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Review Criteria

Upon acceptance of the Abstract proposal, each paper or workshop submission 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. Workshop submissions require a one-page paper.
  • Format
    All papers must utilize this standardized template.

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.