Editorial Policies

Dearq (Dearquitectura) journal is a serial open access journal. It is a semianual publication with peer reviewed and indexed content, and it is financed by the School of Architecture of Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). It contributes to the dissemination of the research, analyses and opinions that both national and international academic community elaborates on architecture and city themes.

Dearq publishes previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English and Portuguese that present the results of research in the Architecture and city topics. In exceptional cases, it includes articles that have already been published, as long as they are relevant to the discussions and issues dealt with in the journal, and their contribution to the consolidation of dialogue and the exchange of ideas in current academic debates is recognized.

All the articles published have a DOI identification number that, in accordance with international editorial policies, must be cited by authors who use the contents, along with the abbreviated title of the journal: Dearq. 

Dearq journal does not charge the authors for the costs of the editorial processes. All the digital contents of the journal are open access through its website. The journal’s printed version has a cost and can be purchased at selected stores.

All articles will actively go through a plagiarism control process, in which one of the following tools will be used: SafeAssign, Plagscan or Scigen detection. When plagiarism is detected, either total or partial (i.e., lacking the corresponding citation), the text is not sent for evaluation and the authors are notified of the reason for its rejection.

The structure of the journal has seven sections, more specifically:

  • The Introduction, which gives context to and shapes the respective edition as well as highlighting particular aspects that merit the reader’s attention.
  • The Editorial contextualizes and shapes the respective issue as well as it highlights the particular aspects that merit the reader’s attention.
  • The Thematic Research section meets a series of documents that addresses the issue’s main theme through the coverage of insights or results based on critical and/or analytical researches and perspectives.
  • The Projects section presents a recent and meaningful selection of architectural works that illustrates and complements the issue’s theme.
  • The Open Research sections includes documents that present and develops researches or reflections addressing different themes from the main one.
  • Deuniandes section presents articles, reviews associated with academic activities and research that is undertaken by the Department of Architecture at the Universidad de los Andes.
  • The Creation section exhibits creative works which address spatial or urban topics through distinct disciplines from architecture.

Note: From issue No. 20, the section’s names are reformulated with the purpose of facilitating the editorial structure and contents’ understanding to the reader. The Articles section is renamed as Thematic Research section; Dossier section is redefined as Open Research; and it will start declaring the Creation section.

Documents that will be considered to publish in the above editorial structure are defined by Colciencias*[1] as follow:

  1.  Research paper*: Text (no longer than 4000 words) must include detailed, original results from a completed research project. The structure should generally follow the standard format: introduction, method, results and conclusion.
  2. Discussion paper*: An article (no longer than 4000 words) that analytically presents the results of a piece of completed research. It should be written in an interpretive or critical style about a specific topic, using original sources.
  3. Review paper: A paper (no longer than 4000 words) based on both published and unpublished research, with the aim of reporting advances and development trends within a field. The paper should present a judicious bibliographical review of no less than fifty sources.
  4. Project analysis: This paper should detail, analyze and/or independently elucidate and review a specific work, relating to architecture, town planning, or a relating subject. Whatever is being analyzed does not have to necessarily already be built. The text should be accompanied by graphics of the highest quality. Paper no longer than 500 words.
  5. Opinion, critique or interview*: This should detail an opinion on a subject that is pertinent to the journal. The opinion should be supported with conclusive arguments and be based on a conclusive bibliography.
  6. Book review*: Text that critically covers books, exhibitions, events, documentaries or other means of interest. The review can be about one or about two or more similar themed products, allowing this to build a state of the art on the subject. The review of a single work will have a maximum extension of 1,500 words, the review in which are interlaced several products could be up to 3,000 words.

Note: Types 3 and 4 are acceptable for the theme section only.


[1] Document’s typology accepted and considered by Colciencias, referenced from (Documento Guía Servicio Permanente de Indexación de Revistas de Ciencia 2014).

On submitting an article for publishing, we ask that the author complete a form, which includes information about personal details, academic qualifications, and the originality of the material. The work must be the author’s own, and previously unpublished. When the paper has been reviewed, to check that it complies with the rules of publication, the author will be informed regarding its evaluation.

  1. Peer reviews

    Every article that is submitted for evaluation and will be double-blind peer-reviewed by, primarily, national and/or international peer reviewers. Secondly, it will reviewed a Editorial Counsel member and take into consideration the Editorial Board concept, who reserves the last word of published content.

    The author will be duly notified of one of the following decisions:

    • The article is accepted without any changes required.
    • The article is accepted under the condition that slight changes are made based on suggestions from the peer reviewers and editorial committee.
    • The article needs substantial modification. The author is invited to redraft the article, taking into account the suggestions made by the peer reviewers and editorial committee. The improved document will be reviewed again, following the same procedure.
    • The article is not to be accepted.

    Exclusively the Editorial Board will review contributions of typologies 4 and 5. The author will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection. The Editorial Board, based on the reviews by the peer reviewers and Editorial Counsel, makes all decisions autonomously.

    The journal will not be under any obligation to divulge any further information to the authors regarding the aforementioned decisions.

  2. Authorizations

    Authors must specifically make clear that the text submitted respects the intellectual property rights of third parties and their own. If they use extra material that is not their property, it will be their responsibility to obtain permission for its publication- be it illustrations, maps diagrams, photographs, etc.

    When an author wishes to include an article in another publication or journal, it must clearly indicate the data regarding its original publication, and obtain previous authorization from Dearq’s Editor.

