Journal of Interior Design (JID)‎ FAQ

‎1.‎ It has been a few years since I have published in JID – has anything changed at JID in the last ‎few years? ‎

The Journal of Interior Design has a new mission statement: 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. ‎

This mission statement clearly denotes that JID is accepting of all forms of scholarship along ‎with varied approaches to research including visual essays, qualitative approaches, creative ‎scholarship, scholarship of teaching and learning, quantitative research, and humanities essays. ‎A newer category for submissions is the Visual Essay (VE); encouraging an image-based ‎exploration of issues of interest to the discipline. ‎

‎2.‎ Are the review criteria on the website in addition to any videos?‎

Author and Submission guidelines are provided on the Wiley website (JID’s publishing ‎company) for invited perspectives, letters, articles, and visual essays. The review process is also ‎explained. Please see the following link: ‎

The video, “How to Craft a Successful Submission to the Journal of Interior Design” is also available on ‎the Wiley website under News and Announcements: ‎ and through the Interior Design Educators ‎Council (IDEC) website at:

‎3.‎ What are common reasons a manuscript/essay might be rejected (desk-rejected / revise-and-‎resubmit)?‎

When a manuscript or essay is received through Scholar One/Manuscript Central (the site JID ‎uses for manuscript submittal and review), it is assigned to an Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, ‎or Guest Editor, depending on the topic. The editors review the manuscript or essay. At this ‎point, they have two decisions: desk reject or send out for further review. ‎

As the editor reviews the manuscript/essay, they consider the following:‎

  • Could the manuscript/essay be published as it is after two reviews? It is important to note ‎that submissions go out for blind review twice at most. ‎
  • Does the submission move the field of interior design forward?‎
  • How is the writing? Are there problems with grammar, spelling, organization, and/or ‎clarity?‎
  • Visual content of the essay? Does the VE offer a critical perspective? ‎
  • If a methods section is included, what is the sample size? Instruments used? Procedure? Are ‎reliability and validity addressed? ‎
  • Did the author(s) follow submission guidelines? This has recently been an issue. For ‎example, authors will submit too many figures, figures that are not 300 dpi, figures that are ‎not in the correct format, or they may be over or under the word count. It is critically ‎important to review submission guidelines prior to submitting. ‎
  • Major gaps or deficiencies are present in the manuscript, rendering the paper unfit for ‎publication.‎
  • The content of the manuscript does not correspond with the mission of the Journal (i.e., not ‎about interiors).‎
  • The overall quality of the manuscript does not meet the expectations of the Journal.‎

A desk reject can happen when problems occur with the criteria noted above. On the other ‎hand, once the manuscript/essay is received, the editors can send it out for review if they opt ‎not to desk reject. ‎


  • The editors send the manuscript/essay out to two expert reviewers who blind review the ‎work. ‎
  • Once reviewer comments are received, the editor can either accept, ask for minor revisions, ‎ask for a revise and resubmit, or reject. This decision is based on reviewer and editor ‎comments. ‎
  • A Notice of Revision (NOR) is prepared for the author that includes reviewer and editor ‎comments. The decision is included in the NOR (i.e., accept, minor revision, revise and ‎resubmit, reject). ‎
  • If the submission is a minor revision or revise and resubmit, a date is provided to resubmit ‎the revision. ‎
‎4.‎ Do the authors see the reviewer responses to all the questions provided to the reviewers?‎

The authors receive a Notice of Revision (NOR). The Notice of Revision typically includes all ‎reviewer and editor comments. This is, however, at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, ‎Associate Editors, and Guest Editors. If a reviewer provides comments that are not considered ‎helpful, the editors may eliminate them from the NOR. ‎

‎5.‎ Do authors clearly understand why the manuscript/essay was rejected?‎

Regardless of whether a manuscript/essay is initially rejected (a desk reject) or rejected after a ‎review, extensive comments are provided to let the author know why the article or visual essay ‎was rejected. For a desk reject, it is not uncommon for the editors to provide two pages of ‎suggestions to help the author improve the manuscript or essay. ‎

For a reject based on reviewer comments, the editors prepare a NOR that includes not only ‎reviewer suggestions, but editor recommendations as well. ‎

‎6.‎ What if the submission was rejected then the author worked on it, do you not recommend them ‎to resubmit?‎

Authors may always use reviewer and editor comments to improve and resubmit the revised ‎manuscript/essay even if it has been rejected. We recently had an author who resubmitted a ‎manuscript three separate times. On the third try, the manuscript was accepted for publication. ‎Please note, acceptance is dependent on reviewer and editor feedback. Even when a manuscript ‎is revised, there is no guarantee of acceptance. ‎

‎7.‎ If I revise my manuscript/essay based on reviewer/editor suggestions, will it automatically be ‎accepted?‎

A manuscript/essay will go out for blind review twice at most. Much of this depends on ‎reviewer and editor comments and the amount of revisions required. ‎

Many submissions will receive a revise and resubmit after the initial review. The editors prepare ‎the NOR that provides reviewer comments along with editor suggestions. The author is given ‎time to revise the submission (four to ten weeks depending on the amount of revisions). Once ‎the author revises, they resubmit the revision through Scholar One/Manuscript central. The ‎manuscript/essay is now labeled as R1. ‎

The editors review the R1 submission paying attention to the revisions made to ensure the ‎authors have addressed reviewer and editor comments. The editor can either send the RI out for ‎a second review, accept, or reject. If the editor opts to send out for a second review, the ‎manuscript/essay will typically be assigned to the same reviewers who reviewed the first time; ‎however, the editors reserve the right to assign different reviewers. ‎

