Vademecum de la recherche en design

Quality perceptions of design journals: The design scholars’ perspective

Gerda Gemser, Cees de Bont and Paul Hekkert, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Landbergstraat 15, 2628 CE Delft, The Netherlands
Ken Friedman, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Prahran, Victoria 3181, Australia

The primary objectives of this study were to identify a set of journals that report on industrial design research and to propose quality rankings of those journals.

Based on an online survey, design journals were assessed in terms of two quality metrics: popularity and indexed average rank position. We find that both general and specialized design journals are highly valued and that geographic origin and academic background can be related with journal rankings. The results of the study offer a guide to both evaluators and those evaluated when judging or selecting research outlets.

2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords: industrial design, evaluation, design research, design science, journal ranking

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