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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 file format.
  • The submission follows word length requirements (full length scholarly articles between 4,500 and 6,000 words and ideally around 5,600 words in length or 1,000 words for visual essays, including reference list).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines ( (Please note that the house style for Intellect is a version of Harvard formatting.)
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point, Times New Roman 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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Visual essays include a word document with inserted images. In addition, a supplemental submission with a suggested layout for the visual essay should also be submitted.
  • The submission is completely blinded so that none of the authors' names are anywhere in the submission.
  • Submission references at least one IJETA article or visual essay.
  • The submission uses British English spelling throughout.

Author Guidelines


Please note, in order to bring the Journal into line with our other publications, it is a condition of publication, from IJETA 18.1, that all contributing authors of accepted articles or visual essays must be or agree to become, individual, professional members of InSEA. Information on how to join and fees available here

All submissions must be completely blinded. This means that no authors’ names and/or affiliations (including university and/or specific program titles) may appear anywhere within the manuscript—including the body of the essay, opening paragraphs, essay title, figure captions (including photographer/artist identities), header/footer, or reference list—while it is under review. For the purposes of blind review, you may either choose to omit any citations that include the authors’ names or use code words such as author XXXX and author YYYY. For institutional affiliations and program names, you may also code or delete them.


Referees: The International Journal of Education through Art is a refereed journal. Referees are chosen for their expertise within the subject area. They are asked to comment on comprehensibility, originality and scholarly worth of the article submitted

Title: The recommended length of a title is no more than 12 words

Length: Articles should be between 4,500 and 6,000 words, including references and ideally around 5,600 words in length.

Submitting: Articles/visual texts should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication. Articles should be submitted online.

Language: The journal uses standard British English. The editor reserves the right to alter usage to this end. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the readership, jargon should be kept to a minimum.

Format:  It is best if the use of automatic footnoting devices is avoided.

Visual Materials: IMPORTANT Illustrations to articles, which assist discussion of artworks, learning activities and/or environments are very welcome. Illustrations may be submitted in colour. From volume 8 onwards, the Journal is published online and therefore full colour will be available (hard copy will feature colour and greyscale). Please do not send original slides, photographs or other artworks. NOTE If the article contains illustrations, please include (embed) them in LOW RESOLUTION format in the Word file, but separate HIGH RESOLUTION files will be required if the article is accepted for publication. If articles are selected for publication contributors will be asked to provide images to the Editor in JPEG or Tiff format (300dpi, min 4 x 6 inches)

Captions: All visual materials should be accompanied by a caption, which should include the Fig. No., and the acknowledgement to the holder of the copyright. As much information as is available should be provided. Correct use of ‘Courtesy of’ or © is the responsibility of the author. Here are some examples of the most likely forms:



Figure 1: Artist, Title of Artwork, Year. Medium. Dimensions. Location. Copyright holder information.

For example:

Figure 1: Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa, 1503. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of The Louvre, Paris.

Figure 1: Gran Fury, Women Don’t Get AIDS, 1991. Ink on acetate. 47” x 70” © Gran Fury.


Book/journal/newspaper illustration

Figure 1: Artist, Title of Illustration/description of image, illustration for Publication Title (Author Year: Page). Copyright holder information.

For example:

Figure 1: John Minton, Landscape near Ajaccio, woodcut, illustration for Time Was Away (Ross 1948: 75). Courtesy of Alan Ross and John Lehmann Ltd.


Film still

Figure 1: Description of image (Actor Name if available), Director (dir.), Film, Year. Country. Copyright holder information.

For example:

Figure 1: Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) plays the ukulele, Billy Wilder (dir.), Some Like It Hot, 1959. USA © Ashton Productions.


Copyright: Copyright clearance should be indicated and is always the responsibility of the contributor. The source has to be indicated beneath the text. When they are on a separate sheet or file, indication must be given as to where they should be placed in the text. The author has responsibility to ensure that the proper permissions/model for visual image releases are obtained.

Quotations: Paragraph quotations must be indented with an additional one-line space above and below and without quotes.

Other Styles: Margins should be at least one inch all round and pagination should be continuous. Foreign words and sentences inserted in the text should be italicised.

Keywords: No less than six keywords, or six two-word phrases, or a combination that yields six entries, that are core to what is being discussed need to be included at the beginning of articles.

