Click on the any questions to read the answer.
Click again to close each.


Why send in an abstract?

An abstract is required to assess research quality, and assign reviewers. As we are working towards building themed publications we are also keen to see how your paper will fit with others.
For this reason we ask you to provide an abstract that clearly indicates the research field, the argument that you are making, the evidence that you propose to provide, and to ensure that if invited to submit a paper you are able to do so. See Author Guidelines.

What ‘style’ do you expect and how do I make sure the paper is in correct form?

We have an Author Guidelines page and there is a pdf that you should download and set up so that your Word style sheets comply to house style.

Will my paper be reviewed?

Yes, any abstract that has been reviewed by Editorial Board members and considered of academic quality and fits with the theme of an issue of anti-po-des will result in an invitation to provide for review, the full research paper or research work where practice is backed by theoretical research or discussion. As long as it is submitted by the deadline and follows the requirements of our Author Guidelines, including correct use of APA 5th referencing, this paper is then double-blind peer reviewed.

What happens if my paper has corrections to be made?

If accepted on the basis of some adjustment or correction, these should be made and a new version of the paper provided by deadline. anti-po-des reserves the right to accept or decline the paper on the basis of such adjustments or corrections. See our Author Guidelines section. Please provide a summary of the changes actioned.

Do the reviewers know much about my area of research?

We have an Editorial Board with a broad spectrum of design and research experience (see Editorial Board Biographies) and reviewers additional to our board. We try to send your abstract and paper to people with experience in your field or to very experienced and widely-read researchers. Your abstract is the first material we review and much can be understood from the form of the abstract and the theorists or key designers cited. For this reason we ask you to provide an abstract that clearly indicates the research field, the argument you are making, the evidence you propose to provide, and to ensure that if invited to submit a paper you are able to do so. See Author Guidelines.

What if the reviewer does not like what I write about?

As an academic journal, we are interested in a range of investigations, and if your paper passes the review conditions (see Author Guidelines) then the paper should be accepted for review. Reviewers are professional academics who may disagree with your argument, but as long as it is well constructed, well supported, and does not breach copyright or ethical issues, then they are still obliged to support it, with discussion.

What if the two reviewers do not agree?

We send the paper to a third reviewer with the comments made to date. They consider it from this point of view (not as an initial review). We abide by this decision.

Will I receive the reviews?

We have provided a summary of reviews in our initial round, as the points made are of importance to the author, especially in the case of corrections. If the paper is rejected we would not send the reviewer comments. We may introduce a summary sheet at some stage and that would be the form of review you receive.

Can I contact the reviewers and get more advice?

No. This review process is ‘double-blind’. It means they do not know whose is the paper that they are reviewing and you do not know who they are. They do not know who else is reviewing your paper.

Are papers ever ‘invited’?

If we know of some significant research that has been developed and presented then we might ask the researcher to develop a paper for a certain theme. This would still have to go through the process of review and there is no guarantee that it would be accepted even though we made the initial invitation.

Is there non-refereed material published?

Yes, we will from time to time have research reports, conference summaries, symposium presentations etc that we will publish. These will not have been double-blind reviewed but are useful for other researchers. When substantial, they are a contribution to the research environment and will be nominated as non-refereed material.

Can I stretch the deadline?

The deadline for submission is dovetailed into a long process involving a number of people. It is not possible to be treating individual cases out of this loop. However any adjustments made to our schedule are found in the Timetable section of the Call for Papers section of our website.

Where can I see previous papers?

On our Current Journal Page, and in our Archive after issue 2 is published.

Can I take material from my thesis to form a paper?

It is better to take an issue or chapter and rework it as a stand-alone piece with its own research question and outcomes. Our Author Guidelines discuss requirements that you should meet and this helps you to form your approach. Other journal sites (Design Studies, Working Papers in Art and Design, Design Philosophy Papers, etc.) also have useful information about paper structure on their websites.

Can I send in a number of abstracts?

It is strongly advised that you send only a single abstract that is specifically directed at the theme for the journal. A number of abstracts from the same author may suggest that the author is taking a quantity rather than quality approach to having their abstract accepted.

I would like to send my abstract to a number of journals

Of course you may have sent abstracts to a number of journals and been accepted by someone else before you hear from us. Watch our Journal Timetable and, if this happens, email us to withdraw your abstract.

What is plagiarism in this context?

We are interested in the context of your own ideas and the development of them. Plagiarism does not result from you as a researcher reporting others’ ideas if you are rigorously acknowledging them and recording the source of this prior writing. You must reference any material in any form that you did not create yourself. This includes charts, tables, maps, illustrations and photographs—indeed any material at all. You will not have the copyright to use others’ images unless this right has been assigned to you for this publication. You must not directly copy or paraphrase other writers’ words without referencing them, and, of course, the academic format requires evidence of quotation and citation after quotes. Also make sure that you acknowledge all facts, studies, etc. Our Author Guidelines give details for captioning and provenance on page 2 of the pdf.
Collaboration can be worthwhile, but any work done by others but commissioned by you must also be made clear.

Who/what is anti-po-des?

anti-po-des is a collaboration of design and related academics from throughout New Zealand, with some Australian, British and American colleagues who have a New Zealand connection. Editors are Masters or PhD graduates of, or academics at, most of the design schools in New Zealand that have post graduate design programmes. Our network began in 2005 as a method of supporting the development of a design research culture in this part of the world and we have been working on our journal launch since then. The Editorial Board is listed on this website and editors’ biographies are provided. Editors join or leave the Board from time to time, and some reviewers are additional to the board.
Volume One has an electronic publication date of November 2011. The call for papers for Volume 2 is also published at this date, and annually. Guest Editors propose the theme for each volume.
We have had one research seminar and will hold more from time to time.
We have received generous support in starting this research enterprise from AUT University and Unitec.