Evaluation rubrics are a key aspect in the integrity and effectiveness of the IDEC Abstract Review process. But they are a tool to those submitted an abstract just as they are a tool for the Reviewers. Those submission for a Regional Meeting or the Annual Conference should consider the rubric when they are building the abstract in order to ensure alignment with the content and the evaluation criteria.

View rubric here.


The abstract topics is relevant to the discipline of interior design.
0 = no relevance; 5 = significant relevance to interior design


The author clearly defines the question/problem explored.
0 = problem is not stated; 5 = problem is relevant and exceptionally articulated


The author clearly places the problem (questions) within a context supported by other works, literature or precedents.
0 = no context provided; 5 = context is appropriate and relevant

Method of investigation

The abstract presents quantitative and/or qualitative methods, an approach, or position to the project.
0 = method, position, or approach is missing or inappropriate; 5 = method, position, or approach is appropriate and exceptionally articulated


Investigation’s conclusions or argument are highlighted.
0 = conclusions or argument are missing; 5 = conclusions or argument are meaningful

Significance of Presentation

The work makes an important contribution to interior design.
0 = the paper presents ideas which are inconsequential or already well-established; 5 = the paper contributes meaningful new frameworks, understandings, and/or ideas to the discipline.

In addition to the categories above, the reviewer is asked to make a recommendation regarding acceptance.