Authors should submit manuscripts as a single PDF file at the Design Science website of ScholarOne. The ScholarOne site contains detailed information about the manuscript submission and management process. While there is no explicit manuscript limit, a manuscript should generally not exceed the equivalent of 10,000 words including tables and figures. Manuscripts must be written in English, preferably in US English grammar style, and must be carefully edited prior to submission. Manuscripts that do not meet acceptable language quality standards will be returned to authors without review.

Design Science papers address a broad audience and tend to have longer introductory sections with explanations of terminology and well-articulated development of the knowledge gap they aim to address. To assist authors in framing their submissions, a “template” for papers appropriate for Design Science is provided.

Formatting Template
A LaTex template with instructions can be downloaded as the zip folder: dsj-class. The pdf of the instructions is here and can be used as a guide to authors who do not use LaTex to see how the paper would look like in print. There is no template for Microsoft Word or similar word processor. Using a template is not necessary for the original manuscript or the production files, but using the LaTex template might reduce chances for typesetting errors in complicated mathematical text.

Language Style
All articles are published in English. Use of either British English or US English is acceptable, as long as they are used consistently throughout the article. When there is no preference, authors should use US English. There are some misconceptions about the differences regarding British vs. US English, for example, in the use of sa/ise/isi versus za/ize/izi spellings: Whether authors use ise or ize is purely their preference, see for an explanation. Authors who have a preference in the language style should indicate that in the final production files of accepted articles.

Artwork and Permissions
For up-to-date guidance for preparing figure files to ensure the best reproduction please visit
Please note that when using someone else’s image/artwork you must have sought permission to use it, and a copy of the written permission must be included with the copyright transfer form/Open Access form. Without this permission the image should not be used. You must also ensure that you attribute the work correctly according to the owner’s instructions in the caption for the figure.
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Design Science follows a single-blind, two-tiered peer review model. Reviewers remain anonymous and are aware of authors’ names and affiliations. Once a paper is submitted, an Editor-in-Chief (EIC) will assign the paper to an Associate Editor (AE). The AE will then assign the submission to typically three reviewers who will provide a recommendation and written comments. If necessary, the AE will request “major revisions” from the authors for a second review. Informed by the collected reviews, the AE will make a recommendation to the EIC to accept, reject or accept with minor revisions. The EIC will make the final decision and has final responsibility for acceptance or rejection of a submission.

Authors are able to follow the progress of the review on ScholarOne. The entire process for papers that do not require major revisions should be completed within 6-8 weeks.

Publication and Open Access

Design Science publishes annual volumes online and has no separate issues. Once a paper is accepted, it is sent for production. Authors must return proofs of the typeset article in a timely manner. As soon as production is complete, accepted papers will appear immediately online.

Papers are published via a “gold” open access model under a creative commons license, with authors retaining copyright of the published articles. The articles will be made freely available to the public in perpetuity through the Cambridge University Press (CUP) website.

In order to meet the costs associated with publishing Design Science, each accepted paper is assessed an Article Publishing Charge (APC). The APC is $500 for members of the Design Society and $1500 for non-members. The publisher will send an invoice to authors shortly after acceptance of the paper. Authors who are unable to pay the APC should contact the Editor-In-Chief after their paper is accepted to request an exemption for cause. A limited number of exemptions are available to authors from developing countries.

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