About the Journal

idea journal (formerly known as IDEA) is a publication sponsored and supported by IDEA, the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association, which was formed in 1996 for the advancement and advocacy of education and to encourage and support excellence in interior design/interior architecture education and research within Australasia.

The objectives of IDEA are:

  • to advocate for university undergraduate and postgraduate programs that provide a minimum 4 years education in interior design/interior architecture;
  • to support the rich diversity of individual programs within the higher education sector;
  • to create collaboration between programs in the higher education sector;
  • to foster an attitude of lifelong learning;
  • to encourage staff and student exchange between programs;
  • to provide recognition for excellence in the advancement of interior design/interior architecture education;
  • to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed interior design/interior architecture research.

Since 2018, the journal has expanded its scope of concern for interior-related issues to the disciplines and practices of art, architecture, design, dance, performance, photography, media studies, philosophy, anthropology, health science, virtual technologies, museum studies to name a few. The journal is global in its reach, attracting readers and authors from countries such as Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, UK, and USA. This effort reflects the inter- and cross-disciplinary nature of interiors and interiority, and their relevance and connectivity to contemporary world issues and questions.

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

Publication Policy

All manuscripts are subjected to double-blind review to maintain the high standard quality of the content. Author(s) are responsible to ensure that the submitted manuscript does not contain any identification of the author(s). 

The journal does not charge any submission or processing fees for the author(s) to submit and publish their manuscripts in this journal.

The journal accepts manuscripts written in the English language. It follows Oxford English language specifically with some minor exceptions. Manuscripts that include use of other languages are encouraged to do so and to include close translation of those key words, concepts or quotations. In order to ensure the readability and the quality of the journal, all manuscripts go through a language editing and copy editing before publication.

The journal only accepts original manuscripts that have not been previously published nor being considered for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are subjected to similarity check procedure to identify any indication of plagiarism. 

Submission categories:

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;

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, PROJECT & EXHIBITION REVIEWS: encouraging debate and critical review on the emerging literature and creative products/projects dedicated to the expression and expansion of the theory and practice of interior design/interior architecture/ spatial design;

STUDIO PRACTICE: presenting, contextualising, and critically reflecting on the nature and outcomes of design studios.

REFERRING PROCESS

Below is the process process that the journal undertakes to review each submitted manuscript. This process has been established in adherence to the Publication Ethics listed below.

A Call for Proposals (CFP) is developed by the editorial board and disseminated widely to all institutional members of IDEA and the journals registered members as well as through international discipline-related servers.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are submitted directly to the journal Executive Editor and comments sent to authors offering advice for further development as full manuscripts.

All authors must register on the journal website before submitting their full manuscript. Manuscripts are not to include any reference or information that identifies the author(s). Each submission is blind refereed by two or more reviewers selected on the basis of their expertise and experience in design discipline scholarship. Reviewers verify any potential conflicts of interest at this point, and if deemed necessary, reviewers reassigned. As the reviewers vary greatly from issue to issue, a list of peer-reviewers for each issue is published in the front matter.

The Executive Editor reviews the reports, seeks consultation when needed from Editorial Board and External Advisory Board, and then distributes the reports to each author. At this point, author's are advised if the manuscript has been declined, requires major or minor revisions or is ready to proceed to production.

Authors’ respond to the referee reports with a revised manuscript, which is reviewed by the Editorial Board. At this point, authors should include all identifying information, images, permissions, image credits and references. Often further revisions are required. Once a manuscript has met the necessary level of refinement for publication, all materials have been submitted and proofs have been approved by the author, the manuscript is formally accepted for publication.

The decision of the idea journal Editorial Board is final. 

PEER REVIEW ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

For Research Articles

  1. Does the title reflect the content? If not, offer some suggestions to refine. 
  2. Does the submission explicitly address the journal provocation? 
  3. Does this article constitute original research, i.e. contribute new/innovative knowledge or critique to current discourse on the topic or in the field of concern?
  4. Is the research focus clear? Has the author(s) identified problems, issues, questions or specific areas of concern? Does the article outline methods of inquiry, evidence-based discussion, resultant claims, critical reflections and/or conclusions? 
  5. Is the submission substantially and critically positioned in the context of appropriate precedent works, history, and or theoretical inquiry? Are these elements correctly cited? Are there key references that are missing that may enrich the article?
  6. What are the strengths of the article? Are parts of the submission weak or lacking? Is so, how could these be improved?
  7. Are images, illustrations, figures and diagrams etc relevant? Do they augment and enrich the article text? 
  8. Does the article comply with the journal’s guidelines on spelling, punctuation and referencing?
  9. Other comments (if any):

