Quality perceptions of design journals: The design scholars' perspective

Gerda Gemser, Cornelis Joachim Petrus Maria de Bont, Paul Hekkert, Ken Friedman

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-23
Number of pages20
JournalDesign Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • design research
  • design science
  • evaluation
  • industrial design
  • journal ranking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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