Information Design Journal
IDJ is a platform for discussing and improving the design, usability, and overall effectiveness of ‘content put into form’ — of verbal and visual messages shaped to meet the needs of particular audiences. IDJ offers a forum for sharing ideas about the verbal, visual, and typographic design of print and online documents, multimedia presentations, illustrations, signage, interfaces, maps, quantitative displays, websites, and new media. IDJ brings together ways of thinking about creating effective communications for use in contexts such as workplaces, hospitals, airports, banks, schools, or government agencies. On the one hand, IDJ explores the design of information, with a focus on writing, the visual design, structure, format, and style of communications. On the other hand, IDJ seeks to better understand the ways that people understand, interpret, and use communications, with a focus on audiences, cultural differences, readers’ expectations, and differences between populations such as teenagers, elderly or the blind.
IDJ publishes research papers, case studies, critiques of information design and related theory, reviews of current literature, research-in-progress, interviews with thought leaders, discussions of practical problems, book reviews, and conference information. Contributions should be relevant to a multi-disciplinary audience from fields such as: communication design, writing, typography, discourse studies, applied linguistics, rhetoric, usability research, instructional design and graphic design. Contributions should be based on appropriate evidence and make clear their implications for practice.
IDJ publishes its articles Online First.
[Volumes 12 (2004) and 13 (2005) were published under the title Information Design Journal + Document Design]
All prices for print + online include postage/handling.
|Online-only||Print + online|
|Volume 28 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp.||EUR 232.00||EUR 265.00|
|Volume 27 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp.||EUR 232.00||EUR 260.00|
Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 75.00 (online‑only: EUR 70.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.
|Online-only||Print + online|
(Vols. 1‒26; 1979‒2021)
|EUR 5,481.00||EUR 5,745.00|
|Volume 26 (2021)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 232.00||EUR 260.00|
|Volume 25 (2019)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 227.00||EUR 255.00|
|Volume 24 (2018)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 220.00||EUR 248.00|
|Volume 23 (2017)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 214.00||EUR 241.00|
|Volume 22 (2016)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 214.00||EUR 234.00|
|Volume 21 (2014)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR 214.00||EUR 227.00|
|Volumes 1‒20 (1979‒2013)||3 issues; avg. 300 pp.||EUR 208.00 each||EUR 214.00 each|
Volume 26 (2021)
Volume 25 (2019)
Volume 24 (2018)
Volume 23 (2017)
Volume 22 (2016)
Volume 21 (2014)
Volume 20 (2013)
Volume 19 (2011)
Volume 18 (2010)
Volume 17 (2009)
Volume 16 (2008)
Volume 15 (2007)
Volume 14 (2006)
Volume 13 (2005)
Volume 12 (2004)
Volume 11 (2002/03)
Volume 10 (2000/01)
Volume 9 (1998/00)
Volume 8 (1995/96)
Volume 7 (1993/94)
Volume 6 (1990/91)
Volume 5 (1986-89)
Volume 4 (1984-86)
Volume 3 (1982/83)
Volume 2 (1981)
Volume 1 (1979/80)
4 August 2022
14 July 2022
15 June 2022
23 May 2022
15 April 2022
27 January 2022
20 December 2021
7 December 2021
1 December 2021
13 September 2021
19 July 2021
10 May 2021
28 April 2021
26 April 2021
23 April 2021
Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.
If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: idjeditorialgmail.com
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Rights and Permissions
Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.
For information on authors' rights, please consult the rights information page.
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This journal offers the possibility for accepted papers to be published Open Access through payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC) of EUR 1800 (excl. tax); more information can be found on the publisher's Open Access Policy page.
Corresponding authors from institutions with which John Benjamins has a Read & Publish arrangement can publish Open Access without paying a fee; information on the institutions and which articles qualify, can be found on this page.
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Call for Papers
IDJ Call for Papers
Information Design in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Two years on since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of the virus still reverberate across almost every aspect of life. As society adjusts itself to a ‘new normal’, researchers from a wide range of areas all over the world have either joined forces in finding solutions to an unprecedent health crisis, investigating its effects or, in some cases, facing new challenges and finding new opportunities in their ways of doing research.
This special issue of the Information Design Journal will be dedicated to papers addressing the contribution of Information Design in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Human-centred research to help understand and/or tackle a global pandemic.
- The design and evaluation of informative materials on COVID-19 prevention and treatment.
- Responses to the impact of COVID-19 on research in design.
- Adapting to a new way of research by conducting online remote research method, hybrid research methods, etc.
- Data visualization and scientific communication of COVID-19.
- COVID-19 and data journalism.
- Perspectives on how information design changed and adapted during and post Covid.
- Where is Information Design going next?
For the benefit of production efficiency, the publisher and the editor ask you to follow the following submission guidelines strictly. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will be returned to the author.
- Contributions should be consistent in their use of language and spelling.
- Authors are asked to follow the Submission Guidelines.
- Articles are to be submitted electronically through IDJ Editorial Manager – EM.
The deadline to submit papers for this special call is 30 April 2022. Any submissions after this date will be returned to the author.