While there are several high-quality general design journals and many niche publications, there are no scholarly journals dedicated to systemic design, or the contributions of systems, cybernetics and complexity in design studies.
As systemic design is a developing interdisciplinary field with researchers coming to systems theory from design and design practice from systems, the dearth of publishing outlets has perhaps limited the potential output of research. The lack of a field-identified journal may limit the perceived impact of the discipline.
Several high-quality design journals welcome systemic design studies and RSD proceedings editors have collaborated with the following journals below on notable issues over the years, from RSD2 through RSD8. To date, only about five per cent of studies or theoretical work presented at RSD culminates in peer-reviewed publications.
As of 2021, the SDA is increasing the productivity and availability of systemic design research with the SDA journal.
Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation
RSD Theme Issues:
Vol 7, Issue 2 (2021)
Issue Systemic Mapping and Design Research: Towards Participatory Democratic Engagement
Juan de la Rosa, Stan Ruecker, Carolina Giraldo
Designerly Approaches for Catalyzing Change in Social Systems: A Social Structures Approach
Josina Vink, Katarina Wetter-Edman, Kaisa Koskela-Huotari
Vol 6, Issue 3 (2020)
Systemic Design Principles in Social Innovation: A Study of Expert Practices and Design Rationales
Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Bridget Malcolm
Research Journal of Design and Design Education
Vol 7, No 3 (2014): Relating Systems Thinking and Design I (Practice Issue)
Vol 7, No 4 (2014): Relating Systems Thinking and Design II (Theory Issue)
Policy Design and Practice. (2021).
Nogueira, A. & Ruth Schmidt, R. Participatory policy design: igniting systems change through prototyping.
Blomkamp, Emma. Systemic design practice for participatory policymaking.