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IDEA has dedicated itself to building open and democratic societies through debate education.

IDEA also works to coordinate and promote interaction among the speech and debate programs that make up its membership. To achieve these goals, IDEA publishes and distributes material in various media and has established centers to provide students with access to research materials, the Internet (where possible), and photocopiers.

It has created a subscription e-mail service and a website to offer access to curricula and links to libraries and free media. IDEA also provides information to update the community on current trends and to supply teaches and coaches with means of networking. Finally, IDEA publishes a variety of materials containing multiple perspectives on issues of contemporary controversy in order to provide for more informed debate on these topics.

IDEA is committed to the dissemination of debate education as a means of promoting democratic ideals, and to the articulation of debate's theory and value to a broad audience. To this end, IDEA orchestrates the publication of numerous full-length books intended not only to benefit the debate community and educators in particular, but also to spread the word to and satisfy the interest of general readers.

IDEA's publications range from manuals for particular formats of debate to analyses of the role of public debates in democracy to collections of articles relevant to a debate topic and intended for use by student debaters and their coaches.

Topic-Oriented Sourcebooks

IDEA regularly publishes sourcebooks relevant to debate resolutions. These texts collect articles and statistics to aid students in researching complicated issues; IDEA often actively solicits the authorship of new articles and / or seeks the recommendation of relevant articles by its members. The selection of articles to include in an IDEA sourcebook obeys the following guidelines:

  • Reprinted articles must be reproduced with due respect for any applicable laws.
  • Authors / recommenders should submit texts in both hard copy and in electronic form acceptable to the IDEA publisher. These texts should be double-spaced, include page numbers, and, if selected from a pre-published text, should be submitted in their entire, published format.
  • Authors/ recommenders should submit manuscripts with a table of contents containing the name of each article as they wish it to appear in the body of a published sourcebook. The title of the article should be followed by the name of the author; likewise, for multiple texts, each article is numbered to indicate its place in the work. For example: 11. Lethal Violations: Human Rights Abuses Faced by Injection Drug Users in the Era of HIV/AIDS, by Joanne Csete and Jonathan Cohen
  • If a text is submitted with an accompanying electronic copy, that copy should be submitted on disk or CD. Images associated with the document must appear as separate files, with the origin credit; likewise, document files should be named by the first few words of their titles.
  • Documents should be accompanied by indications of the word counts; if the solicitation of an article involves a contract, deviation from the word count specified in that contract must be communicated to IDEA's editor.

Controversia

Controversia: An International Journal of Debate and Democratic Renewal is a biannually-published refereed, interdisciplinary journal that explores the nexus of communication and politics. Controversia seeks to stimulate reflection on the role of dialogue and debate in fostering participatory governance in both emerging and established democracies.

Controversia invites the submission of manuscripts that examine the theoretical, historical, and / or practical relationships between the structure and practice of political governance and public competencies in critical reasoning, argumentation, advocacy, and debate.

Articles published in Controversia have treated issues ranging from the relationships between deliberative rhetoric and governmental systems, discursive and social openness and vulnerabilities to terrorism, public deliberation and collective decision-making, and methods of argument pedagogy that bridge the technicalities of debate and public involvement.

Controversia invites submissions from authors working from a wide variety of theoretical or philosophical perspectives and employing critical theoretical, discourse-analytic, historical, and empirical methods.

Controversia is sponsored by IDEA in conjunction with the Open Society Institute. Accordingly, it seeks to publish articles that focus on the furtherance of political cultures that embrace democratic communication and the ideals of an open society.

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts may be submitted in either English or Russian.
  • Manuscripts submitted should not be previously published, nor should they currently be under publication review by other journals or volumes.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted single-sided, double-spaced throughout, and prepared for blind review. A submission packet should include:
    • A separate title page.
    • A brief abstract (c. 100 words).
    • A separate, brief biographical description of the author(s) (c. 50 words).
    • Submissions should be sent to:

Dr. Marilyn Young, Co-editor, Controversia
Department of Communication - 1531
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306

The Blind Review Process

To ensure both the quality of published articles and the fairness for the selection process, manuscripts submitted to Controversia normally undergo a �blind review� process, in which a panel of readers evaluates an article while kept unaware of its authorship.

