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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
    EOI can be a pdf file.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Dear Author(s)

Below you will find Idea Journal Author Guidelines updated January 2020. As the journal is in re-design mode, these guidelines will be used until further notice. 

  1. The work that is submitted must not have been published or in process of being reviewed by another publisher.
  2. Authors are to ensure that any images used in their submission have copyright clearance.
  3. Final submissions must be submitted as .docx files (not pdf files).
  4. Please ensure that the submission is referenced and formatted in accordance with the IDEA Author Guide (see following). In addition, please also see the detailed guide to notes using the Chicago referencing system.
  5. It is important to the double-blind peer review process that you ensure that all materials submitted do not reveal your identity. Please make certain that your name, a title of a work you created, your affiliation and website is not to be found. If you are submitting an online video, please contact the chief editor.
  6. Those authors developing visual essays, due to the fact that we do not yet have the journal redesign, I am not able to offer you parameters at this stage to assemble your submission. In light of that, please submit any text and images as separate files and provide a sample mock-up of one or two pages (A4) to demonstrate how you imagine the layout. I will signal to reviewers that this is the case. Please indicate in bold on the word document “visual essay”.
  7. For publication ALL images, diagrams etc will be required as separate .jpg files at 300 dpi at size approximating 20x20cm square. 
  8.  Upload the word document and all images to the Idea Journal portal using the submission # you were allocated when you submitted the EOI. Please name all your files using name of issue_surname text or Fig x. For example: Interior Technicity_preston text.docx or Interior Technicity_preston fig 1.jpg

When you log into the Idea Journal portal, please be sure to enter your Orchid number into the system as well as up to 5 keywords. This additional information will help your published article chart citations and references.


PAGE SET-UP: Please use A4 portrait document settings, left justified, with no special formatting. Do not use the Word programme to automatically format endnotes.


Title: AvenirLight10pointboldtype.

Word Count: 5000 – 7000 words (including Abstract and references)

Abstract: An abstract of up to 300 words, left justified and single-spaced with the word Abstract in bold type, followed by a colon and then plain text for the abstract

Body text is to be left justified and single-spaced.

Please use:

single inverted commas for quotes, NOT double.

only single spaces between words and sentences.

a single line space only between paragraphs.
Please do not indent, number sections, use footers or headers, or number pages.

Headings and subheadings: If headings are used to structure the paper, leave one blank line before and after the heading. If it is necessary to use sub-headings, leave no blank line after the heading. Please bold headings and except for the first letter of the first word do not capitalise words

Font: Avenir Light 10 point for body text.

Images: All graphics including diagrams, photographs and the like are to have appropriate captions placed in the text where the image should be located:

Figure 1: Caption.

All images will be published in colour unless the author specifies otherwise.

For publication all images are required as separate .jpg files at 300 dpi at size approximating 20x20cm square

List references at end of document rather than as footnotes.
Please do not use the Word ENDNOTE program as this affects formatting.

For referencing in the body of the text and for the list of references at the end of the document please use the documentary-note (humanities) system of the Chicago Manual of Style Edition 15. The Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide is available at

An example of a book reference is:
Bruner, J. Acts of Meaning. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990.

An example of a journal article reference is:
Lindsey, P. & McLain-Kark, J. ‘A comparison of real world and virtual world interior environments.’ Journal of Interior Design 24(1) (1998): 27-39.

For examples of how to reference other source material please refer to essays published in the 2013 IDEA JOURNAL:


If your article is accepted, copyright permissions are also to be submitted after the peer review process with the final manuscript.

A proforma will be sent to you that you can use to apply for copyright permissions for images included in your final submission. Please upload the completed form and approval from copyright owner. Please refer to the Wikimedia Commons file that outlines copyright issue and caption requirements for images used from open source and creative commons.

Prior to inclusion of any material over which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to final manuscript submission. This includes text, data, tables, illustrations, photographs, drawing, audio clips, video clips, film stills, and screenshots.

Please note that copyright permissions are also due with final manuscript. Unfortunately we will be unable to proceed with the publication process if these are not in place by this time.

For further information or clarification please contact me: Idea Journal Chief Editor Julieanna Preston

Please also visit the IDEA Journal website to access previous issues of the IDEA JOURNAL:

Design Research Paper

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 Studio

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 Review

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 Essay

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’ (

Book & Exhibition Review

encouraging debate into the emerging literature dedicated to the expression and expansion of the theory and practice of interior design/interior architecture.


Intended to encourage the development of discourse catalysed by the IDEA Journal’s monthly publication, the Editor will now consider letters for publication. 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.


with prominent theorists, scholars, academics, practitioners or other experts from the interior design/ spatial design/ interior architecture their associated fields.

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