Aim and Scope

International Journal of Designs for Learning is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to publishing descriptions of artifacts, environments, and experiences created to promote and support learning in all contexts by designers in any field. Published biannually, the journal provides a venue for designers to share their knowledge-in-practice through rich representations of their designs and detailed discussion of decision-making. The journal supports the production of high-quality precedent materials and promotes and demonstrate the value of doing so. Audiences for the journal include designers, teachers, students of design, and scholars studying the practice of design. The IJDL Library of Congress ISSN is 2159-449X.

Unique Aspects of IJDL Submissions

IJDL publishes text and hybrid text/multimedia scholarly cases. All submissions to IJDL are reviewed in text format before they are accepted for publication. 

Cases typically include primarily text, but image and multimedia assets embedded in the document (which will later be stored in archival form by IU Libraries, if the article is accepted) 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.

Peer Review Process

Design cases are reviewed by two anonymous peer reviewers. Please allow a minimum of six weeks for reviews to be completed. Once your article has been reviewed, and possible revisions have been completed on the manuscript, we ask the article be prepared for publication. We estimate the average number of weeks between initial submission and final publication to be about 40 weeks. The journal does not charge authors submission or publication fees.

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. For review purposes, include all images as "inline" with an appropriate caption. All figures will be requested as separate, high-quality files (e.g., PDF, JPG, PNG) if the article is accepted for publication. Authors' names and affiliations, as well as any reference to authors' names throughout the manuscript, need to be removed, to ensure an anonymous review process. 

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

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. IJDL permits any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose. Except as otherwise noted, the content published by IJDL is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.

Long-term Preservation

This journal utilizes the CLOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.  More...

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

Repository Policy

Authors may deposit a copy of their published IJDL submission in their affiliated institutional repository immediately upon publication. While any version of your work (1. Submitted version, 2. Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript), or 3. Published version) may be deposited without embargo, we recommend using the final publication version (Version of Record). The repository version should link back to the original IJDL landing page for the submission.


Association for Educational Communications & Technology / Indiana University Bloomington

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) 7th Edition reference list and includes an abstract in both the Text and Multimedia formats.