Journal policies

Editorial policy

UCL (University College London) and UCL Press regard it as fundamental that research should be conducted and published according to ethical guidelines. Users will find further information about the journal’s editorial policies online at

AMPS peer review policy

In addition to the UCL Press Editorial Policies, the following outlines further peer review policies the journal holds itself, Editors, authors, and reviewers, to.

All research articles are subjected to thorough peer-review, usually by at least two external peer-reviewers. After initial assessment by the journal Editor for suitability in the journal, the Editor will invite appropriate independent reviewers with sufficient and specific area of expertise. The Editors decision is made based on these reviewer reports, which are made available to the authors upon decision. Where the Editor of the journal is an author in the submission, adequate steps are taken to ensure blinding the Editor from the submission during peer-review.

AMPS Editors’ Duties

Publication Decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding on accepting, rejecting or requesting modifications to the manuscript. In some instances, the editors may require multiple rounds of reviews and modifications. The editors communicate review result in a timely fashion.  The editor reserves the right to edit, clarify or shorten the manuscript as deemed necessary.

Fair Review

The editor must ensure that each manuscript submitted to Architecture_MPS is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy. The decisions will be based on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope.


The editor and editorial staff must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

The editor and members of the editorial board of this journal shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research without the author’s explicit written consent.

AMPS Authors’ Duties

Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement

Authors must ensure that the work they are submitting as theirs is entirely original. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere. Authors will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. By submitting to the journal, authors agree to the terms and conditions in the UCL Press Journals Contributor Agreement ( and that the manuscript and any/all figures/illustrations within it are original, or that he/she has taken all the necessary steps to avoid breach of copyright.

Multiple Submissions

Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour.

Authorship of the Paper

All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. The author submitting the manuscript to the journal ensures that all contributing co- authors and no uninvolved person(s) are included in the author list.

Conflict of Interest

Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the manuscript.

Fundamental Errors

Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes at any point in time if the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript.

AMPS Reviewers’ Duties


Reviewers must keep all manuscripts received confidential.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers must ensure that authors have cited all relevant published work referred to in the paper in the endnotes and bibliography. Reviewers will bring to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and any other published paper they are aware of.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.

Supporting Argument

Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Conflicts of Interest

Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships, or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the paper(s).


In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within the stipulated time he/she should notify the editor in a timely manner and withdraw from the review process.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As a part of UCL, UCL Press and its publication Architecture_MPS are committed to UCL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy as outlined online at

In particular:

UCL defines “equality” as the absence of unjust social hierarchy such as those based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and religion, and “diversity” as the presence of different cultural traditions and identities.

We wish to foster a positive cultural climate where all staff and students can flourish, where no-one will feel compelled to conceal or play down elements of their identity for fear of stigma. UCL will be a place where people can be authentic and their unique perspective, experiences and skills seen as a valuable asset to the institution.

UCL Press and the Editorial Board Members of Architecture_MPS aim to foster this positive cultural climate for all authors, reviewers, users and staff of the publication, to discuss, debate and encourage critical thinking on real world problems with the aim of benefitting humanity.