About the Journal

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Aims and Scope

SPOOL is a journal initiative in the field of ‘architecture and the built environment’. It puts a strong emphasis on four key topics: Science of Architecture; Landscape Metropolis; Energy Innovation and Cyber-physical Architecture. These four topics refer to existing and upcoming research programs/interests in Europe and beyond, and ensure a steady stream of potential copy. Treating these topics as threads within one journal allows SPOOL to focus on the interrelationship between the fields, something that is often lost in specialized journals. SPOOL welcomes within this framework original papers and associated open data on research that deal with interventions in architecture and the built environment by means of design, engineering and/or planning.

Open Access Policy

SPOOL is an open access journal for design in architecture and the built environment. The journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. You are free to use the work, but you have to attribute (refer to) the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work). The easiest way to refer to an article is to use the HOW TO CITE tool that you find alongside each article in the right sidebar.

Copyrights and publishing rights

SPOOL allows the author(s) to hold their copyright without restrictions. SPOOL allows the author(s) to retain their publishing rights without restrictions.

Author processing charges (APC)

SPOOL does not have article processing charges (APCs).

Article submission charges

SPOOL doesn't have article submission charges.


Authors can archive the pre-print and post-print versions of the work they have submitted to SPOOL, including the pdf version of the article (the so-called publisher's version) that is available on this website. Authors are explicitly free to copy and redistribute the work they have submitted in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the work they have submitted to SPOOL for any purpose.


SPOOL grants you the right to publish the metadata of the series, it's issues and articles under the terms of the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).

Publication ethics

SPOOL developed guidelines regarding ethics based on the core practices formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Anyone who believes that an contribution published in SPOOL does not comply  with these principles should raise their concerns with the editor-in-chief.


SPOOL actively checks for plagiarism, using the services of Grammarly.

Publication frequency

SPOOL is published three a year. Each issue contains on average 8 contributions.

Review Process

SPOOL operates a double-blind review process. The review takes place in two stages. SPOOL will first facilitate the review of an extended abstract of the proposed contribution. The contribution is typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality. The preliminary review results in advice on how to proceed with the paper. The same reviewers will review the full version of the contribution. The issue editors take the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of contributions, based on the reviews. That decision is taken at both stages by the issue editors. The decisions by the editors are final.

SPOOL uses the following principles during the review process:

  • Timing – preprints;
  • Identifiability – reviews are double-blinded;
  • Mediation – editors mediate all interactions between reviewers and authors;
  • Publication – peer reviews are not published;
  • Facilitation – reviews are facilitated by the journal;
  • Ownership – reviews are owned by the journal.


SPOOL is indexed by Google Scholar, the DOAJ and since 2019 by Scopus.


2215-0897 print
2215-0900 online


TU Delft


SPOOL received in 2012 a start-up grant from the NWO Incentive Fund Open Access Journals. NWO is the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.