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About the journal » Instructions for authors

Editors of the scientific magazine “Architectus” issued by the Faculty of Architecture of Wrocław University of Science and Technology, with the intention of facilitating editorial works, would like to ask all of our Authors to comply with the suggested principles of preparing texts and illustrations. These principles constitute a set of universally accepted rules.

General information  

The Editors accept unpublished scientific articles which tackle issues concerned with theory of architecture, history of architecture, conservation, urban planning, green areas formation, esthetics etc.
A scientific article should be understood as a text presenting the results of original empirical, theoretical, technical or analytical research, with an appropriate structure, presenting the current state of knowledge, research methodology, the course of the research process, its results and conclusions, cited literature (references).
Other non-discretionary publications (usually un-reviewed) are also accepted to be published in the following sections:
– Presentations
– Our masters
– Reports.

From 2021, texts of articles will be published in English. The editorial office accept papers in the Polish language. After receiving positive reviews and approval of the article by editors, the author is obliged to deliver the English version of the article (editors do not translate texts into the English language), whereas the works of foreign authors are accepted and printed in English. The entire article should include from 20,000 to 35,000 characters with spaces (including references).

Submission of the article is tantamount to accepting the procedures for qualifying articles for publication valid in the journal and granting Wrocław University of Science and Technology an exclusive, unpaid, unlimited license for the following fields of exploitation: introducing the work into the computer memory, recording and duplicating the work with various techniques, placing copies of the multiplied work on the market, introduction to publicly available computer networks, dissemination of the work, making it available in electronic form in such a way that everyone can have access to it in a place and time chosen by them (e.g. on the journal’s website), placing the work in libraries and digital repositories, for example in the Lower Silesian Digital Library and online, open access databases, e.g. POL-index, ICI Journal Master List, BazTech, CEJSH. 

After acceptance of the article for printing, the Publisher is entitled to the general rights of printing and propagating in all fields of exploitation. Publications have all rights reserved. No part may be reproduced by any available means, published or made available without the consent of the Publisher and copyright holders.

The magazine is published in open access under the CC BY NC ND license.

The original version of the journal is on-line.

Authors do not bear any costs for submitting articles for publication.

Authors receive 1 copy of the journal in which the article was published.


By sending their works to us, the Authors hereby consent to the reviewing process. The review procedures are concordant with the MNiSW (Ministry of Science and Higher Education). All the works sent to us become subject to assessment, first by the Editors and next by two independent reviewers (they are not members of the scientific unit affiliated by the author of the article). The principle of bilateral anonymity (double-blind review) is obligatory. The author is informed about the result of the review. Te final decision as to the acceptance for printing purposes is taken by the Editor-in-chief (and the subject/guest editor).

Criteria for accepting articles for publication:
– compliance with the thematic scope of the journal and with ethical principles applicable in science
– opinion of reviewers
– scientific value of an article
– uniqueness of the approach to a problem, clarity, and logic of the argument
– research workshop of authors.

The names of the Reviewers are not disclosed to individual authors. Reviewers, undertaking the task of preparing an opinion, undertake to maintain confidentiality, reliability, objectivity and not to use the reviewed works for their personal needs or benefits. They also give consent to the inclusion of their names and surnames and affiliation on the website of the periodical in a collective list of reviewers cooperating with the journal in a given year. 

Prevention of scientific non-reliability

The journal has adopted the principles of publication ethics that are consistent with the guidelines of the Committee for Publication Ethics (COPE).
The Editorial Office does not accept articles in which there are occurrences of “ghostwriting” and “guest authorship”, and all detected cases of scientific non-reliability shall be revealed by the Editorial Office.

Detailed rules are presented in bookmark “Publication ethics” on the journal’s website.

Civil liability

While the Editors do make an effort to take care of the content of the magazine, the person responsible for the content of the particular article is its Author. The Editors and Publishers cannot be held responsible for any acts of non-conscientiousness which may results from the author’s infringement of the copyright.


The text of the article should be provided to the Editor with illustrative material in electronic form (text in .doc, .docx format, illustrations – uncompressed – in commonly used graphic formats: .jpg, .TIFF, .bmp).
Articles must be anonymous to reviewers, so make sure that any information that identifies the author/authors of the article in the main text, footnotes and bibliography have been removed.

