•  Aims and Scope                          

    AGATHÓN is an Open Access International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, a half-year tool for information and critical training; it aims to contribute to the growth and dissemination of knowledge in the themes covered by Architecture, Engineering, Art and (product and visual) Design. Therefore, the Journal represents a scientific place where Authors, who have carried out original research, can find an opportunity to spread their contributions. Each issue of the Journal includes essays and research works on a specific theme, unpublished works and not submitted for publication with other publishers.
    The Journal through its internal Board promotes and monitors double-blind peer review process as a method of selecting articles, providing a mandatory form for reporting. The contributions will be published in English and Italian language, so that they can be placed in the widest range of international scientific community. Founding principles of the Journal are the originality and relevance of the contributions, the rigor of the methodology, but also the easy access and wide dissemination of the articles; furthermore the Journal is open to speculative empirical and descriptive research, about phenomena that present new characters, at least for certain important features.



  • Section Policies

    AGATHÓN adopts a Double-Blind Peer Review Process. Published articles will be inserted in one of the sections
    "Architecture" (architectural, urban, landscape and interior design, exhibition and museum design, representation technology, history, recovery and restoration)
    "Art" (modern and contemporary)
    "Design" (for industry, crafts and communication)
    and will be classified into the following categories: "Essays & Viewpoint", "Research & Experimentation", "Review Articles" or "Dialogue".
    The articles of the Scientific Director and the Authors who are renowned and experts in the subject will be inserted in the section "Focus" and will not be submitted to the double-blind peer review process (in first two issues a note declares this at the end of the single contribution).




  • Double-Blind Peer Review Process  

    AGATHÓN adopts an anonymous review of the contribution of one or more Authors by two Referees. The process is organized by the following stages:

    • Authors, who intend to publish their contributions, present an abstract according to the forms indicated in the Call for papers; the contents of the contribution should consider essays, studies and research coherent with the subject of the Call.
    • The Director and Editor in Chief eliminate specific identifying elements of the Authors and submit the abstracts anonymously to the Editorial Board to be evaluated according to the following criteria.

    For "Research & Experimentation" proposals, through the criteria of: originality (what is being expressed for the first time and for whom); essay and research references (the background of the study), relevance to theme, subjects involved, financing; results (analytical aspects and proposals for discussion); limitations of research and significant developments; cultural, practical and/or socio-economic implications, wherever present. For "Essays & Viewpoint" and "Review Articles" proposals through the criteria of: object and aim of the proposed article; originality: what is being expressed for the first time and for whom; methodological approach; essay and research references that reveal the background of the study; analytical aspects and proposals for discussion.

    • The result of the evaluation is forwarded to the Authors according to the forms indicated in the Call. The Authors of abstracts accepted must submit the complete manuscript in Italian or English within the deadline stated in the Call; the referral process begins after the correct and complete reception of the material to be submitted to the Referees.
    • The evaluation procedure is performed through a “double-blind peer review”, during which the contribution to be examined is sent to two different Referees. The Authors never know the name of the Referees who have examined their work. The Scientific Director of the Journal identifies, for each contribution submitted, the Referees for their specific competence. In the contribution sent to the Referees all references that may attribute the authorship to the Author (any notes, bibliographical references, location, search links, etc.) are deleted. Referees at the same time receive an evaluation sheet of the contribution to be filled in, which includes: evaluation criteria, acceptance options (with minor changes, major changes) or unsuitability to the publication, final score, comments for Authors, notes for the Editor, and reasons for any refusal.
    • The proposal contribution should be obtained unanimously by both Referees, both in the case of acceptance or refusal; in the event of a discrepancy between the two opinions, the contribution is sent to a third Referee, whose evaluation will enable to obtain over-all decision (2 out of 3) which will be decisive for the decision on the publication. The Referees who, together with the acceptance of the contribution, also provided comments and notes, help with their advice to improve the subject of the assessment.
    • The Evaluation and Guidelines of the Referees are communicated to the Author or Authors who proceed to the final writing of the contribution according to the format requested by the Editorial Board of the journal. The final decision is the Scientific Director’s.
    • The list of Referees who collaborate in the Journal will be inserted in the first issue of the following year in which the referral activities were carried out (without specifying the number of the journal and for which articles) as a thank you for the collaboration provided and as a form of transparency with respect to the procedure adopted.



