Systema: new name and refined editorial focus

David Rousseau


Wolfgang Hofkirchner

Publisher and Founding Editor

Stefan Blachfellner

Managing Director and Founding Editor


We are pleased to report that strong progress is being made with developing the new journal founded in 2012 by the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science. We have received important support from the Systems Movement for this new venture, both by scientists and scholars willing to serve on the Editorial Board and by researchers and philosophers submitting papers for review.  Our Editorial Board currently comprises 55 members, including 31 academics representing the international distribution of the systems community, and 15 academics representing the variety of systems-focused organisations.

In order to serve the needs of the Systems Movement more effectively we have agreed to make several strategic changes to the journal.

Firstly, in order to reflect the international and academic nature of the journal in a more distinctive way we have changed the journal’s name to Systema.  This is the Latin word for “system”, and by expressing our name in the international language of scholarship we wish to signal both the international scope of our community and our commitment to the standards of scholarship. This classic term also carries a deeper meaning for us. The root of “systema” is the ancient Greek term σύστημα (sustēma) meaning “organized whole”, which in turn derives from σύν (sun), meaning “together” and ἵστημι (histēmi), meaning “I stand”.  In this way our new name connects us not only with our subject matter but also with the spirit of the community we serve, a community standing together on the basis of shared values and shared goals.

Secondly, in line with the new name we have changed our domain name to

The new journal name is synergetic with, but differentiated from, the new name for the book-series of the BCSSS.  The name of the book-series was recently changed from “Unity through Diversity” to “Systems”, in a strategic shift that established a relationship with a scientific publisher and expanded the editorial board of the series.  More information about these changes can be found at

Thirdly, in order to more effectively support the Systems Movement’s guiding ambition to build a better world for all the forms and ways of life on our planet, we have refined our editorial mission.  The principles involved in our founding philosophy are unchanged, and we will continue to publish peer-reviewed original high-quality articles on systems science, thinking and practice.  However, within this range we would like to make explicit our specific focus on promoting 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.

In order to achieve this aim we will publish articles that cover:

  • 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.
By focusing on these topics we will help to build a more effective and even more progressive Systems Movement, to the benefit of living systems everywhere.

We warmly invite you to strengthen your participation in the work of Systema as we help the Systems Movement to connect matter, life, culture and technology into a whole that nurtures flourishing at all scales and levels.

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.