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Review Criteria


Each paper will be reviewed carefully by multiple peer review board members. The review board reserves the right to recommend that a paper be presented in an oral session or IDC education track session, at the board’s discretion. During review, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • Significant
    The paper has intellectual merit and impact and is thought-provoking. The conclusions are important, clearly stated and consistent with the observations and the implications for design education and the profession.
  • Forward-moving
    The paper shows observations; techniques and vision that are fresh and forward thinking, challenge existing norms and advance the profession.
  • Relevant
    The subject is relevant to industrial design education and practice, both nationally and internationally.
  • Clear
    The objective is well-defined. Findings and data are stated clearly; logically reported; and build to a sound and relevant conclusion. Methodology and references are cited; research protocol is defensible.
  • Well-written
    The paper is succinct, well-written and proofread; interesting and easy-to-understand.
  • Anonymous
    The body of the paper should be blind without any reference to your name, company or school (if selected, a paper with identifying information will be requested).
  • Third Person
    The paper should be written in the third person.
  • Length
    The length of the paper should be between four and eight pages, including an abstract and references.
  • Format
    All papers must utilize this standardized template. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Upon selection we will request a well-designed, visual version of the paper for presentation at the symposium. The author(s) is/are required to submit the following:

  • A “camera ready” paper.
  • An image to be included on idsa.org in the Education Paper Gallery.
  • Specs to come in with acceptance letter.