About the Journal

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Focus and Scope

Footprint is an academic journal dedicated to publishing architecture and urban research. Architecture and urbanism are the points of departure and the core interests of the journal. From this perspective, the journal encourages the study of architecture and the urban environment as a means of comprehending culture and society, and as a tool for relating them to shifting ideological doctrines and philosophical ideas. The journal promotes the creation and development – or revision - of conceptual frameworks and methods of inquiry. It is engaged in creating a body of critical and reflexive texts with a breadth and depth of thought which would enrich the architecture discipline and produce new knowledge, conceptual methodologies and original understandings. Footprint is peer-reviewed and open access, with no article processing charges and no publishing fees. All papers are double blind peer-reviewed. 

Open Access Policy

Footprint is an open access journal licensed under a CC-BY 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licence. This means that all content is available without paywalls.  Anyone is free to share (to copy, distribute, and transmit the work), to remix (to adapt the work) under the following conditions:

  • The original authors must be given credit.
  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission.
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

Copyrights and publishing rights

  • Authors retain their copyrights.
  • If you are using published images, text or other materials, please be aware of copyright regulations. The TU Delft Copyright helpdesk can provide further information and answer your copyright questions.


Publishing in Footprint is completely free, so neither Submission Charges nor Article Processing Charge are required from the authors. 

Plagiarism Policy

All papers are checked for plagiarism by the assigned editor and reviewers, and a software-based plagiarism check can be performed additionally.
In case of (alleged or proven) copyright breaches or scientific misconduct (e.g. fabricating data), JSCMS will follow the developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

Authors are allowed to deposit a Submitted version, an Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript) and a Published version (Version of record) of their work in an institutional or any other repository of their choice.

TU Delft OPEN Publishing is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research. We work in partnership with organizations as well as maintaining our own digital archive. 


Footprint grants you the right to publish the metadata of the series, it's issues and articles under the terms of the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).

Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Review Process

  • Unless stated otherwise, all the research articles published in Footprint are reviewed by referees, who are academics asked to read and comment on submitted texts.
  • The referees are ‘experts in their field’, but a PhD degree is not a pre-requirement. However, selecting the most accomplished and established scholars in the fields in question is a desirable practice from which both the journal and the contributors will benefit.
  • Initially, the referees will be selected from the editors’ contacts or approached specifically for this purpose. Editors are welcome to consult the Editorial Board about possible referees. Later, the editors could approach academics who have submitted outstanding papers.
  • A referee will always be selected from a different university than the one with which the submission is affiliated.
  • The refereeing process will be double-blinded: the referee will not know the identity of the author and the author will not know the identity of the referee.
  • Each paper will be refereed by two academics, which will discuss the work with the editor in charge. In special cases, the editor can ask for the opinion of an additional referee.
  • The referees will be asked to fill in a peer-review form. The form includes a numeric scale, which will allow the editors to select the best papers with the highest scores. The editors will not be able to publish a paper with a lower score than a rejected paper, but this system enables the editors to decide what score is acceptable as a minimum in order to allow publication.


Footprint is indexed by:


1875-1490 print

1875-1504 online


Footprint is published by Jap Sam Books.

Open Access is facilitated by TU Delft Open.


Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft.