Editorial Policy

Scope and Approach

Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism is an annual publication organized by INTBAU Spain and the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, thanks to the generous support of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Trust, through a donation to the Chicago Community Trust for the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Fund.

This magazine is mainly made up of research papers, written by some of the most relevant faculty members and researchers in the field of traditional construction, architecture and urbanism, as well as other informative but more visual articles, news and reviews, sent by architecture and urbanism practitioners and masters of the diverse traditional building crafts. 

In order to reach the widest possible audience, this magazine will be incorporated into the most prestigious international indexes as soon as the stipulated requirements for each one of them are met.



The contents of the magazine will comprise the following fields:

Urban composition and place making

  • Urban designs based on traditional patterns.
  • Town landscape and contextual architecture.
  • Vernacular urban patterns. 
  • Civic art and public spaces.
  • Social and environmental sustainability in urban design.
  • Cultural landscapes related to traditional building patterns.

Traditional architecture and local identity

  • New traditional and vernacular designs.
  • History and theory of new traditional and vernacular architecture.
  • Studies on traditional and vernacular architecture of particular places or regions.
  • Preservation and transformation of local identity in architecture. 
  • Social aspects of traditional architecture, its preservation and its contemporary continuity. 
  • Practice of conservation and restoration of traditional and vernacular architecture.
  • Architectural tradition, environment and sustainability.

Building arts

  • Traditional building crafts.
  • Traditional building techniques and materials.
  • Regional and local building patterns.
  • Historic structures.
  • Social, environmental and economic impact of traditional building.
  • Intangible heritage studies related to traditional building practice.
  • Continuation and preservation of traditional building crafts.

Education and training programs in these fields



The contents will be grouped, according to their nature, in the following sections:

Research papers
Original and unpublished research papers that will be submitted to external review by double blind peers who are related to the content and objectives of the journal (both submitters and reviewers will be anonymous).

Informative articles on works carried out in the fields of building, architecture and urbanism. They will consist of short texts and abundant graphic information on the submitted works.

Short essays on theory and practice of traditional building, architecture and urbanism, as well as on their teaching, their preservation and their continuation.

List of the most relevant news and announcements related to the field of traditional building, architecture and urbanism.

Reviews of recently published books in the fields of traditional building, architecture and urbanism.


Evaluation Process

An external review by blind peers will be carried out for the papers submitted to the Research papers section of this journal, following the protocol outlined below. The works submitted to the Works, Reflections and Reviews sections will be submitted to an internal evaluation by the editorial team.

In the evaluation of the Research papers, the editorial team will first check that its content complies with the editorial policy of the journal and also if they comply with the rules regarding style indicated in the instructions for the authors. Once the article is accepted for evaluation, a double blind peer review process will be followed (both submitters and reviewers will be anonymous). The editorial team will then proceed to assign two prestigious anonymous reviewers in the field of study of the article presented for its review. After the review, the editorial team will then notify the result of the evaluation carried out (acceptance, rejection, possible publication after minor changes or the need for a new review), as well as the observations and comments that have  anonymously been made by the reviewers.

The process of submitting Research papers, including their review, consists of the following steps:

  1. The author(s) submits the article anonymously through the journal's website, being necessary to be registered on the publication's website.
  2. After receiving the proposal, the editorial team carries out a first verification that it complies with the editorial policies of the journal and that it does not contain important formal errors.
  3. The editorial team assigns two external reviewers, who are invited to take responsibility for the evaluation.
  4. Reviewers evaluate the proposed article anonymously.
  5. Based on the comments made by the reviewers, a decision will be made about the possible publication of the paper: acceptance, rejection, possible publication after minor changes or the need for a new revision. If the article is valued but needs changes, the reviewers will explain to the submitter(s) the changes desired. If the changes needed are minor the revised article will be forwarded to the editorial board for final decision. If the needed changes are major, the revision will be re-evaluated by the initial reviewers before it may be sent to the editorial board for a final decision.

Each reviewer must previously declare that there is no conflict of interest between him and the submissions that have been assigned to him/her for review. If such conflict exists, the reviewer will notify the editorial team so that a new reviewer is selected.

The list of reviewers will be published annually.

The built works, book reviews, short essays and news proposed for publication will be reviewed by the editorial team itself, which will determine its suitability for the magazine and will carry out all needed editions and revisions.


Publication frequency

Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism is published annually.


Open access policy

Responding to a vocation of public service and in order to contribute to the global exchange of knowledge, all the contents of the journal are freely accessible. They can all be freely downloaded without requiring any type of registration. Registration is recommended to be able to receive up-to-date information on the latest news related to the journal. In any case registration is required to submit articles and other types of work for their review.



In order to reach the widest possible audience, the Journal of Traditional Building, Construction and Urbanism will be progressively incorporated into the most prestigious international indexes as soon as the stipulated requirements for each one of them are met.


About this publishing system

Open Journal Systems (OJS) is an Administration and Publication System for magazines and periodicals (serials) on the Internet. The system is designed to reduce the time and energy devoted to the exhaustive management of the tasks involved in editing a serial publication. This system allows an efficient and unified management of the editorial process, seeking to accelerate the access in the dissemination of content and research produced by universities and research centers producing knowledge. It also seeks to consolidate itself as a tool with innovations that allows access to the full text of published documents. OJS is a free software solution that is developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), Canada, which is dedicated to developing new technologies for use in academic research.