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 and Malpractice Policy

ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning has strongly adopted Core Practices set by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). ICONARP  is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformance to standards of ethical behaviour is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher. As of 1 January 2020, COPE practices are actively enforced.

The articles published with ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, adhere to the highest standards of ethics of publication of scholarly research work. ICONARP publication ethics policy is guided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). As such, ICONARP follows COPE’s Core Practices for Editors and Publishers (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices) to reach the highest standards in publication ethics.

Code of Ethics For Editors

Fair play and editorial independence

Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.


Editors and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Editors and editorial board members will not use unpublished information disclosed in a submitted manuscript for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit written consent. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal advantage. Editors will recuse themselves from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships/connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the papers; instead, they will ask another member of the editorial board to handle the manuscript.

Publication decisions

The editors ensure that all submitted manuscripts being considered for publication undergo peer-review by at least two reviewers who are expert in the field. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal will be published, based on the validation of the work in question, its importance to researchers and readers, the reviewers’ comments, and such legal requirements as are currently in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations

Editors (in conjunction with the publisher) will take responsive measures when ethical concerns are raised with regard to a submitted manuscript or published paper. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior will be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication. ICONARP editors follow the COPE Flowcharts when dealing with cases of suspected misconduct. If, on investigation, the ethical concern is well-founded, a correction, retraction, expression of concern or other note as may be relevant, will be published in the journal.

Code of Ethics For Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists editors in making editorial decisions and, through editorial communications with authors, may assist authors in improving their manuscripts. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication and lies at the heart of scientific endeavour. ICONARP shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to the scientific process have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.


Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should immediately notify the editors and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.


Any manuscripts received for review are confidential documents and must be treated as such; they must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the Editor-in-Chief (who would only do so under exceptional and specific circumstances). This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively and observations formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them for improving the manuscript. Personal criticism of the authors is inappropriate.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that is an observation, derivation or argument that has been reported in previous publications should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also notify the editors of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other manuscript (published or unpublished) of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Any invited referee who has conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies or institutions connected to the manuscript and the work described therein should immediately notify the editors to declare their conflicts of interest and decline the invitation to review so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.

Unpublished material disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the authors. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for the reviewer’s personal advantage. This applies also to invited reviewers who decline the review invitation.

Code of Ethics For Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and the results, followed by an objective discussion of the significance of the work. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Review articles should be accurate, objective and comprehensive, while editorial 'opinion' or perspective pieces should be clearly identified as such. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the manuscript for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least 10 years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data centre), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality and plagiarism

Authors should ensure that they have written and submit only entirely original works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the manuscript should also be cited. Plagiarism takes many forms, from "passing off" another's paper as the author's own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, duplicate, redundant or concurrent submission/publication

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal or primary publication. Hence, authors should not submit for consideration a manuscript that has already been published in another journal. Submission of a manuscript concurrently to more than one journal is unethical publishing behaviour and unacceptable.

Authorship of the manuscript

Only persons who meet these authorship criteria should be listed as authors in the manuscript as they must be able to take public responsibility for the content: (i) made significant contributions to the conception, design, execution, data acquisition, or analysis/interpretation of the study; and (ii) drafted the manuscript or revised it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) have seen and approved the final version of the paper and agreed to its submission for publication. All persons who made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (such as technical help, writing and editing assistance, general support) but who do not meet the criteria for authorship must not be listed as an author, but should be acknowledged in the "Acknowledgements" section after their written permission to be named as been obtained. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors (according to the above definition) and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the author list and verify that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Authors should at the earliest stage possible (generally by submitting a disclosure form at the time of submission and including a statement in the manuscript) disclose any conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include financial ones such as honoraria, educational grants or other funding, participation in speakers’ bureaus, membership, employment, consultancies, stock ownership, or other equity interest, and paid expert testimony or patent-licensing arrangements, as well as non-financial ones such as personal or professional relationships, affiliations, knowledge or beliefs in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the work should be disclosed (including the grant number or other reference number if any).

Acknowledgement of sources

Authors should ensure that they have properly acknowledged the work of others, and should also cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately (from conversation, correspondence or discussion with third parties) must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Authors should not use information obtained in the course of providing confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, unless they have obtained the explicit written permission of the author(s) of the work involved in these services.

Hazards and human or animal subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the authors must clearly identify these in the manuscript. If the work involves the use of animals or human participants, the authors should ensure that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them; the manuscript should contain a statement to this effect. Authors should also include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human participants. The privacy rights of human participants must always be observed.

Peer review

Authors are obliged to participate in the peer review process and cooperate fully by responding promptly to editors’ requests for raw data, clarifications, and proof of ethics approval, patient consents and copyright permissions. In the case of a first decision of "revisions necessary", authors should respond to the reviewers’ comments systematically, point by point, and in a timely manner, revising and re-submitting their manuscript to the journal by the deadline given.

