Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies Call for Submissions

The Plot(s) Editorial Board

Call for Submissions, Volume 8

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The call for submissions for Plot(s) Volume VIII (8) is now open. Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies is an annual peer-reviewed publication, produced and edited at Parsons School of Design. As an interdisciplinary journal, Plot(s) attempts to articulate the ways in which design can shape and transform the human experience. We aim to publish scholarly work that questions design and its role in culture and look for authors across disciplines who are interested in exploring their research through material, systemic, and intentional means of production and consumption.


Volume VIII will be published online in spring/summer 2021. Plot(s) aims to publish academic research and experimental media on design studies by early-career academics (including current and recent graduates), independent scholars, practitioners, and writers from all fields and institutions. Submissions go through a double-blind peer-review process before their work is accepted to be published. If accepted, authors will be assigned an editor to work with throughout the spring to make necessary edits to publish the piece following the editorial timeline.


Intentionally non-thematic, each issue of Plot(s) aims to publish a wide range of research and commentary that engages with design critically, theoretically, and socially.


For examples of the type of work we publish please visit our website


Readers are welcome to submit the following types of work:


  • Academic essays between 2,000-4,000 words
  • Visual essays with captions (photo essays, graphic stories)
  • Multimedia pieces (audio-visual)
  • Timely and relevant book/exhibition reviews that may be of interest to our audience
  • Shorter exploratory formats of design research/commentary between 500-2,000 words that follow the scope of design studies academic inquiry (Poetry, Fiction, Interviews, etc.)


Guidelines for Submission:

We ask that submissions be guided by a process that engages with historical or contemporary design discourse. Submissions should not be published anywhere else and should not have been submitted to more than one publication at a time, following editorial etiquette. Please read our previous issues to become familiar with the type of work we publish before submitting, to understand whether your work fits within the scope and aims of Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies.


Multimedia pieces: Please send an original audio (mp3) or video (mp4) file with accompanying text in a separate Microsoft Word document.


Academic essays: Please format papers in Microsoft Word. Academic essays should be between 2,000 – 4,000 words and include citations following the Chicago Manual of Style for Endnotes as well as a bibliography. Academic essays without proper citations will not be accepted.


Reviews: Please format reviews in Microsoft Word and include all relevant information such as exhibition/publishing dates, location, titles at the beginning of the review. For examples of previously published exhibition reviews, please see


Images (for all types of submissions): All images must be at least 300 dpi and copyright permissions must be attained. Submissions which do not fit these criteria cannot be accepted. Please reference figure designations in written submissions as (Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.) in the body of the text, following a separate list of figures section which includes full caption and source information. The format for image captions is


  • Figure #. Descriptive text. Designer’s or photographer’s name, title of image, place, year. Courtesy/copyright/source.


The editorial board will be accepting submissions until Monday, February 15, 2021. Please send all submissions or queries to


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