About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes (CPCL) is a biannual open-access peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish innovative and original papers on cultural heritage in the built environment as a set of creative practices.

The focus will be the European city, with a particular attention to its transformations within the global metropolis and its flows of people, capitals, goods and ideas.

Cultural heritage is considered as a set of practices able to produce economic and social changes within cities rather than a static repository of listed objects to be preserved. Through a series of call for papers and thematic sections, the journal provides a space of reflection on the ideas, the technologies, the actors and the practices that continuously produce and re-negotiate cultural heritage as a common good - a space for democracy, participation and citizenship. The journal’s ambition is to constitute a practice-oriented platform for knowledge exchange bringing together academics from various disciplinary backgrounds, policy makers and NGOs.

Topics will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Politics of cultural heritage
  • Historic cities and global culture: citizenship, migrations and the postcolonial city
  • Urban History as politics/urban history for policies
  • Economies and management of collective values
  • Culture and cities in the Anthropocene
  • Aesthetics and philosophy of the city
  • Technologies for cultural heritage and digital humanities
  • Heritage and digital democracy
  • Cultural heritage as urban commons
  • Culture, cities and social innovation

The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes is scientific journal recognized by ANVUR (Italian National Agency for Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) for disciplinary areas 08 (civil engineering and architecture) and 11 (history, philosophy, pedagogy and psychology).

Section Policy


This section includes invited essays and articles.

Main Section

It includes 4-5 double-blind, peer-reviewed papers per issues, responding to a thematic call for paper. Article length, maximum 6,000 words including footnotes and bibliography.


Edited by Cristina Garzillo and Cécile Houpert. This section includes case studies, projects and narratives in various formats—including videos, images, short stories, photo essays.


Peer-reviewed articles not related to the issue’s call for papers. Articles are typically 6,000 words long, including footnotes and bibliography.


Edited by Manola Antonioli. A thematic section accepting open and invited submissions according to a permanent call for papers. Article length, maximum 6,000 words including footnotes and bibliography.


Edited by Antonio Lucci. A thematic section accepting open and invited submissions according to a permanent call for papers. Article length, maximum 6,000 words including footnotes and bibliography.

Culture and sustainable development



Notes, including overviews of calls for papers, European projects, books review, work in progress and other current issues.

Peer Review Process

CPCL releases two thematic call for papers a year for the main section, and accepts open submissions for permanent thematic sections.

Submitted papers will be first assessed for quality and suitability by the CPCL Editorial team. Papers will be submitted for plagiarism detection through iThenticate. Once evaluated, papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

This means that the reviewers and the authors don’t know each other’s identity. To facilitate this, the authors need to ensure that manuscripts submitted on the CPCL platform are anonymized. Reviewers are chosen on the base of their expertise and knowledge on the selected paper topics.

Publication Frequency

CPCL is a biannual journal.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Code of Conduct

Duties for the Editorial Team

The Editorial Team takes all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in CPCL. Editorial Team has a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to it. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.

The decision of the Editorial Team and of the International Scientific Committee as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the Journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers.

The Editorial Team will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.

The Editorial Team strives to ensure that the journal’s peer review is fair, unbiased and timely.

The Editorial Team is ready to justify any important deviation from the described peer-reviewed process.

The Editorial Team and the International Scientific Committee evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content regardless to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin or citizenship of the authors.

The Editorial Team’s decision may be constrained by the legal requirements regarding hate speech, libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editorial Team provides guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

The Editorial Team ensures that the material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.

Duties for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct.

Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data.

For images, documents or any other annex protected by copyright, authors will be responsible for granting publishing permission from the respective copyright holders before publication.

Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Duties for Reviewers

Reviewers are provided with a guidance on everything that is to be expected from them, including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert the Editorial Team regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

Handling of errors and misconducts

Editors will promptly act in case of errors and misconducts, both proven and alleged. In case such as errors in articles or in the publication process, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, appropriate steps will be taken, following the recommendations, guidelines and checklists from COPE. This includes the publication of an erratum (errors from the publication process), corrigendum (errors from the author(s)) or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.

Indexing and Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and search engines:

  • ACNP – Italian Catalogue of Serials
  • BASE – Bielefield Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ERIH PLUS – European Reference Index for the Humanities
  • Google Scholar – Academic search engine
  • SCOPUS – Elsevier's Abstract and Citation Database
  • ROAD – Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources
  • Worldcat – The world’s largest library catalog

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.


Department of Architecture
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Viale del Risorgimento, 2 40136 – Bologna (Italy)

Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning
Technical University Delft

Building 8
Julianalaan, 134
2628 – BL Delft (Netherlands)


Sources of Support

EU Logo The European Journal of Creative Practices in Cities and Landscapes is part of the actions of the ROCK project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730280.