About the Journal

Expected date of next edition March 2021
Deadline for submissions 1st February 2021
2nd Edition:

Semi-annual (September/Fall Edition and March/Spring Edition)

Thematic Synopsis
DISCERN is a scientific and cross-disciplinary research journal (ISSN digital: 2184-6995) with blind peer review, which publishes open access papers in the broad and multi-faceted area of design for social change. Through original conceptual, theoretical, and empirical research articles, it promotes and shares interdisciplinary and diverse knowledge related to the research and practice of design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in an open, global and multidisciplinary perspective.

The authors and readers of this journal are mainly professionals, students, researchers and scholars from the fields of design, innovation, entrepreneurship, industry, and social sciences at national and international levels, interested in the international debate on the current environmental, social, economic and, cultural societal challenges.

DISCERN is an online research journal published in March (Spring Edition) and September (Fall Edition) of each year. It accepts papers only written in English.

Design, Social Design, Social Change, Sustainability, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Education, Social Enterprises, Social Awareness, Social Responsibility

The International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship encourages contributions from a wide cross-sectoral audience including postgraduate students. It invites a variety of submissions including:

  • Original research articles (conceptual, theoretical and empirical)
  • Review articles
  • Research case studies
  • Shorter reports
  • Work in progress
  • Book reviews
  • Discussion articles and dialogues

Review process
All submissions are peer-reviewed. They are forwarded to two reviewers, members of the Advisory Board of the journal, for blind review. The publication of articles may be:

a) approved without revisions
b) approved with revisions
c) not accepted