Focus and Scope

Artifact is an international research journal about design. It targets the international design research community in an attempt at increasing knowledge sharing. Thus, Artifact is a platform for profiling design research. Artifact is mainly focused on design conceived in the technological and digitised world. The contributions to Artifact come from researchers in Denmark as well as the rest of the world, and the articles are carefully vetted according to common peer review criteria. Thus, the research articles are reviewed by at least two peers from different countries. The design profession has one foot in the practice field and one foot in theory. Artifact should reflect this fact.

Artifact publishes academic articles, short research notes, review articles, and essays. Academic articles and research notes are vetted in a double-blind review process. We send out several calls for contributions each year. In addition, we welcome unsolicited contributions.

Peer Review Process

The peer review process focuses on the performance of the contributing professionals, with a view to improving quality, upholding standards, and providing certification of the highest international academic standards.

Publication Frequency

Submissions are welcome at any point in time. With Open Access publishing, one article at a time can be finalized and even published without being associated with a specific issue prior to publication. This enables publishing of articles that are contemporary in their nature and in order to flourish, are published as soon as possible.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

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Sources of Support

Journal History

Artifact premiered in 2007 as a print medium published by Routledge. In December 2011, Artifact was relaunched as an Open-Access journal. The relaunch process involved a complete redesign of the layout, done by Per Mollerup, an editorial transfer to the Open Journal System and a relaunch of the journal in pdf-format with free download access for everyone.