Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science

Call for papers: Transdisciplinary Design Science and Engineering for Social Change

Submission deadline: September 30, 2024
The Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science is excited to announce a call for submissions for our forthcoming Special Issue dedicated to research on transdisciplinary design science and engineering, specifically focusing on their pivotal role in instigating social change. This Special Issue aims to spotlight cutting-edge research, transformative methodologies, and real-world applications in design science and engineering that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

The Special Issue builds upon the theme of Transdisciplinary Engineering 2024 conference, 'Engineering for Social Change' to encourage wider discourse and contributions from the research community. The conference brings a wider lens on the role of engineering in society, and the way academic engineering research and development interacts with other experts in business, policy, communities and other non-engineering disciplines. There is expectation for transdisciplinary engineering to be a significant basis for future evolution.

Transdisciplinary design and engineering, while highly promising and impactful, also challenges our traditional methods and approaches due to its complex and integrative nature. One of the primary challenges lies in the inherent complexity arising from the convergence of diverse disciplines. Integrating knowledge from various fields—ranging from engineering and biology to social sciences and design—poses challenges and requires efforts in bridging gaps in terminology, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks to create a coherent knowledge base. Furthermore, navigating the depth and breadth of transdisciplinary research demands a novel framework for problem-solving. Conventional disciplinary research typically follows structured or established disciplinary methodologies, whereas transdisciplinary work requires a more flexible and adaptive approach. This is often exacerbated by diverse perspectives and power dynamics amongst experts from different disciplines. With diverse stakeholders and intersecting disciplines, there is potential for ethical dilemmas to arise and challenges in the evaluation and assessment of transdisciplinary research outcomes. Traditional metrics used to assess research impact might not fully capture the multifaceted nature and societal contributions of transdisciplinary work.

Against this backdrop, we are inviting submissions for this Special Issue dedicated to exploring how transdisciplinary design science and engineering can support transformative power for social change? In an era of interconnected challenges, this Special Issue aims to showcase innovative research, methodologies, and practical applications that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries to address complex societal issues.

Special Issue Editors

Handling Editor:
Dr Yee Mey Goh
Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University, UK

Guest editors:
Professor Linda Newnes
Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath UK

Dr Susan Lattanzio
Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath UK

Dr Ella-Mae Hubbard
Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University, UK

Dr Adam Cooper
Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) Department
University College London, UK

List of topics

The topics considered for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transdisciplinary approaches in design and engineering.
  • Transdisciplinary design processes.
  • Collaborative methodologies for social change. 
  • Human-centered design for equitable and sustainable change.
  • Cross-disciplinary partnerships and practices.
  • Ethical considerations in transdisciplinary research.
  • Unconventional stakeholder engagement and communication strategies. 
  • Systemic design thinking and engineering.
  • Evaluation metrics and methods for complex projects.

Milestones of content development and editing the Special Issue

  • 30 September 2024: Manuscript submission deadline
  • 28 February 2025: First review cycle completed    
  • 30 April 2025: Submission of the revised draft manuscript for peer review
  • 31 May 2025: Second review cycle completed            
  • 30 June 2025: Submission of the final manuscript for publication        
  • 31 July 2025: Special Issue published

About the Journal

The Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science (JIDPS)  is the official journal of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS). This journal publishes research findings covering transdisciplinary notions of design and process with a focus on issues that deal with 1) understanding of design and process crossing boundaries of natural, human, and built environments, 2) principles, methods, and tools, and 3) applications of design and process science to engineering, healthcare and social problems. The journal serves to promote research of transdisciplinary design and process science from different disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, economics, engineering, management science, natural sciences, and social sciences, and health science.

The journal is an archival peer-reviewed technical journal publishing the following papers: 1) research papers, 2) reports on case studies, 3) reports on major design and process projects, 4) design and process standards and proposals, 5) literature review, and 6) discussion and position papers that discuss the works published in the journal or present retrospections on critical and strategic issues in the transdisciplinary design and process science.

Manuscript submission information

  • Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science is an international peer-reviewed dual model (subscription and open access based) quarterly journal published by IOS Press/SAGE.
  • All submissions are supposed to address significant research, development, and application topics, and to provide rigorously scrutinized and scientifically novel contributions.
  • Survey, research, application and vision articles, as well as short communications which delivers sufficient theoretical and/or practical novelty and high quality, are equally welcome.
  • Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers).
  • All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed by at least three reviewers. The selection for publication will be made based on the reviewers’ recommendation and the importance of the contribution.
  • Authors of all papers are requested to make a statement if they used any constructive and generative artificial intelligence means and support in the entire content development process of the paper, and if they respected all related regulations of the publisher.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted online using the journal’s submission management system until the deadline given below.
  • The papers submitted to the journal will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. JIDPS pledges to process the submitted papers in the shortest possible review and publication cycle.
  • Submissions should be made through the journal's online submission system: - under Section: TE2024. Interested authors can also submit abstracts or inquiries to the Handling Editor via e-mail to determine the suitability of the manuscript to the special issue.
  • A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts are available on the Instructions for Authors page. Submitted papers should be well structured and formatted, and should use proper English.
  • Queries and information about submissions for this Special Issue should be addressed to the co-guest editors, and not to the editor-in-chief.
  • The Article Processing Charge (APC) for open access publication will be according to the various open access schemes offered by the Publisher of the Journal.

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