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Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Design invites contributions of three types:

  • original articles
  • state-of-the-art reviews
  • design case studies

Contributions should fall within the scope of the journal outlined in the statement of Focus and Scope. In particular, the journal encourages the submission of manuscripts investigating social-cultural impacts on design and reporting of design research with practical relevance.

Preparing for Submission
Submission of a manuscript implies that the paper has not been submitted to or published in any other journal, in the same or similar form, in English or in any other language. Manuscripts previously published in a workshop, symposium, or conference can be submitted for consideration provided that the authors inform the editorial office at the time of submission and that the manuscripts have undergone substantial revision.

Double-blind Review
To facilitate the journal's double-blind peer review process, authors should make efforts to ensure that information about the authors' identities do not appear anywhere in the manuscript. If an author is cited, "Author" and year should be used in the bibliography and footnotes instead of the author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name should also be removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found under the File menu.

Manuscript Template File
Authors should download and use the template file to prepare their manuscripts: Template for MicroSoft Word.

The preferred format is Portable Document Format (.pdf). Manuscripts should be created with the template download from our website.

Submitting papers to IJDesign is free of charge. After the paper is accepted for publication, the authors will pay a post-acceptance fee of US$1,000 per article to support the journal production, open access, and online hosting and archiving. Upon the notification of acceptance, we will send an invoice to the authors via PayPal. Authors can pay this fee using various payment methods offered by PayPal. If the authors prefer other payment approaches, please contact the Managing Editor to make other arrangements.
We can offer partial or full waivers when the first and corresponding authors are unable to pay the fee, due to the lack of funding supports or economic siituations. In such cases, the authors need to fill out the waiving request form and send it to the Managing Editor. The editorial office will review the request and communicate with the authors onwards to find a solution.

Manuscripts must be in English. Both English and American spellings are acceptable. Authors fluent in another language are encouraged to provide, in addition to the full manuscript, a title page and an abstract in the other language.

The international system of units (SI) should be used. If other units are mentioned, their equivalent in SI should be provided.

Only a concise and informative title should be included. Please remove information about the authors' names and affiliations for the double-blind review process.

A manuscript must include an abstract containing no more than 200 words. It should indicate the techniques used and summarize the most important results. Statements about relevance to design practice should be included (25-50 words).

Length of a Manuscript
A paper with 6000~8000 words (excluding Endnotes and References) is appropriate. The content is equal or less than 27 pages, and the file size is less than 5 MB.

The use of footnotes is discouraged. Instead, they should be incorporated into the text.

3 to 6 keywords should be provided after the abstract.

The text should be single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

All figures should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. A caption of no more than 15 words should be provided. The preferred formats for figures are PNG and JPEG. All figures should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

All tables should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. A title of no more than 15 words and a legend explaining any abbreviation used in that table should be provided. All tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

All URL addresses in the text (e.g., should be activated and ready to click.

Multimedia Files
Authors are encouraged to submit multimedia files that are essential to the conclusions of the manuscript. Multimedia files, such as 3-dimensional computer models, videos, and interactive demonstrations, will be published as online extra to the manuscript. The preferred formats are MPEG and Quicktime.

Authors are required to obtain permission to reproduce previously copyrighted materials from other sources in both print and electronic form.

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. The APA system of referencing should be used. Some citation examples from the APA Style Essentials are shown below:

  1. Journal article
    Desmet, P. M. A., & Hekkert, P. (2007). Framework of product experience. International Journal of Design, 1(1), 57-66.

  2. Journal article, Internet-only journal
    Bergen, D. (2002, Spring). The role of pretend play in children's cognitive development. Early Childhood Research & Practice, 4(1). Retrieved February 1, 2004, from

  3. Non-English journal article
    Lin, R. T. (2006). 訴說故事,營造情境--文化創意設計的情境故事[Scenario and story-telling approach in cross cultural design]. 藝術欣賞, 2(5), 4-10.

  4. Book
    Wundt, W. (1905). Fundamentals of psychology (7th ed.). Liepzig: Engelman.

  5. English translation of a book
    Baudrillard, J. (2006). The system of objects (J. Benedict, Trans.). New York: Verso. (Original work published 1968)

  6. Article or chapter in an edited book
    Schifferstein, H. N. J., Mugge, R., & Hekkert, P. (2004). Designing consumer-product attachment. In D. McDonagh, P. Hekkert, J. Van Erp, & D. Gyi (Eds.), Design and emotion: The experience of everyday things (pp. 327-331). London: Taylor & Francis.

  7. Article in a published proceedings
    Khalid, H. M. (2001). Can customer needs express affective design? In M. G. Helander, H. M. Khalid, & T. M. Po (Eds.), Proceedings of Affective Human Factors Design (pp. 190-198). London: Asean Academic Press.

  8. Article in an electronic proceedings
    Chen, C.-w., You, M., Liu, H., & Lin, H. (2006). A usability evaluation of web map interface. In E. Koningsveld (Ed.), Proceedings of the 16th World Congress of the International Ergonomics Association [CD ROM]. New York: Elsevier Science.

  9. Article in print magazine or newsletter
    Heskett, J. (2002, September/October). Waiting for a new design. Form, 185, 92-98.

  10. Article in the online magazine or news
    Wallis, C. (2005, January 09). The new science of happiness. Time Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2006, from,9171,1015902,00.html.

  11. Published doctoral dissertation
    Ross, P. R. (2008). Ethics and aesthetics in intelligent product and system design (Doctoral dissertation). Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

  12. Unpublished doctoral dissertation
    Gedenryd, H. (1998). How designers work – Making sense of authentic cognitive activities (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

  13. Unpublished master’s thesis
    McNeil, P. (1993). Designing women: Gender, modernism and interior decoration in Sydney, c. 1920–1940 (Unpublished master’s thesis). Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

  14. Report
    Wu, J. T., & Liu, I. M. (1987). Exploring the phonetic and semantic features of Chinese words (Tech. Rep. No. NSC75 0310 H002-024). Taiwan National Science Council.

  15. Web document on university program or department Web site
    Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Web site:

  16. Stand-alone Web document (no date)
    Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from

  17. Stand-alone Web document (no author, no date)
    Gender and society. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2001, from

  18. Journal article from database
    Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15(5), 503-522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.

  19. Abstract from secondary database
    Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20(1), 168-172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.


Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The content presented in the manuscript has not been submitted to or published in any other journal, in the same or similar form, in English or in any other language.
  2. The manuscript was prepared according to the requirements described in the author’s guidelines page.
  3. The manuscript meets the requirement of a double-blind review process. All information about the authors' names and affiliations should be removed.
  4. The manuscript was prepared by using the template provided on our website. This will ensure that the manuscript contains the necessary sections and help to facilitate the post-production process.
  5. The contents are approximately 27 pages (or 6000 – 8000 words) and the file size is less than 5 MB.
  6. The authors granted their first publication rights to the International Journal of Design.

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