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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

The submitted articles will be scanned by at least one of the Editors, depending on the topic, in order to confirm that the paper should be refereed, e.g. apparent relevance to the journal, originality, quality of English, length of the paper etc. It will then be ‘blind’ refereed by two members of the Editorial or Review Board, who will remain anonymous. If there is disagreement, a third reviewer will be appointed. The final decision on publication of the article will be made by the Editors. Authors will receive feedback through the management system.


Submissions to be considered for the Journal must be submitted online through the Open Journal Systems management system.


All articles published in this Journal will be high quality articles that contribute to the Scope (https://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/DATE/about) of the Journal. Contributions should be based on evidence (e.g. newly acquired data, historical records, published work). The article should have a title, name(s) of author(s), their titles and affiliations. It should have an abstract of between 200 and 250 words. It should have six keywords for reference purposes. The normal word limit for articles is 5000 words, although up to 8000 words will be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Visual illustrations are encouraged in keeping with Design and Technology education ethos and practice. All submissions must be typed in good English, they must have been spell-checked and include a word count (excluding the abstract and title). All pages must be numbered and single-spaced in 12 point font (Arial or Times New Roman); use italics for emphasis (not bold or underline); and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.


All references should adhere to the guidelines published in the Publication Guidelines of the latest version of the American Psychological Association (APA). Any information relating to authorship including affiliations should be confined to a removable front page and should be free of clues such as self-citations.