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Call for Papers - Journal on Policy and Complex Systems

 

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The Policy Studies Organization is proud to announce its newest international journal, The Journal of Policy and Complex Systems. The open access journal will be published twice a year starting October 1, 2013. The peer-reviewed journal provides a platform, whereby researchers, policy makers, experts in relevant disciplines, and modelers can join together to offer scientifically valid and societally appropriate solutions to challenging problems facing the world today, from the perspective of systems and complexity science.

 
Journal of Policy and Complex Systems Aims and Scope

The Journal of Policy and Complex Systems aims to promote professional and public understanding of the relationship between policy studies and complex systems thinking, evolving greater understanding and engagement. Through its publication, JPCS hopes to establish a venue for reporting results of exploring, developing, and evaluating policies using cutting edge computational approaches to policy research, including complexity theory, agent-based modeling/simulation, chaos theory, fractals, dynamical systems, and the science of networks. It also aims to establish a repository of data and systems developed through research efforts reported in the journal. It is the hope of the journal and all of those involved in its publciation, to bring together a community of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary scholars to address common societal concerns, including social scientists, natural scientists, computational scientists, humanists, policy analysts, public administrators, and policy makers.

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Introductory Issue Topics & Call for Submissions
  • Overview of Public Policy Methodological Approaches and Best Practices
  • Overview of Complexity & Systems Methodological Approaches and Best Practices
  • Public Policy & Complexity Theory/Systems Theory
  • Data Acquisition for Systems-based Policy Research
  • The Element of Time in Complex Systems Simulations
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation Within Complex Systems Framework
  • Application of Complex Systems Policy Research
 
Article submission length should be between 5,000 to 7,000 words and include simulations (if applicable), while Letters to the Editor should be 300 words or less. Submissions for the introductory issue can be submitted by email to Dr. Mirsad Hadzikadic, Editor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. For additional information CLICK HERE, or contact Liz Johnson, Managing Editor, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 704/293-1482.
 
Submission Guidelines
The Journal on Policy and Complex Systems (JPCS) is a journal of the Policy Studies Organization – an international and interdisciplinary group associated with the American Political Science Association (APSA). The JPCS publishes international academic research of distinction and excellence pertinent to the field of complexity in public policy.
Papers are considered for publication with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere, and are not under consideration by any other publication. Initially, the JPCS will be published twice a year. Papers that are published or held by the JPCS may not be published elsewhere without a written permission from the JPCS. The JPCS reserves the right to edit all papers for style, syntax, grammar, and clarity. The authors of published papers are required to transfer copyright ownership of the paper to the JPCS. All authors are required to obtain written copyright permission to include material in their paper for which they do not own copyright.
 
Types of Submissions
The JPCS accepts Research Articles and Letters to the Editor. Article submission length should be between 5,000 to 7,000 words and include simulations (if applicable), while Letters to the Editor should be 300 words or less. Submissions should be submitted electronically, via email, to the Editor, Mirsad Hadzikadic, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
Manuscript Formatting
Font size must be 12 point Times New Roman for all parts of the submission and submitted on standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper with one inch margins on all four sides. All submissions should be in either MS Word or PDF formats. Authors who prefer different programs for submission should contact the Managing Editor, Liz Johnson, prior to submission at email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Text, abstract, footnotes, citations, appendix materials, and references should be double-spaced. Tables and graphs should be single spaced while all other text should be double-spaced. An abstract of no more that 150 words must be accompanied by a list of key words below the abstract on a separate page.
 
A separate title page should list the paper title, names of the authors, and contact information for each corresponding author, including email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. For all authors, order names, as they should appear, along with each author's academic rank and academic affiliation. Acknowledgments and additional author notes can be listed at the bottom of the separate title page. Corresponding authors may also include a cover letter on a separate page. Authors should ensure that the main manuscript is anonymous so that there is no information that could identify them or collaborators. For review purposes, authors may place an in-text locator of figures and tables approximately where they fit in the text - example: [Table 1 about here]. Each figure and table must be on a single page and be submitted after references.
 
An added feature of the journal is the inclusion of live simulations from accepted research on the journal website. Authors should include the name of the software program and computer code for simulations with their submission.
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is the prescribed style guide for references, endnotes, footnotes, and tables. References must be in alphabetical order based on first author's surname. Footnotes should be used for substantive comments, not citations, and must be identified by consecutive numbers in the text. Submissions that are not in the correct format will be returned for correction. For additional questions and clarifications, authors should call (704) 293-1482.