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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Submission of a manuscript is held to imply that the paper has not been published elsewhere and that, if accepted, it will not be republished in any other journal in the same or similar form without the publisher's written consent.


It is a condition of publication that authors vest copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in Artifact. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article and the journal to the widest possible readership in electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may of course use the material elsewhere after publication, providing that prior permission is obtained from Artifact. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Conflict of interest and funding

Authors are responsible for recognising and disclosing financial and other conflicts of interest that might bias their work. They should acknowledge in the manuscript all financial support for the work and other financial or personal connections to the work.


Artifact accepts original articles that contribute significantly to our understanding of design and design processes of today. Contributions shall be of high scientific quality and international interest. The form of the manuscripts may be:

  • original research articles (important findings of original research; may not exceed 10,000 words),
  • review articles (critical synthesis of an important topic appearing in the form of a book, journal, electronic document, program, exhibition, event or other designed object; may not exceed 4,000 words),
  • short communications (findings from a smaller project or preliminary results of larger projects; may not exceed 4,000 words), or
  • essays (commentary based on the author’s personal experiences as a design researcher; may not exceed 7,500 words)


Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.artifactjournal.org. If there are more than one author, please include a statement that the manuscript has been approved by all authors with full contact information for all authors including title, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email.

Authors should keep copies of everything submitted. Upon receipt, the manuscript will be sent to at least two referees for review. After acceptance of the manuscript, authors will be requested to provide the final versions of the text and illustrations as separate files.


It is presupposed that manuscripts submitted are in their final form. All manuscripts should be written in English of an acceptably high standard. Authors with a mother tongue other than English are recommended to have the language revised.

Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word (any version) format or RTF. Please use the A4 paper size with double line spacing and a left-hand margin in your manuscript, reference list, tables and figure legends. The text should be set in a 12-point font; employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The SI system, which includes the metric system, should be used throughout. Footnotes and letter-spacing are not allowed in the main text. Please order the components of the manuscript in this sequence:

  • Title page
  • Abstract and keywords
  • Text including tables and figures
  • Endnotes
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

Title page

The title page should contain; title of paper, running headline (max 50 characters), all authors' first and last name and affiliations/addresses, telephone number, and e-mail. Titles should be as brief as clarity permits.

Abstract and Key words

The manuscript must open with an abstract, which should preferably not exceed 200 words (for reviews and short communications a maximum of 150 words). The abstract of a research article or short communication shall describe the problem, methods, main results and conclusions. A review article or essay abstract usually describes the overall aim of the text rather than summarising its content. The abstract shall be followed by normally three to seven keywords in alphabetic order. Avoid using the same words as in the title.


The APA system should be used. All publications cited in the text must be presented in the reference list and vice versa. Authors are responsible for crosschecking citations and reference list. References should only be made to published, publicly available material.

The format of the reference list follows the APA Style guide. A full list of examples can be found at http://www.apastyle.org/aboutstyle.html