working in these fields, developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in close co-operation with the Aga Khan Documentation Centre (AKDC) of MIT Libraries. Professor Ashraf M. Salama has been leading Archnet-IJAR since its inception. In 2018, Archnet-IJAR was acquired by Emerald in order to foster its exposure and international appeal while enhancing its global presence. 

Special Issues

For information on upcoming special issues due to publish in Archnet, please see here.

Archnet-IJAR is indexed in:

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 
  • EBSCO-Current Abstracts-Art and Architecture 
  • CNKI: China National Knowledge Infrastructure
  • Pro-Quest 
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics)

And ranked in:

  • Scopus


Archnet-IJAR is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Property Management & Built Environment eJournals Collection page.

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