Abstract: Each article should be accompanied by an abstract, which should be no less than 75 words and not exceed 150 words in length. Authors may also submit a second abstract in a first language other than English if desired. The Journal welcomes personal essays, but these should also include an abstract in the form of a short, clear concise summary of the topic under discussion. Please do not include references in the abstract

Notes: Notes will appear at the side of appropriate pages, but the numerical sequence runs throughout the article. These should be kept as short as possible and to a minimum, and be identified by a superscript numeral. Please avoid the use of automatic footnoting programmes; simply append the footnotes to the end of the article.

References: References should be kept to a practical minimum. We prefer a version of the use of author - date style references embedded in the main text in the following format (Harper 1999: 27), and a single reference at the end of the article rather than giving bibliographical references as side notes. Here are some examples of the most likely forms:


In text citations

(Surname Year: Page [or n.pag.])

For example: (Harper 1999: 27) (Anon. 2012; Rainer 1965) (Benjamin 2005, 2009)


Reference list

Books with a single author

Surname, Name (Year), Title, City: Publisher.

For example: 

Auslander, Philip (2007), Theory for Performance Studies, Abingdon: Routledge.

Carey, John (2012), The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice Among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880–1939, London: Faber & Faber.


Chapters in edited books:

Surname, Name (Year), ‘Title of chapter/article’, in Initial. Surname (ed.)/(eds), Title, City: Publisher, page range.

For example:

Derrida, Jacques ([1999] 2002), ‘The university without condition’, in P. Kamuf (ed.), Without Alibi, Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 202–37.

Flieger, Verlyn (2011), ‘Sometimes one word is worth a thousand pictures’, in J. M. Bogstad and P. E. Kaveny (eds), Picturing Tolkien: Essays on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy, London: McFarland and Co, pp. 46–52.


Print journal articles

Surname, Name (Year), ‘Title of article’, Journal Title, volume: issue, page range.

For example:

Overdiek, Anja (2016), ‘Fashion designers and their business partners: Juggling creativity and commerce’, International Journal of Fashion Studies, 4:1, pp. 27–46.


Multiple cities of publication:

O’Donoghue, Tom (2017), Understanding Contemporary Education: Key Themes and Issues, London and New York: Routledge.


Multiple works by the same author:

Surname, Name (Year a), Title, City: Publisher.

_____________ (Year b), Title, City: Publisher.

For example:

Žižek, Slavoj (2006a), How to Read Lacan, London: Granta Books.

 ___________ (2006b), Interrogating the Real, New York: Continuum.

___________ (ed.) (2011), Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics and Dialectic, New York: Columbia University Press.

Žižek, Slavoj and Daly, Glyn (2004), Conversations with Žižek, Cambridge: Polity.


PLEASE NOTE: for detailed guidelines on the Intellect house style, including bibliographic referencing, please refer to the publisher’s guidelines, available at

Website references: It is crucial to treat websites as publishers of material and not as authors of the material (except for the occasions where they are the author, of course). Website references are like other references. There is no need to decipher any place of publication or a specific publisher, but the reference must have an author, and the author must be referenced Harvard-style within the text. If it is a website news article with no by-line, the day/month/ year of its initial publication must be given, and the website becomes the author. If the website is the 'home site' of an organization publishing its own material without a by-line, the organization should appear as the author. Unlike paper references, however, web pages can change, so there needs to be a date of access as well as the full web reference. In the list of references at the end of your article, the item should read something like this:

Cabrera, Donald (2000), 'Les idées sont vivantes et la vie est politique', Accessed 14 December 2000.

A reference list is essential.



[Image/Text-Based Submissions]

The TOTAL word limit for a Visual Essay is 1,000 words, including references. Visual Essays should be a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 10 pages. What is more important than length is the quality of the interaction of image and text to deliver meaning.

What IS a Visual Essay?

We offer these comments as guidance, there are many ways to make a visual essay and we would encourage you to discuss your proposal with the Editor before you submit.

Visual essays or image/text-based submissions, should integrate image and text in a creative way to document, evaluate or reflect on art-based learning activities, events or outcomes. Think of it as an exploration of a topic that conveys ideas and meaning through visual means as well as language. It is important to note that we view visual essays as equal in academic status to traditional text-based articles. Images should not simply illustrate the text or exhibit the authors or students' artistic productions as in a gallery but should constitute an essential component in the articulation of meaning.

