About the Journal

Launched in 1999, the idea journal (previously known as IDEA Journal) is an international refereed journal dedicated to the publication of spatial design, interior design/interior architecture research and as such provides a valuable resource to the discipline and associated design and theoretical fields.

In 2020, idea journal joined a suite of international academic journals published and distributed by Architecture Art and Design Research (AADR).

idea journal accepts the following submission categories:

DESIGN RESEARCH PAPERS: demonstrating development and engagement with interior design/interior architecture/spatial design history, theory, education, and practice through critique and synthesis with the focus on both speculative research and practice-based research.

REFEREED STUDIOS: presenting the nature and outcomes of refereed design studios, which have either been previously peer reviewed in situ, and/or critically discussed through text and imagery for the idea journal.

PROJECT REVIEWS: critically evaluating design-based works, which seek to expand the nature of spatial, temporal and theoretical practice in interior design/interior architecture/spatial design and associated disciplines.

VISUAL ESSAYS: demonstrating and presenting speculative research and practice-based research through visual media. For examples of visual essays please refer to previous issues of the idea journal, for example, the visual essay by Sara Bomans and Remco Roes ‘Nothing will come of nothing, speak again’ (http://idea-edu.com/journal/2013-idea-journal/).

BOOK & EXHIBITION REVIEWS: encouraging debate into the emerging literature dedicated to the expression and expansion of the theory and practice of interior design/interior architecture. 

LETTERS: Intended to encourage the development of discourse catalysed by the IDEA Journal’s monthly publication, the Editor will now consider for publication the late inclusion of letters. Letters offer the opportunity to further engage in rigorous, evidence-based discourse formatted as an essay with a clearly identified position/purpose directly in relation to the discourse emerging through the IDEA Journal publications. 


All institutional members of IDEA actively and widely disseminate the Call for Proposals, encouraging submissions from academics, postgraduate students and the wider national and international multi-disciplinary design community. Expressions of Interest are submitted and after editorial board review,  comments sent to authors offering advice for further development as full manuscripts. Full submissions are blind refereed by two or more referees selected on the basis of their expertise and experience in design discipline scholarship. After reviewing the confidential referee reports, the Chief Editor then distributes these to the author. Following the authors’ responses to the referee reports, the Editorial Board undertakes a review of the final manuscripts for selection for publication.

The decision of the idea journal Editorial Board is final, with no correspondence entered into regarding the status of the submissions.


  1. Does the title reflect the content?
  2. Does the submission explicitly address the provocation, thereby making a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in this field?
  3. Are the following clear: the research focus, identified problems, methods of inquiry, evidence-based discussion, resultant claims and or conclusions?
  4. Is the submission substantially and critically positioned in the context of appropriate precedent works, historical, and or theoretical inquiry? Are these elements correctly cited?
  5. Does the submission demonstrate significant practice knowledge and expertise, and or academic rigor?
  6. Are parts of the submission weak or lacking? If so, how could these be improved?
  7. Does the submission comply with the journal's Author’s Submission Guidelines, image requirements and copyright requirements?
  8. Are images, illustrations, figures and diagrams etcetera relevant and contributing to the submission?


The journal employs a variant of the Chicago Manual of Style Note-Bibliography system. Please refer to this guide and template document. 


Author/s and or their institutions retain copyright ownership in the works submitted to the IDEA Journal, and provide the idea journal of the Interior Design Interior Architecture Educators Association with a non–exclusive license to use the work for the purposes listed below:

  • The whole issue is initially made available/published electronically by AADR on e-pub platforms. At the same time, two to three articles from that issue are published as PDFs on the journal website.
  • One year from publication date, the entire issue of articles are uploaded to the idea journal website with open access. 
  • All issues and articles are tored in the electronic database, website, CD/DVD, which comprises post publication articles to be used for publishing of the Interior Design Interior Architecture Educators Association.

Reproduction is prohibited without written permission of the publisher, the authors or their nominated university. The work submitted for review should not have been published or be in the process of being reviewed by another publisher. Authors should ensure that any images used on the paper have copyright clearance.