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Game Design Documentation: Four Perspectives from Independent Game Studios
by Richard Colby and Rebekah Shultz Colby

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Volume 7, Issue 1

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About the Publication

Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ) is the peer-reviewed research publication of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for Design of Communication (SIGDOC). CDQ is in the ACM Digital Library.

Communication Design Quarterly’s Online First Model

Communication Design Quarterly’s new Online First model allows cutting-edge research to be published in a timely fashion. As articles are accepted, CDQ will publish an online-accessible version of the article, accompanied by an individual pdf and a DOI (digital object identifier), on the CDQ website.

You may cite your article using the date of online publication and the DOI. After publication of the journal containing your article you may cite your article including the volume, issue, and page number as well, along with the DOI. The DOI remains the same for both versions.

The DOI associated with your article is a permanent locator for your online document. Though the web address for your article will change as your work moves from Online First to our quarterly publication, the DOI will not change.


We invite you to contribute in any of the following areas:

  • Original research. Articles that cross disciplinary boundaries as they focus on effective and efficient methods of designing and communicating information.
  • Experience reports. Reports presenting project- or workplace-focused summaries of important technologies, techniques, methods, pedagogies, or product processes.
  • Book reviews. Short reviews of books you think may be of interest to the communication design field. Please query ahead of time before sending.

All submissions except book reviews are peer-reviewed. Book reviews are reviewed by the Book Review Editor.

By submitting your work for distribution in this Special Interest Group publication, you hereby grant to ACM the following non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide rights:

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  • to include the work in the ACM Digital Library and in any services related to the Digital Library
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We are also interested in proposals for guest editing special issues. As a guest editor, you would be responsible for soliciting three to five peer-reviewed articles on a specific topic along with an article-length introduction to the issue’s topic. You may propose a special issue individually, or as a group. Your proposal should demonstrate expertise on the topic being proposed and demonstrate the topic’s current interest to members of the communication design community. Each proposal should include a résumé/CV for proposed guest editors and a draft call for submissions. Guest editors are responsible for publicizing calls for papers, recruiting subject matter experts as peer reviewers, coordinating double-blind peer reviews, corresponding with authors and reviewers, editing final drafts, and submitting final drafts and any necessary forms to the CDQ editor.

CDQ Editor
Derek G. Ross
Auburn University

Editorial Assistant
Kathleen Franks
Auburn University

Caitlin Johnson
Auburn University

CDQ Book Review Editor
E. Jonathan Arnett
Kennesaw State University