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Article Types


Research papers that describe the outcomes and application of unpublished original research. These should make a substantial contribution to knowledge and understanding in the fields covered in this journal (Sustainable Development Goals) and should be supported by relevant data. If the research is the result of your final bachelor thesis, please be aware there is a limitation of 9000 words.

Optional: Supporting data necessary to interrogate the conclusions drawn from them may be uploaded as a supplementary file alongside the manuscript during submission. If accepted for publication, the data must be  uploaded to an open-access repository and will be linked to from the publication.

This section is peer reviewed.

Case Studies

Case studies that outline examples of practice based on real-world experiences and that are instructive and interest for workfield members in the fields we cover. They should provide a substantial contribution to the fields, therefore we admit case studies that clearly can illustrate, explore, report, analyse, summarise and challenge experiences that can contribute to the development of the particular field. They may be approached from the following perspectives:

  • Application, critique, or evolution of a method, process, theory, or tool
  • Unfolding trends in the practice of an specific domain/topic
  • Innovation
  • Design of a specific experience, discussing lessons learned
  • Management and Strategy of research and design in organizations
  • Great designs and 'Big Ideas' - and how to make them happen
  • Pilot studies preceding and informing larger-scale investigations
  • Challenges to existing notions of Research, Design, Theory, and Practice
  • Revisiting definitions of practice
Although case studies differ from archival research papers and do not define themselves as part of the potentially longer term body of academic research, they can present novel and original insights, and show potential for the practice, which is important for students in universities of applied sciences. Case studies submitted will be peer reviewed by experts and professionals in the working field. We will take a look to the clarity of the description and the possibilities of replicate the activity in another environment, therefore we recommend to include a detailed summary of the protocol followed and establish replicability within the body of the paper.

This section is peer reviewed.


Essay research papers that cover topics related to the journal, specially from the perspective of global and local focus. These papers should critically engage with the relevant body of extant literature,  critically evaluate emerging themes in the related areas or present original insights and points of view inspiring further research to other fellow scholars. Use of illustrations and figures will be encouraged.

This section is peer reviewed.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system.

Please ensure that you consider the following guidelines when preparing your manuscript, and please ensure that your name is not recorded anywhere on the paper to ensure the viability of the double blind review system.

Submissions should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words in length for Research Papers, and between 3,000 and 7,000 for Case Studies and Essays, although submissions of all lengths will be considered. All submissions should include an abstract of no less than 150 and no more than 400 words.

Social Media
To aid promotion of your publication on social media platforms, please provide a 120 character summary of your paper. This should be provided as an 'Comment to the Editor' during the opening stage of the submission.


Research articles must have the main text prefaced by an abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the main arguments and conclusions of the article. This must have the heading ‘Abstract’ and be easily identified from the start of the main text.

A list of up to six key words may be placed below the abstract (optional).

The Abstract and Keywords should also be added to the metadata when making the initial online submission.

Main text
The body of the submission should be structured in a logical and easy to follow manner. A clear introduction section should be given that allows non-specialists in the subject an understanding of the publication and a background of the issue(s) involved. Methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections may then follow to clearly detail the information and research presented.

Up to three level headings may be present and must be clearly identifiable using different font sizes, bold or italics. We suggest using Headings 1, 2 and 3 in MS-Word’s ‘Style’ section.

Supplementary Files (optional)
Any supplementary/additional files that should link to the main publication must be listed, with a corresponding number, title and option description. Ideally the supplementary files are also cited in the main text.

e.g. Supplementary file 1: Appendix. Scientific data related to the experiments.

Note: additional files will not be typeset so they must be provided in their final form. They will be assigned a DOI and linked to from the publication.

Data availability (if applicable)
If data used in the research project has been made available, a statement should be added to direct the reader on where to access these files.
If data used in the research project has not been made available, a statement confirming this should be added, along with reasoning why.

The journal's data policy is available on the Editorial Policies page.

