TESTING-GROUND welcomes submissions from academia, professionals, students, activists, writers and thinkers working in any discipline that can bring a critical perspective to each issue’s theme. Submissions can take a variety of forms including, but not limited to:

  • Articles/essays (typically 2000 to 3500 words)
  • Design criticism (typically 2000 to 3500 words)
  • Provocations (typically ~600 words)
  • Interviews
  • Book/exhibition reviews
  • Visual essays (typically accompanied by ~500 words)
  • Original illustrations, artworks, designs, or photography (accompanied by ~300 word explanation of how the work relates to the theme)

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TESTING-GROUND encourages an accessible style that avoids the use of disciplinary jargon. Contributions should be original, demonstrate thorough research and reasoned argument, and bring critical perspective to the issue’s theme. Harvard style referencing should be used where applicable.

Provocation submissions could take the form of a highly original and speculative, challenging, or thought provoking short-form essay; manifestos, original artwork, illustration of imagery. In this category we welcome novel ideas and critical insights on the issue theme, as well as thoughtful and engaging takes on design thinking, education, or practice.

Original artworks should include a short artist’s bio, details of artwork (materials/media/size), and a descriptive explanation of the work and how the work relates to the issue’s theme (~ 300 words). Submitted artworks are assessed for publication on how well they speak to the theme and how well they fit with the curated content of the journal. If the artwork has been previously exhibited or published (in print or online), please provide details with your submission.


TESTING-GROUND is a visual publication and we strongly encourage authors to submit images to accompany their papers. If images have been previously published, please provide brief details of the publications. 

Accompanying images or artwork should be provided as separate digital files and a list of short captions/credits should be provided in a separate document.

Photographic images should be provided in separate files as CMYK high-resolution (300 dpi or greater at full page size) JPEG files. Line drawings or hand drawn illustrations should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.


Contributors are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions or releases to use any submitted third-party material or images. If no copyright owner can be traced and the images are used you must add a statement to show a diligent search has been made.

If permission is still outstanding for any material, please note the material for which permission remains pending.  If no copyright owner can be traced and the images are used you must add a statement to show a diligent search has been made.


All text submissions should be in Microsoft Word format with all references clearly indicated as end-notes [see examples below]: 

Quotes within the text should use single quotation marks. Long or significant quotes should be indented and without quotation marks. All quotes should include an endnote marker. For example: 

By ‘trajectory’ and ‘story’ I mean simply to emphasise the process of change in a phenomenon.

Doreen Massey, For Space [1] 

End-note markers should be used within the text following all references. For example: 

‘In the opening essay of his book Discovering the Vernacular Landscape, JB Jackson describes landscape as ‘a space deliberately created to speed up or slow down the process of nature [2].’

References should be listed in numerical order at the end of the text. For example: 

[1] Massey, D. 2005. For Space. London: Sage, p12. 

[2] Jackson, J. B. 1986. Discovering the Vernacular Landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press, p8. 

[3] Lees, L. 2013. Regeneration in London has pushed out poor families. In: The Guardian. (Accessed 19 January 2017)