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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission text file is in a single file, in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), formatted to A4 and contains:

    - Title
    - Author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es)
    - Abstract
    - Main text
    - Illustrations captions and credits
    - References
    - Biography
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Illustrations are provided separately from the text (at least 300dpi @ 10x15cm), in JPG or TIFF format. Vector-illustrations should be provided in PDF or EPS format.
  • Declaration of Consent to Publish.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Contributions to DOCOMOMO International Journal should have scientific relevance and originality and fit within the scope of Documentation and Conservation of buildings and sites of the Modern Movement and the specific theme of the issue. The results contained in the contribution should form a step forward in the knowledge on the investigated subject. They should be valid, innovative, reproducible, and applicable.

Please write clearly, making a proper (unequivocal) use of the English language and meet the requirements described below. The research value of the paper should exceed the possible commercial interest.

You can publish in one of our categories. Lectures, Essays, Documentation Issues, Interviews, Heritage in Danger, Tributes, Conservation Issues, Technical Issues, News, Book Reviews.


Contributions should not exceed 4000 words (including references and notes) and are divided into 6 essential parts (see following points 1-6), each of them having a specific and necessary function in the composition. The structure has to be applied to Essays, Documentation Issues, Conservation Issues and Technical Issues (named paper hereafter). Other contributions might follow a slightly different structure.

1. Abstract (ca. 300 words)

The abstract contains essential information on:

  • the reason for the research and its subject (where the interest of the research lies)
  • the context in which the research has taken place
  • the aim and relevance of the research (identifiable knowledge contribution expected)
  • the method used
  • the conclusion reached (applicable results)

The abstract should not contain references and/or notes

2. Keywords (max 5)

The keywords selected should be relevant and occur both in the abstract and in the text.

3. Introduction

The introduction presents the context or background of the paper, its clearly defined object and aim and a thorough explanation of the chosen and well-motivated research method(s).

The research plan is strong and clearly designed and based on a sound literature survey. The hypotheses/research questions are coherent are consistent.

4. The research

The research can be based on different methods, which can be use synergistically (e.g. literature study, laboratory investigations, case studies, interviews, etc.).

The research plan should be carried out to reach the goal.

The literature and other sources of information/data employed should be critically chosen, well analysed, understood and used to support or disprove the hypotheses/answer the research question(s).

The limits and strong aspects of the research should be made evident.

The collected research data should be reliable, correctly presented and explained. Their analysis and interpretation should be appropriate and consistent with the goals of the research.

The reader should not need to make own interpretations.

It is suggested to insert short interim conclusions (after the main analyses or discussions) to improve the readability of the text, making the essential elements evident, on which the final discussion is based and evidence for the results is extracted.

Future research can be suggested.

5. Illustrations

The insertion of illustrations is encouraged to clarify the text. It is essential that they are to the point and furnished by exhaustive explanatory captions. They should be publishable according to the CC BY 4.0 license under which the journal is published. It is the authors responsibility to arrange permission to publish the illustrations.

6. Conclusions

The conclusions are essentially formulated and answer the research question(s) (aim of the research). No new information should be added.



As a style guide, Docomomo Journal employs the Chicago Manual of Style.

Main text
Quotations must be identified with double quotation marks, and quotations inside quotations with single quotation marks.
Quotations longer than four lines must appear in a free-standing block, italicized, without quotation marks.
Titles of publications, conferences, exhibitions and other events, and words in a foreign language, must be italicized.
Titles of articles and lectures must have quotation marks.

Biography should be structured as follows
(b. country, birth year). Education. Current professional position. Additional relevant information (prizes, books published, research projects, etc).
Example: Richard Klein (b. France , 1958). Architect, PhD in Art History, professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Lille (Ensapl). He is the scientific director of the research center Lacth and author of numerous articles and books about history of architecture heritage of the 20th century.

Figures captions should be structured as follows
Architect, Building, City, Country, dates. Short description if necessary. © Name of the Archive or Documentation Center (if applicable), Photographer’s Name, photo date, reference source (if applicable).
Example: Figure 01. Le Corbusier, Maison Curutchet, La Plata, Argentina, 1949-1955. Access hall from the street. © FCL Archive, Mario Retik, 2002.

References and quotations should be structured as follows
References should be arranged in alphabetical order.

AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, Author’s First Name, Title of the Book, Publisher’s City, Publisher, year.
Example: PEVSNER, Nikolaus, Pioneers of Modern Design: From William Morris to Walter Gropius, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1960.

Chapter in book
AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, Author’s First Name, “Title of the Article”, in Book Author’s First and Last Name, Book Title, Publisher’s City, Publisher, year, pages.
Example: POSENER, Julius, “Aspects of the Pre-History of the Bauhaus”, in Julius Posener, From Schinkel to the Bauhaus, London, Architectural Association, 1972, 43-48.

Article in periodicals
AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, Author’s First Name, “Title of the Article”, Periodical Title, n. of the issue, date, pages.
Example: MAKI, Fumihiko, “Investigations in Collective Form”, The School of Architecture, n. 2, June 1964, 43-48.

AUTHOR’S LAST NAME, Author’s First Name – Title [online], Publisher’s City, Publisher. [Accessed date]. Available at <URL>.
Example: BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE PORTUGAL – Porbase [online]. Lisboa: BN. [Accessed 14 Nov. 2018]. Available at


Please do not embed illustrations in the text, but deliver as seperate files (JPG, TIFF, PDF or EPS). The position of each illustration must be indicated in the text. Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions to quote or reproduce material, including figures, from already published works, and to reprint from other publications. Please use the Declaration of Consent to Publish.


After submission, manuscripts follow a peer review process. Authors, editors, reviewers and the publisher need to agree with the Docomomo Journal Ethics policy.


Docomomo Journal does not charge authors any fee for the submission of manuscripts or publication of any material in the journal.

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