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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 (.doc or .docx) or Open Office format in A4, named after the main title. It is submitted in two versions: one with authors' name(s) and affiliation(s), one without for review.
  • Illustrations are included in the text file in low resolution and 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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • When research has been conducted by involving human Research subjects (i.e. human participants are the source of research data), approval has been granted by the competent research committee and information on such approval has been included in the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Ensure the manuscript follows the requirements for double-blind review.
  • Declaration of Consent to Publish.

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.

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

Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted to the editorial office through the Open Journal System at the following link:  

To be able to use the OJS to submit a manuscript, you will need to register as a user and create a profile. Please do not forget to choose the role as author. After the profile is created and you are logged in, you can proceed with the 5-step submission process, by clicking on the “New Submission” button at the “Submissions” tab.

Please use our template when you upload your manuscript. You can download the template below

  • Start.
  • Upload Submission (a word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect.) Please upload all your supplementary files (figures files etc.) here as well. If more convenient, you may upload all pictures as a .zip file.
  • Enter Metadata (e.g. enter all authors names and affiliations).
  • Confirmation.

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Required files 

The following electronic files are required:

  • Manuscripts should be sent as one Word files with tables and figures included. Also add a PDF file of the same document.
  • Please provide two separate word files: one with authors' information (name, biography), one anonymous file without authors' information. 
  • Separate files of all figures and tables (if any) must also be submitted in “Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files”; If more convenient, you may upload all Supplementary files as one .zip file
  • See “Illustrations” for the required file formats. 

Ensuring a Double-Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the double blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.


Please write clearly, making a proper (unequivocal) use of the English language and meet the requirements described below.  Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Manuscripts should have 4000 and 6000 words in length (including references and notes). Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. 

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order and be divided into 6 essential parts (see below): 

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. Main Part (divided by subheadings)

The main part describes the research which can be based on different methods, also used synergistically (e.g. literature study, laboratory investigations, case studies, interviews, etc.). The research should be carried out to reach the goal. The limits and strong aspects of the research should be made evident.

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 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

Illustrations (figures, tables) should be used to clarify the text. It is essential that they are furnished by explanatory captions (figures) or headings (tables).
Number illustrations as figure/table 01, figure/table 02, etc. and refer to all of them in the text. Figures should also be included in the text, in smaller file size. Each figure should be provided as a separate file. 

  • Line art should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS, PDF or TIFF.
  • Greyscales (incl. photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff.
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or PDF for graphs or drawings, PNG or TIFF for images.
  • Tables should be provided as a separate, editable word file.
  • The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.

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 APA 7 Style. Use the following template.


All illustrations should be publishable according to the CC BY 4.0 license under which the journal is published.  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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