  • Digital Archiving

    We intend and expect to continue to publish our journal for a very long time. If due to some rare and unpredictable circumstances, we are forced to stop publishing the Journal, the manuscripts published in the Journal will be kept online and accessible to the readers for at least 10 more years.
    All of our electronic content (website, manuscripts, etc.) is stored on three different sources. Content on one server is online and accessible to the Readers. The copy of the same content is kept as a backup on two other sources. In case of failure of one server, any one of the other sources can be made online and website expected to be accessible within less than 36-72 hours.
    When required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website, the content will be accessible through an international digital repository (we are working on the digital archiving).



  • Open Access Policy

    AGATHÓN is a Full Open Access Journal, in the sense that it guarantees that no user, no university Library nor individual Reader, will have to pay a pay-per-view fee in order to have access to the published contents, this on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a widest global exchange of knowledge.
    All articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication.
    AGATHÓN is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY).
    This license allows anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be properly attributed to its Author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to the Author(s) or Journal Board, although you are kindly requested to inform the Journal Board for every reuse of the papers. Authors who publish on AGATHÓN maintain the copyrights.

    In order to 'Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving', the Board is working to register the Journal to RoMEO/SHERPA (request of July 2019).



  • Article Processing Charges (APC)

    In order to cover the costs of running the Journal, AGATHÓN has decided to avail itself of a contribution from the Authors of the individual articles; they are therefore invited to contribute financially towards the editorial services (APC – Article Processing Charge), only if the paper is accepted for publication, after the peer-review process and any potential revision of the manuscript. The contribution for Authors of a single paper is set at: € 150,00 for DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med. Members; € 200,00 for others. In the case of paper written by more Authors, the article publication fee will be increased by € 50 for each corresponding Author in addition to the first one. The fee must be paid in accordance with the directions that will be sent to Authors at the same time as the communication. The fee must be paid via bank transfer: DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med., UNICREDIT Bank, Viale della Libertà, Palermo (IT); IBAN: IT 06 T 02008 04638 000104623621; Swift/BIC: UNCRITM1856.
    To encourage the publication of contributions by Authors with a primary affiliation in countries defined by the World Bank as "low-income and lower-middle-income economies", AGATHÓN will select a maximum of two authors to publish their contribution for free, subject to the positive outcome of the double-blind peer review process.



  • Publication Frequency

    AGATHÓN publishes two issues per year, in June and December.



  • Indexing and Abstracting

    AGATHÓN is indexed in the following databases:

    • ANVUR
    • GOOGLE Scholar
    • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
    • BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
    • OpenAIRE
    • JURN
    • UCL Library Service
    • WorldCat
    • VIU Library
    • Federal Science Library | Government of Canada
    • TIB | Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology University Library
    • MIAR | Information Matrix for the Analysis Journals
    • ICI – Index Copernicus International
    • EZB – Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek
    • EBSCO

     We are working to index AGATHÓN in the following databases:

    • ESCI– Emerging Sources Citation Index (request of July 14th, 2019)
    • SCOPUS – Elsevier (request of July 6th,  2019)


  • Ethical Code

    AGATHÓN is a peer-reviewed International Scientific Journal that is inspired by the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, the Ethical Code of Publications developed by COPE Committee on Publication Ethics. All parties involved – Authors, Directors, Editors and Referees – must know and share the ethical requirements below. The submission of a contribution to the journal or the participation as an editorial board or scientific committee member implies the acceptance of the following.

