Introducing Research Notes—A New Collection in Design Studies

Introducing Research Notes—A New Collection in Design Studies

Design Studies, the journal of the DRS, is introducing a new collection. Research Notes will be short papers on quality related issues in studies of designing, including research methods, literature review, theory development, design methodology, ethics, and research scholarship more generally. An initial Virtual Special Issue (VSI) will bring together the first set of Research Notes. Proposals for the VSI are due by 1st September.

Peter Lloyd, editor-in-chief of Design Studies, explained the value of this new collection: “The field of design research, and particularly the work that we typically publish in Design Studies, has now reached a level of maturity, distinctiveness, and sophistication that means that wider issues to do with *how* researchers conduct their research can serve as a useful foundation for further progress. My hope is that the papers we will publish as Research Notes will create a critical but reflective and constructive discourse in helping to increase the quality of future studies and the legitimacy and impact of the design research discipline.”

The Research Notes collection will be guest edited by Philip Cash, Laura Hay, Jordan Beck and Jaap Daalhuizen. Cash added that the collection aims to support design research by “1) providing authors and reviewers with a common source of state-of-the-art discussions surrounding best design research practice; 2) providing design researchers with a means of talking about and developing mitigations for methodological and research issues; [and] 3) providing a platform for opening new dialogs about how we do design research and how we can make this even better and more impactful.”

More details about the call for proposals are available at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/design-studies/call-for-papers/research-notes