Presenting at RSD: For authors, facilitators, and exhibitors

RSD is a compendium of contributions from people working at the forefront of systemic design, and presenting at RSD has many benefits. The annual symposium represents the state-of-the-art in systemic design and offers a platform for discussing and showcasing work with an international community of design colleagues.

The annual host invites a range of contributions and circulates a call for papers each spring on this website and via affiliated websites, newsletters, and social media.

Contributions are accepted in several formats. It is also an opportunity for authors to publish work; many papers are indexed on Google Scholar, supported through SDA’s partnership with OCADU’s Open Research Repository.

Proceedings of the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (YEAR) Symposium are published online and include all the contributions for each year. SDA publishes all proceedings online, registered as ISSN 2371-8404, and as open access documents.

The annual host may also opt to publish proceedings in a book form, in which case they are also registered with an ISBN/EAN. Please note that RSD proceedings are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, which permits anyone to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or form according to the licence terms.

Featured image (above): A detail from the sketchnote for Helen Avery’s paper, The Frog that Leaped. Courtesy of Playthink | Patricia Kambitch.

RSD Formats

SDA takes a cyclic non-hierarchical approach to advancing scholarship, which SDA calls the publications spiral. The RSD symposia support the vital emergence of supportive opportunities for scholars.

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Call for Contributions

Preparing your submission

  1. RSD uses EasyChair for all submissions (EasyChair is a web-based system for organising paper submissions and reviews).
  2. Submissions need to be uploaded as a single word file (.doc, .docx)and use the RSD11 template.
  3. An existing EasyChair account can be used, or a new account can be created at no cost.
  4. In addition to uploading your file, author data, title, abstract, keywords, and other information will be requested.

EasyChair instructions for authors

Interactives, Workshops, Exhibits

The call for interactive sessions, workshops, and exhibitions is now closed.

See Call for Contributions for full details.

Dates: The call for exhibition contributions is closed and will re-open in spring 2023. Subscribe to receive notifications.

Full papers

This call is now closed. Authors who presented at RSD11 can make revisions up to December 31, 2023. Please drop us a line in the chat if you need assistance.

Authors were invited to submit full papers discussing the outcomes of research and/or practice projects.

Submission: Full paper of 2000 to 5000 words in RSD template. Also include a short abstract, between 200 and 400 words. Also, include citations and related references in accordance with APA (7th edition) conventions.

Review: Acceptance, suggestions for minor revisions, recommendations to revise as presentation proposal, or reject.

Proceedings: Full papers are published in the proceedings. Discussions at the conference may motivate authors to develop their work to submit to Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal, published by SDA, and other journals. The SDA publications team is available to provide further feedback and support.

Dates: The call for exhibition contributions is closed and will re-open in spring 2023. Subscribe to receive notifications.

Presentations & Reports

This call is now closed. Authors who presented at RSD11 can make revisions up to December 31, 2022. Please drop us a line in the chat if you need assistance.

Presentations encompass works-in-progress, exploratory and speculative work, and reports on ongoing research and practice projects.

Submission: Description of up to 1000 words in RSD template, which summarises the presentation and situates it in the context of systemic design and the conference theme. Also include a short abstract, between 200 and 400 words. Also, include citations and related references in accordance with APA (7th edition) conventions.

Review: Accept or reject.

Proceedings: The description (proposal statement in the RSD11 template) and related presentation materials (e.g. slides, audiovisual material) are published in the proceedings. Following the conference, there is an opportunity to update the summary or extend it to a working paper (up to 2000 words), responding to comments received during the presentation session. Discussions at the conference may motivate authors to elaborate on the presentation for submission to a subsequent RSD as a full paper.

Dates: The call for exhibition contributions is closed and will re-open in spring 2023. Subscribe to receive notifications.

Review system
  • All submissions go through a single-blind peer-review process, which means that reviewers see the authors’ names but not vice versa.
  • Reviewers consider the quality of the proposed contribution, its relevance to the conference theme, and its role in raising relevant issues in systemic design.
  • Once reviewed, the organisers notify all authors of (conditional) acceptance or rejection (for papers, this takes place by mid-summer).
  • The review process provides feedback and possible suggestions for modifications.
  • The conference tracks are formed based on the accepted contributions.

Updated December 2022

The information reflects RSD11 and may be different for RSD12. The Call for Contributions can vary based on the decisions made by the host and organising committee.

Posted December 2022