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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

  • The work that is submitted must not have been published or in process of being reviewed by another publisher. Authors are to ensure that any images used in their submission have copyright clearance.

  • Final submissions must be submitted as .docx files (not pdf files).

  • Please ensure that the submission is referenced and formatted in strict accordance

    with the IDEA AuthorGuide (see following). In addition, please also see the detailed

    guide to notes using the Chicago referencing system.

  • For publication ALL images, diagrams etc will be required as separate .jpg files at

    300 dpi at size approximating 20x20cm square. Images can be uploaded via


  • The Editor will set up a Dropbox folder and share it with you.


    Please use A4 portrait document settings, left justified, with no special formatting.


    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.

    B o d y t e x t : 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: Avinir Light 10 point for bodytext.

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.

In general images will be published in colour.

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 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: Copyright:

Copyright permissions are also to be submitted via Dropbox by 30 July 2017.

A proforma has been sent to you that you can use to apply for copyright permissions for images included in your submission to the 2015 IDEA Journal. Please add the completed form and approval from copyright owner to your Dropbox and reference to relevant images.

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 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 by 30 July. 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: Lynn Churchill, executive editor, IDEA Subject: IDEA Journal

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

IDEA JOURNAL ACN 135 337 236

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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