Unique Aspects of IJDL Submissions

IJDL publishes text, multimedia, and hybrid text/multimedia scholarly cases. All submissions to IJDL are reviewed in text format before they are accepted for publication. Each submission should clearly state the proposed final presentation format: PDF (text and/or multimedia) or multimedia.

  • Text: These cases should include primarily text, but image and multimedia assets embedded in the document are permitted. The layout of the manuscript will be indicated by the author in the initial reviewed document. After the article is accepted for publication, the assistant editor will work with the author to format the document into the required layout for publication, including the journal logo, article abstract, and author bios. Text articles are generally between 5000 and 9000 words, and contain a number of illustrations or other multimedia assets.
  • Multimedia: Submissions for articles meant to become multimedia presentations are first reviewed as a storyboard, including formatted text and images, in Microsoft Word or similar format. This drastically reduces the time needed to produce the final product. Multimedia cases may include audio, video, and animation as well as interactive components, but no live hyperlinks which lead outside the journal are supported. All assets must be submitted with the article after the review process, but in the initial submission, assets may be described in the storyboard. After the review process and acceptance for publication, primarily image or video articles should be then be completed in a multimedia authoring program (e.g., Adobe Flash, Adobe Captivate), and saved as a SWF, Multimedia PDF, or similar format. Spoken word or narrated portions of the presentation are generally one hour in total length, although non-interactive portions should be kept to a minimum to increase reader engagement. A transcript for accessibility, linked from within the document as an asset, is suggested to accommodate viewers who want or need it, but this is not required for publication of multimedia articles.

All assets or components of any article published in IJDL must be stored in the IJDL online journal system. IJDL does not permit external links beyond those used in standard APA references. IJDL articles include an American Psychology Association (APA) 6th Edition reference list and includes an abstract in both the Text and Multimedia formats.

Peer Review Process

Review Process and Publication

Design cases destined to be PDF or SWF formatted articles are reviewed in the same manner, by two blind reviewers. Please allow six weeks for reviews to be completed in either format. Once your article has been reviewed, and possible revisions have been completed on the manuscript, we ask the article be prepared for publication.

    • The preparation of text articles for publication requires the use of the IJDL template, provided here in Microsoft Word 2007 format, and should be used to submit your manuscript for review. Styles and formatting suggestions are provided, but the document will be formatted by the assistant editor prior to publication if accepted.
  • The preparation of multimedia articles for publication may require that reviewers' concerns be addressed while the article is still in storyboard format, if extensive multimedia assets are proposed. The example storyboard here shows an original marked storyboard and the revised version which went through review. The revised version of the storyboard may be commented on further if it appears that the revisions have not met the reviewers concerns. Once the reviewers concerns have been met in the returned storyboard, the author will be asked to create the multimedia article and amend this IJDL animation (fla version) to the beginning of the SWF. Please note that the text abstract of less than 250 words dos not apply to multimedia articles; in the case of the SWF submissions that abstract must be submitted in either PDF or MS Word formats as a separate document, and will appear on the journal's website.

Please note that this is an online journal with a significant amount of multimedia content, so publisher run-offs are not available.

Submissions can also be emailed as an attachment to the assistant editor at jwbaaki@gmail.com

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


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