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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 and an image permission sheet has been uploaded.
  • The author has included an Orcid Number, keywords, and biography to the author profile.

Author Guidelines

Dear Author(s)

Below you will find idea journal Author Guidelines updated February 2021. 

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

2. Authors are to ensure that any images used in their submission have copyright clearance. Please upload evidence with final revised manuscript including a permissions sheet found HERE. You may wish to request permissions using THIS proforma letter template; adjust to suit yur request.

3. 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 executive editor.

4. All intial manuscript submitted for peer review should be void of any information or data that identifies the author(s). Manuscript submissions must be submitted using the template found HERE. Using this template from the start makes the process of production streamline. Authors submitting visual essays should contact the Executive Editor for advice and guidance on how best to develop and submit a manuscript.

5. Text. As the template indicates, the text should contain, in this order: Title of article, author(s), affiliation (if any), ORCID number(s), up to 5 keywords, Abstract (no more than 300 words), Article Text, Notes, Acknowledgements and Biography for each author (no more than 100 words each). DO NOT include Author name, Affiliation, Acknowledgement and Biography sections in review submission-- simple replace with XXX.

6. 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 at the end of the text. 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 and hyperlinked when ever possible for each online source. The journal also follows Oxford English (UK English) and therefore uses single quote marks, rather than double quote marks for quotes and journal article titles. The exception to this rule would be with a quote within a quote.

Use the Word function to automatically locate or format reference endnotes.

7. Indicate the approximate location for all Images by embedding a low res thumbnail in the word doc submission. Write a caption that tells the reader about the image in relation to the text and add image credit (for example: Figure 01. Washing the dishes in the historic home. Image by M Carter, 2020.) Submit the high res images seperately. (See Images below.) In the text, signal a reader to refer to a figure with (Figure 01) located before the full stop of the sentence. Signal to the production editor where you would like the figure located by inserting "(Fig x inserted here)".

8. Use macrons, italics and special letters where needed according to source and Chicago style, Oxford English and grammar except when quoting from a non-Oxford English source. Two common exceptions to this rule are: use practice instead of practise for both verb and noun, and use the plural possessive i.e. designs' not designs's.

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

10. Use one space after full stop, not two.

11. 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.

12. Images: Images are to be uploaded as 300 dpi .jpg or PDF files named as Fig 01.jpg or Fig 01.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.

13. Please refer to the Wikimedia Commons file that outlines copyright issue and caption requirements for images used from open source and creative commons.

14. Prior to publication, you will need to provide written permission from the copyright holder to include any material over which you do not hold copyright. This includes text, data, tables, illustrations, photographs, drawing, audio clips, video clips, film stills, and screenshots. Permission should be sought by you, the author of the article, not IDEA. Unfortunately we will be unable to proceed with the publication process if these are not in place by this time.

15. Multimedia: Videos, sound files or other multimedia content are able to be accommodated by the idea journal website. The files should be clearly named and their locations should be identified in the text document. For the sake of archival integrity, it is preferred that multimedia files be hosted on the website and to do so, each file must be under 50MB large. The editor will work with authors to ensure quality and accessibility.



Enter the idea journal website:

Login to your profile on the idea journal website portal. Contact the Executive 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.

You should receive a automated notice from the journal website confirming your submission has been received. Your submission will be allocated an article #. Please use this same # for all correspondence and subsequent stages of this manuscript's review and preparation for publication; do not start a new submission for the same manuscript.

The process from this point on typically follows as:

- Reviewers assigned.

-Review reports returned and read by editor(s), a decision made to decline, resubmit with major revisions or accept with minor revisions. Author notified often with an offer to discuss appropriate revision approach.

-Revised manuscript submitted using same article #, reviewed by editor(s) or sent out for a third review. Comments sent back to author for further revision, or if satisfactory, sent to copyeditor.

-Copy editor makes edits and raises questions using track changes. Editor sends to author. 

-Author makes final revisions, submits newly revised manuscript (using same article #), and if all in order, article is accepted and proceeds to production editor.

-Production editor prepares proofs, editor sends to author for approval or small edits, author returns as signed off.

-Article is ready for publication. Authors receive a complimentary copy of their article for their records. 

Please be aware that idea journal, as of May 2020, is now published by AADR and available for the first year on e-pub platforms and via library EBSCO journal databases. After the first year is up, the articles will be uploaded to the idea journal website for open access. An e-pub means that the journal can be read on a wide range of devices and also contain multimedia content. The articles listed on the idea journal website will be in free open-access PDF format and have live links to enable multimedia and access to online content.


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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