After the R2 is received, the editor must decide whether to accept or reject. There are cases ‎where manuscripts/essays have gone out for two reviews and have been rejected. In other ‎words, revision does not ensure the manuscript/essay will be accepted for publication. There ‎are several reasons why this may occur: Perhaps the editor decides that based on reviewer ‎comments, getting the manuscript to an acceptable publishable format will be difficult. The ‎reviewers may point out methodological problems that cannot be corrected. The author may not ‎have thoroughly addressed reviewer comments. ‎

‎8.‎ Timeline for getting feedback?‎

Reviewers have three to four weeks for review. Once the reviews are received, the editors have ‎four weeks to prepare the NOR. The following data is from Wiley:‎

Submission to first decision: 36 days (median)‎
Submission to final decision: 44 days (median)‎

‎9.‎ Time for publication upon submission?‎

‎187 days (median) (per Wiley)‎

‎10.‎ What is the difference between the special issues and general submission?‎

Special issues are focused on a particular topic and are published as the first issue of the year in ‎March. Special issues differ from general submissions because the topic area is geared towards a ‎particular theme identified by the JID Board of Directors and Editors. Past special issues ‎include: history, creative scholarship, sustainability, healthcare, marginalization, the body inside, ‎neuroscience (forthcoming), and technology (forthcoming). Papers submitted to a special issue ‎that do not match the call for proposals are rolled over into the general pool of submissions ‎

‎11.‎ Is the next upcoming special issue on Technology? Have you planned beyond that to what the ‎following special issue might be the following year? How far in advance do you plan special ‎issue topics?‎

The 2023 special issue is on Technology entitled, “Exploring the Future of Interior Design in a ‎Virtual-Physical Continuum” coedited by Newton D’Souza, Florida International University ‎and Upali Nanda, HKS Architects. The call can be found at: ‎‎

Special issue topics are determined two years in advance of publication. This provides time for a ‎call for guest editors, abstracts of interest, and manuscripts for review. The 2024 special issue is ‎focused on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. ‎

‎12.‎ What is the best way to label/identify an image developed by a researcher?‎

Much is dependent on the image. To illustrate, if the author took a photograph that enhances ‎the text, the image would be labeled and cited as “Photograph taken by Author”. If the author ‎developed the image, it would simply be labeled with necessary information (e.g., Figure 1. ‎Design-thinking Process Detailing Prototyping Phase). The key is that the figure, image, or ‎table corresponds and augments the text. ‎

If the image or figure is taken from another source, it is critically important that the author ‎provide the credit/source. Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for ‎images/figures they included. Further, all images and figures must be in 300 dpi, and the author ‎may have up to 10 images or figures for articles. Please note that visual essays have different ‎submission requirements for figures and images that are specified at: ‎‎

‎13.‎ Do you have any tips for negotiating word counts?‎

The Journal of Interior Design submission guidelines state that articles may be 5,000-7,000 words ‎‎(excluding references and notes). Visual Essays can have text that ranges from 1-2 pages at ‎approximately 600 words per page. There is no negotiating word counts. ‎

‎14.‎ What should graduate students consider when preparing a manuscript for JID (e.g., converting ‎thesis to article)?‎

The editors love to receive thesis work, and a number of graduate students have published the ‎research or creative work from their thesis in JID. Consider, however, that a manuscript/essay is ‎very different from a thesis. First, a manuscript is often shorter and is limited to 7,000 words if ‎submitted as an article. Often a thesis is longer. Second, a manuscript typically does not have a ‎definition of terms section, which may be found in a thesis. Third, the introduction and ‎literature review of a thesis are often longer and may provide extensive background information. ‎A manuscript must be written concisely selecting the most relevant studies to make the case for ‎the investigation. For a Visual Essay submission, the author would need to focus on selected ‎ideas and aspects of the work that could be best understood and represented with visual ‎material such as photographs, sketches, etc.‎

‎15.‎ In JID, how important is it to provide inter-rater reliability in qualitative or mixed-method ‎studies? ‎

From a social sciences perspective, if the authors have inter-rater reliability scores, they should ‎be provided particularly since these scores illustrate the agreement of findings. Inter-rater ‎reliability will improve the validity of the results. If inter-rater reliability was not measured, the ‎authors can discuss this as a limitation of the study. ‎

‎16.‎ Is there a hard and fast rule about bringing in new literature in the social sciences to the ‎discussion section if the findings were surprising and therefore, they sought literature to ‎corroborate the findings?‎

This is a common mistake seen in manuscripts written from a social sciences approach. The ‎social sciences rule is as follows: The literature review is the body of knowledge. It provides ‎context to the proposed study and should identify the gaps in the literature. The discussion ‎section examines how your current investigation either negates or agrees with the body of ‎knowledge cited in the literature review. The general rule of thumb is that new literature is not ‎brought up in the discussion section. ‎

‎17.‎ How important is it to have a theoretical framework?‎

From a social sciences approach, the reviewers are looking to see if connections are made ‎between existing knowledge cited in the literature review to the proposed study. Reviewers are ‎examining if the authors are able to identify the frontiers of the field and explicitly state how ‎their investigation will move the field forward. In the humanities, a theoretical framework ‎serves a similar purpose to a contextual framework in the social sciences, and in addition it ‎often provides a place for drawing the essay to its conclusion.‎

In the context category, reviewers are asked to evaluate using the following questions: Does the ‎author provide a contextual framework or precedent? Was important knowledge or research ‎used in the development of the work? ‎