Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors

Thank you for deciding to submit your paper to SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. Please read the instructions below, which detail everything you need to submit your paper to this journal, and please follow them closely in order to ensure your paper matches all the requirements of the journal.

SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is an interdisciplinary international academic, refereed journal which is published once a year by SPACE Studies Publications. All submitted articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double blind peer review by at least two referees, based on initial editor’s screening.

You can select to publish open access in our journal via our Optional Open Access Publication Programme. If you choose to publish open access, your article will be accessible online immediately after publication which will increase the visibility and impact of your research.

Please remember that you can choose to publish open access only after your paper is accepted. At that stage, you will be asked to select either standard publication or open access publication. You can read Open Access Publication Policy for more detailed information.

If you select to publish open access, then an article publishing charge (APC) applies in order to make your article open access and you will be asked to pay this APC if you choose to publish open access. Payments are collected via our OA-APC Payment (Open Access Article Processing Charge Payment).

All articles published in SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review. Please find more about Peer Review Policy, Peer Review Process and Peer Review Statement and Publication Ethics for Authors.

SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design accepts

  • Original Articles,
  • Policy Review Articles,
  • Book Reviews.

Original articles and policy review articles need to have an order of as follows:

  1. Title: The title of the manuscript should be ideally 10-15 words but no more than 20 and should be informative.
  2. Abstract: There should be an abstract of no more than 200 words. It should include the problem and aim of the article, originality of the research, research question, research method and the main conclusion.
  3. Keywords: There should be between 4 and 6 keywords which make the article more discoverable.
  4. Main text: The main text should include the following information and/or sections.
    • Introduction: Introduction should include a literature background related to the aim of the research. A detailed literature background more than needed and the summary of the research should be avoided.
    • Materials and methods: Sufficient detail should be provided in order to allow the work to be reproduced. If methods already published are used then it should be indicated by a reference and only modifications done during the research should be described.
    • Results: Results should be clear.
    • Discussion: discussion should be about the results of the research and should underline the significance of the results of the research. Results and Discussion sections can be combined as well.
    • Conclusion: The main conclusions of the research should be stated in this section. Avoiding unnecessary extension of Conclusion section will help it stand alone
  5. Acknowledgments (including funding): All the acknowledgements including funding and funders should be given in this section after the main text. Therefore, there should be no footnotes which are not allowed about the funding and funders of the research in the article. Acknowledgement should include any type of contribution ship such as conducting research, data analysing, writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading etc as well as funding. So the ones who do not qualify to be authors but still contributed to the research should be acknowledged.
  6. Declaration of interest statement: This competing interest is also known as conflict of interest. An author or his/her employer or sponsor may have relation that can be financial, commercial, legal, or professional with the organisations, and/or with the employees of them, which could influence the author’s research. Therefore, full disclosure is required. Please read Conflict of Interest for more information.
  7. Biographical notes on authors: Each author should provide a short biographical note which is brief and no more than 150 words.
  8. ORCID numbers of authors: All authors and co-authors should have a ORCID number in order to submit a manuscript. If you do not have, please obtain your ORCID Number.
  9. Endnotes (footnotes are not allowed): Endnotes should include additional comments and/or related information but should not include the reference or source of the information. Footnotes are not allowed in this journal. Therefore, please use endnotes if and when necessary.
  10. References: All manuscripts should be formatted using the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. For more information about how to cite references in the article, please refer to Guidelines for references.
  11. Appendices: If there are more than one appendix, they should be identified as Appendix I, Appendix II, etc. Formulas and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (I.A), Eq. (II.A), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (I.B) and so on. Tables and figures should be done in a similar way: Table I.A; Fig. I.A, etc. Appendices should come after References.

Word count of a paper in this journal should be as follows;

  • An original article should be between 5000 and 8,500 words including main text, tables, references, captions, endnotes, figures, graphics, photos, but excluding the abstract, acknowledgements and notes for author/s.
  • A policy review article should be between 3000 and 6000 words including main text, tables, references, captions, endnotes, figures, graphics, photos, but excluding the abstract, acknowledgements and notes for author/s.
  • A book review shouldn’t be between 900 and 1250 words. 

