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

  • Peer-reviewed articles. Articles that cross discipline boundaries as they focus on the effective and efficient methods of designing and communicating information; disciplines will include technical communication, information design, information architecture, interaction design, and human-computer interaction.
  • Experience reports. Experience reports present project- or workplace-focused summaries of important technologies, techniques, or product processes.
  • Interesting research results. Short reports on interesting research or usability results that lack the rigor for a full article. For example, pilot studies, graduate student projects, or corporate usability studies where full details can’t be released.
  • Book reviews. Short reviews of books you think may be of interest to the communication design field. Please query ahead of time before sending.

We are also interested in proposals for guest editing special issues. As a guest editor, you would be responsible for providing two peer reviewed articles on a specific topic and, potentially, coordinating with the column editors so their columns can complement the issue’s theme.

CDQ Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Format all manuscripts for publication consideration according to the following guidelines:

Abstract: 100 words
Keywords: 3 – 5 words that will help readers locate your article
Length: 6,000 to 8,000 words (not including “References” or Appendices); individuals can submit
slightly longer or slightly shorter manuscripts, but they should contact the CDQ editor
before submitting such slightly longer or slightly shorter entries
Margins: 1” margins on all sides
Font: 11 or 12 pt. Times New Roman
Spacing: Single spaced; do not use tabs to indicate a new paragraph; instead, use a blank line between paragraphs
Pagination: Provide a page number in the upper, right-hand corner of all pages – e.g., pg. 2
Citation Style: American Psychological Association (APA) – for examples of APA citation style, see Cornell University Library’s APA Citation Style page online at https://www.library.cornell.edu/research/citation/apa
Headings: Primary-level headings = Centered, bold text with initial capitals
e.g., Example Primary-Level Heading
Secondary-level headings = Left-aligned, bold with initial capitals
e.g., Example Secondary-Level Heading
Tertiary-level headings = Left-aligned, italics with initial capitals on first word of
heading only
e.g., Example tertiary-level heading
  • Integrate visual elements into the pages/text of the related manuscript
    Elements: for initial review (authors of manuscripts accepted for publication will receive additional formatting guidelines for visuals upon notice of acceptance)
  • Identify all visual elements (e.g., tables, graphs, charts, and figures) via
    a corresponding, descriptive label (e.g., Table 1, Figure 1, etc.)
  • Provide a corresponding descriptive caption for each visual element and format
    captions as follows:
    e.g., Table 1: Sample Table Entry
  • Provide a corresponding in-text reference for each visual element and format as
    e.g., The researchers collected extensive data on this topic (see Table 1).
  • For any visual elements that are not the author’s own creation, the author must
    • Have the express, written permission of the related copyright holder to include the visual element in the manuscript at the time the manuscript is submitted for initial publication consideration
    • Provide a corresponding citation or reference noting the origin of the visual element
      e.g., Figure 1: Example Interface for Reference (Smith, 2014)

For more information or submissions of articles, reports, or research results, contact Derek G. Ross (derek.ross@auburn.edu).

For queries about book reviews, please contact E. Jonathan Arnett (jonathan.arnett@kennesaw.edu).