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The Idea PuzzleŽ software is a decision-making tool that helps PhD students coherently align the theory, method, data, rhetoric, and authorship of a research proposal, article or thesis in the light of Philosophy of Science (Morais & Brailsford, 2019). 


           


In 2016, the Academy of Management Learning & Education (4.902 5-Year Impact Factor) considered the Idea PuzzleŽ 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 PuzzleŽ software has helped design more than 5000 research projects worldwide.

The Idea PuzzleŽ software poses 21 questions, helps answer them, and allows the self-evaluation of each answer. The output of the Idea PuzzleŽ software is a research design with around 2000 words, an overall score and a coloured jigsaw puzzle of progress. The help function of the Idea PuzzleŽ software includes examples of research designs from Design, Engineering, Management, Media, Medicine, Psychology and Veterinary as well as definitions, introductions, tips, and bibliography. 

The access to the Idea PuzzleŽ software is exclusively online, without installation on the computer, upon registration with an email from a
licensed university (free) or an individual subscription (19 euros per year). The university license (1000 euros per year for an unlimited number of users) includes the access to the Idea Puzzle Prize (1000 euros for the best doctoral research design). Contact us to organise a free webinar and a free trial of the Idea PuzzleŽ software at your university.