Ethic Policies

Dearq Journal is a made by of the Architecture School at Universidad de los Andes, which finances the publication. It is located in the K building, at the second floor. The web page of the journal is http://dearq.uniandes.edu.co; its e-mail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and contact phone is (0571) 3394999, extension 2485.

The structure of its organization is as follows: Editorial Board- Director, Editor, Editorial Manager(s), Assistant(s)-, Editorial Counsel, design, support, style editing and translation team. The Editorial Counsel members are evaluated annually in relation to their academic production in other national and international journals.

The articles submitted to dearq Journal must be original and unpublished and must not be in an evaluation process or have an editorial commitment to any other publication. If the manuscript is accepted, the editors expect that its appearance will precede republication of the essay, or any significant part thereof, in another work. If the author of an article wants to include it in another publication, the details of the original publication must be clearly stated by the journal where it will be published and should be authorized by dearq’s Editor.

In the same way, when the Journal is interested in publishing an article that has been previously published, it will ask for permission from the editorial charged of the first publicatio n.

Authors must submit their articles through the following link and send them to the following addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within the deadlines set by the “Call for papers”. The Journal has public access guidelines for the authors in Spanish, English and Portuguese that instructs authors for the correct submission of the articles and reviews, as well as editorial procedures, which should be checked in “Editorial Politics” or in the printed version.

Even though, peers and Editorial Counsel approve articles taking into account criteria of quality, research rigor, the responsibility for the ideas expressed within the article rest upon the authors, as well as its ethical level.

Authors must specifically make clear that the submitted texts respect the intellectual property rights of third parties. If they use material that is not their property, it will be the author’s responsibility to obtain permission for its publication- be it plans, illustrations, diagrams, photographs, etc.

When a submitted article is not accepted for publication, the Editor will notify the author explaining th e reasons. During the editing process, the Editorial Board may consult the authors for clarifying any doubts. Both, evaluation process as edition one, the communication canal will and should be done through mail, preferably.

The Editorial Board will reserve rights regarding the publication of the articles and the issue in which they will be published. The publication date will be observed once the author submits the required documentation within the period previously indicated. The Journal reserves the right to make minor corrections of style.

The authors of approved manuscripts authorize the use of intellectual property rights by signing the ‘Document of authorization of intellectual property rights use’ and the usage of the author’s patrimonial rights (reproduction, public communication, transformation and distribution) to the Universidad de los Andes, in order to include the text in the journal (both printed and electronic versions). In this same document, the authors confirm own the text and the intellectual property rights of third parties are respected in the text.

Once an article is received, the Editorial Board evaluates if it fulfils with the basic requirements of the Journal, as well as its relevance to the publication theme. The Editorial Board establishes a first filter; taking into account format, quality and relevance, and, after this initial revision, the articles that will start the process or arbitration will be defined. At this instance, texts are submitted, primarily, to peer reviewers, national and international (at least with 50% of external filiation from Universidad de los Andes), subsequently to the Editorial Counsel evaluation and the Editorial Board concept, who reserves the last word of the publication content .

The Journal uses a format that contains questions with carefully defined criteria that should be answered by the peer reviewer. Therefore, the peer has the responsibility of accepting or rejecting the article or approving modifications to it. During this process, both the names of the authors as those of the reviewers will not be disclosed.

The Editorial Board and the Editorial Counsel’s participation are the responsible for defining the editorial policies that sustains the Journal’s standards of a renowned academic publication. These guidelines are constantly reviewed to improve the Journal and fulfill the expectations of the academic, databases and indexations community.

Just as the Journal expects editorial norms be to be pragmatic, it must also publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed. The Editorial Board is responsible for the choice of the best articles to be published. This selection will always be founded on the quality and relevance of the article, as well as its originality and contributions to the field of Architecture. In the same way, when an article is refused, the justification given to the author should be oriented through this aspects and conservations of relevance.

The Editor is responsible for the procedure of all the articles submitted to the Journal, and must develop confidential mechanisms during the evaluation process that leads to its publication or refusal.

When the magazine receives complaints of any kind, the team must answer promptly according to the norms established for publication, and in case the complaint is justified, it must make sure the necessary investigation is carried out to solve the problem; and publish the resolved rectifications and/or remarks on the Journal’s printed version and website.

As soon as a volume of the Journal is published the Editor has the responsibility of its diffusion and distribution to contributors, reviewers and institutions with whom exchange agreements have been established, as well as national and international repositories and indexation systems. In the same way, the Editor will be in charge of sending the journal to active subscribers.