Updated look, updated information

As of December 2017, the Journal of Space Syntax website is updated with a new look and some new information.

The changes are in part cosmetic for the sake of easier reading; the background is set to white to contrast less with the papers and make reading more comfortable, and the information text easier to read as black on a white background. The header has also been updated with the JOSS Logo, and we have included a favicon for browser adress bars and bookmarks.

We have updated the journals 'about' sections to once more hold an overall journal description of its focus and scope as well as clear information on two crucial topics for authors: copyright information, which is also included in an abbreviated form in the papers from volume 7(1) onwards, and review policy and process. These steps are taken to enhance clarity, but also to prepare for a longer-term aim to index, list and rank the journal.

The section policies have also been revised. This has been mostly for pragmatic reasons based on how the journal has evolved. The range of listed sections had grown (to eleven in total) and looking back at the publication history, the number was revised and consolidated into a set of contribution types that differ in how both authors and reviewers can relate to the contribution's demands and expectations on the content. All contributions will be held to the highest quality standards within its respective type. The new/consollidated types are:

  • Full article (peer-review)

  • Short article (peer-review)

  • Forum article (editorial or peer-review)

  • News article (editorial relevance review)

  • Book review (editorial review)

With the added information on copyright in the journal articles on both front page and first article page, the articles risked becoming too cluttered in their look. Following this, we have gone through the layout to make a few simplifications to the article layout, move some information into the main text body, and streamline the formatting, while staying true to the JOSS look. We have also decided that all articles begin on an uneven page number to facilitate double-sided printing of individual articles with the layout intact.

ISSN: 2044-7507