author guidelines

SAJ is a blind-peer reviewed international journal of original multi- and interdisciplinary inquiries of architectural theory and spatial practice.

SAJ considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere and which report original research and demonstrate a full command of the scholarly literature and understanding of the codes of academic discourse. Papers for consideration should be submitted to


manuscript submission

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts electronically as email attachments, and for any assistance, please e-mail to editorial team

All submissions must include these separate files, presented in this order:
1) Cover file as a MS Word file containing names, full affiliation, e-mail and postal address, year of birth and brief biographical notes (200 words) of each authors and any acknowledgements regarding the submitted article;
2) Article as a MS Word file containing title, abstract, keywords, text, accompanying endnotes, bibliography and captions with illustration sources;
3) Figures grouped as a Zip/Rar/7z file.

All files should be labeled with authors’ last name and a number from the list above.


form of the manuscript

Contributions not conforming to style may be returned.

Articles are limited to the given word count (not including notes and captions) and 10 illustrations, and articles not exceeding 10,000 words are preferred. Manuscripts are to be classified as: 1) Original Scientific/Research Article; 2) Review Article; 3) Short Communication; 4) Critique; 5) Polemical Article.

Papers are accepted only in English.

The article file must be 1.5 line-spaced on standard size paper (A4). Pages must be evenly-justified. Do not use automatic numbering for the caption list or numbered lists.

Title is limited to max 100 characters with spaces.

Abstract is limited to max 200 words and accompanied by keywords (up to 7). It should summarize the argument of the article and be written in the third person.

The text of the article including introduction section is preferred. Section headings should be concise and numbered sequentially, using a decimal system for subsections.

Footnotes are not acceptable. Notes must be supplied as endnotes at the end of the article using the Endnote function in Word. The use of notes in general should be kept to a minimum and must not exceed two-thirds of the length of the text. Bibliography list is required to follow the article. Endnotes and bibliography should be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style.

All illustrations, whether diagrams or photographs, are referred to as Figures. Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the article file. They should be in Grayscale or BW Mode and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Please prepare all figures, especially line diagrams, to the highest possible standards. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 600 dpi for line art, or 300 dpi for pictures. Files should be saved as TIFF or PDF file. Maximum reproduction sizes in the journal are: 11x19cm (full page), 13x6cm (bottom) or else that follows maximum height of 5-6cm. All sizes given are maxima and include borders.


general guidelines

Use current UK spelling and typographical practice.

After the first mention, the last name of a person, living or dead, will suffice unless clarity requires a title or additional name.

Use figures rather than spelled-out numbers for cardinal numbers over one hundred and for all measurements. Form the plural of decades without an apostrophe; “1990s” rather than “1990’s.” Dates should be given in the following forms: “22 October 1946,” “22 October,” “October 1946,” and “1946-51.” Spell out centuries and millennia in full: “twentieth century.”

Use figures rather than spelled-out numbers and spell out units of measurement: “100 feet” or “31 centimeters.” English and metric units may be abbreviated in discussions of quantitative data in technical articles: 100 ft., 31 cm (no periods with metric abbreviations).

Do not use abbreviations in the title of a paper, in the abstract, in the keywords, in the running heads or in headings and subheadings within the paper, unless the full version is very long and clumsy or the abbreviation is better known than the full term. If in doubt, spell out. Define an abbreviation the first time that it is used (except in the Abstract): write the term out in full followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Use the abbreviation consistently thereafter, including at the start of sentences.

Quotations from foreign languages must be translated in the text, with the original in the endnote only if necessary. Isolated foreign words should be italicized. Full foreign-language quotations are set in Roman type and put within quotation marks. Foreign personal titles, names of buildings/rooms or places (Sala della Regina, Palazzo Montecitorio, Piazza Navona), institutions (Biblioteca Angelica), and the like are not italicized.

Use single quotes, with double quotes within quoted material. Short quotations should be indicated by single quotation marks, with double quotation marks for quotation material within the quote. A full point (or other punctuation) follows the reference for the quote: ‘… is the most decisive and important’. Lengthy quotes (40 words or more) should be displayed in block quotation, i.e., separate paragraph, indented and it should not have quote marks.

All other editorial issues may be resolved by consulting The Chicago Manual of Style or the SAJ Editorial Office.


author’s agreement and permissions

When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be sent an author’s agreement that must be signed and returned, as well as a layout proof to review and approve.

Contributors are required to secure permission for the reproduction of any figure, table or extensive extract from the text of a source that is copyrighted or owned. Authors are themselves responsible for the payment of any permission fees required by the copyright owner. Copies of the written permissions should be attached to a copy of the captions/sources lists and accompany the signed author’s agreement.


postprint permission

Authors of accepted papers will receive a PDF file of their published paper. SAJ will also permit the Author to use his/her Article elsewhere after the date of its publication in the journal in other works or for the purposes of the Author’s teaching and research.

Reprints of articles published in SAJ can be purchased. If you have any queries, please contact the Editorial Office at