A call for submissions for possible publication in the FIFTH issue of the AIGA DEC’s scholarly journal Dialectic

Authors are invited to submit works for possible publication in the FIFTH issue of Dialectic, a biannual journal devoted to the critical and creative examination of issues that affect design education, research, and inquiry. Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan, is publishing Dialectic on behalf of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). The fifth issue will be published between March 15 and April 15, 2019. The deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives written and/or designed that meet Dialectic Issue 05’s categorical descriptions (see below) is: 5:00 pm CDT, July 27, 2018.

Dialectic’s fifth issue seeks papers and visual narratives that critically examine, interrogate or reveal how and why design processes informed by various aspects of making have affected (or should affect) the workings of complex systems wherein people “actively participate in generating the content and quality of [their] experiences.” (excerpted from Armstrong, H., Blume, M., Chochinov, A., Davis, M. et al “The AIGA Designer of 2025,” published by AIGA, NY, NY, USA, 2017). Papers and visual narratives that explore design’s evolution from being rooted in the making of artifacts and messages to its expansion into making more human-centered endeavors rooted in experiences, services, interactions and even public policies are welcomed. Submissions are also encouraged that effectively document how design processes can or should affect collaborations that involve broadly informed, egalitarian conversations-cum-collaborations.

Dialectic’s Editorial Board hopes that AIGA DEC “MAKE” and Cumulus 2018 conference attendees will consider submitting papers based on their conference presentations and Proceedings publications. We also invite other design educators, researchers and practitioners around the world who wish to share scholarship, research or criticism that aligns with the themes described above to submit their work for possible publication in our fifth issue. 

Authors planning to contribute to this issue, be they conference attendees or others, are reminded that their work should be framed in one of the submission types described in the “categorical descriptions” section that appears later in this communiqué. All submitters are hereby notified that all work we publish MUST satisfy our editorial guidelines (https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/policies-guidelines), and MUST ABIDE BY FORMAL PARAMETERS SUCH AS WORD COUNTS (see below).

Each piece that Dialectic will publish must be based on fundamentally sound scholarship and inquiry, and be written or designed so that is broadly accessible, and focused on topics relevant to our audiences. 

Questions to shape submissions for possible publication in Dialectic Issue 05

The fifth issue of Dialectic seeks papers and visual essays/narratives of interest to a diverse audience of design educators and practitioners. Example prompts for authors include (but are not limited to):

How can research informed by design effectively guide knowledge construction and understanding that help diverse groups effectively facilitate negotiation, especially when agendas conflict?

How can design decision-making processes effectively inform and guide the collaboration and management of interdisciplinary teams?

How can designers best initiate and sustain roles for themselves as curators of events that occur across digitally mediated environments in ways that foster community building?

How can designers design, operationalize and analyze their making processes, and then share knowledge derived from these, to help fuel critical thinking and overcome narrowly informed assumptions and biases?

How can designers involve collaborators from outside design in projects and initiatives that help organizations evolve working practices and procedures from “where they are now (and have been)” to “where they wish (and need) to go in the future.”

Submission Guidelines (Part One):

Authors and visual narrative creators planning to contribute to our fifth issue are reminded that each submission to Dialectic should be framed in one of the following submission types, which are described in more detail at https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/what-we-publish:

· original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling

· research papers

· long-form case study reports/case series reports

· position papers

· criticism of designed artifacts, systems, and processes

· reviews of books, exhibitions, and conferences

· survey papers

· theoretical speculations

· editorial responses from Dialectic readers

Each piece that Dialectic will publish must be based on fundamentally sound scholarship and inquiry, written or designed so that is broadly accessible, and focused on topics relevant to its audiences. All submissions to Dialectic, regardless of category, MUST BE AUTHORED ACCORDING TO GUIDELINES SPECIFIED IN THE 16TH EDITION OF THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE (CMS). Submissions that are NOT authored to the CMS are subject to immediate rejection WITHOUT any form of review. It is STRONGLY suggested that ALL potential authors, regardless of experience level, employ/utilize the services of an editor with significant, accrued experience editing scholarly prose to edit their writing PRIOR to submitting a manuscript for our review.

