Instructions for Authors

The authors should follow the document style of this journal article by clicking the Journal Sample. We recommend authors to download the Copyright Agreement and Conflict of Interest Statement and confirm the ethical issues involved in the mentioned file. Afterward, the Copyright Agreement is forwarded as an attachment in the article submitting steps.


Once submitting the manuscript, Editors of International Journal of Architecture and Urban Development upload the manuscript in iThenticate software to check the submitted articles against millions of other published scholarly articles, books, conference papers, dissertations, other academic content, and billions of web pages to ensure its originality. It is vital to know that if the authors' score is under 30%, the document would be rejected.

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The International Journal of Architecture and Urban Development (IJAUD) is  quarterly peer review open access publication of  Department of Art and Architecture, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University,Tehran, Iran. IJAUD publishes original research papers, research notes, short communications and review papers on various aspects of Architecture and Urbanism. Authors should submit their contributions electronically through the Journal website submission system.

All details of the authors should be written in a separate file (apart from the main file). It provides the author’s (authors) first name and last name, title, affiliation, the telephone, and the author’s (authors) E-mail address. In addition to this, if the paper is obtained from  research interests or Ph.d desertion, its information must be noted in this separate file as the first page. The main file is not declared with the author’s (authors) names. The title of manuscript should be concise, specific, and relevant to the paper.

1. Papers submitted for publication should describe high quality original work, not previously partially or fully published elsewhere.

2. Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and should be written according to sound grammar and proper terminology.

3. Manuscripts should be typed with a font Times New Roman of 9 pt. in the compatible MS-word format in two columns with 2.a5 cm margin at three sides and 3.5 cm at top and submitted to the Journal website electronically.In Addition Page numbers of the whole manuscript must be limited in 8-12 pages.

Manuscript submission must be applied once in order to obtain only one submission ID number. More than one submission for a single manuscript can loose the chance of the manuscript consideration. Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter including title and author (s) name and must be signed by corresponding author as well as the final checklist.

4. The sampling covering letter and final checklist are supplied during the submission processing.
Corresponding author is responsible to arrange the whole manuscript upon the totally marked final checklist.

5. The text should include: Title; with author (s) name, affiliation and address; an ABSTRACT (150 - 250 words), which state the purpose of the study, basic procedures, main findings and the principal conclusions where are followed by 4-7 key words. INTRODUCTION; MATERIALS AND METHODS; RESULTS AND DISCUSSION; CONCLUSION; ACKNOWLEDGEMENT; ENDNOTES and REFERENCES list are followed.

6. Tables and figures in limited numbers should be cited throughout the text with the captions placed above for tables and below for figures. Avoid submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules.


Table 1: caption (source: author's name, year, page)





Fig.1: caption (source: source: author's name, year, page)


7. The policy of the Journal with respect to unit and symbols is that SI symbols should be applied.

8. All graphs should be provided in excel format. A photograph should be in JPEG format in original not less than 200 dpi. In Addition, all figures and tables must be uploaded as separate files.

9. The corresponding author (s) will be supplied with one hard issue of the Journal. Author (s) can purchase any extra Journal hard copy and reprints they wish to order.

10. Following acceptance of the manuscript for publication, author (s) will receive an in house evaluation and galley proof for revision and will be asked to complete and signed, the copyright for the accepted article, individually due to the fully peer-review processing and publication.


11. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). 


12. Avoid citing references in abstract, problem statements and conclusion.

13. Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors, as follows: Citations in the text:

Citing and listing of Web references:
As a minimum, the full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (Author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list.

All citations in the text should refer to 1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; 2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication; 3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication. Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically. Examples: "as demonstrated (Allan, 1996a, 1996b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1995). Kramer et al., (2000) have recently shown ..."

References should be arranged in APA style, first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same Author (s) in the same year must be identified by the letters "a", "b", "c", etc., placed after the year of publication.

Journal article
Baumann, T.; Fruhstorfer, P.; Klein, T.; Niessner, R., (2006). Colloid and heavy metal transport at landfill sites in direct contact with ground water. Water Res., 40 (14), 2776-2786.

Article by DOI
Baumann, T.; Fruhstorfer, P.; Klein, T.; Niessner, R., (2006). Colloid and heavy metal transport at landfill sites in direct contact with ground water., Water Res. 40 (14), 2776-2786.
DOI: 10.1016/j. watres.2006.04.049.


Levy, M. and Salvadori, M. G. 1992. Why buildings fall down. New York: W. W. Norton.

Book chapter

Mettam, G. R.; Adams, L. B., (1999). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B. S., Smith, R. Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age. E-Publishing Inc., New York.

Conference paper
Brown, J., (2005). Evaluating surveys of transparent governance. In UNDESA, 6th. Global forum on reinventing government: towards participatory and transparent governance. Seoul, Republic of Korea 24-27 May. New York.

Trent, J. W. (1975). Experimental acute renal failure. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California. USA.

Online document
Cartwright, J., (2007). Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing Physics Web.

14. The submitted materials may be considered for inclusion but cannot be returned.

15. Editors of the Journal reserve the right to accept or reject any article in any stage, if necessary.


Article Publication Charges

According to the instructions of the Publications Commission of the Ministry of Science, it is specified that the regulations related to the publication and receipt of fees for scientific journals can be seen on the journal website. On the other hand, the journals of the Islamic Azad University are also subject to the executive instructions of the scientific journals of the Azad University, and in general, the fees are received according to the tables provided.

