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RSD13: Call for Contributions

by | Jan 2024 | Call for Contributions, RSD13, SDA blog

Accepted submissions will be published in Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design, RSD13 and available via the RSDsymposium.org repository.

Updated for RSD13 | APRIL 2024

RSD13 image is a visual interpretation of the Lena River delta

Read about the theme and focus areas.

FAQ

Submission questions, answered.

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REVIEW PERIOD MAY–JULY

General guidelines for documents

Authors should follow the minimum requirements carefully. The academic/programme committee checks submissions to ensure they meet the minimum submission requirements before distributing them for review. Be sure your document meets the following guidelines, as there may not be time to turn around incomplete submissions or documents that do not meet the standard format.

Document structure

1. An abstract of at least 300 words

2. The submission must include:

a) A full paper is a manuscript of approximately 5,000 words that follows an academic paper structure
OR
b) Presentations and reports also follow an academic paper structure but can be more descriptive and are approximately 2,500 words
OR
c) Workshops, interactives, and other activities include a written brief of approximately 1,500 words
OR
d) Maps and exhibits require a description of approximately 1000 words and an image
NOTE
e) Panel proposals and speakers require only an abstract, which must be at least 300 words and can be longer. Essays and reflective pieces are encouraged before or after the presentation.

3. References following APA (7th edition) conventions

4. Author(s) profile(s) and contact information (optional)

Abstract: The abstract on the EasyChair submission form must be the same as the abstract in the paper or proposal (cut and paste from the final version).

Template: You must submit work in the RSD13 template to be reviewed.

References: All cited content must be correctly referenced (the references are not included in the word count). References help the reviewers to judge the context and trustworthiness of the work.

SEO and indexing: The 200-400 word abstract is used to improve search results across the website and by search engines. We also embed the submitted PDF on the same page (search engines index PDFs). Note that a correctly formatted PDF increases the likelihood of your work being indexed on Google Scholar. (Reference: Google Inclusion Guidelines for Webmasters)

Additional sections: Your reflexivity statement, land acknowledgement, or other information that will contextualise your work are welcome additions.

Note: References, authors, appendices, and acknowledgements, statements, author profiles, and resources are not included in the word count.

RSD13 Templates

Papers & Presentations

RSD13 paper and presentation sessions will take place online and in-person. You will be asked to indicate your preference when you make your submission.

Document structure for papers and presentations*

  • abstract (200-400 words)—no title, indent as per instructions on the RSD13 template
  • Introduction (h2 section title)—if you want to add a descriptive statement, use a colon and follow with sentence case (no period) OR
  • Presentation description (h2 section title)—this could also be Presentation overview or Presentation “other” as relevant to your presentation
  • Content and headings as appropriate to your content
  • References (h2 section title)—use APA 7; include only cited references
  • Format references with “normal” style, numbered
  • Authors (h2 section title as appropriate)—as per instructions on the template (optional)

*Additional sections may be added at your discretion. References, authors, appendices, and special statements or resources are not included in the word count.

Workshops & Interactives

RSD workshops and interactives open up systemic design practice. Sessions connected to other RSD contributions, such as a paper or exhibition, are also encouraged.

When submitting a workshop or interactive activity, please set up a document using the RSD template (above). Accepted workshops and activities will be included in the RSD13 proceedings. Complete the RSD13 workshop template with an abstract (200-400 words) and an expanded description (~1500 words) of the session.

Be sure to include the following in the description:

  • In what ways does the proposed contribution relate to the RSD themes and focus areas?
  • What will those participating in the workshop/activity be doing?
  • How will this be structured? Please include an agenda in your document.
  • Is the workshop/activity intended online or in-person, or could it be either?

Workshop document structure*

  • abstract (200-400 words)—no title, indent as per instructions on the template
  • description of ~1500 words
  • Workshop description (h2 section title)—including how it relates to the RSD sub-theme(s) and focus area(s)
  • Agenda (h2 section title)—how will it be structured?
  • References (h2 section title)—use APA 7; include only cited references
  • Format references with “normal” style, numbered; include only cited references
  • Authors/Facilitators (h2 section title as appropriate)—as per instructions on the template

*Additional sections may be added at your discretion. References, authors, appendices, and special statements or resources are not included in the word count.

Remember that your workshop document will be a permanent part of the proceedings and should be written in simple present tense.

In-person sessions

In-person workshops take advantage of physical space and materials—there should be a reason for the workshop being in-person rather than part of the online programme.

Online sessions

Online workshops are presented as part of the overall online programme. Online workshops must include activities that facilitate introductions and discussion.

Length

The standard length is 60–90 minutes; however, other timeframes are possible.

Maps & Exhibits

RSD invites proposals for exhibition items of various kinds that can prompt conversation and question the edges of systemic design.

Work that doesn’t fit within the range of standard RSD formats, such as multimedia and digital work, performance, and environmental and experiential forms, is encouraged. Examples are Ben Spong’s Mirror in the Bathroom and Karianne Rygh’s tangible tools for co-design.

Remember that your artefact’s image(s) will be included in the proceedings. Please provide images that are, at minimum, suitable for website viewing. You can also link to high-quality images or additional web references from your descriptive paper.

Set up your descriptive paper in the RSD13 template.

Document structure for maps and exhibits*

  • abstract (200-400 words)—no title, indent as per instructions on the template
  • description of up to ~1500 words
  • Exhibit description (h2 section title)—including how it relates to the RSD sub-theme(s) and focus area(s)
  • Process (h2 section title)—how was the map or exhibit conceived? Were there specific processes or materials involved in creating it?
  • References (h2 section title)—use APA 7; include only cited references
  • Format references with “normal” style, numbered; include only cited references
  • Artist(s)/Developer(s)/Creator(s)/other (h2 section title as appropriate)—as per instructions on the template

*Additional sections may be added at your discretion. The word count does not include references, authors, appendices, and special statements or resources.

At least one RSD-ONLINE session will be devoted to exhibition items. The capacity for an onsite exhibition has not yet been determined. While we cannot promise your exhibit will be presented onsite, the graphics, photos, and other assets you provide will be part of the proceedings and searchable on the RSD repository.

You are also encouraged to make a video explainer with your map or exhibit. This will be embedded with your article.

INFORMATION FOR CONTRIBUTORS

RSD13 Call for Reviewers

RSD13 Call for Reviewers

The peer-review period starts as soon as submissions are complete—no later than April 30—and runs until June 30. Please take a few moments to indicate your availability on the reviewer acceptance form.

RSD Review Process

RSD Review Process

Details about formats for authors, facilitators, and exhibitors. Contributions are included in the proceedings, a searchable repository of systemic design resources used by researchers, teachers, and practitioners.

RSD Guidelines

RSD Guidelines

Submission guidelines provide a detailed description of how to prepare a document for all submission formats: papers, presentations, workshops, and systems maps and exhibits.

RSD13 TIMELINE

Final submissions are due on
April 30

Open call for Reviewers
April 1–30

Feedback to authors
June 30

RSD13-ONLINE
sessions OCTOBER 16–18

RSD13-OSLO & Nordmarka Forest October 22–26

Lidar-derived image of the Danube River and floodplain near Tulln, Austria. Daniel Coe. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED