International Journal of Art & Design Education

Cover image for Vol. 33 Issue 1

Edited By: Jeff Adams

Impact Factor: 0.156

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 203/219 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1476-8070

Author Guidelines

Method for submission of material
Please submit your article electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts at

The International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE) provides an international forum for research in the field of the art and creative education. It is the primary source for the dissemination of independently refereed articles about the visual arts, creativity, crafts, design, and art history, in all aspects, phases and types of education contexts and learning situations. The journal welcomes articles from a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches to research, and encourages submissions from the broader fields of education and the arts that are concerned with learning through art and creative education.

The following list is not exhaustive but may give a flavour of the topics and areas of research for which the journal provides a platform: the social and cultural values which inform creative and arts-based education; methodologies of arts-based research; the value of arts in the curriculum; communities of learning; art and children’s development and learning; early years’ learning and creativity; cultural and ethnic values and the arts; theories and practices of visual culture; gender issues; the nature of creativity; issues-based learning through contemporary art; analysis and exemplification of specific art, craft and design practices; the politics of arts education; philosophy of the arts in education; progressive education through the arts; critical engagement with art of the past; prospects for the future of art and design education; international comparisons of arts practices; aesthetic education; architectural and public arts in education; the crafts and tradition and utility; design cultures and practices; contemporary art in education; conceptual arts and learning; performance-based arts.

Please note that the Editor of iJADE has the right to make accept and reject decisions on all submissions to the journal, and their decision is final.

General Guidance

iJADE has a large number of submissions, of which we can only publish a few. To give you article the best chance of being considered for publication, please follow the all of these guidance notes diligently. Here are some questions that the reviewers will ask of your article:

• Title and Abstract: Do the title and abstract accurately summarise the contents of the article?
• Are the title and abstract suitable for Internet search engines to guide and attract interested readers?
• Is it relevant to the field of creativity, or arts, crafts and design and education? Does the article have relevance to education or pedagogy as well as to arts, design or craft?
• Is the article up to date? Is there new knowledge or a new contribution to the field of arts/design/craft or education?
• Is published research in the field acknowledged? Does the article demonstrate familiarity with any similar/relevant research in previous issues of iJADE?
• Is evidence provided to support and substantiate any assertions or claims made?
• If the paper is a research project report are the research questions clear, are methods appropriate, the data credible, the findings clear, and the recommendations/conclusions justified? Are any study participants made suitably anonymous?
• Is the paper structured well – is the case well made and does the argument flow?
• Is your use of English of a publishable standard? Has it been thoroughly proof read? Ensure your paper is clearly written in standard, scientific English language appropriate to your discipline. Please note the English Language Editing Service: Visit our site to learn about the options. Please note that using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted by this journal.
• Is the article in the correct format for the journal, especially for citation and references? Is the total word length (including all quotes, references and bibliographies) within the 6000 word limit? Are any images (maximum of six) in the correct format? The formatting guidance that follows must be followed assiduously.

Manuscript Reviewing

Contributors should note that in order to maintain the high academic standards of the journal each submission is refereed blind by at least two reviewers. All editorial decisions are subsequently approved by the Society’s Publications’ Board.

The principal editor is empowered to act directly in the case of contributions that are particularly topical, meet the Publications Board’s general criteria, or would have diminished effectiveness if publication is delayed. There is normally a period of several months between the acknowledgement of receipt of a submission and a decision to accept, reject, or specify amendments, and articles accepted for publication may be not be printed for a year. A request for the revision of a manuscript does not imply that the manuscript will be published.

During submission authors will be asked to confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere; that all the research meets the ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study country.


The title is very important, as this is most prominent aspect of your article online and in print. It should be an accurate guide to the content of the article, and succinct.


An abstract of 150 to 250 words must accompany each article, and should be submitted separately (please follow instructions in the submission process). The abstract is an important part of the article, since is it often widely reproduced and guides readers and researchers choosing to download the article. Consequently it should summarise the main purpose/research questions addressed in the paper, the methods and or theoretical approaches employed, and indicate the findings or conclusions that the authors have reached, giving a clear idea to the potential reader of the content of the article.

The abstract should be followed by a maximum of six keywords that succinctly indicate the content of the paper.

The Main Manuscript

The main manuscript document file for submission should be prepared as a complete text but without acknowledgments, author details, affiliations or any running headers with author names that might identify the authors, to allow blinded review. All author details and biographies will be requested and submitted at different stages during the submission process.

The text should be printed on one side of the paper, preferably in Times 12 point, double spaced with ample margins, and clearly show the title of the contribution. All pages should be numbered. The document should be a Word document (or equivalent) and saved in compatibility mode i.e. with the suffix ‘.doc’ (not ‘docx’). The document must not be in a PDF format.

Manuscripts should normally be between 3000 and 6000 words maximum (including bibliography); visual equivalents to these word guidelines will also be considered.

Contributors should bear in mind that they are addressing an international audience, and terms specific to the culture or country of within which the article originated (i.e. ‘OFSTED’) should be explained.

The manuscript containing the main text must be uploaded with the file designation ‘main document’.

Citation in the manuscript should be in the Harvard style, with references indicated in the text by giving the author's name and the year of publication in parentheses e.g. (Rose 2001). References should be listed in full at the end of the article in alphabetical order (please see further down ‘Citations and References’ for more information).

Endnotes (do not use footnotes) should be avoided where possible; if any are required please position at the end of the paper, prior to the list of references.

In the event of a resubmission after amendments, ‘track changes’ must be switched off and additions should made visible using coloured text. Deletions and formatting changes do not need to be indicated. Amendments should be explained in the ‘cover letter’ section of the electronic resubmission process.

Use of English

A high standard of English is required. Please proof read scrupulously before submission. In order to help consistency and minimise publication delays, authors are requested to use the following guidelines:

1. English spelling conventions should be followed in the text (e.g. colour, centre, programme, etc.).

2. Do not use full stops in abbreviations - such as NSEAD - except in the common Latin abbreviations such as i.e., e.g. and etc.

3. Do not use apostrophes in plurals - the 1990s, GCSEs, etc.

4. Check the hyphenation of compound words is consistent, e.g. co-ordinators.

5. Do not use unnecessary capital letters. Words like government, art and design, head of art, do not need them. But a specific title, such as Rector of the Royal College of Art, does.

6. Do not underline any text. Only embolden or italicise text if there is a specific reason for it to be printed thus in the journal. This normally applies only to unusual words in languages other than English or, very occasionally, for additional stress.

7. Spell out numbers from one to ten like this. Use figures for numbers from 11 upward.

8. Use per cent in text and not the symbol % - but use % in tables.

9. Use single quotation marks ‘for all quoted matter of a sentence or less’ like this, except for quotes within quotes, ‘where “double quotation marks” should be used’ like this.

Longer citations (more than three lines) should be indented from the left margin, and the opening and closing quotation marks omitted, like this. The source of all quotations should be clearly cited in the text and in the list of references at the end. Please see below for guidance on this.

Citation and References

References should be indicated in the typescript by giving the author's name with the year of publication in parentheses. Quotations in the text and endnotes should be followed by page number from the source material (e.g., Rose 2001, 53). When several publications by the same author from the same year are cited then a, b, c, etc. should be placed after the year of publication. References should be listed in full at the end of the article in the standard Harvard format in alphabetical order as follows:


Rose, G. (2001) Visual Methodologies. London: Sage.

Journal articles:

Sprake, J. & Thomas, H. (2007) Transitional spaces: mapping physical change, International Journal of Art & Design Education, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 167-76.

Chapters in books:

Johnson, J. (2005) Art in contentious spaces, in D. Atkinson & P. Dash [Eds] Social and Critical Practices in Art Education. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, pp. 124-7.

Web pages:

Garner, S. (2000) The Role of Drawing in Design (online). Available at: (accessed 19 June 2009).


Steers, J. (2000) 'InSEA: Past, Present and Future', (CD-ROM) Congress proceedings of 30th World Congress of InSEA, Brisbane, Australia. Elsternwick, Victoria: AIAE.


