Aims and scope
Sciences du Design is a peer-reviewed French language international design research journal published at the Presses Universitaires de France. Non-specialist and pluralistic, it explores all aspects of design and aims to offer an open international forum for design researchers and practitioners. The journal seeks to promote design as a research discipline in its own right and welcomes French-speaking design research as well as international design research submitted in French.
The journal is published twice yearly, with issues based on thematic calls and non-thematic spontaneous submissions. Sciences du Design has a hybrid format, with print and digital versions available in bookstores and online through Cairn.info (in Open Access after 2 years).
Boards and partners
Supported by an editorial board and an international scientific committee with members from over 30 universities and research establishments around the world, it is published by the Presses Universitaires de France with the support of various universities and design organizations such as Université de Nîmes (Projekt), Haute école d’art et de design - Genève, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Strate École de design, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (Institut Acte), Kedge Design School and Orange (eXperience Design Lab).
To support new modes of scholarly publishing, Sciences du Design offers a unique Visualization section which is published in print and openly online. The section presents research contributions in visual and graphic form—computer graphics, visual analytics, or data visualizations—in French or in English. Contributions are organized into collections that are tied to each edition of the journal. Each collection is published in full online, while a limited number of visualizations is selected and published in the printed version.
« Two decades ago, Klaus Krippendorff discussed the importance of serious journals as a crucial necessity for the development of design as a healthy research discipline. […] In this issue, Stéphane Vial discusses the development of design journals in France, and the role they play in shaping a discipline. Vial is editor-in-chief of Sciences du Design, the first international, French language design research journal in France. One fascinating aspect of this article is the relationship of a journal title to the framing of the discipline and field to which the journal gives voice. »
— Ken Friedman, Editor-in-Chief, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, Volume 3, Issue 2, Editorial, p. 81 (link).