Author Guidelines

craft + design enquiry Author Guidelines

craft + design enquiry  published by ANU E Press, provides a research publishing platform for dialogue and discussion about craft and design.  Calls for Papers are announced annually for the themed section and, from issue 5, the general section of craft + design enquiry.

Papers submitted to the themed section must address the nominated theme of the call for papers for the particular issue of craft + design enquiry.  Papers in the general section may be on any aspect of contemporary craft and design.

 craft + design enquiry encourages papers that conform to the usual conventions of academic publishing and also papers that test less conventional or alternative means of documenting and disseminating research about the field.  For example, we welcome collaborative pieces between artists and writers or others with an interest in the field. Similarly, reflective writing by practitioners can make a valuable contribution to the field and authors wishing to submit papers on their own work are encouraged to scrutinise their practice critically and to provide evidence corroborating claims made for their work and ideas. 

Papers received by the closing date for each issue of craft + design enquiry will be sent to two peer-reviewers that are acknowledged in the field relevant to the topic of the paper. The process follows a double-blind approach where contributors and peer-reviewers remain anonymous throughout the review process.

Contributors are asked to ensure their identities are not revealed in any way within their paper and that the paper is not submitted to other publications during the craft + design enquiry review process.  If favourably reviewed, and at the discretion of craft + design enquiry, the paper will be published.

The following guidelines have been developed to assist contributors when submitting a paper for peer-reviewing.

For the current call for papers, closing dates and announcements, see or contact

Checklist for Authors 
  • If  addressing the themed section of craft + design enquiry, does the paper fit within the objectives of the themed Call for Papers?
  • If addressing the general section, does the paper fit within the objectives of the General Section Call for Papers, to highlight and discuss an aspect of contemporary craft and design?
  • Does the Introduction clearly summarise the area to be covered and make apparent the key issues and argument/s of the paper?
  • Does the paper cover the ground outlined in the introduction coherently?
  • Is the paper clear?  Is the paper well written and structured, are key terms explained and a contextual framework clearly identified? Does the paper provide evidence for its arguments?
  • Does the content make a contribution to research, discussion or debate? Is the contribution to knowledge the paper makes clearly articulated? For instance, does the paper identify whether the ground has been well covered elsewhere? Is the paper primarily descriptive rather than critically analytical?
  • Are tables and figures clear? Do they make sense on their own? Are there too many or too few?
  • Is the appropriate writing style used in the paper? Does it keep the reader's interest?
  • Is the conclusion insightful? Significant?

 Style Manual for Authors
Copy to be provided as a 'Word document', headings in bold, body font 12 point Arial, Calibri or Verdana, 1.5 line spacing. Please do not submit your article as a PDF or HTML document. It is expected that papers have been thoroughly proofread before being submitted for review. However, if corrections to spelling and grammar are required please note that the paper will be returned for revision.

Do not embed images in the text of your paper.  They must be supplied separately.  See information below.

Images and illustrations
1.      Images submitted to craft + design enquiry must be high resolution, professional standard and suitable for online and hard copy (print) reproduction. The size requirement for all images supplied to craft + design enquiry is minimum 300 dpi at 100% (minimum width 160nm) of final printed size.

2.       craft + design enquiry reserves the right to edit images to maintain quality, as required.
3.      All images discussed in your paper, must be supplied in a separate folder to accompany the text of your paper and be identified by relevant Figure numbers.

4.      Images and illustrations should not be supplied in the text of the paper itself.  The position of the image should be indicated in the text together with the caption for the image, as per the example below:
Figure 16: Ivy Hopkins, Wingellina Mail Plane, 2005, native grasses, raffia, string, wool, wood, wire, plastic, 1340 x 1335 x 470 mm. Photo: Alice Beale, courtesy of The Western Australian Museum.

5.      With regard to copyright, craft + design enquiry requires all authors to warrant that the author is the owner of all copyright in the academic paper or has obtained all necessary permissions to permit its publication and use of images in is publication.