I. Page 1 of the work must contain:
− title of the work,
– the shortened title which will be placed in the running title,
− full name and surname of the Author(s) of the work*
* in the footnote: full name of the institution that the Authors represent (in official wording in Polish and in English), and a unique scientist identification number (ORCID) and e-mail for correspondence (it will be published).

II. Substantive guidelines
The article should contain:
A. Text part:
The title of the article must correspond to the content of the study.
1. Introduction:
    a. concise presentation of the research problem – thematic, temporal, and territorial scope
        b. reason for taking up the topic, the goal of research, hypothesis
    c. a brief description of the content of the article.
2. State of research (selection, up to 10 items).
3. A brief history of the object.
4. Description of own research:
    a. time of conducting of research and research methods
    b. research results.
5. Conclusions.
6. Summary – what new was successfully added to the state of knowledge, what could not be established, research postulates.
7. References.
8. Abstract and key words in Polish and English.
9. Acknowledgments.

B. Illustrative part
The editorial staff  is committed to adhering to the principle that the objects described are well known to the author and that they have been examined by the author personally, not via the Internet. Therefore, we expect a minimum of 30% of the author’s own photos. This rule was adopted in connection with the mass production of compilation articles with illustrations taken only from the Internet.

III. Detailed directions

Abstract − each article must be accompanied by its abstract in two language versions (Polish and English). The abstract cannot exceed 300 words. It is an independent showcase of every article, usually independently operating in databases. For this reason, it should be prepared to encourage readers to read. It is important that its concise form ought to reproduce the content of the work as accurately as possible. It must therefore contain an introduction to the subject of the article, goals, research methodology and conclusions.

Key words (3–5 words).

Footnotes − we suggest using footnotes pertaining to the subject matter (commenting and completing the basic text), and not being only references to the bibliography.

Abbreviations, symbols, foreign language expressions − we recommend using only the standard abbreviations or symbols and we urge you to remember to quote the full name the first time a given expression appears in the text.

It ought to be ordered according to citations. It must not include more than 30 entries. Each of these entries must have its footnote in the text (number of the particular entry given in square brackets). The following way of recording should be used for bibliographic addresses: 

author’s surname and the first letter of the name, title of the work, volume, name of editor, place and year of edition:
[1] Huntington S.P., Zderzenie cywilizacji i nowy kształt ładu światowego, MUZA, Warszawa 2008.

magazine articles:
author’s surname and the first letter of the name, title of the work, name of magazine in quotation marks, year, volume, pages:
[1] Norberg-Schulz Ch., Heideggera myśli o architekturze, „Architektura” 1985, Nr 1(243), 18–21.

If a given article has a DOI number, it must be placed at the end of the record.

collective works:
author’s surname and the first letter of the name, title of the work, [in:] editor’s surname and the first letter of the name, title of the work, volume, name of editor, place and year of edition, pages:
[1] Butters Ch., Housing and timber construction in Norway: status, trends and perspektives for sustainability, [in:] Kuismanen K. (ed.), Eco-House North, Oulu 2007, 138–147.

Illustrations and charts
The work can contain up to 10 illustrations (depending on the work’s size). All the illustrations and charts must be numbered (in accordance with the order in which they are discussed/they appear in the text) and captioned (if possible, in two language versions, i.e. Polish and English). The text should have reference to all illustrations and charts (in the appropriate order, in brackets).

− author’s address for correspondence, including academic degree, name and surname, address of institution, telephone number (for the knowledge of the Editors), e-mail address (it will be published)
– a signed affirmation that the work originated according to the ethics principles obligatory in science (the example accessible on the website of the journal)
– written acceptance of the article by the supervisor (for PhD students).

Works not prepared in accordance with the recommendations will be sent back to the Author for supplementation.

Author’s correction

After editing the article and accepting the texts to be printed, the authors do not change the text, you can only correct errors that result from the formatting and introducing necessary editorial corrections in the text. Authors are required to make the author’s correction within 3 days of receiving the text.