The peer-reviewed scientific journal ALFA – Architecture Papers of the Faculty of Architecture and Design STU – publishes articles about architecture, urbanism and product design. It focuses on issues concerning the history, philosophy and psychology of architecture and urbanism, dealing with the relationships between architecture and urbanism, architecture and landscape, architecture and product design, architecture and art, as well as architecture and society. The journal concept is built around a wide perspective of current topics regarding both architectural culture and production from the late 20th and early 21st century. These include the protection of architectural heritage; transformation of heritage sites in order to serve new purposes; revitalization of industrial zones; human-centred design; architecture safety; design and creation of public spaces and population participation; new design methods and environment-friendly architecture.
Social environmental studies, exhibition design and theatre are also covered in the journal through other technical, humanities and artistic topics. Reviews and assessments, comparative or case studies and articles drawing on interdisciplinary research are a welcome asset, too. ALFA is a channel to learn about the most recent outcomes helping the branch of architecture to further develop and gain ground in the society, while there is also an overlap with other disciplines. Furthermore, the journal features theoretical and practical articles, papers on the methodology of education, as well as reviews and conclusions of research projects.
The journal ALFA has been published by the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology since 1996, on a quarterly basis. It underwent graphic- and content-related changes in 2011. In 2019 it was also published electronically. Since 2020, the journal has been published solely in full electronic form as an open access journal.
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
All authors are allowed to deposit versions of their work in an institutional or other repository of the author’s choice without embargo.
Abstracting & Indexing (since 2021)
ALFA is covered by the following services:
- EAAE Periodicals DB (Architectural Periodicals Database)
- Baidu Scholar
- CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- Google Scholar
- KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
- Naviga (Softweco)
- Primo Central (ExLibris)
- Semantic Scholar
- Summon (ProQuest)
- TDOne (TDNet)
- WanFang Data
- WorldCat (OCLC)