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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.

  • ORIGINALITY. The submission must be a short or full paper that has not been previously published nor is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Journal of Public Space takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously, that's why we use a Plagiarism Detection Software to verify originality of all submissions. The originality report for each submission is generously provided by the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia).
  • STRUCTURE. A short paper should be around 3.000 words, a full paper should be between 5.000 and 8.000 words. The word limit includes notes and bibliographical references.
    An abstract of about 300 words with up to five keywords is also mandatory.
  • FORMAT. The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word file format. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; font Gill Sans MT; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end, with captions. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
  • TOPICS. The text adheres to the topics outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • REFERENCES. Bibliographical references must follow the Harvard standards.
    Read more here (copy and paste in your browser): https://www.mendeley.com/guides/harvard-citation-guide

For any questions regarding the peer review process or the status of your submission, you can contact the Editor in chief Dr Luisa Bravo at this email address: submission@journalpublicspace.org.

Submissions are ongoing throughout the year.
Authors are welcome to submit original research articles dealing with themes relating to the vision of the journal, which may include, but are not confined to:





Urban Planning

Urban Design

Urban Morphology

Urban Resilience

Landscape architecture

Interior design

Interactive and visual design


City transformation




Climate change





Human scale


Everyday life

Social engagement

Health and safety

Perception and senses

Human rights

Social justice








Community empowerment





Sub and fringe cultures



Political power


Law and regulations

Public policies

Private sector/interest

Developing countries

Management and maintenance

Digital/Virtual world



Third sector

Decision-making process



Peer review policy

A double blind peer review process, based on a distinguished board of editors and editorial advisors, will ensure the quality and high standards of research papers. All contributions will be initially assessed by the Editor-in-Chief for suitability for the journal. Later each paper will be assessed by at least two independent reviewers and any identifying information in relation to the author will be removed during the review process. Reviewers follow an evaluation framework and recommendation guidelines to ensure objectivity and fairness. An editorial review is applied to viewpoints, case studies and portfolios, engaging qualified guest editors with a specific expertise in public space practice. Submitted articles should not have been previously published. If publication or dissemination through presentation has occurred, then the article should acknowledge this and pay due credit to the original source. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor-in-Chief's decision is final.
Read more about our peer review process.