Submission Guidelines (Part Two):

Thorough instructions re: how manuscripts should be formatted prior to submissionare located at:

https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/submit

The instructions found at the web address listed above provide detailed information about what each submission to Dialectic Issue 05 MUST include, including 1) the manuscript or visual narrative itself, formatted according to our specifications (https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/docs/dialectic-properly-formatted-manuscript-pages.pdf) 2) a cover letter that contains the author’s e-mail address, 3) a biographical statement for each author of between 75 and 125 words, 4) a separate document that contains all of the captions necessary to accompany each of the figures, tables and/or other images that appear within the piece, 5) how images, tables, maps, diagrams, etc. MUST be formatted and submitted as individual files, and how they MUST be identified and placed within the manuscript or visual narrative they accompany, 6) how footnotes, citations and references MUST be handled (according to the Chicago Manual of Style; sample citations can be found at: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/docs/dialectic-required-citation-structure-style.pdf.

Manuscripts and visual narratives may be REJECTED OUTRIGHT if their authors/designers do not follow the instructions described above, or if prescribed wordcounts are exceeded or not met.

A thorough description of our editorial review process may be found at: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/review-process.

A description of Dialectic’s editorial policies and ethical guidelines may be found at: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/policies-guidelines

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Dialectic’s web address for submissions:

https://dialectic.submittable.com/submit

Submitters are hereby advised to peruse the contents of the entire Dialectic website to ensure that their submissions meet ALL of Dialectic’s criteria for publication BEFORE they submit work for consideration. Reading the rest of this communiqué CAREFULLY and THOROUGHLY is also encouraged.

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Dialectic’s inaugural issue/”Issue 01” was published in March of 2017 and is available online at Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/Dialectic-Scholarly-Leadership-Discipline-Communication/dp/1607854155), or as an online entity at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic

Dialectic’s second issue/“Issue 02” was released in November 2017 and is available online at Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/1607854686/ref=asc_df_16078546865481016?tag=shopz0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_mp_1475-20&15271096521798500089810080302008005&creative=395261&creativeASIN=1607854686&linkCode=asn), or as an online entity at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic

Dialectic’s third issue/“Issue 03” will be released in June 2018.

Dialectic’s fourth issue/“Issue 04” will be released in November 2018.

All submissions to Dialectic MUST be made through the “Submittable” website hosted by Michigan Publishing listed above. Please DO NOT attempt to send any type of submission as an e-mail attachment to any of Dialectic’s Editorial Board members, its Producer, its AIGA DEC liaisons, or members of its Advisory Committee. Instructions for formatting ALL types of submissions are embedded (per category) in this submittable website. Submissions that are NOT formatted according to these instructions will be rejected. All submissions must be created in keeping with the editorial policy of Dialectic, which is articulated here: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/policies-guidelines.

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Important dates:

Deadline for full versions of papers written that meet Dialectic Issue 05’s categorical descriptions is: 5:00 pm CST, July 27, 2018

Initial/Desk reviews of submissions to Dialectic Issue 02 complete: August 20, 2018

External reviews of submission to Dialectic Issue 02 complete: October 1, 2018

Authors responses/revisions to external reviewers’ suggestions re: their manuscripts due: October 29, 2018

Dialectic Issue 05 published: March 15–April 15, 2019

Dialectic’s managing editor:

Keith M. Owens, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Dialectic’s producer:

Michael R. Gibson, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Dialectic’s editorial board:

Anne Burdick, Art Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

Heather Corcoran, Washington University at St. Louis, MO, USA

Kenneth FitzGerald, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA

Deborah Littlejohn, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

Keith M. Owens, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Stacie Rohrbach, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dialectic’s AIGA Design Educators’ Community liaisons:

Marty Lane, The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, AR, USA

Amy Fidler, Bowling Green State University, Toledo, OH, USA

Michael R. Gibson, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Dialectic’s advisory committee:

