1. Since its Communication and Dissemination Plan, the COST Action CA18110 gives an utmost importance to publishing with high quality standards, to provide young researchers with carrier opportunities, and finally to stimulate members to collaboration in developing joint papers and books.

To that scope, we nominated a Chief Editor (Prof. Preston Perluss), and a Editorial board.

In addition, an Editorial series was created, the Heritage and Community Identitywith its own Scientific Committee.

The Series will include the Training Schools’ Handbooks, as well as a books on the case-studies.

Finally, we promote the publication in open access journals, connected to the Action disciplines, as well as special issues. The Action financially supports the papers with at least three authors from three Member Countries of the Action.



  1. Pace G. Salvarani R. (eds), Underground Built Heritage Valorisation. Rome, CNR Edizioni, 2021

  2. Martínez Rodríguez S. (ed), Valorización del patrimonio subterráneo y dinamización de la comunidad. El caso de La Union. Rome, CNR Edizioni, 2022



  • Susana Martinez-Rodriguez, Giuseppe Pace (eds) (2022), Practices for the Underground Built Heritage Valorisation. Second Handbook. Proceedings of the Second Underground4value Training School, Rome, CNR edizioni.
  • Giuseppe Pace (ed) (2022), Il Rione Sanità e il cimitero delle Fontanelle. Un laboratorio vivente, Rome, CNR edizioni
  • Müge Akkar Ercan, Kerim Aydıner (eds) (2022), Valorising Underground Built Heritage in Cappadocia, Rome, CNR edizioni

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board (hereafter EB) has been established after a decision of the Core Group in order to create and harmonize codes of good scientific practice and to regulate the relevant procedures for the dissemination of Underground4value results that are based on common and cooperative work.

The EB defines a Charter of good scientific practices, which will follow along with similar codes established by the COST association. In this line, the EB has clarified clear administrative rules and intellectual properties always considering the fact that Undergroun4value is based on common and cooperative work.

Its main roles are to:

  • prepare and design editorial frameworks for future CA18110-events (conferences, Training Schools etc.)
  • check if the dissemination materials (papers, publications, information, texts for internet or similar, etc.) are in accordance with the general COST rules (see topic 8, COST Vademecum Part 1)
  • follow the publishing policies of the project upholding the integrity of the scientific/academic record.
  • ensure that the submitted material follows the COST rules in terms of, for example, previously published material, plagiarism or the responsible of the authors for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any previously published material
  • develop pre-submission and submission guidelines for all under publication results of the Underground4value Action and ensure their application
  • ensure that all relevant results and conclusions of the different activities in the framework of the Action are tailored and disseminated, especially to the four target groups identified in the MoU
  • provide support for WG5 in accomplishing the Underground4value dissemination strategy and the legacy plan

The Editorial Board members

  • Preston Perluss, Grenoble IAE. Grenoble (FR) (Chief Editor)

  • Muge Akkar Erkan, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (TR) 

  • Alfonso Bahillo, University of Deusto, Bilbao (ES)

  • Tony Cassar, University of Malta, Msida  (MT)

  • Shirley Cefai, University of Malta, Msida (MT)

  • Nasso Chrysochou, Frederick University, Limassol (CY)

  • Szilvia Fábián, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest (HU)

  • Beata Joanna Gawryszewska, University of Life Sciences, Warsaw (PL)

  • Laura Genovese, Institute of Sciences on Cultural Heritage, National Research Council (IT)

  • Klodiana Gorica, University of Tirana, Tirana (AL)

  • Pinar Karagoz, Middle East Technical University, Ankara (TR)

  • Konstantinos Lalenis, University of Thessaly, Thessaloniki (EL)

  • Zili Li, University College Cork, Cork (IE)

  • Ernesto Marcheggiani, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona (IT)

  • Susana Martinez-Rodriguez, University of Murcia, Murcia (ES)

  • Sanjin Mihelić, Archaeological Museum, Zagreb (HR)

  • Giuseppe Pace, ISMed-CNR, Naples (IT)

  • Montserrat Pallares-Barbera, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona (ES)

  • Renata Salvarani, European Universtiy of Rome, Rome (IT)

  • Carlos Smaniotto Costa, Lusófona University, Lisbon (PT)

  • Alice Tavares Costa, University of Aveiro, Aveiro (PT)



Guest Editors:

Prof. Ernesto Marcheggiani

Mr. Giuseppe Pace
Institute for Studies on the Mediterranean, National Research Council of Italy, Naples, 80134, Italy

Dear Colleagues,
This Special Issue aims at stimulating multidisciplinary papers and the cross-fertilization of knowledge among scientists (i.e., historians, architects, engineers, archaeologists, planners, geologists, etc.), practitioners, public officials, and technicians, such interdisciplinary initiatives being rather limited in the field of underground space. This issue would like to introduce tools, suitable for both neighborhood and district planning level and for single UBH interventions, very flexible for upscaling and easily replicable in different social, economic, and cultural urban regeneration contexts, characterized by different underground sites, local service demand, touristic potential, legal frameworks, and stakeholders.


  • underground built heritage
  • community empowerment
  • urban and rural regeneration
  • place management
  • sustainability transition
  • heritage conservation 

Published Papers

  • Kimic, K.; Smaniotto Costa, C.; Negulescu, M. Creating Tourism Destinations of Underground Built Heritage—The Cases of Salt Mines in Poland, Portugal, and Romania. Sustainability 2021, 13(17), 9676;
  • Smaniotto Costa, C.; Menezes, M.; Ivanova-Radovanova, P.; Ruchinskaya, T.; Lalenis, K.; Bocci, M. Planning Perspectives and Approaches for Activating Underground Built Heritage. Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10349;

  • Lukić, T.; Pivac, T.; Cimbaljević, M.; Đerčan, B.; Bubalo Živković, M.; Besermenji, S.; Penjišević, I.; Golić, R. Sustainability of Underground Heritage; The Example of the Military Galleries of the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia. Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11356;

  • Presti, O.; Carli, M. Italian Catacombs and Their Digital Presence for Underground Heritage Sustainability. Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12010;

  • Matacz, P.; Świątek, L. The Unwanted Heritage of Prefabricated Wartime Air Raid Shelters—Underground Space Regeneration Feasibility for Urban Agriculture to Enhance Neighbourhood Community Engagement. Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 12238;

  • Buonincontri, P.; Micera, R.; Murillo-Romero, M.; Pianese, T. Where Does Sustainability Stand in Underground Tourism? A Literature Review. Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12745;

  • Grima, R. Underground Environments, Worldviews, and Sustainable Stewardship. Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12837;

  • Di Stefano, F.; Torresani, A.; Farella, E.; Pierdicca, R.; Menna, F.; Remondino, F. 3D Surveying of Underground Built Heritage: Opportunities and Challenges of Mobile Technologies. Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13289;

  • Occhiuto, R. What the Ground Says…. Sustainability 2021, 13(23), 13420;

  • Maksymiuk, G.; Pallares-Barbera, M.; Arvanitidis, P.; Gawryszewska, B. Thinking Deep. Acting on Top. Underground Built Heritage and Its Fringe as a Community Catalyst for Local Sustainable Development: Exploratory Cases from Poland and Greece. Sustainability 2021, 13(24), 14031;