24 February 2009

Call for papers: Assessment Methods in Social Systems Science

Call for papers: Assessment Methods in Social Systems Science

A special issue of International Journal of Society Systems Science

Social systems science is now at a new stage in the midst of inevitable and rapid global change. The traditional assessment methods of the social sciences, based on assumptions of independent observations, cannot be effective in analysing social behaviour as a social system. Behaviours of individuals and groups are seen as multiple interdependencies, and these interdependencies should be viewed as actions taken inside a system. In recent years, system approaches which avoid such assumptions have received significant attention in addressing and resolving issues in social processes. This special issue focuses on systematic assessment methods for analysing various issues faced in social systems.

The objective of the special issue is to provide an outlet for publishing original assessment research highlighting current issues related to the wide range of social systems science such as globalisation, bottom-up approach, autopoiesis, decision theory, and organisation sciences. Both quantitative and qualitative studies are encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Agent-based modelling and simulation
  • Benchmarking
  • Case studies
  • Cellular automata models
  • Chaos and complexity
  • Control theory
  • Data analysis
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Data mining and knowledge management
  • Decision support systems
  • Demographic models
  • Dynamical systems models
  • Ecological and social dynamics
  • Economic development and complex systems
  • Ecosystem management
  • Emerging information technologies
  • Enterprise information systems
  • Grounded theory
  • Hierarchical models
  • Interrelations of society, economy and environment
  • Intraspecific variation
  • Markov chains
  • Models of environmental quality
  • Narrative approaches
  • Network analysis
  • Phenomenological analysis
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Statistical models
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2009
Communication of peer review to authors: 20 March, 2010
Deadline for revised manuscripts: May 2010

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