About the Journal


Docomomo Journal is the open-access, international, peer-reviewed journal of Docomomo International that, since 1990, has provided a twice-yearly summary of recent and original research on the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.

Since its creation in 1988, Docomomo International has experienced rapid growth, establishing itself as a major player in the broader field of architectural culture. By virtue of its inclusive, pluralist and interdisciplinary nature, Docomomo Journal acts as an exchange platform that brings together architects, town-planners, landscape architects, engineers, historians and sociologists. Broad in scope, Docomomo Journal welcomes theoretical, historical, technical and critical contributions that support its comprehensive coverage of the Modern Movement, encompassing landscape, urbanism, architecture, engineering, technology, design, education and theory.

In its exploration of the Modern Movement Docomomo Journal takes a broad view, in chronological and geographical terms, and encourages the participation of authors from around the world (with contributions from more than 90 countries and 5 continents, to date) on subjects ranging from adaptive (re)use, new findings on built work, and contemporary methods of conservation technology, to new ideas for a sustainable built environment in the future.

Providing a link between theory and practice, Docomomo Journal is committed to creating a body of critical knowledge with a range and depth of thought that will enrich the architectural discipline and its practice.


Docomomo Journal provides open access to its content, to encourage its dissemination, promote research and endorse the global exchange of knowledge. All work part of the Docomomo Journal falls under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Work may be copied, shared and distributed when authors are properly accredited. Any amendments to the original work needs to be shown. This agreement does not direclty or indirectly endorses third party views or how the information is used in other formats.


Docomomo Journal is indexed in the following databases:

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals 
EBSCO – Art & Architecture Complete
EBSCO – Art & Architecture Source
Electronic Journals Library
European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
Polish Scholarly Bibliography
British Architectural Library Catalogue (RIBA)
Scientific indexing Services
Index Islamicus

If Docomomo Journal is not indexed in a database of your preference, please let us know by emailing docomomo@tudelft.nl or, alternatively, you may request the indexing process directly with the database services.


DOCOMOMO Journal publishes content as open and special issues. The journal accepts submissions based on open calls or thematic calls related to a special issue. If you wish to submit to the journal, please check the submission guidelines and deadlines.

Peer review process

The manuscripts received are assessed by the managing editors for suitability and for following the submission guidelines. Manuscripts will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous experts or members of the scientific board.  The choice of reviewers is at the editors’ discretion. The editors will match the manuscripts with reviewers who are experts in the field of research, but do not have recent publications with any of the authors and who are not from the authors’ institution. Reviewers must confirm to have no conflicts of interest and are asked to carry out an anonymous, independent and fair assessment of the submitted manuscripts.

Reviewers will assess the significance of the manuscript, its contribution to knowledge in the field of study, the originality of the work, the validity of the discourse, the critical judgment, and the use of an appropriate bibliography, making recommendations for improvement, if necessary. During the review process, the editor may ask for additional information necessary for the manuscript’s evaluation which are also kept confidential.

If the review reports are in opposition (accept/reject), the editor may consult the editorial board and assign additional reviewers. Authors will receive a blind reviewed, detailed and reasoned response, which includes the redrafted contents of the original manuscripts, with specific instructions for modifications. Reviewers are asked to indicate if any of their comments are addressed exclusively to the editorial board and not to the author.

Processing speed

We do our best to maintain a quick and effective review process and communication. We aim for the average (median) of:

  • 10 work days from the first manuscript submision to the journal until a first decision on suitability and compliance with the submission guidelines.
  • 15 work days for a manuscript submission to the journal to be sent out for peer review.
  • 30 work days for the reviewers and authors to review and modify the manuscript
  • 10 work days from receiving the revised final manuscript to acceptance.
  • 20 work days from acceptance of the manuscript to online publication of the Version of Record.

Reviewers’ Guidelines

Reviewers must have no conflicts of interest. Reviewers are asked to notify the editor-in-chief if there is any reason preventing them from carrying out an anonymous, independent and fair assessment of the submitted manuscripts.

Reviewed manuscripts must be treated confidentially prior to their publication. Reviewers are requested not to disclose the contents of manuscripts they are asked to review to third parties. Manuscripts sent for revision are private documents that cannot be disclosed before publication. Reviewer assessments are treated confidentially. Reviewer evaluations and suggestions for improvement will be sent to the authors, without revealing the reviewer’s identity. Reviewers are asked to indicate if any of their comments are addressed exclusively to the editorial board and not to the author.

Publication Ethics and Statement of Good Practice

For all parties involved in the act of publishing Docomomo Journal (the editor(s), the reviewers, the author(s), and the publisher), it is necessary to agree upon standards of ethical behaviour. The ethics statements for Docomomo Journal are based on the policies of Elsevier and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines available at: www.publicationethics.org. Docomomo Journal developed guidelines regarding ethics based on the core practices formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

In the framework of its Publication Ethics, Docomomo Journal routinely screen article submissions for plagiarism. The editors work at TU Delft and use its services provided through Ouriginal.


Docomomo Journal receives its main funding from Docomomo International. Docomomo International is a non-profit organization that maintains its activity through membership fees and the support of Delft University of Technology.

In the past, Docomomo Journal received fundamental support of the Municipality of Lisbon and Técnico – University of Lisbon, since 2014, and from the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, from 2010 to 2013. Additionally, for the production of specific issues, Docomomo Journal has received occasional support from institutions such as The University of California, Los Angeles (USA), The Now Institute (USA), Fondation Le Corbusier (France), Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), Interface (Germany), the Mies van der Rohe society (Illinois Institute of Technology), The Getty Conservation Institute (USA), University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design (PennDesign) (USA) and the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.


Title: Docomomo Journal
Publisher: Docomomo International
City: Delft (2022 - on going) Lisboa (2014-2021), Barcelona (2010-2013)
Frequency: biannual publication
Print-ISSN: 1380-3204
Online-ISSN: 2773-1634
Legal deposit: 380259/14, (Barcelona:30664/10)
Year founded: 1990
Print run: 1500 copies

Each issue is sent to several libraries of architecture worldwide, members and partners of Docomomo: Alvar Aalto Villa Kokkonen (Finland), ArchitekturzentrumWien (Austria), Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv (Israel), Canadian Centre for Architecture (Canada), Cité de l’architecture & du Patrimoine/Architecture and Heritage City (France), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Fundació Mies van der Rohe/Mies van der Rohe Foundation (Spain), Modern Asian Architecture Network (mAAN) (Asia), Union internationale des Architectes/ International Union of Architects (France), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), The Getty Conservation Institute (USA), Iconic Houses, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Germany), Royal Institute of British Architects (UK), World Monuments Fund, etc. Check the full list of institutional members and partners.