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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • 1. Cover Letter
  • 2. Title Page
  • 3. Abstract & Keywords
  • 4. Main Text
  • 5. References
  • 6. Tables (if any)
  • 7. Figures (if any)
  • 8. Captions of Visual Materials
  • 9. Acknowledgement (if any)
  • 10. Ethics Committee Approval (if necessary)

Author Guidelines

Authors must follow these instructions carefully to avoid delays in submission, blind peer-review and publication processes.

A. Submission of Manuscripts

The language of the journal is English. Authors are recommended to perform spell checking and grammar checking of the article. Authors, for whose English is not the native language, are strongly encouraged to have their manuscript carefully edited prior to submission.

After the submission, the manuscripts will be edited according to the journal submission format and authors may be requested for some corrections or for the addition of any missing information.

Submissions to the A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE should be comprised of the following sections and made through the online system. Papers and visual materials that are not submitted online will not be considered.

Revised manuscripts should also follow the steps given in the Preparation of Manuscripts. Along with the revised manuscript, authors should supply a revision note that includes all the changes made to the manuscript and detailed responses to all the comments passed by the reviewer(s) and Editor. The revision note should be submitted as a Word document.

B. Preparation of Manuscripts

The manuscript must include a cover letter, title page, abstract and keywords, main text, references, tables, figures, captions of visual materials and acknowledgment (if any), ethics committee approval (if necessary). The following documents must be uploaded to the online submission system separately:

1. Cover Letter
2. Title Page
3. Abstract & Keywords
4. Main Text
5. References
6. Tables (if any - upload separately)
7. Figures (if any - upload separately)
8. Captions of Visual Materials
9. Acknowledgement (if any)
10. Ethics Committee Approval (if necessary)

The manuscript must be submitted as a Word document, typed in double spacing by using Arial font with 12 points, in single-column format. All pages must be numbered consecutively.

1. Cover Letter

The cover letter must state that the manuscript has been written and approved by all authors, it presents original and unpublished work, and it has not been submitted to, or is not under review process in another journal.
The cover letter must contain the names and signatures of all authors.
The scan of the cover letter is acceptable.

2. Title Page

The title page must contain a concise and informative title; names, affiliations (department, faculty, university, city, and country), and e-mail addresses of all authors, and identify the corresponding author.

3. Abstract & Keywords

The abstract and keywords should be uploaded in a single Word document.

3.1. Abstract

A concise and informative abstract of maximum 250 words in English must summarize the purpose, methods, and major findings of the paper. The abstract should be unreferenced.

3.2. Keywords

The article must have maximum 5 keywords which must be sorted in alphabetical order and separated by a comma. Keywords must be carefully selected to facilitate the readers’ search.

4. Main Text

The main text should be 5000-7000 words long (not including abstract, keywords, and references).
All headings must be numbered consecutively and hierarchically.
Tables and figures must not be embedded in the article. The proposed location of figures and tables must be indicated in the main text by using [Figure 1 must be placed here] or [Table 1 must be placed here].
Within the article, avoid the use of footnotes and endnotes. If unavoidable, label as [1], [2] and list them all together at the end of the main text.
Within the article, any information that could indicate the author's identity should be removed. To maintain anonymity in the double-blind review process, for self-citations, please use in-text references as "(Author(s), the year of publishing)" and end-text references as "Author(s) (the year of publishing).”  The author (s) should make sure that figures and tables do not contain any affiliation-related identifier. You can rectify your citations after your submission is confirmed.

Example: Instead of “(Yılmaz, 1900)”, please use “(Author(s), 1900)” in the text and “Author(s) (1900)” in the end-text reference list and remove any other information related to the publication.

Symbols, abbreviations, and conventions in papers must follow the recommended SI Units. Abbreviations must be defined in brackets after their first mention in the text in accordance with internationally agreed rules.
Mathematical symbols and formulae must be typed and any other application or program must not be used. They should also be numbered consecutively and uploaded separately in jpeg format. Particular care must be exercised in identifying all symbols and avoiding ambiguities. A distinction must be made between the number one (1) and letter (I) and between the number (0) and the letter (O).
Equation numbers must appear in parentheses and number consecutively. All equation numbers must appear on the right-hand side of the equation and must be referred to within the text.

