Submission Guidelines for Authors

Articles must NOT have been previously published and should demonstrate a full command of the scholarly literature and available archival and field sources. Once the manuscript is accepted, it is deemed that the author agrees to grant the journal permission to publish the article online. Manuscript submissions and the subsequent correspondence between authors and the Built Heritage Editorial Office will be carried out via E-mail. The E-mail address is Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.


Types of Contribution

Aiming to reflect the latest advancements of research and practice, Built Heritage welcomes the submission of three types of articles:

  1. Research articles: with a maximum of 8,000 words (including tables, references, figure captions and endnotes) and 12 images. Research articles longer than 8000 words will be accepted on a very exceptional basis, and only if the Editors consider that the topic requires the extension.

  2. ‘Project analysis’ articles: with a maximum between 3,000 and 4,000 words (including tables, references, image captions and endnotes) and 12 images. ‘Project analysis’ articles longer than 4,000 words will be accepted on exceptional basis, and only if the Editors consider that the topic requires the extension. ‘Project analysis’ articles should clearly state the reasons why the project is featured at the beginning of the text. They should include detailed descriptions of the methodologies used as well as their theoretical and research basis.

  3. Book and exhibition reviews: with a maximum between 1,500 and 2,000 words, including the cover image as only illustration for book reviews and 3 images for exhibition reviews. Reviews should highlight the relevance of the featured book or exhibition in the contemporary debate about built heritage conservation, engaging in their evaluation from a critical perspective.

Contents of the Submission

Manuscripts must include three separate Word files, presented in this order:

  1. Cover Page. The title of article should be succinct. A subtitle is allowed if it is necessary. All of the authors must be listed and the authors must include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses and email addresses. First time submissions should be provided with a brief introduction of the authors, including nationality, affiliation (with address and postcode), title and post, academic degree, research area, and recent academic achievements.

  2. Main manuscript.  Containing: a) Title and subtitle. Both should be succinct and descriptive of the content of the article. b) Abstract. With a maximum of 200 words, summarising the significant points of the paper, written in the third person. c) Keywords. Three to eight keywords separated by semicolons. d) Text and accompanying endnotes.

  3. Tables and Illustrations. Images should be numbered according to the order of usage with Arabic numerals, labeled with a name and resource, and illustrated with a few words if necessary.

Preparation: Language, format and copyright


Submissions are accepted in English. Built Heritage actively supports the publication of scholarship from all over the World. The Editorial Team and Editorial Board of Built Heritage are multinational and multilingual, as well as the Referees and Authors contributing to our Journal. Therefore, Built Heritage does not discriminate against manuscripts that do not achieve the highest standards of English. However, submissions with language, grammar, layout or notation mistakes, which may hinder the full comprehension of a text by the Editors and Referees, will be returned to the Authors without being reviewed. In such cases, Built Heritage will suggest the Authors to work alongside a native English speaker familiar with the field of research, in order to produce a strong, intelligible version of the manuscripts. As a reference, the chosen spelling style should be used consistently throughout the manuscript.



BH follows the 'Chicago author-date' referencing style. Your manuscript will be referenced with short endnotes, which connect to an alphabetical bibliography listing all the sources and works on which it is based.



It is important to illustrate your paper with a good spread of high quality images. At manuscript submission stage your figures and tables are not embedded but kept apart from the text and submitted as separate files, numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be entered as a separate file (e.g. Figure 1a, Figure 1b). Number the captions correspondingly in a list following the bibliography of the main text.

Figures should be high quality (at least 250 dpi) and can be saved as JPG or PNG files. 

Please avoid using scanned images. But if their use is absolutely necessary, the author is responsible for correcting the pattern (de-screening) in PhotoShop and alerting BH of this issue.


Copyright material:

Authors must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in their articles. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If authors wish to include any material in their paper for which they do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, they will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

(Referencing style for Built Heritage)

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Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Arcplus Group PLC
World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP)
Shanghai Construction No.4 (Group) Co., Ltd.

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Ministry of Education of PRC

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Tongji University

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