For Visual Essays 

Visual essays can take many forms. In some cases authors will have included a contextual statement, perhaps even a somewhat brief overview of the creative work and some critical reflections along with image pages that may or may not include text of some sort. Others will offer image pages that use collages or assemblages as the primary means of communication and supplement these with little to no text. These submissions often ask reviewers to employ interpretive modes of review that draw on our skills as visual, auditory and spatial practitioners. This does not mean that visual essays are less than, non-critical or intellectually un-informed. Many visual essays are presenting creative work, which asks the author to decide how much explaining is needed to welcome a reader into the work without exhausting the reader's responsibility to 'read' images, audio files and videos differently than text. Please consider these points and comment accordingly.

  1. Does the title reflect the content? If not, offer some suggestions to refine. 
  2. Does the submission explicitly address the provocation? 
  3. Does this visual essay constitute original research, i.e. contribute new/innovative knowledge or critique to current discourse on the topic or in the field of concern?
  4. Does the visual essay communicate what is driving or informing it as research? Are the reflections critical? 
  5. Does the visual essay need more/less contextual framing?
  6. What are the strengths of the visual essay? Are parts of the submission weak or lacking? Is so, how could these be improved?
  7. Are images, illustrations, figures and diagrams, etc., relevant? Do they lead the essay and/or augment and enrich the text? 
  8. Might this visual essay work better as a research article with large or numerous images?
  9. Does the article comply with the journal’s guidelines on spelling, punctuation and referencing?
  10. Other comments (if any)

CITATION

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

COPYRIGHT

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 open-access 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 stored 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.

Open Access Policy

The journal promotes the dissemination of the high quality research by providing open access to all journal articles one year after date of publication via the journal website. The open access of the journal means its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

Publication Ethics

idea journal has adopted the standards of publication ethics as stated in the Core Practices of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE). These include the policies regarding authorship and contributorship, the procedure for handling allegations of misconduct, handling of complaints and appeals, handling of conflicts of interests/competing interests, policies on data and reproducibility, ethical oversight, intellectual property, journal management, peer-review process, and post-publication discussions and corrections. 

Authorship and Contributorship

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author is responsible to ensure that all appropriate co-authors have been included in the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to the submission of the paper for publication. 

Plagiarism

The journal only accepts manuscripts that have not been previously published nor being considered for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are subjected to similarity check procedure to identify any indication of plagiarism. The editorial board is responsible to follow up any indication of plagiarism conducted by the author(s).  

Peer-Review Policy

The journal implements the peer review policy as a means to ensure the quality of the publication in the journal. The peer-review process consists of initial review, double-blind review, and the decision by the editor. 

Initial Review: The editor evaluates the submitted manuscript to determine if the content is suitable for the journal. Manuscripts with contents that are not suitable for the journal will be returned immediately to the author(s).

Peer Review: Submitted manuscripts that have passed the initial review are subjected to double-blind review, where both authors and reviewers remain anonymous during the review process. Minimum of two reviewers are assigned to evaluate and provide the recommendation for a manuscript. In assigning the reviewers, the editor is responsible to avoid the conflict of interest during the review process. 

Decision: The editor makes the final decision on the acceptability of a manuscript based on the comments and recommendation of the reviewers. 

Duties of Editors, Reviewers and Authors

The following statements describe the ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal: the editor, the reviewer, and the author.

Duties of Editors

Decision on the publication of articles: The Editors are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The  Editors are guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and subjected to such legal requirements regarding copyright and plagiarism. The Editors may confer with editorial board members or reviewers in making this final decision.

Fair play; Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to author's race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, or citizenship.

Confidentiality; The Editor, the Editorial Board Members, and any editorial staffs must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to editorial decision: Peer review assists the editors and the editorial board in making editorial decisions while editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Promptness: Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality: Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to, or discussed with, others except as authorized by the editor. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Standards of objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editors/editorial board member's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards: Authors of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work.

Data access and retention: Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism: Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple and concurrent publications: An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of sources: Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the paper: Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING

idea journal is currently indexed by:
CrossRef
Google Scholar

It is in the process of applying to be indexed in:

Scopus
Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)
Scilit
Sinta
Garba Rujukan Digital (Garuda)
Copernicus