Kim Erwin, The Illinois Institute of Technology Institute of Design, Chicago, IL, USA

Brockett Horne, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD, USA

Ann McDonald, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Paul Nini, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), Boston, MA, USA

Holly Willis, The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dialectic’s Graphic Designer:

Laura Rossi Garcia

Dialectic invites submissions from designers or teams of designers that are comprised primarily or solely of imagery (photography and/or illustrations), typographic structures, “type-as-image,” or some combination of these that visually communicate one or more types of narrative/storytelling. The logistical criteria specified in the “Illustrations, Graphics, and Photos” section of the “Submissions Instructions” document must be met (re: image resolutions, physical sizes, bleeds, etc.), and submissions that are assessed by the Editorial Board and/or external reviewers to be visually compelling and conceptually provocative will be considered for publication, pending the availability of page space in a given issue. The URL for the Submissions Instructions document is: https://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/submit

These articles will recount how designers and design teams identified a situation that was problematic, formulated and operated research to  understand the various factors, conditions and people involved that were  affecting the situation, and then used their analysis of the data  gathered from this research to guide design decision-making toward  improving this situation. This type of writing should be grounded in evidentiary processes, and should clearly explicate a hypothesis, as  well as posit and support a methodology and some form of a measurable  data set.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

These essays will present the readership of Dialectic with an  opinion—of the author, or of a specified group of people or  organization—about an issue or set of issues in a way or ways that make  particular values and the belief systems that guide them known.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

These pieces are written to clearly summarize, organize, and analyze a select, topical grouping of scholarly articles, research papers, or case  studies in a way that integrates and adds to the understanding of the  work in a given discipline or field of study.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

These articles will describe how a particular person, group, project,  event, experience or situation has been studied and analyzed, using one  or more methods, during a specific span of time. These contributions  should posit insights that exist as logical subsets of a larger  category, and that are at least tangentially generalizable to the  category. A case series report collectively describes how a group of  individuals have responded to a particular type of treatment, experience  or interaction. They can be used to help analyze and assess the  responses of a cross-section of individual users to one or more  iterations of an interface design, or an environmental graphics or  wayfinding system, or a series of data visualizations.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

These contributions will consist of attempts by their authors to explain  a particular phenomenon, set of circumstances, or situational construct  based on their ability to utilize observations rather than hard  evidence to fuel speculative thoughts and suppositions. These  contributions should be grounded in a viable paradigm, or use theory as a  viable justification for what has been observed, and should be  internally coherent and advance logical conclusions.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

Dialectic encourages its readers to submit critical responses  to specific articles, editorials, or visual pieces that have been  published in previous issues. Authors are also welcome to bring any  issues that they believe are pertinent to the attention of Dialectic’s readership.  Editorial commentary relative to specific published articles and pieces  will be sent to their author(s) so they can respond.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

These shorter articles are written to critically analyze the efficacy of  the structure, content, style, and relative merit of their particular  subjects in ways that combine the author’s personal reactions and  arguments to it with his/her assessment of how effectively it fulfilled  or failed in its purpose.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.

This submission category is open ONLY to authors/visual narrative creators who have had a previous submission reviewed by either a set of external reviewers, or members of Dialectic’s internal editing team, or both. Material uploaded to this submission category that has NOT been previously reviewed will be automatically rejected, which means that NO NEW submissions should be placed in this category. Each submission should be configured to according to Dialectic’s required manuscript formatting specifications, written according to the guidelines specified by the Chicago Manual of Style (including citations and references), and should clearly indicate which of the eight publication categories—Position Paper, Theoretical Speculation, Critical Review, Case Study, Visual Narrative, etc.—it should be reviewed under on its title page.

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Submissions that exceed the maximum wordcount or that fail to reach the minimum wordcount will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that are NOT written and cited according to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition) will NOT be considered for publication.

Submissions that require extensive, line-by-line editing due to 1. poorly crafted, phrase-to-phrase, sentence-to-sentence prose, or 2. due to the fact that their overall structure and sequencing is excessively flawed, will NOT be considered for publication.