Aims and Scope

TEMA is the scientific journal of Ar.Tec., the Italian Society of Architectural Engineering.

TEMA promotes studies and research on building construction history, methods and technologies addressed to the innovation and preservation of buildings.

TEMA comprises three peer-reviewed sections:

  • Construction history and preservation,
  • Construction and building performance,
  • Building design and techniques.

TEMA also accepts technical notes and book reviews.

TEMA has been indexed on several international databases.


Publication Frequency and Structure

TEMA publishes at least twice a year. Each issue of TEMA begins with an Editorial written by the Director/Ar.Tec. President or by the Guest Editor of a specific Call for Papers, which illustrates and contextualizes the contents of the issue.

Subsequently, the Contributions (articles selected and subjected to double-blind peer review) are presented and grouped into thematic sections.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editors and by the members of the Editorial Board. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is assigned to an Editor who, in turn, sends it to at least two reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, whereby both referees and authors are kept anonymous. If the reviews are positive, but the manuscript requires to be revised and resubmitted, the author is expected to submit the revised version. Publication decisions by the Editors are final.

In Press Articles

TEMA is committed to publishing the articles in the issue immediately after their acceptance through the double-blind review phase. In order to foster research content dissemination, the journal offers the possibility to publish accepted papers as In-Press Articles. This method, already practiced by numerous scientific journals, is intended as an additional and free service for the Authors as well as for the entire scientific community. This practice significantly accelerates the dissemination of contributions (with a fully citable format-DOI-Digital Object Identifier) compared to the longer times of publication of the complete issue.

To this end, after the explicit request of the Authors, the Editorial Board can activate the In-Press Article procedure for the articles accepted in the review phase after the content and metadata check.

Open Access Policy

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

This journal is published under a CC-BY 4.0 license (click here for more info)

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be appropriately attributed to their author(s). It is not necessary to ask for further permissions both to the author(s) or the journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the Journal Board of every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish in this journal maintain copyrights.

Articles and submissions processing charges (APC)

TEMA, in order to cover the costs of production and management of the journal and the peer-review manuscript evaluation process, avails of a contribution for the editorial services offered (APC – Article Processing Charge) only if the article is accepted for publication after the double-blind peer review process and the possible revision of the manuscript.

The contribution for the publication of each paper amounts to:

  • Euro 300,00 for Ar.Tec. Members;
  • Euro 400,00 for authors who are not Ar.Tec. Members