About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Strategic Design Research Journal (SDRJ) is a triannual publication (published every four months) by the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos - Unisinos.

SDRJ is a peer-reviewed, open-access, international journal, that publishes articles related to the design process, for developing design theory and practice.

SDRJ focuses on the design potentials for the elaboration of strategies and the search for innovation related to any kind of organizations, such as corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, cooperatives, or even informal associations or movements. SDRJ considers the strategic contribution of design in all the fields of its practice, such as product and service development, communication, fashion, social and cultural innovation, or technology.

Thus, SDRJ is a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary forum for the academic discussion, debate and criticism, open to all researchers and professionals interested in design. It encourages the dialogue between academia and creative industries.

Please note, since its first issue, Strategic Design Research Journal has been promoting the publication and diffusion of relevant research on Strategic Design internationally. Our approach to internationalization has always been inclusive, we accepted articles written in Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian and French. These were the languages spoken by our readers and contributors when we created the journal with our partners of the Latin Network for the Development of Design Processes. The journal has evolved. Today our community is no longer concentrated in Brazil and the majority of our readers are familiar with English, but not necessarily with other languages. Continuing our inclusive approach, we decided to opt for English as the journal’s language, in order to allow all members of the community to have access to the published papers.

Please note:

  • SDRJ accepts submissions on a rolling basis. Eventually, the journal launches calls for papers too.
  • SDRJ has no article processing charges (APC) or article submission charges.
  • Usually, we are able to give a first feedback to the authors in three months.

Peer Review Process

The publication of the article is subjected to the previous approval of the journal's Editorial Board, as well as to peer review made by, at least, two ad hoc reviewers using the double blind review process.

The final acceptance of the article depends on:

    • The recommendation of the reviewers;

 

    • That the authors carry out the necessary corrections;

 

    • And final approval by the Editorial Board, which decision will recommend one of the following options:
      1. Accept submission;
      2. Revisions required;
      3. Resubmit for review;
      4. Resubmit elsewhere;
      5. Decline submission;
      6. See comments.