Proposals for visual essays should include a critical introduction (or an abstract) which should be no less than 75 words and not exceed 150 words in length outlining to the editorial team why the work submitted is relevant to the theme of art education. This proposal should also be accompanied with the images according to the relevant guidelines stated in this document. If the feature is selected for publication the editorial team will be seeking your input on the design of the feature and the critical introduction will normally become the 'abstract'. The total word limit for image/text features is 1,000 words, including references.

The submission may:

  • Be entirely visual.
  • Include image and text working together to tell the story, with predominance of images over text.
  • Include images originating from a range of sources, for example, an image collection that is already available such as a curated collection or an image archive. Images that have been produced specially or the essay; images collected as research data; images collected to report and document an artistic process or event or images selected or produced to reflect on a particular aspect of art education.

What a Visual Essay is NOT?

  • Lecture notes
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Exhibition notes, reviews or catalogues
  • Images of the author's artwork or sketchbooks
  • An essay with illustrations

If the feature is selected for publication the editorial team will be seeking your input on the design of the feature. The total word limit for image/text features is 1,000 words, including references. Visual Essays should be a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 10 pages. Authors might refer to examples previously published in the journal.

Copyright: Copyright clearance should be indicated and is always the responsibility of the contributor. The source has to be indicated beneath the text. When they are on a separate sheet or file, indication must be given as to where they should be placed in the text. The author has responsibility to ensure that the proper permissions/model for visual image releases are obtained.



Authors should submit the following:

  • Critical introduction (no more than 150 words)
  • 6 keywords or 6 phrases, but there must be 6 combined
  • Visual Essay (image and text integrated – 1,000 words max, including references)

Visual Essays should be submitted first as a word DOC file, or an editable pdf file. At the submission stage, authors should integrate the images in the file at low resolution; if accepted for publication, editors will require high-resolution images and will work with authors on the layout of the Visual Essay. Contributors will be asked to provide images to the Editor in Tiff format (300 dpi, 145mm/ 1740 pixel width). 

Copy Editing and Layout: If the Visual Essay is accepted for publication, authors will be required to supply separate text files and high-resolution images. Images should be of the highest possible quality, jpeg or tiff files at 300 dpi. The authors should suggest the layout of the Visual Essay and work with the editors and journal graphic designers. Original artwork should be scanned at actual size and 300dpi.


Opinion: The views expressed in the Journal are those of the authors, and do not necessarily coincide with those of the Editor, Executive or the Editorial Board.


For further information or any questions, please contact: Nadine Kalin:

Visual Essay [Image/text based submission]



Image/text-based submissions should integrate image and text in a creative way to document, evaluate and reflect on art-based learning activities, events and outcomes. Submissions should consist of no more than 1000 words of text. They should include full references and an author biography where relevant in accordance with our author guidelines.

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word format. Visuals in proposals should initially be sent as low-res JPEG files embedded within the Word document. If image/texts are selected for publication, contributors will be asked to provide high quality images to the Editor and will be required to guarantee copyright clearance. Contributors should note that this journal is printed mainly in greyscale.

For more information about the journal and details of how to submit an image/text feature please refer to Guidelines for Authors and to the Publisher's Guidelines.


A review should be about 800-1000 words long and written for other art educators from all over the world. Hence a review is interpreting the book, resourc or exhibition for them, letting them know both what it is about and also what you think about it.

It is not necessary to include any references. If references are deemed essential, the number should be kept to an absolute minimum (two or three at most).


Books, resources or exhibitions can relate to any aspect of art and design education. Here are some examples: learning and teaching in art and design; curriculum; history of art and design education; assessment; museum education; community education; art and child development; drawing theory; art as expanded field of practice; craft theory; craft education; social context of art and design education; multi-cultural art education; fashion and textiles; visual culture theory; art as research; social practice. We might be interested in books and resources covering closely related topics, such as aesthetics but not general education books. Reviews can cover any sector from pre-school to post-compulsory and be about formal or informal learning. We are especially seeking books from non-Anglophone nations.


Send copy to the Reviews Editor Dr. Kate Wurtzel:


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