1. Submission of contributions
  2. Guidelines for Full Papers
  3. Guideline for Pictorials
  4. Reference Style
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1. Submission of Contributions

The timetable for paper submissions:

7 November 2016: Deadline for submission of Full Papers, Pictorials (extended)

31 January 2017: Notification of acceptance of Full Papers, Pictorials

28 February 2017: Submission of revised Papers and Pictorials

2. Guidelines for Full Papers

It is expected that a wide variety of work will be reported at this research conference. Irrespective of range and stage of research, the organisers expect the highest standards of scholarship in setting the work in context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results which may be of help to other researchers or practitioners.

Formatting of papers

Full papers will be between 4,000 and 5,000 words, plus references. Papers must be submitted in Microsoft Word (MSWord) format using the layout and style conventions explained in section 2 below. Special attention should be paid to the guidance on the use of heading styles and on ensuring minimum file sizes for images. Citations, Quotations and references must follow conference style guidelines given below.

As the proceedings will be published in digital form authors will have the opportunity to include good quality colour images in the MSWord document, or other media files that help to explain the research or its context. However it is important that, whatever media are used, a coherent narrative is developed and the purpose of non-text media is explained in the text.

To allow double blind peer review it is very important that you do not include authors’ names or institutional details in the review version of the paper, you can add these later if the paper is accepted. This includes any reference to your own publications.

Citations of your own work should be presented in this way, to ensure anonymity: Author (date) Journal article. Alternatively you can cite your own work in full if the paper does not indicate that this is work by the author.


Images can be very helpful to understanding of a paper and in design research it may be essential to show images of the actual material of the research. However images can introduce a large amount of data into a document and make it hard to store and slow to download, display and print. Please pay close attention to the size and resolution of any images that you use. Managing images is a normal professional skill for most design researchers, if you are not familiar with the use of digital images please seek advice from a colleague who has relevant experience.

Images must be:

  • No bigger than necessary for their purpose in the paper

  • No more than 300 DPI at the size displayed – process the image to at the right size and resolution before

  • Placed as close as possible to the relevant part of the text

  • JPEG format to ensure a minimum file size. (NB. Although TIFF files are often used to ensure quality in print publications a document such as these proceedings must strike a balance between image quality and size of data file)

  • Referred to in the text using the figure number

  • Have a Figure Number and caption placed immediately below in Normal style as shown in the example below

  • Please Do Not Attempt to wrap text around images


Fig 1. Mycelium Chair, by Eric Klarenbeek, uses straw as a 3d-printed growth medium and bio-plastic to contain the shape while mycelium fills out the form and provides the structural strength for the seat.


Tables of information and charts or diagrams

May be included and should be given a figure number and caption as above. Tables may be produced as Word tables or as images. Charts and diagrams should be produced as image files to ensure that layout and text formatting are not altered when included in the proceedings.



We are looking for a high quality of scholarship in papers published in the conference proceedings. In writing your paper, please note the main criteria that reviewers will use when assessing the quality of your paper.


  • What are the aims/questions of the research?


  • Is there a clear research context in which the research arises and has significance?
  • Were appropriate research methods used?
  • Does the paper report original research?
  • Are the outcomes/findings clearly evident, and do they logically follow from the research conducted?
  • Do references support the issues or findings?
  • Are there errors of fact?


  • Does the paper clearly specify research intent, conduct and outcomes?
  • Does the title accurately reflect the content?
  • Does the abstract accurately reflect the paper?
  • Does the paper conform to the conference style guidelines?
  • Is the standard of English acceptable?

There will be limited time for you to respond to any requests for improvement of your paper, so please ensure that these criteria are fully met before submission, and that you have fully spell checked and formatted your paper to the style guidelines.


Papers should be submitted as a word document (.docx) by 31 October 2016 through the EKSIG conference website:

Full papers review

All full papers will be reviewed by two independent reviewers. Following reviewers’ recommendations, final decisions will be made by the Review Committee. It therefore follows that submission of a full paper does not guarantee presentation and/or publication at the conference. We will try to let you know whether your paper is accepted as soon as possible.

Layout Guidance

All submissions should be formatted using EKSIG Full Paper Layout. For your convenience, we provide a Word template (.docx) in which you can directly write your submission. Please do not make any change to text and paragraph styles, margins, footers or headers. In the document, you can find heading styles and text styles consistent to the template provided. Please open the Paragraph Style Manager and Select “List: In the current document” and you will find only the styles related to the Word Template.

PDFs versions are accepted for review purposes, but the final camera-ready submission must be a Word or Word compatible file.