Articles must be sent in Word, in Times New Roman font size 12, with double line spacing and margin sizes: 2.5 × 2.5 × 2.5 × 2.5 cm. The following must be included:

  • Title: It should include a footnote on the first page, explaining the work undertaken.
  • Author(s’) name(s): For each article, dearq accepts a maximum of six authors. The order of author must be established before submitting the paper for publication. dearq will name the authors in accordance with the order submitted. The author’s data should be included in a separate file: academic degrees, institutional affiliation, research group or lines of research (if applicable), two latest publications, and email address.
  • Additional information: If the article is based on the results of research, indicate the project that it is part of and the name of the financing institution, if applicable.
  • Abstract: It is an analytical or descriptive text of the article (no longer than 100 words) describing its content and including conclusions.
  • Key words: Three to seven keywords. The keywords should reflect the content of the document, and that is why it is necessary that they indicate the exact topics of the article, showing the areas of knowledge in which they arise and the main concepts involved.
  • Article body: Text should include captions and indications of where they will be included.
  • Bibliography: Complete bibliographical information of the referenced sources. When the contents used have a DOI identification number, it should be included in the list of references.

Note: The entire document, including bibliography and captions should not exceed more words than it is specified for each document’s typology. 

Tables should be included in the text in such a manner that allows data editing during the layout process. They should be titled (preceded by the word Table) and must be numbered consecutively. Below each table, the source(s) of data used should be included.

Figures should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and a minimum size of 9 × 13 cm. The maximum number of photographs for submission is 20. In the case of project analysis, a high-resolution portrait photograph (minimum size 18 × 24 cm) must be submitted. Captions should include the source or authorship of the image.

Figures and tables need to be sent separately in either .jpg or .tiff format, labelled FIG1-FIG2-FIG3, etc. and TABL1-TABL2-TABL3, etc.

Any graphic material and maps should be submitted ready to be published, based on the same requirements as the ones for tables and figures. 

Bibliographical references must be in accordance with The Chicago Manual of Style. Footnotes should be used and its citations should follow the shortened form. At the end of the text, a bibliography should be included to summarize all the bibliographical information that had been referenced through the article.

The following examples are presented to show the differences between the brief parenthetical form of citation to be used within the text (NP), and the full form of citation to be used in the bibliography (B).

  • Book by a single author
    (NP): Martí Aris, Variaciones de la identidad, 67.
    (B): Martí Aris, Carlos. Las variaciones de la identidad: ensayos sobre el tipo en arquitectura. Barcelona: Serbal, 1993.

  • Book by two or three authors
    (NP): Kenneth Shepsle y Mark Bonchek, Las fórmulas de la política: instituciones, racionalidad y comportamiento (México: Taurus/Centro de Investigación yDocencia Económicas, 2005), 45.
    (B): Shepsle, Kenneth y Mark Bonchek. 2005. Las fórmulas de la política: instituciones, racionalidad y comportamiento. México: Taurus/Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas.

  • Book chapter
    (NP): Montoya Arango, “El gobierno del sol, 196.
    (B): Montoya Arango, Nathalie. “El gobierno del sol. Naturaleza y programa en el hospital moderno”. En Arquitectura Moderna en Medellín 1947-1970, editado por Cristina Vélez Ortiz, et al., 193-99. Medellín: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2010.

  • Book chapter with more than one author
    (NP): Ciro Murayama Rendón, “Financiamiento a los partidos políticos: el nuevo modelo mexicano,” en Estudios sobre la reforma electoral 2007: hacia un nuevo modelo, coords. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello y Pedro Salazar Ugarte (México:Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación, 2008), 261-87.
    (B): Murayama Rendón, Ciro. 2008. Financiamiento a los partidos políticos: el nuevo modelo mexicano. En Estudios sobre la reforma electoral 2007: hacia un nuevo modelo, coords. Lorenzo Córdova Vianello y Pedro Salazar Ugarte, 261- 87. México: Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación.

  • Magazine article (print or online)
    (NP): Sanín Santamaría, “Configuraciones del hábitat informal”, 112.
    (B): Sanín Santamaría, Juan Diego. “Configuraciones del hábitat informal en el sector El Morro del barrio Moravia.” Bitácora Urbano Territorial 15 (2009): 109-26.

  • Conference, essay or article presented in a academic event
    (NP): Leonardo Valdés Zurita. “La reforma electoral federal desde la perspectiva del IFE” (conferencia presentada en el seminario “Implicaciones de la Reforma Electoral Federal 2007 en el estado de Michoacán”, Morelia, Michoacán, 23 de mayo al 20 de agosto, 2008).
    (B): Valdés Zurita, Leonardo. 2008. La reforma electoral federal desde la perspectiva del IFE. Conferencia presentada en el seminario “Implicaciones de la Reforma Electoral Federal 2007 en el estado de Michoacán”, 23 de mayo al 20 de agosto, en Morelia, Michoacán.

  • Thesis
    (NP): Gabriel Calderón Sánchez, "La Segunda Guerra Mundial en México: política gubernamental, opinión pública y nacionales del Eje" (tesis de licenciatura, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, 2004), 74-76.
    (B): Calderón Sánchez, Gabriel. 2004. La Segunda Guerra Mundial en México: política gubernamental, opinión pública y nacional del Eje. Tesis de Licenciatura., Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas.

  • Online resources
    (NP): Fiscalía Especializada para la Atención de Delitos Electorales, “¿Qué es la FEPADE?,” Procuraduría General de la República, http://www.pgr.gob.mx/fepade/que es la fepade/que es la fepade.asp (consulted el 22 de mayo de 2009).
    (B): FEPADE. Ver Fiscalía Especializada para la Atención de Delitos Electorales. Fiscalía Especializada para la Atención de Delitos Electorales. ¿Qué es la FEPADE? Procuraduría General de la República. http://www.pgr.gob.mx/fepade/que es la fepade/que es la fepade.asp (consulted el 22 de mayo de 2009).

Note: Ibid, ibidem or op. cit. should not be used in these cases.

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