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What are the benefits of publishing in Design Science?

  • Broad range of topics: published work can cover original quantitative and qualitative research in the creation of artifacts and systems, and their embedding in our physical, virtual, psychological, economic, and social environment
  • Both research articles and review articles can be submitted
  • Open Access: anyone in the world with an internet connection will be able to access your article with the right to re-distribute and re-use the article under the terms of a Creative Commons license
  • Rapid publication: continuous publication of articles as soon as they are accepted
  • A blind peer review process conducted by international experts, first review response available in less than 2 months for full length papers
  • Free color, no overlength page charges
  • State-of-the-art online hosting including forward reference linking and extensive content alerts
  • Papers indexed by Web of Science: Indexing to the ESCI approved in November 2014
  • Papers linked on Google Scholar

Open Access

All articles published in Design Science are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication under a Creative Commons license.

Please check each article for the specific Creative Commons license used and a summary of the terms that apply.

For an overview on Open Access (OA) see the Cambridge University Press OA pages

Article processing charges

Design Science use article processing charges (APCs) to contribute to the costs of publishing. APCs are typically paid by an author's institution or funding body once an article is accepted. There are no submission charges or other charges.

The current APC in Design Science is:

  • $525 (members) / $1575 (non-members)

Value Added Tax (VAT) and local sales tax is added, when applicable.

The APC is waived for authors in eligible low and middle-income countries.

The decision whether to accept a paper for publication will rest solely with the Editors, and without reference to the funding situation of the authors.

Please note: APC collection is managed by RightsLink, who will contact authors following acceptance of their paper. For more detail on the payment process, visit our Production FAQs.

Copyright and licensing

Authors retain copyright, granting Cambridge University Press a license to publish to their article. Authors are prompted to complete a license to publish form once their article has been accepted.

Articles in Design Science are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence as standard.

Authors may elect to publish under the following alternative licences:

  • CC-BY-NC-SA (Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike)
  • CC-BY-NC-ND (Attribution - Non-Commercial - No Derivatives)

For information on what each licence allows, please visit

Digital preservation

Design Science, like other Cambridge University Press publications, are deposited in the following digital archives to guarantee long-term digital preservation:

  • Portico

For more information on manuscript preparation, see the Instructions for Contributors.

To submit your paper, click here. 

For any questions please contact the Editors-in-Chief, Professor John Gero and Professor Panos Papalambros at