Please make sure to remove metadata from the paper. The double-blind review process requires that the paper is free of any information that could identify the author(s). Note that in addition to the text, the document’s metadata can also contain identifying information. For example, word documents automatically save author information based on the owner of the computer on which the file is edited and saved. You can find instructions on how to do it at the end of the paper template.

Full paper template

3. Guidelines for Pictorials

In EKSIG 2017 we welcome submissions in pictorial format. Pictorials are papers and essays in which the visual components (e.g. diagrams, sketches, illustrations, renderings, photographs, annotated photographs, collages) are at least as important and possibly more important than the texts. Please organize your contribution with high-quality standards of visual materials. Pictorials may have a practical or theoretical nature or both. They can present methods, insights and lessons learned from teaching, crafting and engaging with Emerging Materials and on aforementioned Conference themes. Pictorials can also present recent design projects that address issues and insights in Experiential Knowledge through Materials and contribute to the accumulation of experience and sharing of knowledge in the field. Through pictorials, we aim at encouraging design practitioners in academia, industry, non-profits, or collectives to express and unpack their design practices and projects in rich, heavily visual ways. Pictorials will be published in the proceedings and presented orally or as posters at the conference. We will welcome samples and demonstrators exhibition during the presentation of Pictorials.

Pictorial submissions are required to contain an abstract (150 words). Further textual narration to convey academic contribution is optional up to 2000 words, in the form of an Introduction. Pictorials should not exceed 12 pages (incl. references). All submissions should be formatted using EKSIG Pictorials Layout. For your convenience, we provide an Indesign Template Package (.indd). The package contains the fonts and styles to use in the template. In the layout, you will find an example on how to arrange the visual material of your contribution. You can add an Introduction (max 2000 words). Please do not make any change to text and paragraph styles, margins, footers or headers. As Pictorials should be mainly visual-based contributions, you are encouraged to arrange the visual material according to your preference. Please make sure that the visual contribution of your submission is predominant to the textual.

If you are not familiar with Adobe InDesign software, please use the Full Paper template. In this case, please organize the layout of your contribution in order to ensure visual quality and good readability of content. For further assistance, please contact us at  

PDFs versions are accepted for review purposes, but the final camera-ready submission must be the InDesign package containing all the images in high resolution. 

Please make sure to remove metadata from the Pictorial.

Pictorial template

4. Reference Style

Guidance on applying APA conventions in conference papers

This text is an extract from "APA Style Essentials" by Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D. Vanguard University of Southern California (Copyright © 2000-2007 Douglas Degelman and Martin Harris). Copies may be made for reference when preparing papers for Design Research Society Conferences. Otherwise this text may not be reproduced for any purpose without permission of the authors.

  • Text citations: Source material must be documented in the body of the paper by citing the author(s) and date(s) of the sources. The underlying principle is that ideas and words of others must be formally acknowledged. The reader can obtain the full source citation from the list of references that follows the body of the paper.

  • When the names of the authors of a source are part of the formal structure of the sentence, the year of publication appears in parentheses following the identification of the authors. Consider the following example: 

Wirth and Mitchell (1994) found that although there was a reduction in insulin dosage over a period of two weeks in the treatment condition compared to the control condition, the difference was not statistically significant. [Note: and is used when multiple authors are identified as part of the formal structure of the sentence. Compare this to the example in the following section.]

  • When the authors of a source are not part of the formal structure of the sentence, both the authors and year of publication appear in parentheses. Consider the following example:

Reviews of research on religion and health have concluded that at least some types of religious behaviors are related to higher levels of physical and mental health (Gartner, Larson, & Allen, 1991; Koenig, 1990; Levin & Vanderpool, 1991; Maton & Pargament, 1987; Paloma & Pendleton, 1991; Payne, Bergin, Bielema, & Jenkins, 1991). [Note: & is used when multiple authors are identified in parenthetical material. Note also that when several sources are cited parenthetically, they are ordered alphabetically by first authors' surnames and separated by semicolons.]

  • When a source that has two authors is cited, both authors are included every time the source is cited.
  • When a source that has three, four, or five authors is cited, all authors are included the first time the source is cited. When that source is cited again, the first author's surname and "et al." are used. Consider the following example:

Reviews of research on religion and health have concluded that at least some types of religious behaviors are related to higher levels of physical and mental health (Payne, Bergin, Bielema, & Jenkins, 1991).

Payne et al. (1991) showed that ...

  • When a source that has six or more authors is cited, the first author's surname and "et al." are used every time the source is cited (including the first time).

