The Journal of Interior Design is a scholarly, refereed publication dedicated to a pluralistic exploration of the ‎interior environment.  The Journal seeks to move the discipline forward by welcoming scholarly inquiry from ‎diverse and interdisciplinary approaches, perspectives, and methods that actively explore and analyze the ‎evolving definition of the interior.  The Journal’s publications investigate the interior relative to design, human ‎perception, behavior, and experience, at all scales and for all conditions.  Scholarship published in the Journal ‎shapes, informs, and defines interior design education, practice, research, criticism, and theory.  ‎

IDEC members can download issues of the JID as a benefit to their membership. Click here to access the JID online (you will need to log in with your IDEC membership log in information to access the JID). Click here to view the 2020 Publishers Report for the JID.

How to Craft a Successful Submission to JID

Scholarly Publishing Resources

Writing for Impact: How to Prepare a Journal Article

Andrew M. Ibrahim, MD, MSc1, Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH2
1Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States; 2Department of
Surgery, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI,
United States

Call for Volunteers

The Board of Directors of the Journal of Interior Design (JID) invites applications for the following positions:

Special Issue Call for Papers


Special Issue for the Journal of Interior Design (JID)

Under the auspices of the Interior Design Educators Council


Leading by Design: Evolving Practices to Face the Challenges of our Times

Laura B. Cole, Ph.D., Colorado State University and Erin M. Hamilton, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Guest Editors


Registration of Interest Due (March 1, 2024)

Full Submissions Due (January 1, 2025)

Final Submissions to Publisher (October 2025)

Publication (March 2026)


Climate. Health. Inequity. Can designers lead the way in solving what are known as the wicked problems facing our global community? Design thinking promotes empathy and interdisciplinary collaboration. Yet, within design practice, designers are commonly regarded as experts who provide design services for clients rather than with clients. Within conventional modes of practice, designers are rarely positioned to question the “systemic forces that reproduce inequality and marginalization” (Hadjiyanni, 2020, p. 5) or to identify solutions reflecting the “interconnectedness and inter‐dependency of social, economic, political and natural systems” (Irwin, 2015, p. 230). For this Special Issue, we ask: what models of leadership and organizational structures can best support design solutions for the complex social and environmental challenges of our time? We welcome contributions in areas such as:


  • Novel leadership models in design education and practice that lead to sustainable and just outcomes;


  • Systems thinking and design thinking in interior design education and practice;


  • Design justice perspectives that question and provide alternative visions for the power structures within which design professionals operate;


  • Philosophies on the teaching and practice of sustainable interior design;


  • Preparing future design leaders through innovative design pedagogy in the realm of studios, professional practice, experimental coursework, and beyond; and


  • Community‐based, co‐design practices.


This Special Issue gives a home to boundary‐pushing ideas for cultivating engaged and proactive designers by evolving leadership and organizational paradigms across education and practice. We encourage perspectives that shift notions of design leadership toward community‐based, interdisciplinary, and distributed leadership models and welcome all forms of scholarship including visual essays, research manuscripts, and humanities papers.



Hadjiyanni, T. (2020). Decolonizing interior design education. Journal of Interior Design, 45(2), 3‐9.

Irwin, T. (2015). Transition design: A proposal for a new area of design practice, study, and research. Design and Culture, 7(2), 229‐246. doi: 10.1080/17547075.2015.1051829


Submissions should expand and question our conventional understandings of the topic and its complex relationships to interior space. All work must demonstrate exceptional rigor in the search for new knowledge and ideas. Papers must be original work of the author or authors and are not being considered for publication in other journals. Submissions may be checked for originality using plagiarism-detection software.




July 2023                     Call for papers

March 1, 2024             Registration of Interest – Authors are asked to register their intent to

submit a paper by sending a 150-word abstract to Laura B. Cole at

Please put your surname and “JID Special Issue” in the subject line. Registration of interest is not refereed, nor is it a requirement to submit. However, the acknowledgement of registration facilitates development of a proposal to full research paper by providing confirmation of fit with the special issue. Recognition of fit does not guarantee publication.