File format 

Articles should be submitted as a Word file.

Language and spelling

The language of the journal is English, and spelling should be for British English.

Font (throughout all manuscript)

  • Times New Roman,
  • size 12
  • double-line spacing


A4 size page, 2.5 cm from all sides


  • Times New Roman, size 12 with double-line spacing, bold, initial capital letter for each proper noun.
  • A title should be accurate and informative which will enable reader to understand the subject of the article.
  • It is better to have one or two keywords in the tittle which will increase the discoverability of the article.
  • A good research title is generally between 10 and 12 words. Please try to stay in the limits where possible as longer titles lose the attention of the reader.


  • Abstract should be no more than 250 words.
  • Abstracts may be really short, but they are very important as they tell the reader what they might learn. Therefore, an abstract should cover what the research is about, what is the methodology of the research, and what has been found out. While writing your abstract, do remember that every abstract should stand on its own as it should be a concise summary of the research.
  • Do not use abbreviations, footnotes (forbidden in the whole manuscript), endnotes and references as well as images, background information and/or technical terms that will need further explanation to be understood.
  • Additionally, be aware that there is a difference between research abstract and policy review abstract. In a research abstract you need to tell the methods of the research. On the other hand, in a policy review abstract, the primary objective of the review should be stated initially together with the reasons of this choice, the main outcomes and results of your review, and the conclusions which should also show their implications for further research.
  • In both article types, do not forget to include the keywords.


Keywords are vital to help readers to find your article. There should be between 4 and 6 keywords. Remember that selecting the right keywords will enable you to have an effective title and an abstract.


  • There are three heading levels to be used in this journal which are 1., 1.1., 1.1.1.
  • All the headings should be written with an initial capital letter for all proper nouns.
  • First level headings (1., 2. etc) such as introduction, conclusion should be written in bold. Second level headings (1.1., 2.2. etc) should be written in bold italics and the third level headings (1.1.1., 1.2.1. etc) should be written in italics.

Tables and figures

  • Tables and figures should be saved as separate files and should not be included in the article, instead the author/s should show clearly where the tables and figures would appear in the article by writing [Table 1 near here] or [Table 2 below this paragraph]
  • The information on the tables should be and should not duplicating the information given in the text. The table should be understood easily and clearly, and author/s should refer to each table in the text.
  • The text of the table should be written in Times New Roman like the rest of the article.
  • If tables are reproduced from another source, then please be sure you follow the Using Third-Party Material rules.
  • Tables, graphics etc should be submitted as editable files such as word, excel.
  • Be sure you number your tables correspondingly. The table numbers will be Table 1, table 2, etc. 
  • While preparing a table, think that the size of the page is A4 (210×297 mm) and the margins are 2.5 from all sides. Thus, you prepare your table with the sizes which it will fit on a page and will let it have its title.
  • If there are  abbreviations on the table, and if you haven’t used it before in your text please do explain it while you are referring to the table in your text.
  • The referencing style should be consistent with the rest of the article.
  • Figures should be prepared with image resolutions given below.

                        Colour photographic images: 300dpi

                        Grayscale photographic images: 600dpi

                        Line art or monochrome images: 1200dpi

                        Combination images (photographs and labelling): 600dpi

  • Authors should avoid large file sizes. Therefore, for more information on image size and resolution please check Adobe Photoshop.
  • File formats accepted are JPEG and EPS. 
  • While creating jpeg file be sure that you are exporting JPEG at a maximum quality.
  • Be sure that you have been given permission to use any tables or figures you are using and/or reproducing from another source before you submit.
  • Figures must be saved separately to text and should not be embed in the manuscript file as well as tables.
  • Captions and figure titles should not be included in the figure files.
  • Be sure that you number your figures correspondingly. The figures will be numbered as Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. If there are parts in your figures then Figure 1a, Figure 2b etc.
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