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JoLA - Journal of Landscape Architecture (Grande-Bretagne)

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Présentation de la revue

Année de création : 2006.

Institution porteuse : Conseil européen des écoles de paysage (Council of Landscape Architecture Schools) - ECLAS.

Éditeur : Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

Langue : anglais.

Discipline/Thématique : revue d’architecture de paysage (Landscape Architecture), elle explore tous les aspects du domaine à travers des numéros thématiques.

Trois thèmes récurrents sont développés dans trois rubriques : la critique de projet de paysage (« Under the Sky »), la culture visuelle et l’imagination créative (« Thinking Eye ») et les compte rendus critiques (« Book Review »).

Objectifs : proposer une plateforme dans le domaine de l’architecture de paysage pour des productions académiques de qualité ainsi que des projets innovants, liant théorie et pratique.

Lectorat : praticiens réflexifs, enseignants-chercheurs, artistes, étudiants. Lectorat international.

Système d’évaluation : évaluation en double aveugle par les pairs.

Périodicité : 3 numéros par an.

Mode de publication : papier et numérique.

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Questionnaire filled up by Kamni Gill, Editor

The Journal Governance and Committees’ composition

What is the percentage of members holding a PhD on the editorial board?

80 % of the Editorial Advisory Board and Editorial Team have Phds.

Is there a reading committee? Who participates in it?

In addition to the Advisory Editorial Board which serves an advisory function, the Editorial Team comprises three editors responsible for research articles and one editor responsible for each of the remaining sections: the Review section, the Visual Method section (“Thinking Eye”) and the Critique section (“Under the Sky”).

Does the journal develop a special relationship with an academic institution? If so, what is it?

No, it is not affiliated with any particular institution. However, it is the official journal of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (Eclas), which funds its publication and the activities related to its production.

Are there debates within the editorial board? If so, how are they made visible in the journal?

Debates within the editorial team and within the discipline coalesce most frequently in the editorial of each issue, which is a reflective, collaborative article that is co-written and reviewed by all members of the editorial team. Periodic themed issues are also a means of exploring key disciplinary debates.

What are the economical, formal and intellectual relations to the publisher (resources and constraints)?

The journal’s publisher (Taylor & Francis) enables the digital and print production of JoLA and is responsible for distribution of the journal. It also provides a digital platform to facilitate the blind peer-review process. The publisher tracks and records metrics relevant to the journal for review by Editorial Team, including most downloaded articles, review time, and readership metrics.

Training is further available to the Editorial team from the publisher on topics such as academic copyright. The publisher further supports broadening the journal’s profile through special issues comprising articles selected from across the journal’s oeuvre and other promotional tools using a range of social media. It provided support for listing JoLA with academic indices such as the Web of Science and the Humanities Research Index. The publisher also supports Open Access initiatives.

Research and Journal

What milieu does the journal plug into? What audience is targeted?

JoLA targets both academic and professionals in landscape architecture and allied fields, such as architecture, urbanism, ecology and fine arts, among others. It is a humanities and design- based journal.

From the journal’s point of view what are the outcomes expected from the research in architecture? (urban planning and landscape architecture)?

As explained on the journal’s website, “JoLA aims to support, stimulate, and extend scholarly debate in landscape architecture and related fields. It also gives space to the reflective practitioner and to design research. The journal welcomes articles addressing any aspect of landscape architecture, to cultivate the diverse identity of the discipline and recognizes the cross disciplinary nature of the discipline.

JoLA is internationally oriented and seeks to both draw in and contribute to global perspectives through its four key sections: the “Articles” section features both academic scholarship and research related to professional practice ; the ‘Under the Sky’ section fosters research based on critical analysis and interpretation of built projects ; the ‘Thinking Eye’ section presents research based on thoughtful experimentation in visual methodologies and media ; the ‘Review’ section presents critical reflection on recent literature, conferences and/or exhibitions relevant to Landscape Architecture.”

See Journal of Landscape Architecture, Aims and scope:​action/​journalInformation?show=aimsScope&journalCode=rjla20

According to you is there a difference between research and innovation? If there is, what does it consist of? And what about research and expertise?

We broadly assess research contributions to JoLA in terms of originality, precision and rigor. There is an expectation that published research offers new or innovative insight to the field, but not all research does. Similarly, research should be contextualized, demonstrating expertise and knowledge of a particular field and its methods and related approaches. Research alone does not constitute either innovation or expertise; but good research should demonstrate both.

JoLA tries to combine both ‘traditional’ ways of research and to explore its limits, searching for new ways and stimulating experiments in landscape architecture research. This is exemplified in our assessment of research articles, in the Thinking Eye section which is based on thoughtful experimentation in visual methodologies and media and in the Under The Sky, which identifies innovation through design in the scholarly critique of built projects

How does research content fit into the journal’s plan?

Research, whether based on an understanding of the sciences, social sciences, humanities or art and design practice is critical to our ambition of generating critical debates and contributing to theory building in the discipline.

During the last year, how many researchers contributed to the journal?

In 2020, 41 researchers contributed to JoLA.

Considering the past ten years, what transformations have occurred concerning the relationships between research and the profession? between research and public discussion?

There is an increased recognition and discussion of the interplay between academic research and design as research. We have actively sought to forge alliances between what happens in practice and what happens in academia through the scholarly critique of built works and through the examination of how knowledge is developed through design methods.

The Journal of Landscape Architecture has further sought to examine the socio-cultural dimensions of landscape architecture and their relationship to current ecological imperatives that dominate public debates across scales, from local neighborhoods to global initiatives in the range of articles it publishes.

How do you select peer-review experts? How do you deal with peer reviewed assessments and disclose them to the authors? (Problems and anecdotes)

We use a double-blind peer review process and select reviewers based on specialized knowledge, relevant to the topic of the article in question. Reviews are submitted anonymously through an online interface and their evaluation are transmitted to authors by the same means. Editors contribute their own assessment to authors, and may assist in addressing and mediating reviewer’s comments.

What is the part played by the lay out management? (Text/image, typography, cover-front)?

JoLA has a strong visual focus, making the graphic design a critical dimension of the journal and crucial aspect of its identity.

We consider the design and layout integral to the content of our Journal. We employ our own graphic designer, who first established the visual character of the journal with whom we collaborate on the layout and cover of each issue of the Journal. We deliver the Journal “printer-ready” to our publisher.

Editor-in-Chief Statement

What kind of journal did you have in mind when the journal was launched or when you were appointed Editor-in-chief and has it evolved?

JoLA was launched in 2006 and we have so far maintained the original format of the Journal with a section of illustrated research articles, a section related to the criticism and reading of built works and a section dedicated to visual and through the unique composition of the sections of the journal and to acknowledge the diverse approaches to research in landscape architecture and the relevance of adjacent, related fields. JoLA is now firmly established as a journal dedicated to the research and design in landscape architecture and has an ongoing goal of strengthening scholarly discourse through experimental, design-based research and critique.

What journals in the field of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture do you read regularly? occasionally? What journal do you read outside the field?

I read Landscape Research, Landscape Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, ARQ and OASE, Carnets du ppaysage and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH).


Do you have remarks or suggestions in relation to the call for papers?

It wasn’t precisely clear if each article has to relate to the three thematic threads, but I imagine that reference can be made to each one even as one develops a paper that primarily falls under one theme.

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