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Scope and policy

Focus and Scope

The Hábitat Sustentable journal is an electronic publication maintained by the University of Bío-Bío, through the department of Architectural Design and Theory, and supported by the Performance of Innovation in Biomaterials and Energy Efficiency Agreement for Hábitat Sustentable (MECESUP CD-INES). Created in the year 2011, the journal is issued thanks to the MEL-Conicyt Integrated Design for the Reconstruction of Energy Efficient Homes project, backed by the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency (AChee).


The journal has the primary objective of diffusing knowledge in relation to the sustainability of the built environment, from architectural scale and public space to the scale of construction systems and materials. Therefore, it proposes to divulge results from investigations conducted from and for the Ibero-American context, by means of a semi-annual publication in the second fortnight of June and December that allows readers to update their knowledge in related themes.


Hábitat Sustentable is directed at architects, builders, engineers, designers, academics, researchers and professionals that work in related areas of the built environment.

Articles are accepted in Spanish or English.

Peer Review Procedures

The received articles will subject to a preliminary evaluation by the editorial committee. Once the relevance of the articles is established with the thematic interest of each number, the articles will be sent anonymously to two external arbitrators (double blind) in order to be subjected to a definitive evaluation.

Once the arbitration process has been concluded, the manuscript is returned to the editorial board, who evaluate the peer suggestions, and based on that information they approve the author(s) with the decision to continue the publication process.

Open Access Policy

The journal has an Open Access policy, which implies that its contents are freely available to the users, who are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print and generate links with articles from this journal with needing the authorization of the editor or author. These terms are in line with the regulations established by the DOAJ in relation to Open Access.


This journal uses the LOCKSS system to create an archive system distributed between collaborating libraries, permitting them to create permanent archives with the purpose of conservation and restoration. More…

The journal includes the bibliography cited in each article as an exportable field in the Dublin Core format according to the OAI-PMH protocol.

Copyright Notice

The authors will keep their copyrights and will guarantee the first publication rights of their work to the journal, which will be simultaneously subject to the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that allows third parties to share the work, as long as the author and its first publication in this journal are indicated.

The authors are free to promote, share, and publish their available published works from the PDF version of the Hábitat Sustentable journal in institutional repositories.

Ethical Publication Policy

The Hábitat Sustentable journal promises to comply with and respect the rules of ethical behaviour in all stages of the publication process. This includes:

1. Publication and authorship:

The articles must be presented in Spanish or English, be original and unpublished and not under simultaneous publication review in other journals or editorial bodies. The manuscript must include a section of references in the ISO 690 format, which corresponds to the totality of bibliographic references actually cited in the text. Furthermore, the research funding sources must be indicated. Hábitat Sustentable opposes academic plagiarism and, therefore, will reject any article with fraudulent information or compromised originality.

2. Author responsibilities:

All authors of the article must have contributed significantly to the investigation. When submitting the manuscript, they declare that the research data is their own, original and authentic. Upon receipt of the article, it undergoes the peer review revision process, after which the authors are obliged to provide error corrections o retractions of their text.

3. Peer Review:

The articles must be submitted without any reference to the identity of the author or authors. After a preliminary evaluation by the Editorial Board, these will be subject to an anonymous arbitration through the double blind system, formed by specialist researchers in the area, external to the publishing entity, who will not present any conflicts of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding of the research. All of the evaluations will be objective and the revised articles with be dealt with confidentially.

4. Editorial Responsibilities:

The Editor has the full authority to accept or reject a manuscript if it does not conform to the theme stated for each call, which will be published on its website. Additionally, only texts which meet the requirements and quality level required by the journal in its publication standards will be accepted. At all times the Editor will preserve the anonymity of the evaluators and the academic nature of the publication. In the case of finding errors in the published material, the Editor will promote their correction. Rejected articles can only be resubmitted at the next call. The Editor should not have any conflict of interest with respect to the submitted articles.

5. General issues:

The Editorial Board is responsible for monitoring and ensuring ethics throughout the publication process. To this end, it will not allow academic fraud nor the inclusion of fraudulent data. It will always put intellectual and ethical standards before financial gain and will be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when necessary. In the same way, it will guarantee the quality and experience of the evaluators with respect to the themes dealt with in each of the journal’s calls.

