Introduction to the Software

              


The Idea Puzzle software is a decision-making tool that helps PhD candidates improve the coherence of a research proposal, article, or thesis in the light of Philosophy of Science (Morais & Brailsford, 2019). It also helps review the strengths and weaknesses of a research project in any field of knowledge.

The Idea Puzzle software poses 21 questions, helps answer them, and allows the self-evaluation of each answer in terms of decision-making status. The help function of the Idea Puzzle software includes examples of research designs in different fields of knowledge that have won the Idea Puzzle Prize as well as definitions, introductions, tips, and bibliography. The output of the Idea Puzzle software is a research design with 21 answers, an overall score, and a coloured jigsaw puzzle of progress that can be shared in PDF or in Word.


In 2016, the Academy of Management Learning & Education (4.3 Impact Factor) considered the Idea Puzzle software "a very useful tool for research across a multitude of disciplines, not only for PhD students as they learn about all of the elements of research project design, but also for reviewers and research project teams" (Parente & Ferro, 2016, p. 645). To date, the Idea Puzzle software has helped design more than 6600 research projects worldwide.


The access to the Idea Puzzle software is exclusively online, without installation on the computer, after allowing pop-up windows in your Internet browser. Register with an email from a licensed university to have free access to the Idea Puzzle software or with another email to subscribe it individually (19 euros per year).

The license for the university (1000 euros per year) gives free access to the Idea Puzzle software to all users of your university email domains and makes PhD candidates eligible for the Idea Puzzle PrizeContact us to organise a one-hour free webinar 'Research design with the Idea Puzzle software' at your university, including a two-month free trial of the Idea Puzzle software for all users of your university email domains. Some universities also offer a course on research design with the Idea Puzzle software.