Information For Authors

Submission of paper

To submit a paper to NJAR please take into consideration the following:

1. The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (NJAR) is the journal of NAF/NAAR.

NJAR is ranked at international top level, not only in Denmark and Norway but also in Finland, making it, to date, the only scientific journal in architectural research in the Nordic countries ranked at the prestigious level 2.

NJAR represents a pluralist approach to research and publishes original academic contributions within architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture. The journal publishes scientific papers by a double-blind scholarly peer review system. Two senior researchers review every paper. All reviewers are recognised researchers. Scientific reviewers must hold a PhD. Reviewers who do not hold a PhD are only used in very exceptional cases.

The journal supports academic freedom and scientific independence. Submitted papers must not have been published or submitted for publication in another forum.

2. The language of publication is English (UK) and the Nordic languages Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. It is possible to publish a paper in Finnish or Icelandic, if the paper is also translated into English. All papers written in Nordic languages shall have a summary in English of maximum 450 words.

3. Submitted manuscripts are to be sent to, and as a text file in Word, using Times New Roman font. Tables, maps, illustrations contained within papers are to be put in the text file. In case of material being too extensive, tables, maps and illustrations are to be sent in a separate file. In this case the author must mark in the paper which page each figure etc. belongs to. Submitted papers should not exceed 8000 words exclusive abstract, references and figures. The recommended length of contributions is 5000-8000 words. Deviations from this must be agreed with the editors in chief.

4. An abstract of maximum 200 words, a list of keywords (4-8), a title, subtitles, illustration captions, references and a list of illustrations should be included.

5. The length of the title must include maximum 75 characters including intervals.

6. The number of levels of headlines being used in the paper is maximum three.

7. Short quotations stand in the text, using quotes "..." and written in italics. Longer quotes stands for itself, as a section moved slightly into the margin, written in italics but without quotation marks.

8. The reviewers will be taking the following aspects into consideration when reviewing a manuscript: Does the manuscript have an introduction which state the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background and a clear research question. Is there a sufficient description on methods and the selection process. Does the author present a theoretical frame work. Are results and analysis clear and concise, and does the manuscript includes a final discussion and conclusions. We also welcome various experimental forms of papers as long as the author argues well for their cause.

9. Notes should be included at the end of the paper as endnotes.

10. References should follow the Harvard system, please see a full guide: Papers not following the Harvard system will not be accepted for publishing. The references should be listed in full, and alphabetically at the end of the paper. Examples, see below.


Attoe, W., 1978. Architecture and critical imagination. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Barker, R., Kirk, J. and Munday, R.J., 1988. Narrative analysis. 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Chapters of edited books:

Cox, K. 1981. Capitalism and conflict around the communal living space. In: M. Dear and M. Scott ed. 1981. Urbanization and urban planning in capitalist society. London: Methuen.

Journal articles and newspapers:

Hauge, Å. L,. and Kolstad, A. 2007. Dwelling as an expression of identity: A comparative study among residents in high-priced and lowpriced neighbourhoods in Norway. Housing, Theory & Society, 24, p. 272-292.

Electronic references:

Electronic references should contain as much information as possible concerning: author, year of publication, title, publisher, kind of medium (www, e-mail, database etc.), address, date for publishing, last accessed date. For a reference to an electronic reference it is particularly important to state the date when it was last accessed, since electronic sources are often revised, moved or closed:

Fishman, R., 2005. The rise and fall of suburbia. [e-book] Chester: Castle Press. Available through: Anglia Ruskin University Library website [Accessed 5 June 2005].

Non English written papers:

References with a non-English title should be translated into English (UK) (if possible by using the official translation).

Sundell, B., 1971. Mellanstaden - ett förslag till stadsdelsförnyelse (The in-between city – a proposal for district renewal). Stockholm: John Mattson Byggnads Aktiebolag.

11. Maps, illustrations, diagrams and photos are named as Figure 1, 2, 3 etc. in the text. Tables are named Table 1, 2, 3 etc.

12. Appendices: If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, C etc.

13. A short (75-100 words) biographical information, including affiliation and contact details (including postal address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address), a photo of each author, and a brief account of current research should also be included.

14. The author is obliged in an acknowledgement in the end of the paper to provide information on how the research is funded (research foundation, university, authority, organisation, spare time research etc.).

15. The author is responsible for image rights, and all images shall have

16. Papers accepted for publication must finally be proofread by the author(s).