Publication Ethics

Studies of Architecture, Urbanism and Environmental Sciences Journal follows the ethical guidelines suggested by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). When working with us, authors, editors and reviewers must abide by our Code of Publication Ethics and Conduct as stated in detail on this page.

General remarks for authors

Authors should refrain from submitting a manuscript previously published in part or in whole in other journals or any other medium that may result in conflicting copyright ownership claims.

Authors should ensure all the relevant works used for the creation of the submitted manuscript have been properly cited and referenced.

When an author discovers a fundamental error or inaccuracy in their published article, it is their obligation and duty to promptly notify the chief-editor or the publisher to retract the paper or release corrections.

Under our open access license, authors retain the right to allow anyone to download, reprint or reuse their published article provided that appropriate credit is given to all the authors and to the formal publication on our website using the uniquely assigned DOI of the article.

General remarks on editorial duties and responsibilities

The editors have the final say and are responsible for everything published in the journal.

The editors actively seek and support initiatives designed to reduce research and publication misconduct.

The editors should ensure that all the published articles in the journal have been reviewed by suitably qualified reviewers. Also, the editors should ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.

The editors should review author instructions regularly and provide links to relevant guidelines.

General remarks for reviewers

Please visit the Reviewers section.


Submitted manuscripts to the journal are selected after going through at least one round of rigorous double-blind peer review. Under double-blind peer review, the submitted manuscript is striped of identifying information before it’s sent to the referees. The referees will then inform the chief-editor of their evaluations. Editors of the journal will have the final say in the selection of articles suitable for publication.


Authorship should be based only on the following four criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  • Final approval of the version to be published
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved

All those designated as author should meet all the given four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors.

Technical services such as translation, supplying materials and providing funding or administrative oversight over the facilities are not sufficient for granting authorship; although the authors are encouraged to acknowledge these contributions in the manuscript.

Article selection

Article selection is based on the evaluations made by the referees and the approval of the editors. Selected articles will be placed in queue for publication in future issues at the discretion of the editors.

Copyright agreement

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication by the journal, authors will be requested to fill and sign the copyright agreement to grant publisher rights to the journal. These rights include the exclusive right to publish and distribute the accepted article in all forms and media and the authority to enforce the rights in the article, on behalf of an author, against third parties, in cases of plagiarism or copyright infringement.

Conflicts of interest

Objectivity and impartiality of the individuals involved in scholarly publication should not be harmed by professional, financial, commercial or personal rivalries. A conflict of interest often, but not exclusively, arises for an individual between two competing interests such as interests of public duty and private interests. Authors are required to fill and sign the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form and submit it accompanying the manuscript.

Intellectual property

Authors retain the right to claim patent, trademark, and other intellectual property rights (including raw research data) after transferring copyrights to the journal.


Plagiarism is defined as intentional unacknowledged appropriation of someone else’s work as if they were one’s own. Submitted manuscripts to us will be screened using iThenticate to detect plagiarized material. Authors committing plagiarism in their submitted manuscript will be blacklisted by the journal.

Simultaneous submission  

Manuscripts currently under review or already published elsewhere, whether in whole or part, cannot be submitted to the journal.

Redundant publication

Redundant publication is referred to the situation where a study is inappropriately used as the basis for several articles with the same or substantially overlapping data without adequate cross-referencing or justification manipulated in a way that reviewers or readers are unlikely to realize that most or all the findings have been published before.

Citation manipulation

Citation manipulation refers to any systematic practice of adding redundant citations with the purpose of increasing the number of citations to a specific author or journal. Since citations are the key metric for evaluation of scholarly publications in scientometrics and citation manipulation misrepresents the importance of the work, it is a serious form of scientific misconduct and unethical behaviour.

Data fabrication or falsification

Intentional misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the research findings to support a hypothesis whether by fabricating data without carrying the study or by altering data so as to mislead the reviewers or the readers is known as data fabrication or falsification.