Diseña promotes research in all areas of design. Its specific aim is to promote critical thought about methodologies, methods, practices, and tools of research and project work.

Under the assumption that design research methods and techniques not only describe realities "out there", but also contribute to the elaboration of forms of reality, Diseña is interested in research that explores new methodological repertoires that respond to the needs and dimensions of a social world in constant transformation.

For the journal is especially relevant the thought produced in Latin America.

In general terms, those contributions that challenge the methodological limits of design, particularly those that conceive design as a tool for the critical analysis and knowledge production, are of interest.

In specific terms, Diseña is a platform to investigate issues such as the following:

What political and social implications mobilize methodologies and how methodologies affect the understanding of the world;

What types of knowledge, practices and specific presuppositions are activated by design and how this heterogeneous knowledge affects the ways of representing, knowing and inhabiting the world;

How design incorporates the local knowledge, the distributed knowledge, and the indigenous knowledge;

What it means to do speculative research;

The contributions of those researchers who apply the multiple forms of ethnography, as well as STS concepts and methods, are welcome to question how design affects and reconfigures different dimensions of contemporary society.

Diseña is aimed at scholars, students, and professionals from all areas of design. The published content is of interest to those who inquire into experimental methodologies and applied research.

Diseña promotes textual experimentation and aims to contribute to the recognition of the features of disciplinary writing.


Diseña is a bi-annual magazine, published in January and August each year.


Manuscripts are sent to two external referees, who act under the requirements of the "double-blind" system. They evaluate the manuscripts according to their originality, relevance, writing quality, organization and coverage of the literature (for details, please see "Submissions").


Diseña provides immediate and free access to all the contents of this electronic edition, published simultaneously with the printed version.


The electronic version of Diseña is housed in servers of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which guarantees its accessibility over time.


All manuscripts are controlled with the plagiarism detection service iThenticate. Diseña does not apply quantitative criteria to determine if submissions meet ethical standards regarding plagiarism.

Diseña is a biannual publication of the School of Design of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

For issues such as authorship, plagiarism, fraud, copyrights, and confidentiality, this publication is based on COPE´s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Reviewers evaluate the content of the articles with criteria based exclusively on the relevance of the research, the quality of the article, its originality, its clarity, the relevance of the bibliography and the correspondence with the subject of each issue. The decisions of the reviewers cannot be reversed by any member of the journal team.

Peer review procedure guarantees the impartiality, confidentiality, and objectivity of the evaluation process. Likewise, it guarantees the delivery of an evaluation report that explains the decisions of the reviewers. The authors may appeal to the decisions of the reviewers objecting the reasons stated in the said report.

Diseña commits to guaranteeing the quality of the published articles. Likewise, it rejects plagiarism and undertakes not to publish those works whose content is fraudulent. By signing the " Checklist for Submissions", the authors guarantee that all the parts of the article they send and the materials associated with it are original or do not infringe copyrights. In the case of articles with shared authorship, acceptance of these conditions implies that all authors support the originality of their work. All persons listed as authors must have contributed significantly to the research. In the same way, all authors are obliged to provide retractions and corrections of errors when appropriate. If it is detected that one author plagiarizes another or that his manuscript shares essentially the same hypothesis, data, points of discussion and/or conclusions with another work of his own authorship, the journal will put into operation the retraction procedure suggested by the Committee on Ethics in Publications (see "Retraction Guidelines").

The authors agree to indicate if part of the material has been previously published in another medium or is in the process of being published. It should be noted that according to the international conventions of bad practices, it is strictly forbidden to publish the relevant results of a research in more than one journal. According to these same conventions, authors should refrain from sending a manuscript to two or more publications at the same time.

The authors are obliged to provide information on the financial support of their investigation, explaining any conflict of interest.

For its part, Diseña undertakes to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when necessary.

Diseña does not charge fees for any concept. The intellectual property of the published material belongs to the authors. However, publishing a work in the journal implies to grant Diseña the exclusive license of publication and diffusion, so that it is disseminated electronically for free, either individually or in conjunction with the rest of the content, both on the web page of the journal as well as through the platforms of the various indexing systems. The authors will not receive any compensation from Diseña.

LINK TO REVISE THE CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION ETHICS (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20Conduct_2.pdf

LINK TO REVIEW A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE MAIN TYPES OF SCIENTIFIC BEHAVIOR AND HOW TO AVOID THEM: www.publishingcampus.elsevier.com/pages/63/ethics/Publishing-ethics.html