Submission guidelines for The Journal of Science-Informed Design


The Journal of Science-Informed Design is an interdisciplinary publication that aims to streamline the adoption of new scientific knowledge by the building industry on the behavioural, physiological, and cognitive effects of our built environment. 

The journal publishes empirical studies, reviews of research, and discussion related to enhancing our understanding of our relationship with our built surroundings. The new insights published are intended to be of use for both academic researchers and designers and architects in practice.

We welcome contributions on theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of people-environment interactions. 

Declaration of interest

Authors are obliged to disclose any existing or possible future personal or/and financial relationships with people or organisations that could influence their work by creating a bias. Please include a Summary Declaration with your submission detailing the nature of the relationship. This statement will be included in the publication of the article.

Submission declaration

In submitting an article to the journal, you are confirming that the work has not been previously published (aside from abstracts, lectures or academic thesis). The work must not have been sent as a submission to another journal or news outlet. Publication of the material must be approved by all authors and any organisation or institution where the work was carried out or funded by. We verify the originality of submissions using the detection service from Crossref.

Open access

The Journal of Science-Informed Design is an open access publication. Articles are (unless under the request of the author) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, permitting use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction as long as credit is given to the original authors and the source, providing a a link to the original content (url) and the Creative Commons license. Any changes made to the original content under this licence must be indicated clearly.


We are currently building on an online system for submission, however as of now we accept submissions in Word format sent to us to Please make sure that any images or graphs are provided in high enough quality to read legibly. 

Authors can choose from five different article types for submission. Please state the type of article you are submitting above the article title:

  • Paper
    • Original empirical research with analysis of new or existing qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods data. Focus on research questions that can lead to insights for real-world application.
    • Word limit: 7,000 words
  • Review
    • A review of multiple studies that focus on a specific aspect of a behavioural, physiological, or cognitive effect of the built environment.
    • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Discussion
    • Discussion of important or major findings, or posing possible avenues for research based on observed phenomenon or new understandings of existing research. 
    • Word limit: 3,000 words
  • Case Study
    • An overview of a proposed or built architecture or urban design project with observable effects on behaviour or/and cognition.
    • Word limit: 2,000 words
  • Letter
    • A short commentary on specific findings, novel concepts or avenues for research
    • Word limit: 1,000 words

Peer review

This journal uses a double review process for Paper and Review article types. Discussion and Case Study articles may be subject to review if the editor identifies a need to do so.

All submissions are initially assessed by one of the editors for suitability for publication. Articles that are deemed suitable for the journal are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to appraise the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is then responsible for the final acceptance or rejection of the submission.

Article structure for Article types: Paper and Review

Use this article as a guide to how to write a scientific paper. The structure of your submission should include the following elements in this order: 

  • Title, Highlights (3 sentences)
  • Abstract (300 words max)
  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References
  • Appendices
  • Acknowledgements
  • Declaration of Interest
  • Funding sources
  • Creative Commons (if you are interested in a different licence than our usual (see Open Access section).
  • Data statement (for article types: Paper, and Case Study)

Referencing style

Articles must use APA (American Psychological Association) format citation, please refer to this detailed guide for referencing different sources and formatting both in-text and bibliography references.

Data statement

Please detail the availability of your data in your submission. If your data is available to access, please state where this data is available. If the data is not suitable or unavailable to include of link to, please state a reason (for example, confidentiality). This statement will be included in article types Paper and Case Study)

Online proof correction

Authors will be sent a link to a proof of their article online before it is published. Authors will have a working week to send corrections. Corrections must be indicated clearly on a copy of the article in Word, all corrections must be sent in one communication only. Proofreading is the author’s responsibility.