6.      Images submitted for publication require captions and credits to appear with the image and are to be listed in the following format: 

Figure 16: Ivy Hopkins, Wingellina Mail Plane, 2005, native grasses, raffia, string, wool, wood, wire, plastic, 1340 x 1335 x 470 mm. Photo: Alice Beale, courtesy of The Western Australian Museum.

Full stops to follow abbreviations. For example, e.g., vol.
Full stops not to follow honorific. For example, Mr, Dr
Full stops not to be included in acronyms (e.g. ANU).  First reference to an acronym should state name in full followed by the acronym in brackets, e.g. The Australian National University (ANU)

Date format  - to read '15 September 2008' 

Numbers - One to ten in words, 11 and over in numerals e.g.: 100; 1,000; 10,000
Spans of years e.g.: 2001-02, 1960s-70s

Quotes  - If a quote is less than approximately 30 words please place with the text. e.g.: The General Manager stated, 'that until recently the program was supported by government.'
If a quote is longer than this, please indent out of the text. e.g.: Until recently the program was supported by government agencies. The General Manager says,
Australia has had a strong tradition of international export assistance. Being an isolated continent with the world's key markets stretching way beyond both major oceans, export is a necessity. Since 1991 the Australia Council for the Arts has supported an international craft export program. 

Quote marks - Use single quotes, only use double quote for a quote within a quote.
e.g.: ‘The program provided international exposure and market opportunities "for over 100 Australian practitioners, curators, speakers and writers" during 2008,' she said. 

Referencing system and Bibliography
The Harvard System of Referencing is used and the Harvard System of Referencing Guide can be accessed online.

All material relating to notes cited in the text to be included as Footnotes and should be noted by the use of a superscript number '[1]'. 
This material should be supplied in Word using the Insert Footnotes function.

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.
  1. Submission of papers
    The length of the paper should be approximately 4,000 to 6,000 words, unless otherwise agreed, and is to follow the Author Guidelines.
2.   Submission Lodgement Form
A craft + design enquiry Submission Lodgement Form is to be completed and attached to each submitted paper.  It includes:
Author's full name, as required for publishing.
Indication of whether it is for the Themed Section or General Section of the issue.
Title of the paper
Author's biography (approximately 30-60 words)
Email contact details (work and home)
An Abstract (approximately 200 words) providing a concise statement of the intention, results and conclusions of the paper
For the compilation of meta-data - 6 keywords listed in order of importance
The paper you are submitting to be clearly headed with a title only.  That is, with no author details.

3.      Lodging your submission
Submissions must contain:
.   A completed Submission Lodgement Form
.   The paper you are submitting (as a Word document)
.   A folder containing all images labelled as Figure 1 to Figure XX.
Submissions must be lodged by email to  by the closing date of 30 October 2012.  If your submission is too big to email contact Jenny Deves to make other arrangements ( or 02 6125 7560.

 Revision of submissions
Authors progressing through the peer-review process towards selection for publication, may be required to submit revised papers in response to recommendations from peer-reviewers and editors.  Revised papers should be accompanied by a concise explanation (about 200 words) indicating how the author has addressed the recommendations. This explanatory summary will be sent with the revised paper to the editorial panel.  

Publication of paper
All authors whose papers are accepted for publication will be sent a publishing agreement for signature. Publication cannot proceed without the signed agreement. All accepted papers will be published in craft + design enquiry and will include:
Author's name
Author's biography (as supplied on the Submission Lodgement Form)
Title of paper
Abstract (as supplied on the Submission Lodgement Form)
ANU Epress publishes craft + design enquiry online and in hard copy on demand.

 Copyright Notice
By submitting an article, research paper or review for publication the author/s warrant that the work is original; has not been previously published; the author has copyright permissions for the use of images included in the article; and the work does not contain any libellous material.

Privacy Statement 
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