Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Systema: connecting Matter, Life, Culture and Technology is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing original high-quality articles on systems science, thinking and practice.

The aim of Systema is to promote the use of systemic approaches to help foster individual, communal and ecological flourishing by:

  • Enhancing the self-understanding and unity of the global systems community;
  • Stimulating significant advances in the systems sciences; and
  • Promoting the beneficial application of systemic approaches.

The main areas of focus of the journal are:

  • Development and  critique of
    • the philosophical presuppositions of the systems sciences; and
    • the systems weltanschauung.
  • Advances in systemic insights, methods and applications that
    • support transdisciplinarity;
    • enable new routes to knowledge;
    • promote flourishing persons, communities and ecologies;
  • Reports on  
    • novel applications of systems approaches; and
    • novel insights deriving from the application of systemic approaches.

The systemic domains and topics covered by Systema in support of these themes include cybernetics, general systems theory, complex adaptive systems, theory of social systems, systems biology, economic systems, technosocial systems, media ecology, systems design, modeling, complexity, network theory,computational and information theory, and systems philosophy.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Papers

Research in progress or completed. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issues Open Call

Articles submitted for a current call for papers edited by guest editors. Will be peer-reviewed anonymously.

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: EMCSR - Awards and Invited Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology offers two types of reviewing: double-blind and editorial reviews. Double-blind reviewing will be applied on submitted scientific papers, whereas other sections in the journal will be allocated to editorial reviews. Reflections (reviews, comments, discussions, interviews) are not peer-reviewed. Please select the section "Reflections" when submitting.

The typical articles publication process is:
  • An author submits a paper to our journal;
  • The managing editor assigns two reviewers;
  • Reviewers submit their reports and recommendations;
  • The editors take a decision based on the submitted manuscript and the submitted recommendations;
  • The managing editor informs the author about the decision and forwards the reviews;
  • If the author is asked to make changes, the paper can be resubmitted. If the paper is not suitable for this journal or contains fatal errors, the paper will be rejected and cannot be resubmitted;
  • Either the paper is accepted, or the author is asked to make minor revisions before acceptance, or the author is asked to make major revisions and resubmit the article for a second review, or the paper is rejected due to fatal errors that cannot be corrected or the topic is unsuitable for this journal;
  • If the paper is accepted, the author is asked to layout the paper according to our guidelines (references, citations, format, etc.) if the author has not done so in the first place;
  • The paper is published as soon as we receive the author’s final version. Publication is instantaneous and there is no holding time as in traditional journal publishing.

 

Publication Frequency

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology publishes two issues a year.

Issues may be special issues compiling best papers from EMCSR, the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, or other conferences and meetings of the systems movement. Only invited authors may contribute.

Issues may also be special issues which will provide an open call on a specific topic related to the focus of Systema, edited by invited guest editors. We encourage authors to contribute to the open submission phase.

 

Open Access Policy

Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology provides immediate full open access to its authors and readers on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Publishing with and reading systems. connecting matter, life, culture and technology is free of charge.

We ask authors to register with Systema to manage the publishing process. Authors play an active role in the publishing process and take full responsibility for using the layout template and proofreading their submissions. As editors we maintain the right not to publish papers that do not meet our quality standards.

To gain all benefits of the Systema community we recommend to readers that they register with our journal.

 


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Systema: connecting matter, life, culture and technology (ISSN: 2305-6991) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. All journal content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.