5. References

The style and punctuation of the references must follow the APA referencing style.
References in the manuscript must give the surname of the author and the year of publication in brackets.
The references must be listed in alphabetical order of authors’ names and in chronological order for each author.
The upper- and lower-case rules and punctuation types of APA style must be carefully followed.
Further details about APA referencing style can be seen at


Some examples of reference citations are given below:
Author, A. (2014). Title of the book. London: Mitchell.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. (2012). Title of the article. Title of Journal, 12(4), 187–195.
Conference Proceedings
Author, A. A., & Author, B. (2014). Title of paper. Paper presented at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.
Author, A. A. (2008). Title of thesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master's thesis). Name of Institution, Location.
The BBC (
Author, A. (2011). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://URL
Author, A. A. (2012). Title of work. (Report No. 123). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (2012). Title of work. (Report No. 123). Retrieved from Name website: http://URL

6. Tables

Tables must not be embedded in the article. They should be numbered consecutively and uploaded separately in jpeg format.
If necessary, explanatory footnotes must be brief, placed beneath the table and indicated by (*).
The total number of tables and figures must not exceed 10.

7. Figures

Figures must not be embedded in the article. They must be numbered consecutively and uploaded separately in jpeg format.
Figures must be provided in RGB color with a minimum 300 dpi resolution.
Figures should be properly sized and cropped according to how they should appear in print.
Maps and charts must be named and numbered as figures.
The total number of tables and figures must not exceed 10.

8. Captions of Visual Materials

The captions of visual materials (tables and figures) must not be embedded within the visual material documents (jpeg). They should be listed in a separate Word document.

The tables must be named as “Table 1. Name of the table”.
The figures must be named as “Figure 1. Name of the figure”.

9. Acknowledgement (If any)

If necessary, acknowledgments can be provided as a separate Word document.

C. Copyright, Originality and Ethics

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission from authors and publishers of any previously published material; text, tables, figures, etc.

To verify the originality of the work, all the manuscripts submitted to our journal are checked by a plagiarism detection service. The journal’s acceptable limit is 20 % for overall similarity and 5 % for similarity with a single source.

Regulations regarding the necessity of ethical approval vary worldwide. A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE asks for ethics committee approval from each research that involves the participation of animals or human subjects. If the authors are not able to provide ethics committee approved a statement of compliance should be uploaded to the online submission system during the first submission.

D. Book Reviews and Notes

A book review must run between 500-1000 words, which gives scope for an assessment of the book and its contribution to knowledge and discussion within the broad field of architecture, planning and design.
Reviews must be typed in double spacing by using Arial font with 12 points.
The name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the reviewer must be given.
A photograph of the book cover must be provided in jpeg format.
The title, author, origin, publisher, date, number of pages, and ISBN number must be provided as in the following example:
The Search for Form in Art and Architecture
Eliel Saarinen, 1985
Dover Publications Inc.: New York
354 pp Paperback
ISBN 0-486-24907-7

E. Special Issue

The Editorial Board of A|Z ITU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE has decided to welcome Special Issues’ applications in the following procedure:

Special Issue applicant (guest editor) is expected to provide:

Letter of intent (the rationale behind the proposed topic, the contribution of the proposed topic to the state-of-the-art, main focus or themes of manuscripts which would be presented in the special issue): Letter of intent is expected to be written clear, systematic and formal way. The letter should be between 750-1000 words.
 A draft version of the call for papers (max 400 words)
 A short resume of the guest editor with a list of publications.

Please note that:

Guest editor cannot be a contributor to any manuscript which would be published in the special issue.
Guest editor cannot be the referee of any submitted manuscripts.

Special Issue applications are available twice a year: April and November. To submit a special issue proposal please contact

F. Publication

All the accepted papers are published as Online First articles, once the authors have returned the corrected proofs. After the publication of the printed version, the paper can be cited by issue and page numbers.

There is no submission and page fee for A|Z ITU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture.


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