Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

DepArch is a free, open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly, international e-journal. It welcomes original research articles, critical assessments and book reviews.  

The international academic Journal of Design, Planning & Aesthetics Research (DepArch) publishes discussions on aesthetics from various creative disciplines related to the built environment, including; architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, spatial design, virtual reality, design technology, urban planning, sustainable cities, architectural engineering, inter/multi-disciplinary research, and other relevant fields.

The journal explores worldwide interactions between aesthetics design and planning. Discussing the role of aesthetics today and in the future is also one of the major aims of the journal. The journal integrates research, practice and education seeking to develop theoretical and methodological foundations by discovering innovative methods and techniques. The focus of DepArch is the design and built environment that shape and condition architecture. Moreover, aesthetics in architectural research, including its reflection both in perception and in practice, are addressed through theoretical discussion, methodological and empirical studies, and built environment practice. Architecture and aesthetics touch on philosophy, environmental psychology, the humanities, history, conservation, heritage, and culture etc. DepArch brings together aesthetics within design and planning to create innovative and sustainable environments for the architecture of the future.  As long as a paper is relevant to the built environment, authors are not restricted to sending articles on the mentioned themes.

DEPArch also welcomes research articles that can lead to these objectives:

- to support using and applying technologies to both improve and conserve the built environment 

-to question the role of architects, designers and other design practitioners such as planning, industrial and spatial designers, architectural engineers, and inter/multi-disciplinary research concerning the forming of the built environment

- to reduce environmental impacts to achieve sustainable built environments 

-to evaluate indoor built environment quality (visual performance, thermal, acoustic and spatial) and its effects on human comfort.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Editor-in-Chief assigns an editor, if the manuscript submitted by the author complies with the requirements of the DepArch after the first screening. If the manuscript does not meet the requirements of the journal, the author is notified by e-mail. 

Editor-in-Chief and the Editors' office have the right to select various reviewers from throughout the world have the appropriate expertise in the field. In addition, authors, know the suitable expert reviewers in the relevant subject area, could contribute to the editor’s choice by suggesting at least three reviewers. Later, manuscript chosen by Editors’ decision is sent to the reviewers have expertise in their field to review the manuscript.

As a result of the review of manuscript by two reviewers according to the review criteria of the journal; it is decided whether the manuscript should be accepted or not, a major or minor revision that requires resubmission of the manuscript by the author. The Editor-in-Chief has the authority to make the final decision on the following process of manuscript. 

Variations in the time to receive reviewer reports and to assign the appropriate reviewer for the manuscript also cause variation in first decision of journal. Therefore, journal cannot warrant about how long it takes after review to first decision.



Publication Frequency

DepArch is published twice a year, in Spring and Fall.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.