The process of submitting papers and peer-reviewing is human knowledge mobilised through generosity, passion for learning, encouraging colleagues, and a flourishing mindset.
The Systemic Design Association and RSD Symposium programme groups are entirely volunteer-led, and contributions – knowledge sharing, organising, disseminating, and communicating – are essential to the development of systemic design and the co-evolution of systemic design.
Thanks to contributors, organisers, and reviewers, this October 2022, SDA and the University of Brighton are presenting core disciplinary methods and mobilising knowledge across practitioners and scholars. This year, 167 papers were received and reviewed by a group of 90 peers committing over 1,000 hours to the programme.
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UPDATE: AUGUST 17
Author notifications & key dates
Peer reviews for papers are almost complete, and notifications are being sent to authors. Every paper has been reviewed by at least two people who are knowledgeable about systemic design and have subject matter expertise that’s relevant to the paper. Comments are provided to strengthen the work and its presentation.
Monday, August 29 – Deadline for accepting the invitation to present a paper at RSD11 via the presenters’ form (sent with formal acceptance). Authors that have not RSVP’d by this date will be considered withdrawn.
Monday, September 5 – Deadline for papers accepted without conditions to upload revised work (optional).
Monday, September 12 – Deadline for papers accepted with conditions to upload revised work (required).
Thursday, September 15 – Deadline for systems maps.
Activity sessions, workshops, and exhibits – These are under active review. Deadlines are not yet available.
Extended call for systems maps
The call for activities, workshops and exhibitions is now closed. A special call for systems maps is open until September 15.
These contributions follow the same guidelines as papers and presentations to maintain consistency across the RSD repository. This includes an abstract, written paper or report, and references.
Status of papers & presentations
Thank you to over 360 authors who submitted papers and presentations for RSD11.
- All RSD papers and presentations 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 annual 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, notifications will be sent between August 15 t0 20).
- The review process provides feedback and possible suggestions for modifications.
- The sessions for papers and presentations are formed based on the accepted contributions.
Although papers are single-blind reviewed, the following reviewers have agreed to be acknowledged. RSD is made possible by the contributions of authors and reviewers.
* SDA members – profiles and contact information are available in the member directory.
Carolina Giraldo Nohra
Frederick van Amstel
Mateus van Stralen
Current list – as of July 13, 2022 | *SDA Members
The RSD process
RSD begins with calls for papers and other formats. The submissions are peer-reviewed, a critical feedback loop for knowledge sharing and mobilisation. Submissions and reviews are intended to be a process in which we all learn – the author/presenter, the reviewers, and the editors.
Two RSD review procedure for papers and presentations has two main elements. The first confirms the quality of the work: Is it original, are the references adequate, does it fit with the RSD11 symposium themes, and so on. The second is sometimes less spoken about. It is intended to provide constructive help rather than judgement. Reviewers suggest ways authors might improve their paper or presentation. We ask reviewers to take into account that all of us write differently. On the other hand, we are all readers, too, so part of the idea is to report on reader difficulties.
Engagement in systemic design through the RSD symposium series takes many forms and represents the contributions of hundreds of people and 1000s of hours. The programme committee develops a schedule that allows for a good number of sessions and offers extended opportunities for online colleagues in time zones that reduce their ability to participate in sessions and events.