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Editorial Purpose, Strategy and Methodology
As it was emphasized in the editorial of the first issue, the main purpose of the Journal is to collaborate in the systemization
of knowledge and experience generated in the areas of Systemics, Cybernetics (communication and control) and Informatics. This systemization process necessarily implies a progressive development and expansion of the relatedness
among the associated areas, as well as among their respective disciplines. Since improvement in interdisciplinary communication
would provide a very good support for the sought systemization process, the journal is a multi-disciplinary one oriented 1) to support inter-disciplinary communication, and 2) to offer a venue for publishing inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary research, enquiry, case studies, and reflections.
We are trying to support the process of interdisciplinary
communication among, and in, the areas included
in Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, by
providing a multidisciplinary
forum in the related areas,
research in them,
publishing papers related
to transdisciplinary concepts, allowing different
disciplinary perspectives on the same concept,
a) among disciplines by means of interdisciplinary
tutorials, and b) among the academic,
the public and the private sectors by means
of publishing information related multi-
and inter-disciplinary projects which
involve at least two of these sectors.
In the context of this main purpose, a basic immediate
objective of the Journal is to provide a multidisciplinary
vehicle for disseminating information about diverse
but highly interrelated areas through a single
medium. It covers a wide range of areas, sub-areas
and topics related to Systems Science, Engineering
and Philosophy (Systemics), Communications and
Control of Mechanisms and Organisms (Cybernetics)
and Computer Science and Engineering, along with
Information Technologies (Informatics).
These three major areas are continuously evolving
into integrative means of diverse disciplines.
• Informatics provides instrumental
means for many disciplines and support processes
of inter-disciplinary collaborative research.
• Cybernetics showed to be fruitful in providing
means for inter-disciplinarity
as well as for analogy generation and cross-fertilization
between mechanisms and organisms, in order
o to improve our understanding of organic systems,
o to enhance our designs of mechanical systems,
o to inspire the conceptualizations and the production
of hybrid systems, as it is the case of cyborgs.
• Systemics has been viewed by an increasing
number of authors as one of the most fundamental
Consequently, each one of these three major areas
has been providing an increasing support for multidisciplinary
problem solving research as well as for interdisciplinary
communications and integrations among different
academic disciplines and among academic, industrial
and governmental organizations.
Therefore, the basic aims of this Journal are
- To support multidisciplinary
information dissemination related to different
disciplines in the major areas of Systemics,
Cybernetics and Informatics (SC&I).
- To foster interdisciplinary communication
based on the integrative potential of these
three major areas. Accordingly, the journal
will include not just areas from SC&I,
but also from the relationships among them,
among their areas and sub-areas and between
them and disciplines from other areas, especially
in the form of applications of SC&I disciplines
in other disciplines, and vice versa. Consequently,
a strong emphasis is made on relationship
areas and on what has been named as hyphened
sciences, engineering and technologies, in
order to refer to the inter-disciplines that
are emerging as a consequence of multi- and
- To foster and support inter-organizational R&D and enquiry among academy, industry and government; especially in the context of real life problems requiring multi- and/or interdisciplinary teams.
The Journal has been
having a multidisciplinary orientation.
Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary
sections will gradually grow. The multidisciplinary
part of the Journal will be nourished, basically,
from the best papers presented in conferences
in the Journal’s areas, basically
from the conferences or workshops organized
by The International Institute of Informatics
and Systemics (IIIS, www.iiis.org
which is also the sponsor of the Journal.
The best 20%-25% of the papers presented
at IIIS’s conferences (roughly equivalent
to the 10%-15% of the articles submitted
to the respective conference) will be published
in the journal, after their respective authors
had made the respective modifications and
extensions pertinent to archiving and journals.
The journal is also publishing invited papers
and papers, mostly in special issues
related to the plenary keynote addresses
delivered at IIIS conferences. Regular papers
in regular issues contain original research.
Invited papers may also be oriented to 1)
inter-disciplinary communication of original
research, 2) experience or practice based-reflections,
3) literature review, and/or 4) ways of
integrating research with practice, academy
with industry, and different academic activities
(research, educations, and real life problem
solving or consulting). One of the functions
of the Journal Editorial Board is to nominate
potential authors of invited papers. Other
possible authors for invited papers are
selected from the top 5% of the best regular
papers published in the regular issues of
the journal which has been reviewed by the
two-tier reviewing methodology of the journal
Most regular papers published in the regular bimonthly issues in the first 12 years of the journal papers (i.e. about the 95%) have been selected by the audience of IIIS' conference as the best of those presented in the respective sessions. Authors of all papers published in the first 12 years (about 1000 papers) had no Article Processing Charge because of the sponsorship of the IIIS. The plan for the next stage of the journal is to accept submissions which have not been selected among the best 25% of those presented at conferences organized by the IIIS. Consequently, an Article Processing charge will be required for those papers that would be accepted via the two-tier reviewing methodology of the journal briefly described at www.iiisci.org/journal/SCI/Methodology.pdf?var
Regular papers published since 2006
were accepted by means of the two-tier reviewing
methodology, we just referred to, and the final
selection was made by the respective conference
audience regarding the best sessions' papers.
We think that with this approach we are publishing a very high quality journal, because
its basic content will be related to the best
20-25% of the papers presented in related conferences,
which is the equivalent
not exactly the same, at a rate of 75-80% of refusal.
This way of achieving a high quality Journal,
will not be based on a high number of actual refusals.
With this strategy we will be avoiding being the
cause of the hidden psychological and economical
costs caused to the authors of refused papers.
The greater the refusal rate, the greater the
hidden costs caused, by the editors, to potential
authors of refused papers by the editors. We are
hoping, with our editorial strategy
to minimize the hidden costs we might be causing
by means of our editorial decision, while not
compromising the journal high quality. With the new stage of reviewing papers sent directly to the journal we will not be able to avoid these external hidden and implicit costs of a high percentage of refusals.
Our methodological strategy
be an evolutionary and a systemic
not a systematic
one. To organize
the editorial process and to manage the publishing
operational activities will be done with an open
system. It will have the flexibility
required to adapt the Journal, its editorial policy,
its organizational process and its management
to the dynamics of its related areas and disciplines,
to changes produced by the inherent learning process
involved, and to the uncertainty of the environment. In the context of the methodological adaptability we are planning to initiate the second stage of the Journal.
A two-tier peer-reviewing methodology will also be used in the new second stage of the the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics. This methodology is based on two-tier reviews: open (or non-blind, non-anonymous) and the traditional double-blind reviews. Final acceptance depends of the two kinds of reviews but a paper should be recommended by non-blind AND
double-blind reviewing in order to be accepted for publication. A recommendation to accept made by reviewers in the non-blind method is a necessary
condition, but it is not a sufficient
one. A submission, to be accepted, should also have a majority of the reviewers in its double-blind method recommending its acceptance. This double necessary conditions generate a more reliable and rigorous review than those reviewing processes based on just one of the indicated methods, or just on the traditional double-blind reviewing method.