About the Journal

Aim & Scope

ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning as a free, open access, academic e-journal considers original research articles and viewpoints in peer-reviewed.

Architecture, Planning and Design are strongly affected by other disciplines such as fine arts, philosophy, engineering, geography, economics, politics, sociology, history, psychology, geology, information technology, ecology, law, security and management. However, there are not enough academic journals which specifically focus on the connections of architecture, planning and design with other fields of science. ICONARP aims to fill that gap. Our scope is to provide a suitable space for theoretical, methodological and empirical papers in architectural, urban and real estate studies.

ICONARP aims to be a reputable platform for the studies of Architecture, Planning and Design.

ICONARP's objectives are:     

  • To question global and local interactions in the field of Architecture, Planning and Design,
  • To discover the relationship between Architecture, Planning and Design,
  • To increase the contribution of Architecture, Planning and Design to social and behavioral sciences,
  • To discover the relationship of Architecture, Planning and Design with other fields of science that are affected and affect,
  • To develop theoretical and methodological foundations of Architecture, Planning and Design,
  • To discuss the role of architects, planners, designers and real estate players today and in the future,
  • To compare the differences between architecture, planning and design research, practices and education in different countries,
  • To bring a scientific view of current issues and discussions in field of Architecture, Planning, Design and Real Estate,
  • To discover innovative methods and techniques in the field of Architecture, Planning, Design and Real Estate.


ICONARP is indexed and abstracted by:

  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • TR DİZİN (TUBITAK Ulakbim)
  • ICONDA Bibliographic (The International Construction Database)
  • ULRICHSWEB (Global Serials Directory)
  • NSD Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals
  • OpenAIRE
  • OCLC WorldCat
  • BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)
  • ROAD (Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources)


Peer Review Process

  • All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed.
  • All papers are expected to have original content. They should not have been previously published, nor be under simultaneous consideration by another academic journal.
  • Prior to the sending out to refrees, editors check that the paper fits with the mission statement of the journal.
  • The manuscript submission and peer review process are as follows. The Author writes a research manuscript and submits it. The Editor-in-Chief does the initial screening and assign an Editor if the manuscript meets the requirements of ICONARP. If not, then an email is sent to the author about why the article is not suitable for publication on ICONARP. The Editor forwards the manuscript to the Reviewers. Reviewers review the manuscript according to the guidelines provided and verify the quality of research. The article is returned to the editor along with a recommendation to reject the article, revise it or accept it. The Editor drafts a decision to be sent to the Author. The article is returned to the Author along with the reviewer’s feedback. The Editor receives the updated article and sends it to Publication unit.
  • The journal seeks minimum two independent refrees. All submissions are subject to a double blind peer review; the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. If one of refrees gives a negative feedback on a paper, the paper is sent to another refree. If the paper takes again a negative feedback from the new refree, this means that the paper will not be accepted to the journal.
  • Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:
    • The originality of its contribution to the field of scholarly publishing,
    • The soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic,
    • The coherence of its analysis,
    • Its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).
  • All submitted papers and refree reports are archived by ICONARP. Submissions whether they are published or not are not returned. 
  • The editorial board decides to publish a paper in the journal according to refree reports. If one of refrees offer some corrections to a submitted paper, the paper is sent back to the author. It is required for authors to make corrections in their papers within the prescribed time.
  • Authors who want to give up publishing their paper in ICONARP after the submission have to apply to the editorial board in written.  
  • Papers out of ICONARP’s writing and style guidelines are not received for consideration.
  • Authors are responsible from the writing quality of their papers.
  • ICONARP will not pay any copyright fee to authors.
  • A signed Copyright Assignment Form has to be submitted together with the paper.


Publication Frequency

ICONARP is published 2 times per year (June, December). Accepted papers are published online after completion of double-blind peer-review process. ICONARP is an e-published journal with e-ISSN: 2147-9380.


Publication Ethics

ICONARP has strongly adopted Core Practices set by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2020). Core Practices. Retrieved from https://publicationethics.org/core-practices


This journal uses Open Journal Systems 3.3.0-3, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project(PKP) under the GNU General Public License.

OJS supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system which ensures secure and permanent preservation of the journal. PKP has developed a Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) to digitally preserve OJS journals. 

As an OJS journal ICONARP uses PKP LOCKSS for archiving.


Screening for Plagiarism

Author(s) of the present study and the article about the ethical responsibilities that fit PUBLICATION ETHICS agree. Each author is responsible for the content of the article. Articles submitted for publication are priorly contolled via Turnitin ® (Professional Plagiarism Prevention) program. If articles that are controlled by Turnitin ® program identified as plagiarism or self-plagiarism with more than 20% manuscript will return to the author for appropriate citation and correction. After this process, if the original submission has still at least 20% plagiarism journal has the right for rejection.


Article Submission Charges

ICONARP is a free Open Access Journal (OAJ) and has no article submission charges (ASCs).


Article Processing Charges

ICONARP is a free Open Access Journal (OAJ) and has no article processing charges (APCs). The published articles can be downloaded freely.



Konya Technical University


Journal History

ICONARP was founded in 2012 in line with the inspiring global vision of Prof. Dr. Ahmet ALKAN, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design of Konya Technical University, and under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Havva ALKAN BALA in order to become an internationally respected and influential academic journal in the field of Architecture, Planning and Design. ICONARP published its first issue in 2013 after the preliminary preparation phase, which lasted about 1 year. The Founders' Board List of the Journal is as follows:

Ahmet ALKAN (Owner - Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design)
Havva ALKAN BALA (Editor-in-Chief)
Mehmet UYSAL
Fatih EREN
Selçuk SAYIN

ICONARP, which has attracted a great interest in the academic community since its first issue, has gained an internationally respected place in the field of Architecture, Planning and Design in a short time. ICONARP, which continued its journey with a renewed team under the editorship of Associate Professor Mehmet TOPÇU in 2016, has gradually increased and diversified its international reader / author audience. ICONARP, which started to be scanned by many international indexes such as TUBITAK ULAKBIM (TR DİZİN), WOS ESCI, DOAJ, ICONDA BIBLIOGRAPHIC, AVERY INDEX between 2016-2019, was successfully managed by the following editorial board in this period:

Ahmet ALKAN (Owner - Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design)
Mehmet TOPÇU (Editor-in-Chief)
Mihrimah ŞENALP

2020 was the year when ICONARP took important steps in terms of internationalization, institutionalization, transparency and standardization. ICONARP continues its publishing life with a new team refreshed in line with its global vision:

Rahmi ERDEM (Owner - Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design)
Fatih EREN (Editor-in-Chief)
Mihrimah ŞENALP
Muzaffer Ali YAYGIN
Muslu Kazım KÖREZ