Fundamental errors in published works

When authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, it is their obligation to promptly notify the journal’s editors or publisher and cooperate with them to either correct the paper in the form of an erratum or to retract the paper. If the editors or publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error or inaccuracy, then it is the authors’ obligation to promptly correct or retract the paper or provide evidence to the journal editors of the correctness of the paper.

Code of Ethics For the Publisher

Handling of unethical publishing behaviour

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work.  The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

Access to journal content

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive.

Article Withdrawal, Retraction, Removal and Replacement Policy

ICONARP recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record to researchers and librarians and attaches the highest importance to maintaining trust in the authority of its electronic archive.

Article withdrawal

Only used for Articles in Press which represent early versions of articles and sometimes contain errors, or may have been accidentally submitted twice. Occasionally, but less frequently, the articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Articles in Press (articles that have been accepted for publication but which have not been formally published and will not yet have the complete volume/issue/page information) that include errors, or are discovered to be accidental duplicates of other published article(s), or are determined to violate our journal publishing ethics guidelines in the view of the editors (such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like), may be “Withdrawn”. Withdrawn means that the article content (HTML and PDF) is removed and replaced with a HTML page and PDF simply stating that the article has been withdrawn according to ICONARP’s Policy on Article in Press Withdrawal.

Article retraction

Infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submission, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like. Occasionally a retraction will be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The retraction of an article by its authors or the editor under the advice of members of the scholarly community has long been an occasional feature of the learned world. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this best practice is adopted for article retraction by ICONARP:

  • A retraction note titled “Retraction: [article title]” signed by the authors and/or the editor is published in the paginated part of a subsequent issue of the journal and listed in the contents list.
  • In the electronic version, a link is made to the original article.
  • The online article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. It is to this screen that the link resolves; the reader can then proceed to the article itself.
  • The original article is retained unchanged save for a watermark on the .pdf indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”
  • The HTML version of the document is removed.

Article removal: legal limitations

In an extremely limited number of cases, it may be necessary to remove an article from the online database. This will only occur where the article is clearly defamatory, or infringes others’ legal rights, or where the article is, or we have good reason to expect it will be, the subject of a court order, or where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk. In these circumstances, while the metadata (Title and Authors) will be retained, the text will be replaced with a screen indicating the article has been removed for legal reasons.

Article replacement

In cases where the article, if acted upon, might pose a serious health risk, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the flawed original and replace it with a corrected version. In these circumstances the procedures for retraction will be followed with the difference that the database retraction notice will publish a link to the corrected re-published article and a history of the document.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2021). Core Practices. Retrieved from https://publicationethics.org/core-practices

Research Ethics

  • Respect for human beings and respect for human rights and freedoms are accepted as basic principles.
  • No discrimination is made between individuals due to language, race, colour, gender, political thought, philosophical belief, religion and sect. Differences are approached with tolerance.
  • Honesty and openness are essential.
  • In the articles to be published in ICONARP, care is taken and support is given to the free discussion of each subject.
  • Sensitivity towards the environment and society is shown, and the benefit of humanity is taken into consideration in the published articles.
  • Data are obtained by scientific methods. In the evaluation and interpretation of these and in obtaining theoretical results, scientific methods cannot be strayed from, results cannot be deflected, and unobtained results cannot be shown as research results.
  • The consent of the participants is essential in surveys and attitude studies to be conducted in social and human sciences. If the research will be conducted in an institution, the permission of the institution is obtained.
  • It is the basic principle that research and experiments do not harm human health, animal health and ecological balance. Before starting the work, the necessary permissions are obtained in writing from the authorized units. In this framework, the provisions of international declarations, international conventions, and provisions of national legislation are taken into account.
  • Researchers are obliged to inform and warn those concerned about possible harmful practices related to scientific research.
  • Researchers have the right not to participate in research that may lead to harmful results and/or practices that they do not approve, according to their own conscience.
  • In the studies to be carried out, it is ensured that the data and information obtained from other persons and institutions are used to the extent and manner permitted, and that their confidentiality is respected and protected.
  • Opinions, methods and concepts of others are not used without reference.
  • As an author in a study, the names of people who have actually contributed to that study are written.

Content Licence

Open access articles in ICONARP are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDeriatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Under the following terms:


  • You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
  • No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rightsmay limit how you use the material.



This journal uses Open Journal Systems 3.3.0-8, 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) (Before March 2021)

Mine ULUSOY(Owner - Dean of Faculty of Architecture and Design) (After April 2021)

Fatih EREN (Editor-in-Chief)


KwanMyung KİM

Mihrimah ŞENALP
Muzaffer Ali ARAT
Muslu Kazım KÖREZ