Controversia reserves the right to withhold manuscripts from review. Reasons for non-review include a manuscript topic not being germane to Controversia�s mission, excessive manuscript length, and a manuscript not having been prepared in conformance with accepted standards of scholarship, documentation, or citation. Non-reviewed manuscripts should be returned to their authors.

The blind review process involves three reviewers from diverse intellectual and national backgrounds. Reviewers should be asked to evaluate the manuscript relative to the following questions:

  • Is this essay appropriate for Controversia, given its mission?
  • Is the subject matter significant and important?
  • Is the treatment of the subject matter intellectually interesting? Are there specific references or bodies of material to which the author(s) should refer?
  • Is the reasoning in the essay sound? Are the claims well founded?
  • Are there portions of the essay that should be shortened, expanded, or omitted?
  • Is the manuscript well written?

The Role of the Editor

The Editor of Controversia implements and supervises the peer review process.

IDebate

IDebate is a quarterly magazine written for general readership. In addition to being published for hard-copy subscribers, Idebate is distributed electronically on the IDEA web site. Authors requesting reprints of published articles should send the author's name, complete address, and date/issue of the article's publication. IDEA will not be able to return submissions sent by post.

Content Guidelines

Articles in Idebate should have academic value and provide new information for the reader; examples of appropriate topic areas include, but are not limited to, program updates, information regarding new programs, topic areas, debate formats, new events and success stories.

Submission Guidelines

Articles, photographs or artwork may be submitted to the editor of Idebate. Whenever possible, photographs should be submitted electronically and with a resolution of 300dpi of better. Articles may be submitted in any language. However, if the submission is not in English, Russian, French, German, or Spanish an abstract in English should accompany the submission.

Role of the Editor

The Editor of Idebate makes the final determination of which submissions to accept.

  • Selection of the Editor
The Publication Committee selects the Editor of Idebate. The Publication Committee is composed of a representative from the distributor, Central European Press (as long as it distributes the magazine), one representative from IDEA-USA, and one representative from IDEA- NL.
  • Editorial Policies
    • IDebate observes copyright laws and only reprints copyrighted material with the express, written permission of the copyright holder.
    • IDebate adheres to professional writing standards.
    • IDebate reserves the right to edit all submissions for style and content to ensure clarity and accuracy.
    • IDebate reserves the right to publish only materials consistent with its mission as set forth in these standards and suitable for the audience the publication is intended for.
    • IDebate reserves the right not to accept advertisements it deems unsuitable for the audience the publication is intended for.
    • No compensation is provided for accepted information.
    • Accepted submissions become the property of IDEA and may be reproduced in other IDEA publications including, but not limited to, the IDEA web site.
    • The Editor of Idebate may choose to reject a submission to Idebate for a variety of reasons including but not limited to:
      • Timeliness
      • Relevance
      • Coherence
      • Space limitations

The IDEA Weekly

The IDEA Weekly is the IDEA Newsletter, and is distributed by e-mail 52 times a year. Authors requesting reprints of published articles should send the author's name, complete address, and date/issue of the article's publication. IDEA will not be able to return submissions sent by post.

Content Guidelines

The IDEA Weekly accepts news of relevance that may include, but is not limited to, reminder of events, invitations to events, opportunities, successes, and debate tips.

Editorial Guidelines

  • The Role of the Editor
The Publication Committee selects the Editor of The IDEA Weekly. The Publication Committee is composed of a representative from the distributor, Central European Press as long as they distribute the magazine, one representative from IDEA-USA and one representative from IDEA-NL.
  • Editorial Policies
    • The IDEA Weekly observes copyright laws and only reprints copyrighted material with the express, written permission of the copyright holder.
    • The IDEA Weekly adheres to professional writing standards.
    • The IDEA Weekly reserves the right to edit all submissions for style and content to ensure clarity and accuracy.
    • The IDEA Weekly reserves the right to publish only materials consistent with its mission as set forth in these standards and suitable for the audience the publication is intended for.
    • The IDEA Weekly reserves the right not to accept advertisements it deems unsuitable for the audience the publication is intended for.
    • No compensation is provided for accepted information.
    • Accepted submissions become the property of IDEA and may be reproduced in other IDEA publications including, but not limited to, the IDEA web site.
    • The Editor of The IDEA Weekly may choose to reject a submission to Idebate for a variety of reasons including but not limited to:
      • Timeliness
      • Relevance
      • Coherence
      • Space limitations

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