All articles submitted for review may be subject to plagiarism checks using appropriate software and techniques. The editors and publishers take this very seriously as plagiarism, unintentional or deliberate, could undermine the reputation of the journal as well as breach copyright. Please ensure that you have cited all of your sources thoroughly and accurately before submission, and that you have not inadvertently copied or paraphrased others’ work without explicit attribution.


Responsibility for initial proofing rests with the author(s); manuscripts should only be submitted after careful reading for errors and typos. Authors often become ‘close’ to the text and develop writer’s ‘blindness’ to errors; it is recommended that a third party is invited to help with this; if English is not the first language of the authors, then this may be essential; please see the ‘Pre-submission English-language editing’ services section below.

The PDFs of accepted texts will be sent to the authors' for proofing; corrections to should be kept to a strict minimum at proof stage: extensive alterations are not permitted. Prompt return of corrected proofs is essential.

Figures, Captions and Tables


Up to six image files may be included in a submission. If more images are required (e.g. if the text is significantly shorter to compensate at a ratio of c. 300 words per image) please contact Emma Godding before submitting (

All images should have separate files, saved as tiffs, and uploaded separately from the main text, clearly numbered using Arabic numbers in the file title e.g. ‘Figure1.tiff’; please upload with the file-type designation ‘figure’. Good quality and relevant images/illustrations (Figures) are welcomed and may be submitted as 300dpi actual size TIFF files. Please do not embed images in the manuscript text. An indication of their position in the main text should be provided (e.g. ‘Figure 3 here’) with the relevant captions (captions can be left in the text in the relevant place).

We are keen to publish artwork in colour. As such, authors must supply artwork files in colour; otherwise it will be published in black and white. It is also the responsibility of the author to ensure that any artwork obtained through a third party has been granted the necessary permissions for publication, both for print and online publication.

Captions to illustrations (Figures) should be entered into a separate Word document and listed by Arabic numerals. The files should be uploaded with the file-type designation ‘captions’.

Image Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources. Most images of artworks published elsewhere require the artist’s or artist agents’ or publisher’s permission for reproduction. The source publisher’s ‘strap-line’ that explicitly expresses that permission has been granted should be included in the caption. All costs must be borne by the authors.

Authors including images of children and teachers and their work are responsible for seeking permission form all concerned to do so, and artwork should be attributed accurately, and this should be clear in the captions.


Tables and their captions may be embedded in the text. Tables must be listed by Roman numerals.

Authors’ Biographies

Each author must include a brief biographical note of not more than 120 words, to include their present post and location, education and previous positions, recent publications, etc. and postal and email address. This is uploaded as a separate file and must be uploaded at the same time as the submission of the main files. If there are several joint authors, each will need a separate file designated as ‘biography’ when uploading.


For a successful submission of a manuscript to be considered for publication authors will need to have all of the following ready before beginning the submission process at ScholarOne.

  • Author contact details;
  • Abstract (150-250 words);
  • Keywords (up to six);
  • Main document (up to 6000 words), anonymous (author names and affiliations removed) in editable format, ‘.doc’ only (not ‘.docx’, or PDF), images not embedded;
  • Figures (images/illustrations) in separate files;
  • An author biography for each author (max 120 words);

Copyright Transfer Agreement
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to log into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Services (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Copyright Transfer Agreement to sign. The terms and conditions of the Copyright Transfer Agreement can be previewed here. Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to log in to Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version
Funder Arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Arrangements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services here and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

A free PDF offprint and one free issue of the journal will be supplied to the author (or the first-named author, if several). Additional offprint copies may be ordered from the publishers at the author's expense. Orders should be placed at the initial proof stage prior to publication.

Books for Review
These should be addressed to:

Dr Jane McKay, Reviews Editor
International Journal of Art and Design Education
Faculty of Education and Children's Services
University of Chester
Parkgate Road

Please note that books sent for review cannot be returned to the authors.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Further enquiries

Please contact the editorial office at for further enquiries.

NSEAD address

The National Society of Education in Art and Design
3 Mason's Wharf
Potley Lane
SN13 9FY
Tel: 01225 810134