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

Authors are invited to submit works for the THIRD 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 third issue will be published between November 15 and December 31, 2017. The deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives written and/or designed that meet Dialectic Issue 03’s categorical descriptions (see below) is: 5:00 pm CDT, July 24, 2017.

Dialectic’s third issue seeks papers and visual narratives that highlight and explore convergences focusing on design-led interdisciplinary scholarship, inventive teaching, and transformational activities. This thematic outline is purposefully aligned with the presentations, workshops and poster sessions that animated the recent AIGA DEC-sponsored “Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship” conference at the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) School of Cinematic Arts (SCA).

Dialectic’s Editorial Board hopes that conference attendees will consider submitting papers based on their conference presentations, and that they are joined by other educators or practitioners who wish to contribute to this important discussion by submitting a piece for possible publication in our third issue. Authors planning to contribute to this issue, be they conference attendees or others, are reminded that such works should be framed in one of the following submission types, which are described in more detail later in this call:
· 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

Instructions regarding how to submit a manuscript or a visual narrative in one these categories appear below. Once you have read these thoroughly, please use the large, orange "SUBMIT" buttons in each of the categorically organized boxes at the bottom right of this page to upload your work to our online repository so that our review teams can assess it.

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.

Dialectic will NOT publish previously published work.

Questions to shape submissions for possible publication in Dialectic Issue 03
The third 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 design converge with digital scholarship in more than a superficial way?

How might aspects of digital scholarship impact design research?

What are key issues operating at the intersection of design and the humanities?

How might designers learn to construct knowledge and develop fluencies in digital scholarship?

How might designers develop tools and platforms to facilitate digital and/or analog projects?

What are promising areas where design thinking can lead digital learning situations and collaborations?

How might digital research methods inform the design of user experiences?

Each piece that Dialectic will publish must be:
· based on fundamentally sound scholarship and inquiry
· written so that it is broadly accessible
· on topics relevant to its audiences
· formatted in MS Word according to the SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS THAT ARE REFERENCED BELOW. An example of a properly formatted manuscript in MS Word can be viewed and downloaded from here: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/docs/dialectic-properly-formatted-manuscript-pages.pdf
· a document containing examples of how different types of citations must be configured in an “acceptable” manuscript can be viewed and downloaded from here: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dialectic/docs/dialectic-required-citation-structure-style.pdf
· 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


To download one of our sample double-blind, external peer review forms, please click here.

Dialectic will publish papers that meet the following categorical descriptions:

Original visual essays/visually based narratives/visual storytelling: 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 “2016-17 Submissions Guidelines for Dialectic” 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.

Research papers (between 3,000 and 4,500 words): 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 evidenciary processes, and should clearly explicate a hypothesis, as well as posit and support a methodology and some form of a measurable data set.

Long-form case study reports or case series reports (between 3,000 and 4,500 words): 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.

Position papers (between 2,000 and 3,000 words): 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.

Design criticism (as long-form essays of between 2,000 and 3,000 words): the goal of these pieces is to critically analyze design decision-making, and the affects that making and using what has been designed have on the operation and evolution of social, technological, economic, environmental and political systems.

Reviews of books, exhibitions, conferences, etc. (between 750 and 1,500 words): 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 them with his/her assessment of how effectively they fulfilled or failed in their purposes.

Survey papers (between 2,000 and 3,000 words): 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.

Theoretical speculations (between 3,000 and 4,500 words): 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.

Editorial responses from Dialectic readers (between 750 and 1,200 words): 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.

Each author’s/team of authors’ full manuscript (as a properly formatted MS Word document),or visual essay/visual narrative (submitted for initial review as a .pdf containing between 6 and 10 8.5" x 11" compositions),  should be uploaded to the Dialectic submission website at https://dialectic.submittable.com/submit by 5:00 pm CDT on July, 24 2017.

Deadline for full versions of papers and visual narratives written that meet Dialectic’s categorical descriptions for Issue 03: 5:00 pm CDT, July 24, 2017

Initial/Desk reviews of submissions to Dialectic Issue 03 completed: August 21, 2017

External reviews of submission to Dialectic Issue 03 completed: October 2, 2017

Authors responses/revisions to external reviewers’ suggestions re: their manuscripts due: October 30, 2017

Estimated publication date for Dialectic Issue 03: November 15–December 31, 2017

Dialectic’s Editorial Board:
Keith M. Owens, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA, Managing Editor
Anne Burdick, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
Heather Corcoran, Washington University at St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA
Kenneth FitzGerald, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, USA
Deborah Littlejohn, North Carolina State University, Raleigh-Durham, NC, USA
Stacie Rohrbach, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Dialectic’s Producer
Michael R. Gibson, The University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Dialectic’s AIGA Design Educators Community liaisons:
Eric Benson, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA
Amy Fidler, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, 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, Columbis, 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