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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 adheres to the idea journal Guidelines for Authors.
  • All images have permission to be published in idea journal.
  • The author has included an Orcid Number, keywords, biography to their author profile.

Author Guidelines

Dear Author(s)

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

The work that is submitted must not have been published or in process of being reviewed by another publisher including online self publishing.

Authors are to ensure that any images used in their submission have copyright clearance. Please upload evidence with final manuscript.

In order to uphold the double blind peer review process, manuscripts submitted for peer review should not contain any reference that could identify you as author such as your name, the name of your work, your affiliation, ect. This includes image credits and online content.  If you are submitting an online video, please contact the chief editor.

Final and review manuscript submissions must be submitted as:


Submit as an A4 .docx file (not pdf files) including in this order Title of article, author(s), up to 5 keywords, Abstract (no more than 300 words), Article Text, Notes, Acknowledgements and Biography for each author (no more than 150 words total). DO NOT include Acknowledgement and Biography sections in review submission. 

The idea journal uses a variation of the Chicago Notes and Bibliography style, in which the Notes and Bibliography are merged as one list of Notes. The list of Notes cites each source reference in the text (including creative works) fully for the first time the source is listed. Page numbers are to be included. Urls are to be included when ever possible for each source.

Do not use the Word function to automatically locate or format reference notes; instead list them manually at the end of the article to make final graphic layout more expedient. Manually insert a superscript number to locate references.

Do not embed images into the text file; locate images by inserting "(Fig x inserted here)".

Use arial font, 1.0 line spacing, 25mm margins all around, justified left only, no special formatting or pagination.

Use macrons, italics and special letters were needed according to source and Chicago style, Oxford English and grammar except when quoting from a non-Oxford English source.

Indent quotes longer than 40 words by 15mm both sides, seperate paragraphs by a space and no indentation of first line.

Use one space after full stop, not two.

Use single quoatation marks except when quotes are within quotes. Refer to Chicago style:

All types of articles except for the Visual Essay should target 5,000 - 7,000 words all inclusive of Notes, Captions, Acknowledgements. Visual essays tend to be much shorter.


Images are to be uploaded as 300 dpi .jpg or PDF files named as Fig 1.jpg or Fig 1.pdf.

Each image should be no more than A4. There are no limits on the overall dimensions otherwise.

Keep images under 3MB especially for the review stage. For final manuscript we can explore larger file size if needed.

If an image is to be included in colour, submit it as such, the same for B&W.

Charts, tables, and diagrams or any image that has text or lines in it should be submitted as a EPS file in order to hold the resolution and sharpness.

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.

To assist you in listing images and their associated permissions, use this proforma.

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”. Follow the above guidelines for text and images.


Enter the idea journal website:

Login to your profile using the password you set up to submit the EOI. Contact the Chief Editor Julieanna Preston ( if you experience issues or have forgotten your password and username.

Run through the data specific to that submission making sure to open the tab "+MORE DETAILS" where you will need to enter your Orcid number and other essential data. The Orcid number ( will enable your article to be found by citation software and libraries, a significant factor for research academics and the journal's goal to reach Q1 or 2 status.

Upload all the elements to your submission indicating in the pull down tab what element it is.

Name your files like this: submission number_surname_text. For example: 123_peterson_text.docx , and 123_peterson_fig 1.jpg. The portal system will automatically remove your surname from the file name when it goes to reviewers.

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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