anti-po-des guidelines for writers [2013-14]

anti-po-des journal aims to provide support for researchers through expert review, following guidelines which offer the ability to strengthen or extend arguments, and maintain rigour.
Our reviewers are often discipline-specific and they follow a guideline process established by reputable design research journals. The reviewing is a double-blind review process. Neither of the two reviewers knows each-other, nor who the author is, and the author is not given the names of the reviewers. The (anonymous) feedback will be provided to you to enable you to strengthen structure, argument or expression.

In the case of dispute, the paper is sent for a third review.

anti-po-des initially reviews abstracts in order to select the appropriate issue of the journal for a paper, or to assess submission level. Please do not send in an abstract unless you are sure you can meet the requirements to publish, should the abstract be selected.

The following are guidelines of the article.

  1. There must be title, abstract and keywords for the paper, and these must be appropriate to the research and reporting. Your name, affiliation and the keywords should be on a cover sheet (removed for reviewing).
  2. Please submit your paper in the format and software stipulated in these guidelines. Submit your article in a Word document. Please follow the type style guide in the accompanying pdf.
  3. The anti-po-des journal uses APA 5Th edition referencing style. This must be applied correctly and consistently. In-text citation or reference list entries must be thoroughly checked for consistency.
    Further details regarding captions for creative work and figures are included in the accompanying pdf.
  4. The object of the article must be clearly stated. Description of the related issues and references used to support the viewpoints you put forward is necessary. Your writing must be able to show how these issues have been approached and what the implications arising from them are.
  5. Where articles have drawn on research, the nature of quoted studies needs to be stated and the methods described, where appropriate.
  6. The development of the ideas of the article is important. Drawing conclusions about how the goals of the research have been met is one method, clearly describing models of practice and your application of this method to your process is another.
  7. Identify possible replication of existing work in your subject area–either by yourself or others–in your article and state any errors.
  8. Diagrams, images or illustrations can support your points but must be created by you or credited, and accompanied by approval, if created by another. They must be of a design standard and good enough visual quality as this is a design journal. It is possible to consider a collaboration in order to strengthen this area
    if it is important to the research.
    Consider the use you will make of these. Are they central to the investigation? Will they be used consistently?
  9. The clarity of writing and the author’s ability to develop the ideas of the article are important. Try to avoid using jargon which may affect the clarity of the article.
  10. We are looking for the article to make a contribution to design research, or the design field. It needs to be a scholarly standard but we do also accept Literature Review-type papers which have sufficient framing to make a research paper of value to other researchers.