Call for papers

  • Call for papers

    upcoming issues:

    Earthern constructions in Austria

    Sustainable Architecture in Nusantara

    Instructions for authors

  • Submission of a manuscript

    Manuscripts must be submitted either in English or German, and must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be submitted in either MS word or as a plain text file.
    The manuscript will be subject to peer-review by two referees (see below)
    Manuscripts should be sent as an attachment to:

  • Preparation of a manuscript

    Length and format:
    The manuscript must be provided in a text format, using word (.doc, .docx) or .txt using 12 pt letters.
    There are no limits according the length of papers, but usually a paper should have between 30 000 and 40 000 characters including spaces.
    Currently the journal is bilingual, i.e. English and German. Therefore manuscripts may be written in either language. The abstract appears in both languages. Abstracts of authors, who are not familiar with one of the two languages, will be translated by the jccs-a personnel.

    The paper should be structured in following steps:

    Title page:

    A concise and informative title and the full names of all authors as well as the contact details (e-mail address) and affiliation of the corresponding author. This page will not be sent to the external referees, therefore the rest of the page should not contain any further informations.

    First page of the paper:

    The title:
    The title of the paper must be presented here again, but without the names of the authors. From this page on the paper will be sent to the reviewers.

    An abstract should start with a brief introduction into the topic of the paper, followed by a summary of the paper by highlighting the most important parts and findings of the manuscript.

    Since jccs-a is a bilingual journal (German and English), and the abstract appears in both languages, it is important to include extended abstracts of approximately 3000 characters including spaces. This is important to provide informations for readers who are not familiar in one of the two languages. The abstracts will be translated by personnel of jccs-a for authors, who are not speaking the other language.

    It is important to include three to five keywords. They are necessary for database search, and therefore they must be effective. They should be chosen to specify the field of work or the highlight the content of the research.

    Body of the text:


    The introduction should contain the background information of the discussed research topic and help the reader to understand the necessity and importance in the current debate. The main research question or problem should be outlined as well as the aims and objectives of the study.

    Methods and Materials:

    all used materials and methods should be described to give the reader an idea how the results were conducted.


    This is the main part of the paper, where all findings are listed. However, in this section no interpretations can be done. This part is merely descriptive and objective.

    Discussion and Conclusions:

    This is the part where the interpretation of the authors must be stated. The results must be discussed in order to understand the new findings, the implications for further research or the current debate.
    In the end of the conclusions there should also be an outlook of the results and how they can help the current debate on the subject, how they can be applied or implemented or which suggestions for further research could be made. The last sentence of the conclusions should summarise the main findings of the work.


    Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture will be taken to imply that it offers original unpublished work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. By submission authors agree that the copyright for their paper is transferred to the publisher as soon as the paper is accepted for publication. Copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the paper, including all sorts of reproduction, including translations.

  • Referencing

    Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and to include all used works to avoid plagiarism. References must be included in the text by inserting name and year of the work, and at the end of the text a concise list of all cited material has to be listed.

    The used reference style is according to the Harvard Referencing Style.

    In the text:

    * one author: (Miller, 1991) or Miller (1991)
    * two authors: (Miller and Smith, 1994) or Miller and Smith (1994)
    * three authors: (Miller et al.: 1994) or Miller et al. (1994)

    any pages, figures, etc. referred to specifically (direct referencing):
    * (Miller, 1991, Fig. 2), or (Smith, 1993, pp 2-5)
    or Smith and Jones (1997, p 3)

    Reference List:
    Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher.

    book chapters:
    Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, page(s).

    Last name, first initial (year published) title, accessed 15 October 2018, <http://>.

    journal article:
    Bornberg, R. (2010) ‘Urban India in nine episodes’, jccs-a 10(3): 10-15.

    Agency Report:
    United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (2009) Human Development Report 2009 Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

    Baldry, E. (2005) Prison boom will prove a social bust, Sydney Morning Herald
    18 January 2005, 13.

    Balry, E. (2005) Prison boom will prove a social bust, Sydney Morning Herald. 18 January 2005, available at (acce
    ssed 21 May 2014).

    Other websites:
    United Nations (UN) (2010) 2010 UN Summit, available at: (accessed 21 May 2014).

  • Peer review Policy

    The practice of peer review is todate an objective on all major scientific journals. It is necessary to ensure that good research is published. Thus, the referees play an important role in order to maintain high standards of papers that are to be published in the Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture.
    Referees reports:
    Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:
    1. Is original
    2. Is methodologically sound
    3. Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
    4. Has results wich are clearly presented
    5. Have sound conclusions
    6. Have correct references of previous work
    A referee's report is normally finalised after 8 to 10 weeks time after initial submission. When both reviewer's comments are sent back to the editor, a letter will be sent to the authors summarising their arguments and will give one of the four decisions:
    1. Accepted
    2. Accepted with minor revisions
    3. Accepted with major revisions
    4. Rejected

    The procedure in detail:
    Initially, one of the editors evaluates all manuscripts and rejects those that are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, are badly argued and written, or do not deal with the scopes and topics of the journal. Authors of such manuscripts will be informed within two weeks after receipt.
    Papers, that meet these first set of criteria will be passed on to two experts for review. Suggestions for referees from authors are welcome but may not be used.