About the Journal


Docomomo Journal is the open-access, international, peer-reviewed journal published by Docomomo International. Starting as newsletter in 1989 and moving to full journal in 1993, Docomomo Journal 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 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. You are free to use the work, but you have to attribute (refer to) the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). The easiest way to refer to an article is to use the HOW TO CITE tool that you find alongside each article in the right sidebar.


Docomomo Journal is indexed in the following databases:

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

If Docomomo Journal is not indexed in a database of your preference, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or, alternatively, you may request the indexing process directly with the database services.


DOCOMOMO Journal publishes contents by invitation as special issue and is open to free submissions based on thematic or open calls.

The manuscripts received are subjected to the following peer review process. If you wish to submit contents to the journal, please check the call deadlines and submission guidelines.

Peer review process

The manuscripts received are assessed for suitability by the editors. It is verified if the manuscripts follow the formal paper and submission guidelines and suits the general thematic focus of the journal. Manuscripts will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous experts and members of the editorial and scientific boards. The editorial board and the scientific board are composed of leading experts in the field.

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 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. Final decisions on acceptance are made by the editors. In the event of a disagreement between reviewers and editors, the editorial board will be involved into the decision making.

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.

Processing speed

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

  • 10 work days from the first manuscript submision to the journal until a first decision.
  • 20 work days for a manuscript submission to the journal until the decision if it is sent out for peer review.
  • 10 work days for the authors to make modifications to manuscripts and resend a new version, identifying the changes made, and following the requirements and suggestions made by the reviewers.
  • 15 work days from receiving the revised final manuscript to acceptance.
  • 20 work days from acceptance of a final manuscript to online publication of the Version of Record.


Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


For handling and publishing an article DOCOMOMO Journal charges an APC of €500. They apply once the article has been accepted for publication. Discounts may apply, in case of articles for special issues, journal sponsors, members of Docomomo International, etc. If you belong to such a category or having different reasons to qualify for discount, please let us know.

DOCOMOMO Journal receives its main funding from DOCOMOMO International. DOCOMOMO International is a non-profit organization that maintains its activity through membership fees and additional funding through other parties e.g. the TU Delft and TH OWL (2022-), the Municipality of Lisbon and Técnico – University of Lisbon (2014-2021), the Fundació Mies van der Rohe (2010-2013), the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in the Palais de Chaillot (2002-2009). 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+ Program of the European Union).


Title: Docomomo Journal
Publisher: Docomomo International
City: Delft (2022 - on going) Lisbon (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: 1989/1993
Print run: 1500 copies