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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The Swedish Journal of Design Research strives to publish high quality research in the design research field. To be published in the journal, papers must advance the field in meaningful ways through theoretical and/or managerial contributions. It is imperative that authors master the domain in which they want to contribute, and clearly show how their papers relate to previous research in the field. Authors should clearly express in what ways their work advances the field.

The Swedish Journal of Design Research publishes articles focused design research, including but not limited to: design thinking, product design, service design, software design, design management, design and innovation, social change and social innovation, design and art, customer experiences.

The journal strives to be international in scope, in keeping with the increased globalization. It should be relevant to managers and design practitioners. We encourage articles from practitioners as well as academics. No specific research ideology is preferred; quantitative, qualitative, managerial, and conceptual approaches are welcome. Empirical research must be rigorously conducted and presented in transparent ways. Methods sections should include not only method for data collection but also analysis, and if relevant selection of participants/case and/or ethical considerations.

No manuscript is accepted until it has been reviewed in a double-blind review process and sent to two reviewers. The editor’s decision to publish a manuscript is based on the judgments the reviewers. Reviewers are chosen on the basis of their expertise in their respective fields of research. Manuscripts are judged solely on the basis of their content.

Two principal criteria are used in the judgment of a manuscript:
(a) Does it make a significant and substantive contribution to the theory and practice of design? (b) Does it convey its message clearly and concisely?

Manuscript Preparation

  • Use Microsoft Word format only and be double-spaced throughout, including references.
  • The manuscript must not exceed 40 pages, including references and additional figures or tables.
  • The maximum word count for all manuscripts is 8 000
  • The title page and main document must be uploaded as two separate files.
  • Do not use separate files for tables, references, or figures. These must be included at the end of your main document.
  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere except on the title page. This is a double-blind publication, therefore we must maintain the author’s anonymity upon submission.
  • Use Harvard style for the references

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