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The International Journal of Designs for Learning is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to publishing descriptions of artifacts, environments and experiences created to promote and support learning in all contexts by designers in any field. The journal provides a venue for designers to share their knowledge-in-practice through rich representations of their designs and detailed discussions of decision-making. The aim of the journal is to support the production of high quality precedent materials and to promote and demonstrate the value of doing so. Audiences for the journal include designers, teachers and students of design and scholars studying the practice of design. The journal does not charge authors submission or publication fees.

Call for Submissions

Authors are invited to submit design cases documenting interventions (artifacts, environments or experiences) created to promote learning. Designs cases from every field of practice are accepted. While a case may include documentation of the effectiveness of a design, the focus of the case should be descriptive, detailing how the designed artifact came to be. IJDL also publishes descriptions of closely related designs or detailed discussions of specific design genres for learning where multiple designs of one type are addressed in a single article.

Full-length design cases should include a detailed description of the intervention as the central focus. In addition, the case should address: the critical and/or interesting decisions made during the design process and their results in the intervention, key aspects of the design process as they are relevant to the form of the intervention, and transparent discussion of problems and/or failure analysis relevant to the intervention and its design. Authors should make clear the relationship of the author to the project being described, the context and conditions under which the project was carried out, and the features of the project that prompted the authors to make it the subject of a case.

Collaborative articles which include multiple related design cases, or condensed cases, must have one, and only one, corresponding author. Condensed design cases should include selected representations of the intervention together with a short description of the context and goals of the intervention. The presentations of multiple related and condensed designs can be proposed to be either text or multimedia cases.

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. A Submission Preparation Checklist is provided below this section.

Review Process and Publication

Design cases destined to be text or multimedia formatted articles are reviewed in the same manner, by two consecutive reviewers. Please allow six weeks for completion of the first review. After the first review, you will be notified, and a decision will be made about either immediate revisions, withdrawal of the submission, or advancing the article to a subsequent reviewer. The second reviewer will see both the manuscript and the first anonymous review. If the author has chosen to make revisions prior to the second review, a summary of revisions should be provided. The review process is the same for both text and multimedia articles. Once your article has been reviewed, revisions have been completed on the manuscript, and the article has been accepted by the editor, we will work with the corresponding author to prepare the article for publication.

  • A template, provided here in Microsoft Word 2007 format, 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 requires that reviewers' concerns be addressed while the article is still in storyboard format. The example storyboard here shows an original marked storyboard and the revised version which went through the review process. 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 prepend the IJDL animation (fla version) to the beginning of the interactive file.
  • Please note that a text abstract of less than 250 words is required for all articles. For multimedia submissions, the abstract can be submitted in either PDF or Microsoft Word format as a separate document.

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

Submissions should be submitted through the online journal system, or may be emailed as an attachment to the Assistant Editor at jwbaaki@gmail.com

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 being considered by another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or similar format. A template, provided here in Microsoft Word 2007 format, 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. When proposing the publication of a multimedia article, submissions are reviewed in storyboard form in Microsoft Word. This allows reviewers to comment directly to the author about possible revisions and improvements to the design case. An example of a storyboard submission is available here.
  • Where available, URLs or DOI markers for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Multimedia assets can be described, however screen captures and a description of what the asset will include are helpful. All text uses the styles built into the Microsoft Word template.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • IJDL is a peer-reviewed journal. Because of the descriptive nature of design cases, a blind review cannot be guaranteed, and no anonymizing of manuscripts is required prior to review. Author names or affiliations should not be included explicitly in the manuscript, but references and bibliographic information can be maintained without being anonymized.