  • Every effort should be made to cite only sources that you have actually read. When it is necessary to cite a source that you have not read ("Grayson" in the following example) that is cited in a source that you have read ("Murzynski & Degelman" in the following example), use the following format for the text citation and list only the source you have read in the References list: Grayson (as cited in Murzynski & Degelman, 1996) identified four components of body language that were related to judgments of vulnerability.

  • To cite a personal communication (including letters, emails, and telephone interviews), include initials, surname, and as exact a date as possible. Because a personal communication is not "recoverable" information, it is not included in the References section. For the text citation, use the following format:

B. F. Skinner (personal communication, February 12, 1978) claimed ...

  • To cite a Web document, use the author-date format. If no author is identified, use the first few words of the title in place of the author. If no date is provided, use "n.d." in place of the date. Consider the following examples:

Degelman and Harris (2000) provide guidelines for the use of APA writing style.

Changes in Americans'views of gender status differences have been documented (Gender and Society, n.d.).

  • Quotations: When a direct quotation is used, always include the author, year, and page number as part of the citation.
  • A quotation of fewer than 40 words should be enclosed in double quotation marks and should be incorporated into the formal structure of the sentence. Example:
Patients receiving prayer had "less congestive heart failure, required less diuretic and antibiotic therapy, had fewer episodes of pneumonia, had fewer cardiac arrests, and were less frequently intubated and ventilated" (Byrd, 1988, p. 829).
A lengthier quotation of 40 or more words should appear (without quotation marks) apart from the surrounding text, in block format, with each line indented five spaces from the left margin.
  • References: All sources included in the References section must be cited in the body of the paper (and all sources cited in the paper must be included in the References section).

  • Authors: Authors are listed in the same order as specified in the source, using surnames and initials. Commas separate all authors. When there are seven or more authors, list the first six and then use "et al." for remaining authors. If no author is identified, the title of the document begins the reference.

  • Year of Publication: In parentheses following authors, with a period following the closing parenthesis. If no publication date is identified, use "n.d." in parentheses following the authors.

  • Source Reference: Includes title, journal, volume, pages (for journal article) or title, city of publication, publisher (for book). Italicize titles of books, titles of periodicals, and periodical volume numbers.

Examples of sources

Journal article

         Karana E., Barati, B., Rognoli V., Zeeuw Van Der Laan, A., (2015). Material Driven Design (MDD): A Method To Design For Material Experiences. International Journal of Design, 9. (2), 35-54.

Journal article, Internet-only journal

Bergen, D. (2002, Spring). The role of pretend play in children's cognitive development. Early Childhood Research & Practice, 4(1). Retrieved February 1, 2004, from

Non-English journal article

Greifswald, R. T. (2006). Sprachübungen. [Language exercises]. Sprachmagazin, 2(5), 4-10.


Löwgren, J., & Stolterman, E. (2004). Thoughtful interaction design: A design perspective on information technology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

English translation of a book    

Focillon, H. (1942). The Life of Forms in Art (C. Beecher Hogan and G. Kubler, Trans.). New Haven: Yale University Press.

Article or chapter in an edited book

Schifferstein, H. N. J., Mugge, R., & Hekkert, P. (2004). Designing consumer-product attachment. In D. McDonagh, P. Hekkert, J. Van Erp, & D. Gyi (Eds.), Design and emotion: The experience of everyday things (pp. 327-331). London: Taylor & Francis.

Article in a published proceeding

Giaccardi, E., & Karana, E. (2015, April). Foundations of materials experience: An approach for HCI. In proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  (pp. 2447-2456). ACM.

Article in print magazine or newsletter

Heskett, J. (2002, September/October). Waiting for a new design. Form, 185, 92-98.

Article in the online magazine or news

Wallis, C. (2005, January 09). The new science of happiness. Time Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2006, from,9171,1015902,00.html.

M. Paluch & L. Becerra (2013, February 11). The Future of Materiality III: Alter Nature. Retrieved May 28, 2016, from
Unpublished master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation
Vallgårda, A., (2009). Computational Composites: Understanding the Materiality of Computational Technology. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Wu, J. T., & Liu, I. M. (1987). Exploring the phonetic and semantic features of Chinese words (Tech. Rep. No. NSC75 0310 H002-024). Taiwan National Science Council.

Web document on university program or department Web site

Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Web site:

Stand-alone Web document (no date) 

Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from

Stand-alone Web document (no author, no date) 

Gender and society. (n.d.). Retrieved December 3, 2001, from

Journal article from database

Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15(5), 503-522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.

Abstract from secondary database

Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20(1), 168-172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.