Ethics and consent (if applicable)
Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval. The identity of the research subject(s) should be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian) and added to this statement. If a study involving human subjects/tissue/data was exempt from requiring ethical approval, a confirmation statement from the relevant body should be included within the submission.

Experiments using animals must follow national standards of care. For further information, click here.

Acknowledgements (optional)
Any acknowledgements must be headed and in a separate paragraph, placed after the main text but before the reference list.

Funding Information (if applicable)
Should the research have received a funding grant then the grant provider and grant number should be detailed. 

Competing interests
If any of the authors have any competing interests then these must be declared. A short paragraph should be placed before the references. Guidelines for competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare then the following statement should be present: The author(s) has/have no competing interests to declare.

Authors' contributions
A sentence or a short paragraph detailing the roles that each author held to contribute to the authorship of the submission. Individuals listed must fit within the definition of an author, as per our authorship guidelines.

All references cited within the submission must be listed at the end of the main text file. 


The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required prior to submission of the manuscript. Permission and owner details should be mentioned for all third-party content included in the submission or used in the research.

If a method or tool is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaires, and scales, the license this is available under and any requirement for permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, it is the author's responsibility to check the license and obtain the necessary permissions. Statements confirming that permission was granted should be included in the Materials and Methods section.


Language & Text

For the submission title:

Capitalise all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and subordinate conjunctions (i.e. as, because, although). Use lowercase for all articles, coordinate conjunctions and prepositions.

      •  Slip-Sliding on a Yellow Brick Road: Stabilization Efforts in Afghanistan
      •  Person Recognition Is Easier from Faces than from Voices

Headings within the main text:

First level headings in the text should follow the same rule as the main title.

For lower-level subheadings, only capitalise first letter and proper nouns.

Submissions must be made in English. Authors are welcome to use American or British spellings as long as they are used consistently throughout the whole of the submission.

      • Colour (UK) vs. Color (US)
      • Centre (UK) vs. Center (US)

When referring to proper nouns and normal institutional titles, the official, original spelling must be used.

      • World Health Organization, not World Health Organisation

American or English grammar rules may be used as long as they are used consistently and match the spelling format (see above). For instance, you may use a serial comma or not.

      • red, white, and blue OR red, white and blue

The font used should be commonly available and in an easily readable size. This may be changed during the typesetting process and will not necessarily be the published font.

Underlined text should be avoided whenever possible.

Bold or italicised text to emphasise a point are permitted, although should be restricted to minimal occurrences to maximise their efficiency.

Use bullet points to denote a list without hierarchy or order of value. If the list indicates a specific sequence then a numbered list must be used.

Lists should be used sparingly to maximise their impact.

Quotation marks
Quotations that are longer than 40 words in length must be in an indented paragraph separate from the main text without quotation marks.

The standard, non-italicised font must be used for all quotes.

It must be clear from the text and/or citation where the quote is sourced. If quoting from material that is under copyright then permission will need to be obtained from the copyright holder.

If some of the original quote is being omitted then an ellipsis with a space on either side must be used to break the text.

      •  “each sample … was processed in identical environments”

Words added to the original quote text must be placed within square brackets.

      •  “the country [France] was ranked number one for cuisine”

Acronyms & Abbreviations
With abbreviations, the crucial goal is to ensure that the reader – particularly one who may not be fully familiar with the topic or context being addressed – is able to follow along. Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subseq

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for both the print and the online editions of the journal.
  3. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper and satisfy the authorship guidelines.
  4. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. Line numbering has been turned on.
  5. Tables and figures are all cited in the text. All tables and figures are included within the text document.
  6. Figures/images have a resolution of at least 150dpi (300dpi or above preferred). Each file is no more than 20MB per file. The files are in one of the following formats: JPG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, EPS (to maximise quality, the original source file is preferred).
  7. The submission does not contain identifying information about the author, to ensure the viability of the double blind peer review
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Every effort has been made to ensure that the submission is ready for peer review according to the journal's review policy. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the submitted files (including file properties) have been anonymised.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

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