Announcement: filtering posts to avoid dubious publishers

I have been made aware of Jeffrey Beall’s excellent list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”  As the number of obvious fly-by-night publishers increases (exponentially, these days, it seems) so too does the risk that academics will end up with a weakened publication record if they fall for this scam.

So I will be checking publishers associated with CFPs that I might post here against Beall’s list.  If the publisher is on the list, the CFP will not be posted here.  I would encourage all my co-authors and readers to keep an eye out.  No one’s perfect, and something might get past me.  If you notice something weird in any of the CFPs posted (with respect to Beall’s list), please let me know by email and I will investigate.

9th DesignEd Asia Conf (Dec 2013, Hong Kong)

Dates: 3-4 December 2013
Location: Hong Kong
Deadline for submission of abstracts: UPDATED 11 August 2013

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong Design Institute (member of VTC Group) and Hong Kong Design Centre jointly present the ninth DesignEd Asia Conference. The Conference aims to provide a practical platform for international design educators and professionals to share views, knowledge and experiences on Design Education. It continues to draw hundreds of international design educators, design researchers, practicing designers, design students, and design-related executives.

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Hult Prize (September 2013)

Sponsor: Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult and the Hult International Business School
Competition: “startup accelerator for social entrepreneurship” based around a specific issue conveyed through in-depth case study
Prize$1 million seeded into a new company that the winning team will run.
Eligibility: worldwide
Deadline : competition is more complex than most. It kicks off in September, worldwide, with 5-person teams affiliated to one university or college (an alum is allowed). There’s a regional competition component. There are online and offline components, as well as a live “accelorator” experience.

Better World Challenge: Redesigning the Billy Taylor House (August 2013)

Sponsor: The annual conference, A Better World by Design, and Providence nonprofit, Billy Taylor Project,
Competition: layout and programming for the second floor of the Billy Taylor House, a local RI community center, to affect, inspire, educate and unite the local youth.
Prize: Small cash prizes ($1000 and less) and display at the BWBD conference.
Eligibility: no geographic or student eligibility explicitly stated
Deadline : 16 August 2013

People, Prosperity, and Planet Competition (Autumn 2013)

Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency
Competition: challenges college students to design solutions for a sustainable future, across a wide range of categories such as water, energy agriculture, built environment, materials, green infrastructure, clean cooking, and chemicals.
Prize: seed money of $15,000, final prize for R&D of up to $90,000
Eligibility: United States, students at colleges or universities
Deadline : initial round in the autumn when colleges apply to compete for seed money. Winners of seed money continue through April to final judging

DESIGNA 2013 – Intl Conf on Design Research (Nov 2013, Portugal)

Dates: 21-22 November 2013
Location: University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2013

DESIGNA 2013 – International Conference on Design Research will take place November 21-22 at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.  The theme of DESIGNA’s third edition is INTERFACE and the call for papers will be open until September 15th.

Maintaining its matrix, DESIGNA aims to debate this subject through six panels: Communication, Multimedia, Product, Fashion, Theory and Education, inviting to the submission of original ideas that will incorporate the final program as communication or project.

For more information, please check out the conference’s website:

Siemens Urban Ideas Contest (Aug 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 19 August 2013

With half of humanity living in cities, urban life is becoming more and more challenging: clogged up subways, huge amounts of waste or bad air quality are just a few of the issues city dwellers struggle with. Luckily, exceptional minds around the world are already coming up with inventions that can help us lead a sustainable life in urban jungles. These people have been able to make their ideas come alive in order to improve the quality of life for themselves and the people around them.

Help Siemens find these inventions and create a human story about one of them! As a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens strives to drive innovations in cities and wants you to participate in their think tank of ideas for sustainable cities. The growth of urban infrastructure is approaching its limits and eventually, the fight against climate change will be decided in cities. Contribute to the conversation about this important topic and share YOUR urban ideas with us in a touching, human story!

More info, rules, etc. available at the website.

ICID 2013 – Intl Conf on Interaction Design – Attributes & Expression of Action (December 2013, Xi’an, China)

Dates: 4-6 December 2013
Location: Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an China
Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 7 July 2013

ICID goes back to the basics and looks at the nature of interaction design by exploring its attributes and expression of actions. While interaction design is gaining popularity across the globe, there has not been any clear and agreed upon definition of what it is and how to do it.

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ASME J Computing and Information Science in Engineering – Special Issue on Information Modeling and Big Data (Sep 2013)

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2013

Papers are sought for a special issue on Information Modeling and Big Data: Issues and Challenges for sustainable manufacturing, to be published by ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. We hope to get papers from different engineering disciplines to bring out common issues and specific challenges that characterize the field of sustainable manufacturing. We welcome full-length research papers, as well as, application papers that address implementation issues.

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1st Intl PhD Symp on Engineering Design (Nov 2013, Luxembourg)

Dates: 27-29 November 2013
Location: University of Luxembourg
Deadline for submissions: 30 August 2013

The Engineering Design and Methodology Group at the University of Luxembourg will be organising the 1st International PhD Symposium on Engineering Design (IPSED’13) from 27-29 November 2013 in Luxembourg. The symposium will focus on research issues in the area of engineering design research and design science.  IPSED’13 provides two different tracks for submitted contributions. The beginners track offers a platform to present early stage research and new research ideas. The advanced track is intended to present research results in a matured stage.

Extended abstracts (beginners track) and full papers (advanced track) to be submitted by 30 August 2013.

For further details and deadlines, please visit our website

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