Design Journal Study and Rankings

Posted on October 25, 2011


Selection of Design Journals

Findings of a global survey of design journals has been published in Design Studies.

Although focussing on industrial design, it does include many titles that are used across all design disciplines, such as the Journal of Design History, and Digital Creativity.

The article is available online via Science Direct.

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.