Identification of Academic Value for Interior Design Scholarship: A Survey of Journal Ranking

By Susan Martin Meggs, Annette G. Greer, Hui Bian and Charles Gustina.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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This study identifies a set of journals that report on interior design research and proposes a ranking of those journals determined by a survey of peer reviews. Based on an online survey, journals in which interior designers commonly publish were assessed in terms of prestige, contribution to theory, contribution to practice, and contribution to teaching. It was found that while a diversity of journals were proposed, there was agreement among interior design educators in the ranking of a top tier of journals. Furthermore, it was found that academic status, type of institutional affiliation, and geographic location are all significant to journal rankings. The results of the study offer a guide to both evaluators and those evaluated when judging or selecting research outlets and in the process of tenure and promotion decisions.

Keywords: Pedagogy, Critical Analysis

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.1-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.624KB).

Assoc. Prof. Susan Martin Meggs

Associate Professor, Department of Interior Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Susan Martin Meggs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Design at East Carolina University where she is lead instructor for the foundations program. She also serves as an instructor and mentor for the Honors College for interdisciplinary service-learning seminars.

Dr. Annette G. Greer

Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Annette G. Greer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies at Brody School of Medicine and teaches Research Code of Ethics. She also teaches Statistics, Research Methods, and Senior Research Projects for the University of Mount Olive.

Dr. Hui Bian

Statistics and Research Consultant, Office for Faculty Excellence, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Assoc. Prof. Charles Gustina

Associate Professor, Department of Interior Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Charles Gustina is an Associate Professor in the Department of Interior Design at East Carolina University.