Guidelines for authors, facilitators, and exhibitors

RSD is a compendium of contributions from people working at the forefront of systemic design. Here’s how it works.

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

RSD proceedings are published online and include all the contributions for each year. SDA publishes all proceedings online, registered as ISSN 2371-8404, 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.

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 to each symposium are catalogued into nine topic areas within the proceedings:

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.

For updates on RSD calls for submissions and related information please subscribe to the RSD newsletter.

RSD11 Call for Submissions

Preparing your submission

RSD11 submissions are now being accepted via EasyChair

  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.
Full papers

Authors are 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 papers is now open. The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2022.

Presentations & Reports

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 presentations and reports is now open. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022.

Other contributions

Each summer a call for other interactive contributions is announced. These include opportunities to present at RSD in formats such as workshops, case study presentations, and dialogues –

An RSD highlight is the systems map exhibition. Hosts curate an exhibition of maps for exhibition onsite at the event. The maps are also catalogued and become part of the permanent RSD online collection. Other forms of presentations are also welcome, such as Karianne Rygh’s exhibition, which showcased the tangible tools for co-design workshop facilitation.

Dates: The call for exhibition contributions will open in June. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2022.

Review system
  • All submissions go through a single-blind peer-review process, which means that reviewers see the author 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 will 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.


The following guidelines have been updated for RSD11. The Call for Contributions can vary based on the decisions made by the host and organising committee.

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Posted March 2022
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Call for Papers

Submit your paper or presentation via EasyChair

Please use the RSD11 template


Papers: June 16, 2022
Presentations: June 30, 2022


RSD11 Call for Contributions

RSD11 Call for Contributions

Now open. RSD11 Call for contributions that challenge, extend, critique, and diversify established working methods in systemic design.

Preparing an RSD submission

Preparing an RSD submission

This article invites you to follow the RSD posting protocols and provides a detailed description of the basics to consider when preparing your submission.

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Contributions to RSD11 focus sessions

Authors are invited to identify their paper or presentation as aligned to one of seven specific focus sessions. These have been developed as provocations for critical reflection, new topics, and different directions.

Focus: Design over time

Focus: Design over time

Designers must navigate between the need for immediate action and maintaining long-term change. Yet, it is difficult to think of the temporality of design beyond the consideration of years or decades.

Focus: Products are systemic objects

Focus: Products are systemic objects

In this focus, RSD11 is interested in contributions exploring: circular design, regenerative design, distributed design, and, more broadly, ways that designers of things act to shape the nature and legibility of economic, bureaucratic, ecological and cultural systems.

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Focus: Architecture gone wild?

Now that the architecture discipline seems to be arriving at a period of digital sobriety in its modes of practice and generative methods, critical perspectives are needed.

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Focus: Radical shifts in planetary health

Attending to health means fundamentally rethinking where (our) health comes from. The importance of considering global health and human health as intersecting is increasingly pressing.

Focus: Different stories in design

Focus: Different stories in design

How may we use Bateson’s provocations to rethink the problematic stories around design and modernity as mobilised in contemporary design practices?

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Focus: Methods and the worlds they make

Methods afford and perpetuate ways of understanding and organising the world much like any other artefact. Because conventions are assumed within the context of a methodological practice, they are difficult to question from within.

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