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Author Guidelines

Design and Culture considers all manuscripts on the condition that

  • the manuscript is your own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including your own previously published work

  • the manuscript has been submitted only to Design and Culture; it is not under consideration or peer review or accepted for publication or in press or published elsewhere

  • the manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libellous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal

manuscript preparation
A typical manuscript will not exceed 8000 words including tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes. Manuscripts that greatly exceed this will be critically reviewed with respect to length. Principle articles should be of a length between 5,000 and 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4–8 images. Articles for specific sections, such as “Statement of Practice,” should be approximately 3,000 words (with notes and references), and include 2–3 images. Exhibition and book reviews are normally 750 words in length. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript.

Manuscripts are accepted in English. American English spelling and punctuation are preferred. Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”. Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.

All authors of a manuscript should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and short biographical note on the cover page of the manuscript. Do not place any author’s name on any other page of the manuscript.

All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors; the corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed by all authors.
One author should be identified as the corresponding author. Please give the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Please note that the email address of the corresponding author will normally be displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal style) and the online article.

Abstracts of 100 words are required for all manuscripts submitted.

Each manuscript should have 5 to 8 keywords.

Section headings should be concise.

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:

  • For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."

  • For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."

Authors must also incorporate a Disclosure Statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their research.

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order:

  1. title page (including Acknowledgements as well as Funding and grant-awarding bodies)

  2. abstract

  3. keywords

  4. main text

  5. acknowledgements

  6. references

  7. appendices (as appropriate)

  8. table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)

  9. figure caption(s) (as a list)

style guidelines
US spelling and mechanicals are to be used. Authors are advised to consult The Chicago Manual of Style (15th Edition) as a guideline for style. Webster’s Dictionary is our arbiter of spelling. We encourage the use of major subheadings and, where appropriate, second-level subheadings.

When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.

Authors must adhere to SI units. Units are not italicised.

For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.

Authors must not embed equations or image files within their manuscript.

Footnotes appear as “Notes” at the end of articles. Authors are advised to include footnote material in the text whenever possible.

Notes are to be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and are to be typed double-spaced at the end of the text. Do not use any footnoting or end-noting programs that your software may offer as this text becomes irretrievably lost at the typesetting stage.

Each article should include a list of references that is limited to, and inclusive of, all those publications actually cited in the text.

References are to be cited in the body of the text in parentheses with the author’s last name, the year of original publication, and page number—e.g. (Rouch 1958: 45).

Titles and publication information appear as “References” at the end of the article and should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically for each author. Names of journals and publications should appear in full. Film and video information appears as “Filmography.”

References cited should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. References not presented in the style required will be returned to the author for revision.

Please provide the highest quality figure format possible. To improve the print and online display, please ensure that all figures and graphics are supplied at the appropriate resolutions listed below:

Minimum 1200 dpi for line art; Minimum 300 dpi for colour.

Figures must be saved separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the manuscript file.

Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).

All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).

Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the manuscript, and numbered correspondingly.

The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

criteria for evaluation
Design and Culture operates on a double-blind peer-review basis. Articles will be reviewed anonymously by qualified academic reviewers. Detailed feedback will also be provided by the Journal’s editors.

Keep in mind that this process may be time consuming, so it may some time for an article to be published following the initiation of the peer-review process.

Please note that Design and Culture uses CrossCheck™ software to screen manuscripts for unoriginal material. By submitting your manuscript to Design and Culture you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your manuscript may have to undergo during the peer-review and production processes.
Any author who fails to adhere to the above conditions will be charged with costs which Design and Culture incurs for their manuscript at the discretion of Design and Culture’s Editors and Taylor & Francis, and the manuscript will be rejected.

further information
Taylor & Francis Author Guides provide a broad and extensive overview of numerous elements of writing and publishing. Topics range from research methods to using special characters to search engine optimization with key words and promoting a published article. Authors and editors are strongly encouraged to review this resource.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. be sure to register as an author
  2. title page including author contact info & three-sentence bio
  3. abstract (100-150 words)
  4. keywords (5-8)
  5. main text
  6. acknowledgements, references, appendices (as appropriate)
  7. figure caption(s) as a list
  8. author name(s) removed from manuscript except for cover page

Copyright Notice

To assure the integrity, dissemination, and protection against copyright infringement of published articles, you will be asked to assign Taylor & Francis, via a Publishing Agreement, the copyright in your article.

Copyright assignment occurs during the editing & pre-publication process.

Your Article is defined as the final, definitive, and citable Version of Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final form, including the abstract, text, bibliography, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material hosted by Taylor & Francis. The Publishing Agreement with you will constitute the entire agreement and the sole understanding between you and the publishers; no amendment, addendum, or other communication will be taken into account when interpreting your and our rights and obligations under this Agreement. You can review a standard publishing agreement.

Copyright and you provides an overview of copyright terms and specific details about Taylor and Francis' copyright terms. It also includes a link to a sample Publishing Agreement.

reproduction of copyright material
If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing, audio clip, video clip, film still, and screenshot, and any supplemental material you propose to include. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).
You must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to you for reuse by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.
The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

For further information and FAQs on the reproduction of copyright material, please consult Taylor & Francis' Using third-party material in your article.


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