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RSD Review Process

by | Mar 2023 | Call for Contributions, For Contributors, RSD13, SDA blog

RSD symposium proceedings are published every year and catalogued by formats and topics to create the RSD searchable repository of systemic design resources. The annual RSD symposium introduces current work in systemic design and offers a platform for sharing and discussing work with an international community of design colleagues.

Updated for RSD13 | 2024

The RSD13 host organisation, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, is managing the submission process. Contributions include full papers, presentations (short papers), workshops and interactives (online and in-person), and systems maps and exhibits. Proposals for panels/roundtables/discussions and speakers are also welcome.

Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design are published online and include the contributions for each format. The publisher is the Systemic Design Association, and RSD is registered as ISSN 2371-8404 and as open-access documents.

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

Updates for the RSD13 call for papers, presentations, and workshops will start in January 2024 and be posted here.

Focus areas

Details on the four focus areas can be found on the RSD13 information post. They are: conversations on methodologies and practice, discussing democracy, power dynamics and equity, conversations on sustainability, society and organisations, and conversations on well-being, healthcare, safety, and resilience.

Systems maps & exhibits

The call for systems maps and exhibits is open.

Submissions in other languages

RSD12 received contributions of full papers, presentations (short papers), workshops, and systems maps/exhibits in Spanish. The capacity to organise peer reviews in languages other than English is under review.

RSD12 aceptó contribuciones de artículos completos, presentaciones (artículos cortos), talleres y mapas/exhibiciones de sistemas en español.


Because reviews are organised in batches, we offer a very limited number of extensions. Please contact if you have questions about extensions.

RSD13 calendar


The Maps & Exhibits track is open for submissions to allow for student work from the Spring 2024 semester. Please circulate the opportunity to students and other colleagues who are engaged in mapping projects.

Looking for templates? You can download templates for all tracks here. Be sure to read the instructions on the template and follow RSD guidelines. By taking a collaborative approach to the process and proceedings, we can be awesome.


1. Preparing submissions

Note: For Contexts—The Systemic Design Journal, see Contexts Guidelines for Authors.


  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 RSD13 template [coming soon].
  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, we will request author data, title, abstract, keywords, and other information.

EasyChair instructions for authors

Detailed information for RSD13 formats is provided in the toggles below.

Full papers

See RSD13 Call for Contributions for details.

Submission: Full paper of approximately 5000 words on the RSD template. The abstract should be 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.

Presentations & Reports

See RSD13 Call for Contributions for details.

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

Submission: Description of approximately 2,500 words on the 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. Include citations and related references following APA (7th edition) conventions.

Review: Accept or reject.

Proceedings: The description (see template) and related presentation materials (e.g. slides) are published in the proceedings. Following the conference, there is an opportunity to respond to comments received during the presentation by updating and extending the paper, if desired (up to 2000 words). Discussions at the conference may also motivate authors to elaborate on the presentation for submission as a full paper for a future conference or publication.

Workshops & Interactives

Workshops and interactives can be presented online or in person. The submission must include a paper that adheres to the template’s instructions.

Online workshops are scheduled to suit the workshop organiser’s time zone, availability, and intended audience.


See RSD13 Call for Contributions for complete details.

Maps & Exhibits

Systems maps and exhibits are catalogued as part of the RSD proceedings and must include a paper that adheres to the template’s instructions.

  • At least one online session is dedicated to maps and exhibits and scheduled as part of the RSD programme.
  • Researchers also have the option of providing an explainer video to accompany their map.
  • See RSD13 Call for Contributions for more details.

2. Peer review process

Papers and presentations are managed by the academic/programme committee. RSD uses a single-blind peer-review process, meaning reviewers see the authors’ names but not vice versa. Reviewers consider the quality of the proposed contribution, its relevance to the theme, sub-themes (RSD13—Rivers of Conversation), and focus areas—and whether it addresses topics of interest or raises relevant issues in systemic design.

Programme committee members review and assess workshops, interactives, systems maps, and exhibits. There is no peer-review process.


  1. unconditional acceptance
  2. conditional acceptance with revisions
  3. recommendation for an alternate format (for example, a full paper that more appropriately suits the presentation format)
  4. rejection with suggestions for possible next steps

The RSD13 organisers are working on determining the number of papers/presentations that can be accepted. They are usually scheduled in groups of three to five and developed according to the RSD theme, sub-themes, or hub focus areas.

Updated January 2024

The information reflects RSD13 and may be different from previous RSD symposia. The Call for Contributions can vary based on the decisions made by the host and RSD13 Organising Committee.


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 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.


Final submissions are due on
April 30

Open call for Reviewers
April 1–30

Feedback to authors
June 30

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