    Duties of Directors and Editorial Board

    Decisions on Publication – The Journal Directorate is solely responsible for the decision to publish the articles submitted to the Journal itself. The Journal Directorate may confer with other editors or reviewers (or society officers) in making this decision. In his decisions, the Journal Directorate is required to respect the strategies and the editorial setting of the Journal; he is also bound by the applicable laws on defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism. AGATHÓN adopts the scientific evaluation system of articles that is internationally known as peer-reviewing. Each text is assigned to be read by two referees anonymously (double-blind peer review). The responsible for the Review Process is the Scientific Director. Referees are identified according to a criterion of competence and high qualification in the field.

    Correctness – The Director and the Editorial Board evaluate the articles proposed for publication based on their content without discrimination of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, the political orientation of Authors, as well as their didactic belonging, encouraging responsible behaviour and discouraging bad conduct. If the Scientific Director and/or the Editorial Board find or receive reports of errors or inaccuracies, conflicts of interest or plagiarism in a published article, even after years of its publication, they will promptly notify the Author and the Publisher, undertaking the necessary actions to clarify the issue and, if necessary, withdraw the item or post a retraction.

    Conflict of Interest and Transparency – Director and Editorial Board undertake not to use in their own research the content of an article proposed for publication without the Author’s written consent. Contributions submitted by the Editorial Board for Publication are subject to the same assessment procedure, that will be anonymous and objective. Articles in sponsored media should only be accepted on the merits and readers’ interest and not be affected by commercial considerations. The articles of invited Authors, as well-known and expert on the topic, which are not subject to peer review procedure must be published in “Focus” Section. The list of Referees who collaborate in the journal will be inserted in the first issue of the following year in which the referral activities were carried out (without specifying the number of the Journal and for which articles) as a thank you for the collaboration provided and as a form of transparency with respect to the procedure adopted.

    Quality – The Director and the Editorial Board periodically evaluate the peer review process in order to introduce possible improvements. They also reserve the right to turn to a third Referee in case of conflict between two opinions and then decide whether to publish or not a contribution that cannot be resolved internally. Collaboration with a Referee will be permanently interrupted if – in one or more moments – times and ways provided by the evaluation procedure are not respected.

    Errors in published articles – Director and Editorial Board are always available to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies if need be.

    Duties of Referees

    Contribution to Editorial Decision – Peer Review is a procedure that helps the Director and Editorial Board make decisions on proposed articles and can help the Author improve his/her contribution.

    Time respecting – The Referee who does not feel qualified to review the assigned manuscript or knows that he or she is not able to perform the review within the required period, must immediately notify his or her decision to the Directorate, renouncing participation in the revision process.

    Discretion – Any text, assigned to the Referee anonymously, must be considered confidential. Therefore, such texts should not be discussed with other people without the express permission of the Directorate.

    Objectivity – The peer-review must be conducted objectively. Any personal judgment on the Author is to be considered inappropriate. Referees are required to adequately motivate their own judgments by filling in a standard form provided to them by the Directorate.

    Knowledge of the sources – Referees should identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the Authors. Any statement, observation, derivation, or argument previously mentioned should be accompanied by a specific quote. A Referee must also draw the Director’s attention to any substantive similarity or overlap between the manuscript in question and any other published document he may have personal knowledge of.

    Conflict of Interest and Disclosure – Confidential information or indications obtained during the peer-review process should be considered confidential and cannot be used for personal purposes. In case the Referee identifies the authorship of the essay submitted to his assessment and conflicts of interest due to any previous collaboration he or she is required to not accept the evaluation, the same applies in case a competitive situation arises. If the Referee asks for changes to the text as a condition of its publication, and the Director finds it appropriate, the Directorate may verify the adoption by the Author - to the extent that the Author decides to accept them - before giving the final consent to the publication.

