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Sophia Journal

About the Journal

Sophia Journal is an academic, peer-reviewed journal, published by the Centre for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) / research group Architecture, Art and Image (AAI) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto, Portugal.

Created in 2016, Sophia Journal publishes theoretical articles and visual essays that investigate and think critically the intersections between the image and architecture. We understand both terms in a wide sense: the image of photography, painting, drawing, cinema, video, T.V., new media; architecture as landscape, territory, city, spatiality, built environment.

The etymology of the word “sophia” is related to the concepts of sapience and wisdom: (Greek Σοφία, sofía) it is what the “wise person” has, and from this word derives also philo+sophia (“love of wisdom”). Our aim is that Sophia Journal provides an “instrumenta mentis”, enabling critical and innovative questioning and extending our speculative knowledge about architecture in its relationship with the image, and about the image in its relationship with architecture.

Editorial Policies


scopio Sophia Journal is specifically designed to address theoretical work, and it aims to be the publishing medium for a set of exploratory and critical texts on image in the broad sense, i.e. comprehending the worlds of design, photography, film, video, television and new media.
 The etymology of the word “sophia” is closely linked to the concepts of sapience and wisdom: (Greek Σοφία, “sofía”) it is what the “wise person” has, and this word is also derived from philo+sophia (“love of wisdom”). We are interested in making scopio Sophia a mentis instrumenta capable of extending our critical knowledge and questioning the universe of image in an innovative way.
The purpose of scopio Sophia journal is to publish a set of theoretical and critical texts on image in book format; these texts can either be taken from sections of scopio magazine or submitted by new authors and other R&D national and international centers, through a call for papers. The aim is to challenge different artists and creators to submit original articles, reviews, book reviews and other texts of interest that not have been published by any other publication.

Sophia Journal publishes one issue a year in English.


Articles will be evaluated by two anonymous peer reviewers. Submitted articles can be accepted, rejected or returned with the recommendation to revise and resubmit after the process of revision, as per the comments of Sophia Journal reviewers.


Sophia Journal is a peer-reviewed journal committed to ensuring the highest standards of ethics in publication and quality of articles. Conformance to principles of publication ethics is expected of all parties involved in the act of publishing. Editors, Authors and Reviewers are required, in particular, to abide by the following standards (based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors of the Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE).

Editors: Based on the review report of the referees, the editor can accept, reject, or request modifications to the manuscript. The editor must ensure that each manuscript is evaluated solely on the basis of academic merit and that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is not disclosed to anyone other than the reviewers and other editorial advisers, as appropriate. The editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors must take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints are presented concerning a submitted or published manuscript.

Authors: Authors should present an accurate account of their original research as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original works and that any work of others authors, or sources have been appropriately credited and referenced. Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable: Sophia Journal uses the software “Turnitin” for its detection. Authors should not submit the same manuscript simultaneously to more than one publication at a time. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Reviewers: Information regarding manuscripts submitted by authors should be kept confidential. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must not be used for personal advantage. If the selected referee feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript, he should excuse himself from the review process. If the reviewer feels he does not meet the conditions to complete the review of the manuscript within the stipulated time, this information must be communicated to the editor immediately. Reviews should be done objectively and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have any conflicts of interest.


The Sophia Journal | Print ISSN: 2183-8976 Online ISSN: 2183-9468, Journal of the Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) - research group Architecture, Art and Image (AAI) of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP), Portugal, is supported by national funds from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), I.P., through grant awards no. UIDB/00145/2020.

Copyright © Sophia Journal

All Sophia Journal issues as well as the published papers are open access, allowing for immediate free access to all content. Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Patronage: AAI/CEAU /FAUP – Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto

Publisher: Cityscopio – Associação Cultural

All queries should be forwarded directly to: [email protected]