Call for Papers

The DRS conference invites » paper submissions from any area of design research. Additionally, papers are invited for special strands which link into and highlight the conference theme of 'The Big Debates' as well as the DRS Special Interest Groups.

'The Big Debates':
- Less is More: Design for sustainability and climate change - ecological economic and social implications
- Activism and behaviour change through design
- Affect and effect: the influence and impact of design interventions
- Innovation & creativity: talent versus activist and community design
- New Material: genetic material and immateriality as new design opportunities
- Design ethics: new challenges in the light of changing social and material values
- Intellectual Property Rights: a thing of the past? - Interrogating social initiatives, collective knowledge or IP of the big corporations

The DRS Special Interest Group themes:
•    Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge (EKSIG)
•    Special Interest Group for Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks (OPENSIG)
•    Design Pedagogy Special Interest Group (PedSIG)
•    Special Interest Group on Wellbeing and Happiness (SIGWELL)
•    Inclusive Design Special Interest Group (Inclusive SIG)

We invite papers which offer new or challenging research or views in design in the widest sense.  Papers should be 3000-5000 words long, not counting the abstract, front matter and references, and should adhere to the conference paper submission guidelines, which you can » download here. Submissions must be in English language. Papers must be submitted by 1 November 2013 through the online submission system, which will be open from August 2013, and which you will be able to access the the link to the system from this page.

» Conference paper submission guidelines

» Paper template

» Submit your paper

Please note that unlike previous DRS conferences, the review for DRS2014 is by full papers only.

Timetable for submissions of papers:
Submission System opens: 15 August 2013
Final extended Deadline for full Papers: 8 November 2013 (submission deadline: midnight in each author's time zone)
Notification of accepted Papers: mid-February 2014
Deadline for full Paper corrections:  17 March 2014
Final acceptance of the revised Papers: 15 April 2014
Conference Opens: 16 June 2014

Peer Review:
This is a general design research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work and projects will be reported. Irrespective of the range and stage of your research, the organisers expect the highest standards of scholarship in terms of establishing context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers or practitioners. Papers will therefore be selected subject to double blind review by our international review panel. The criteria for selection are:

• Relevance to the conference
• Originality of the research put forward
• Quality and rigour of research
• Clarity of presentation

Conference Presentation and Proceedings:
Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend and present their paper at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings which will be published in digital format.

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