Content License

The Hábitat Sustentable journal is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that “permits others to distribute, mix, adjust and build from its work, including commercial purposes, long as the authorship of the original creation is recognized.” Click here.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Guidelines for authors


It must be concise and informative, considering that it is often used for subject indexes, and it must include a translation in English immediately underneath the Spanish version. Subtitles must be included after the title.


The summary, of a maximum of 200 words and a minimum of 150, must be written in Spanish and English, and summarize the objectives of the work, the methodology applied and the most important conclusions, emphasizing the original contributions. It must include three key words that, in the case of the Architecture/Urbanism discipline, must be chosen according to the Table of Subjects for Architecture defined by the Buenos Aires Vitruvius Network of Architecture Libraries. In the case of dealing with terms from other disciplines, these can be chosen from the Unesco Thesaurus.


A clear and correct style will be used, paying close attention to spelling and punctuation. The articles must be written in Spanish with size 12 Times New Roman font, be justified and have simple line spacing. The length of the articles will not be less than 4,500 words and not more than 5000 words, including references, images, graphs and tables. The must be structured according to the following format: Introduction, methods, results, conclusions, special thanks and/or funding and bibliographic references. Apart from the text there will only be figures and tables with their respective sources. The figures will be sent in independent archives in JPG or TIFF format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The quality and size of these images must allow for adequate reproduction and must follow the specific image standards (see below). The tables can be sent either following the JPG/TIFF criteria or in Excel format.


The tables include additional information that extends what is said in the text as data tables or statistical tables. They will be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals within the corresponding place in the text, alluding to them according to the following example: (Table 2). Under each table the table number and then the title will be indicated, together with the source of the information, all in lowercase.


Table Nº 2. Thermal comfort determined in each evaluated area. Source, author investigation.

Table Nº 2. Thermal comfort determined in each evaluated area. Source, box extracted from Muñoz et al., 2018.


The graphs, maps and photographs will be called figures. They will be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals within the corresponding place in the text, alluding to them according to the following example: (Figure 2). Under each figure the figure number and then the title will be indicated, together with the source of the information, all in lowercase.


Figure Nº 2. Thermal comfort determined in each evaluated area. Source, author investigation.

Figure Nº 2. Thermal comfort determined in each evaluated area. Source, image extracted from Muñoz et al., 2018.


This section must collect all of the references cited throughout the text. It must have a minimum of 20 references of which two thirds must be from publications that are from the last 5 years or less, within which references of articles from internationally recognized indexed journals (WOS, SCOPUS, SCiELO, etc.) must be considered. It is suggested that at least 50% of the bibliographic references conform to this standard.

The authors must supervise endogamy in the bibliographic references, it is suggested that this percentage does not exceed 20%.

The citations and references will conform to the ISO 690 standard that is summarized below.

Sending of manuscripts

Author(s) Information

The submission, revision and processing of texts in this publication does not incur costs for the authors.

  • All writing must be in Spanish or English, and must include a summary and key words in Spanish and obligatorily, in English.

  • Each article must contain: Introduction, methods, results, conclusions, special thanks and bibliographic references. Also photographs, graphs, boxes, plans and maps that accompany the text can be included where appropriate.

  • The submission of articles must only be done through the OJS webpage,, articles sent via email will not be accepted.

  • The responsible editor will initially evaluate all the contributions in order to determine the suitability of the article for the journal, supervising the pertinence with the editorial line of the journal and the compliance of the basic formal submission standards, amongst other things.

  • The responsible Editor after preliminary selection, will submit the article to two peer reviewers, who, based on a “double blind” revision that maintains author and evaluator anonymity, will decide on the academic and scientific quality of the article, as well as its merit to be published.

  • The Editor, in accordance with the evaluations made by the peer reviewers, will decide if the article is Accepted without Observations or Unpublishable and the author will be informed of the decision and the comments made by the evaluators.

  • If the article is Publishable with Modifications, the author must make the requested modifications within a period of time defined by the editor, including a letter describing the modifications and suggestions made by the peer reviewers in the article (specifying the page and paragraph corrected in the article) in order to continue with the publishing process.

The Editor is responsible for the final decision with respect to the acceptance or refusal of articles.

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