Buildings & Cities is listed in DOAJ

Buildings & Cities is listed in DOAJ

We are pleased to announce that B&C has been formally approved for inclusion in The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The journal has been awarded DOAJ's 'SEAL OF APPROVAL' that is given to only 10% of eligible publications.

DOAJ is a long-standing mark of journal quality. Inclusion is only open to journals with high quality editorial process and transparency, complexity of peer review, easy and freely available articles in open access publishing mode.

All peer-reviewed content in Buildings & Cities will be indexed in the DOAJ. This means B&C is Plan S compliant.

Buildings & Cities was awarded the DOAJ Seal of Approval for demonstrating best practice in open access publishing.

The DOAJ is an independent, non-profit, whitelist indexing service and academic database. It aims to increase the visibility, accessibility and impact of quality peer-reviewed open access academic journals globally.

New icons - a green tick and orange circle - will appear next to each article indicating that they meet the strictest DOAJ criteria.  This reflects a higher level of best practice and publishing standards.

Authors will benefit from B&C's inclusion into the DOAJ as this make their articles compliant with Plan S. The intention of many countries is to be adhere to the following principle:  “With effect from 2021, all scholarly publications on the results from research funded by public or private grants provided by national, regional and international research councils and funding bodies, must be published in Open Access Journals, on Open Access Platforms, or made immediately available through Open Access Repositories without embargo.”

The Seal of Approval award is made to journals that meet seven criteria:

Digital preservation   

Permanent article identifiers   

Metadata supply to DOAJ

Creative Commsons license   

License information in articles   

Copyright and publishing rights retained by authors  

Authors' rights to self-archiving 

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Turkey and Syria Earthquake 2023. A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Photo: Twintyre (Shutterstock).

In light of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, David Oswald and Trivess Moore (RMIT University) reflect on the rights that inhabitants have for buildings to be safe, healthy, comfortable and robust. However, serial and various failings in the construction supply side and its oversight by governments mean greater accountability is needed.

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As a policy practitioner who leads a national organisation representing households and small businesses in shaping the future of Australia’s energy system, Lynne Gallagher (Energy Consumers Australia) responds to the Buildings & Cities special issue, Energy, Emerging Technologies and Gender in Homes.  Insights from lived experience reveal blind spots in the design, provision and use of smart tech that adversely affect energy outcomes.

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