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International Journal of Society Systems Science
International Journal of Society Systems Science


Special Issue on: "Assessment Methods in Social Systems Science"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Zhimin Huang, Adelphi University, USA
Dr. Liang Liang, University of Science and Technology of China, P. R. China
Dr. Shouyang Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P. R. China

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.

Subject Coverage
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

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

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