    Duties of Authors

    Originality and plagiarism – Authors are required to submit to the exam for the publication of original and unpublished contributions and, if the work and/or words of other Authors have been used, they must be appropriately paraphrased or quoted literally; in any case, the reference to the work of other Authors must always be indicated. The Authors are obliged to quote all publications that have had an influence in determining the nature of the proposed work. Manuscripts must contain sufficient details and references to allow others to replicate the research done.  Fraudulent or voluntarily incorrect statements are unethical and are inadmissible.
    The Authors of the reports on original research should present an accurate presentation of their work, as well as an objective discussion of its importance. The cited data should be precisely represented in the manuscript that must contain sufficient details and references to allow others to replicate the research done.

    Dangers and activities on humans or animals – If the paper refers to the use of chemicals, procedures or equipment that present unusual dangers, the Author must clearly identify them, if experiments or activities on humans or animals are described, the Author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all the procedures have been carried out in compliance with relevant institutional laws and guidelines and that they have been approved by the competent institutional committees. Authors should include a statement, at the end of the manuscript, indicating that informed consent has been obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The right to privacy of human subjects must always be respected.

    Multiple, repetitive and/or competing publications – The Author agrees not to publish articles that describe the same search results in more than one journal or volume. To propose the same text simultaneously to more than one magazine is ethically incorrect.

    Recognizing the Sources – Appropriate recognition of the work of others must always be given. Authors must quote publications that have been influential in determining the nature of their own work. Private information, such as conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, should not be used or reported without the express written permission of the source.

    The Authorship of the work – The Author who submits the text for evaluation must ensure that all those who have made a significant contribution to the design, creation and re-elaboration of the research underlying the article, appear to be co-Authors, and must ensure that they have given their approval to the final version of the article and the publication of AGATHÓN. If other people have participated significantly in some phases of research, their contribution must be explicitly acknowledged. The main Author should ensure that all co-Authors have seen and approved the final version of the document and have accepted their submission for publication.

    Conflict of Interest and Disclosure – When presenting their contribution to AGATHÓN, the Authors implicitly admit that there are no conflicts of interest that may have affected the results achieved or the interpretations proposed. Authors should also indicate any financial sources of the research and/or project that enabled the article to be achieved.

    Errors in Published Articles – When an Author finds a relevant error or inaccuracy in an article, he/she is required to promptly notify the Editorial Board by providing all the necessary information to report any necessary corrections.



  • Copyright Notice

    The Journal allows the Authors to retain publishing rights without restrictions.
    The Journal allows the Authors to hold the copyright without restrictions; however, submitting their paper they agree to the following License for Published Contents.



  • License for Published Contents

    This Journal is published under Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY).

    License scheme | Legal code

    This License allows anyone to:
    Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
    Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
    Under the following terms
    Attribution: Users must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made; users may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses them or their use.
    No additional restrictions: Users may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
    Users do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
    No warranties are given. The license may not give users all of the permissions necessary for their intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.


  • License for Metadata

    This Journal is published under Creative Commons Attribution License (CC0 1.0 Universal) Public Domain Dedication

    License scheme | Legal code

    This Journal publishes articles metadata are dedicated to the public domain by waiving all publisher’s rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighbouring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.



  • Author Self-Archiving Policy

    This Journal permits and encourages Authors to post items submitted to the Journal on personal websites, institutional repositories, academia.edu and researchgate.net, after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in this Journal.


  • Privacy Statement

    General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679

    In light of GDPR 2016/679, DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med. (Euro-Mediterranean Documentation and Research Center) informs its members, users and authors (generically referred to as “users”) on:

    1. Purpose of the Treatment

    The data provided by the users will be used for the purpose and for the purpose of promoting, through informative material, the various scientific-cultural activities referred to in the statute of DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med., a non-profit Association, and among these those inherent AGATHÓN, International Journal of Architecture Art and Design, and those related to the portal of scientific Journals NetScientificJournals.com

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    The owner of the processing of personal data is the pro-tempore President of the DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med. Association

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