In line with the decision Dated 1398/10/04 registered No. 62815/10 of the Directors of the Islamic Azad University, The Science and Research Branch it is agreed that a sum of 1/500/000 Rials is charged for papers submitted for review upon approval of the editor and an additional 3/500/000 Rials upon Final approval. In case of Papers being rejected the initial payment is not recoverable.

IJAUD is quarterly published by Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, and receives NO PUBLICATION FEE from foreign authors.


Authorship principles

These guidelines describe authorship principles and good authorship practices to which prospective authors should adhere to.


Authorship clarified

The Journal and Publisher assume all authors agreed with the content and that all gave explicit consent to submit and that they obtained consent from the responsible authorities at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.

The Publisher does not prescribe the kinds of contributions that warrant authorship. It is recommended that authors adhere to the guidelines for authorship that are applicable in their specific research field. In absence of specific guidelines it is recommended to adhere to the following guidelines*:

All authors whose names appear on the submission

1) made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data; or the creation of new software used in the work;

2) drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content;

3) approved the version to be published; and

4) agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


* Based on/adapted from:

ICMJE, Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors,

Transparency in authors’ contributions and responsibilities to promote integrity in scientific publication, McNutt at all, PNAS February 27, 2018


Disclosures and declarations

All authors are requested to include information regarding sources of funding, financial or non-financial interests, study-specific approval by the appropriate ethics committee for research involving humans and/or animals, informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals (as appropriate).

The decision whether such information should be included is not only dependent on the scope of the journal, but also the scope of the article. Work submitted for publication may have implications for public health or general welfare and in those cases it is the responsibility of all authors to include the appropriate disclosures and declarations.


Data transparency

All authors are requested to make sure that all data and materials as well as software application or custom code support their published claims and comply with field standards. Please note that journals may have individual policies on (sharing) research data in concordance with disciplinary norms and expectations.


Role of the Corresponding Author

One author is assigned as Corresponding Author and acts on behalf of all co-authors and ensures that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately addressed.


The Corresponding Author is responsible for the following requirements:


    • ensuring that all listed authors have approved the manuscript before submission, including the names and order of authors;


    • managing all communication between the Journal and all co-authors, before and after publication;*


    • providing transparency on re-use of material and mention any unpublished material (for example manuscripts in press) included in the manuscript in a cover letter to the Editor;


    • making sure disclosures, declarations and transparency on data statements from all authors are included in the manuscript as appropriate (see above).

* The requirement of managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors during submission and proofing may be delegated to a Contact or Submitting Author. In this case please make sure the Corresponding Author is clearly indicated in the manuscript.


Author contributions

In absence of specific instructions and in research fields where it is possible to describe discrete efforts, the Publisher recommends authors to include contribution statements in the work that specifies the contribution of every author in order to promote transparency. These contributions should be listed at the separate title page.


Examples of such statement(s) are shown below:

• Free text:

All authors contributed to the study conception and design. Material preparation, data collection and analysis were performed by [full name], [full name] and [full name]. The first draft of the manuscript was written by [full name] and all authors commented on previous versions of the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


Example: CRediT taxonomy:

• Conceptualization: [full name], …; Methodology: [full name], …; Formal analysis and investigation: [full name], …; Writing - original draft preparation: [full name, …]; Writing - review and editing: [full name], …; Funding acquisition: [full name], …; Resources: [full name], …; Supervision: [full name],….


For review articles where discrete statements are less applicable a statement should be included who had the idea for the article, who performed the literature search and data analysis, and who drafted and/or critically revised the work.


For articles that are based primarily on the student’s dissertation or thesis, it is recommended that the student is usually listed as principal author:

A Graduate Student’s Guide to Determining Authorship Credit and Authorship Order, APA Science Student Council 2006



The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done. If an author has subsequently moved, the current address may additionally be stated. Addresses will not be updated or changed after publication of the article.


Changes to authorship

Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, the Corresponding Author, and the order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship by adding or deleting authors, and/or changes in Corresponding Author, and/or changes in the sequence of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.


  • Please note that author names will be published exactly as they appear on the accepted submission!


Please make sure that the names of all authors are present and correctly spelled, and that addresses and affiliations are current.


Adding and/or deleting authors at revision stage are generally not permitted, but in some cases it may be warranted. Reasons for these changes in authorship should be explained. Approval of the change during revision is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. Please note that journals may have individual policies on adding and/or deleting authors during revision stage.


Author identification

Authors are recommended to use their ORCID ID when submitting an article for consideration or acquire an ORCID ID via the submission process.


Deceased or incapacitated authors

For cases in which a co-author dies or is incapacitated during the writing, submission, or peer-review process, and the co-authors feel it is appropriate to include the author, co-authors should obtain approval from a (legal) representative which could be a direct relative.


Authorship issues or disputes

In the case of an authorship dispute during peer review or after acceptance and publication, the Journal will not be in a position to investigate or adjudicate. Authors will be asked to resolve the dispute themselves. If they are unable the Journal reserves the right to withdraw a manuscript from the editorial process or in case of a published paper raise the issue with the authors’ institution(s) and abide by its guidelines.



Authors should treat all communication with the Journal as confidential which includes correspondence with direct representatives from the Journal such as Editors-in-Chief and/or Handling Editors and reviewers’ reports unless explicit consent has been received to share information.