Established in 1976, the ARCC conferences, hosted independently and in conjunction with the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), have provided a forum to discuss ongoing research. The Journal serves as an extension of that research culture, providing a space for the distribution of mature research. Originally established in 2004, The ARCC Journal re-launched as Enquiry in 2012 to take more explicit advantage of opportunities specific to its online presence: indexing, transparency in the peer-review process and knowledge visibility.
While the number of print journals has dwindled, the number of online publishing venues has exploded. As this shift has occurred, so has the manner in which we read, write, and search. This shift has tended to favor editorials, op-eds, and blogs, with little requirement for either qualifying legitimacy or connecting to existing research indices. As a journal specifically focusing on architectural research, the selection, peer review process, and editing is organized to foster the diverse content while ensuring its credibility and distributing it through the most effective and accessible channels.
Given the ARCC’s broad base of scholars and member institutions, Enquiry is capable of assigning peer reviewers well-versed with the broad range of research methodologies and content. The peer review moves through three stages, from initial double blind review to editorial review and, finally, copyediting. Initial engagement with the peer review process is based on assessment of the article's content, method structure and relevance of findings within the existing literature. Upon acceptance, the author is assigned an editor to help develop and refine the submission. The final step in the process is polishing and publication.
Publishing, Archiving, and Indexing
Enquiry operates on Open Journal Systems (OJS), an online platform established specifically for scholarly research and conforming to international research protocols. This provides effective indexing both on generic search engines and institutional databases. Enquiry is a member of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) that promotes interoperability standards for the dissemination of content. The journal is indexed by Google Scholar, OAIster and Worldcat.