January 1, 2025          Full submissions are due. See author guidelines found on JID’s website

at Sage Publications (

March 2026                 Publication of JID Special Issue


For questions regarding the call for papers, submission deadlines, or anything related to the content of the Special Issue, contact Laura B. Cole at

Please put your surname and “JID Special Issue” in the subject line.



Authors should follow the guidelines found on JID’s website at Sage Publications. Please note the unique guidelines for Articles versus Visual Essays. Perspectives and Letters are by invitation only.


Technical questions regarding the submission of documents through the Scholar One website should be addressed to Kathleen Sullivan, Editorial Assistant (


The Journal of Interior Design is a scholarly, refereed publication dedicated to a pluralistic exploration of the interior environment. Scholarly inquiry representing the entire spectrum of interior design theory, research, education, and practice is invited. Submissions are encouraged from educators, designers, artists, anthropologists, architects, historians, psychologists, sociologists, or others interested in interior design.



Laura B. Cole, Ph.D., Colorado State University and Erin M. Hamilton, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Guest Editors

New Virtual Issue

In the latest virtual issue, When You Can’t – Designing Supportive Housing for Refugees, Dr. ‎Tasoulla Hadjiyanni asks readers to consider the following: “What does home mean to you? What ‎defines your identity, and who would you be if you lost those elements that constitute your being? ‎Then, take a look around your home and ask yourself: What would I take with me if I had to flee ‎my house while bombs were falling all around me? And, how would I pick up the pieces to rebuild ‎my life as a refugee?” Dr. Hadjiyanni, who sought refuge at a Meneou plantation during Turkey’s ‎invasion of Cyprus, curates JID articles focused on vulnerability, dignity, and resilience that ‎provide design recommendations related to supportive housing. As you read these papers, ask ‎yourself: What kind of design interventions can you employ to transform housing into home for a ‎population that hopes their relocation will be a temporary situation? And, how can design help ‎heal the traumas of displacement, restoring dignity and a belief in the future?‎

Access this issue’s articles here.

JID Best Article

Year 2022 Recipient
PJ Carlino Ph.D.
JID 46.1 Tied to the Desk: The Somatic Experience of Office Work, 1870–1920 (pages 27-43)

Year 2021 Recipient
Giyoung Park Ph.D., Upali Nanda Ph.D., Lisa Adams, Jonathan Essary M.Arch., Melissa Hoelting B. Arch, HKS, USA
JID 45.1 Creating and Testing a Sensory Well-Being Hub for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities (pages 13-32)

Year 2020 Recipient
Stephanie Liddicoat
JID 44.2 Spirituality in Therapeutic Spaces: Perceptions of Spatiality, Trace, and Past Rituals Manifesting Present Occupation (pages 26-42)

Year 2019 Recipient
Amy Huber
JID 43.4 Exploring Hiring Practitioner Preferences for and Assessment Practice of Prospective Candidates (pages 21-44)

Year 2018 Recipient
Xiaobo Quan, Anjali Joseph, & Upali Nanda
JID 42.1 Developing Evidence-based Tools for Design and Evaluating Hospital Inpatient Rooms (pages 19-38)

Year 2017 Recipient
Dianne Smith & Linda Lilly
JID 41.2 Understanding Student Perceptions of Stress in Creativity-Based Higher Education Programs: A Case Study in Interior Architecture (pages 39-55)

JID Outstanding Reviewer of the Year

Year 2022 Recipient
Dr. Marilyn Reed
Oregon State University

Year 2021 Recipient
Dr. David Wang
Washington State University

Year 2020 Recipient
Ronn Daniel
Kent State University

Year 2019 Recipient
Dr. Nisha Fernando
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Year 2018 Recipient
Dr. Joan Dickinson
Radford University

Year 2017 Recipient
Dr. Lucinda Kaukas-Havenhand
Syracuse University