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Cybernetics and Systems Journals

The following is an alphabetical list of journals (and newsletters) on, or related to, cybernetics and systems research. A "*" denotes the journals that are most central to the domain. Some of the addresses may no longer be up to date, though most material is fairly recent. Please send a note tocybernetica [at] or annotate this page if you would like to make an addition or correction. See also the list of cybernetics journals from the ASC, ASSA's list of Systems Journals, and the PubList's general list of journals.

Adaptive Behavior

Editorial address: Jean-Arcady Meyer, Editor, Adaptive Behavior, Groupe de BioInformatique, Ecole Normale Superieure, 46 rue d'Ulm, 75230 Paris Cedex05, FRANCE.
Phone: (1) 43 29 12 25 ext 3623
Fax: (1) 43 29 70 85
Email: meyer[ at ], meyer[ at ]frulm63.bitnet.
Publisher: MIT Press

Comments: research on adaptive behavior in animals and in autonomous artificial systems, with emphasis on mechanisms that can be expressed in computational, physical, or mathematical models.; emphasizes an approach complementary to traditional AI, in which basic abilities that allow animals to survive, or robots to perform their mission in unpredictable environments, will be studied in preference to more elaborated and human-specific abilities; explicitly takes into account the environmental feedback.

Artificial Life

Editorial address: Christopher G. Langton, Santa Fe Institute, 1160 Old Pecos Trail, Suite A, Santa Fe NM 87501-4768, USA.
Publisher: MIT Press

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

an international journal of current research and theory with open peer commentary
Editorial address: Stevan Harnad (ed.), 20 Nassau St., Suite 240, Princeton NJ 08542, USA.
Phone: 609-921-7771
Email: harnad[ at ], harnad[ at ]pucc.bitnet
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Comments: Interdisciplinary journal on theoretical and experimental psychology, with emphasis on cognitive and evolutionary models. Dialog format, not afraid to deal with philosophical and theoretical issues.

Behavioral Science

now merged with Systems Research to formSystems Research and Behavioral Science

Biological Cybernetics

Editorial address: G. Hauske (ed. in chief), Lehrstuhl fuer Nachrichtentechnik, Technische Universitaet, Arcisstrasse 21, D-80290 Muenchen, Germany
Publisher: Springer


Editorial address: ed. AW Schwartz, Box 85, Limerick, Ireland.
Publisher: Elsevier (North Holland)

Cognitive Systems

(European Society for the Study of Cognitive Systems)
Editorial address: Dr. G.J. Dalenoort, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Groningen, P.O.Box 41 096, 9701 CB Groningen, The Netherlands, Tel : +31-50-3636448 / 3636454 (or3636472), Fax : +31-50-3636304,
Email: G.J.Dalenoort[ at ]PPSW.RUG.NL Comments:

rather small journal, locally published, with systems inspired work on cognitive science and neural networks


Comments: New "magazine-like" journal close to the Santa Fe Institute. Edited by John Casti and Harold Morowitz. Contains mostly introductory and survey articles.

Complexity International

Comments: Australian web journal on complex systems research

Complex Systems

a journal devoted to ...research... of systems with simple components but complex overall behavior
Editorial address: (editorial office) [old address], Center for Complex Systems research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign IL 61820 USA.
Email: jcs[ at ]
Publisher: Complex systems Inc.

Comments: Physics journal on dynamic systems theory, complex systems theory, cellular automata and networks, etc.


(Association Internationale de Cybernétique)
Editorial address: Palais des Expositions, Place André Rijckmans, B-5000 Namur , Belgium.
Phone: 081-73 52 09.
Fax: 32 - 81 - 74.29.45, 081 - 23 09 45

Comments: rather small, locally published, but long standing journal on cybernetics. May have stopped publication.

Cybernetics & Human Knowing

Editorial address: Soren Brier, Royal School of Librarianship, Langagervey 4, DK-9220 Aalborg Ost, Denmark.
Phone: +45-98-157922
Fax: +45-98-151042
Publisher: Soren Brier

Comments: emphasis on second-order cybernetics and semiotics (board: von Glasersfeldt, Von Foerster, Luhmann, Maturana, Braten, etc.)

Cybernetics and Systems Analysis

(formerly 'cybernetics', translation of the Russian "Kibernetika")
Editorial address: V.S. Mikhalevich (ed.), V.M. Gluchkov Institute of Cybernetics, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kiev.
Publisher: Plenum

*Cybernetics and Systems

An International Journal
Editorial address: c/o R. Trappl (editor), Dep. of Medical Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Vienna, Freyung 6, A-1010 Wien, Austria.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Comments: Excellent technical journal on all aspects of systems theory and cybernetics.

Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management

Publisher: New England Complex Systems Institute

Entropy (new)

An International and Interdisciplinary Journal of Entropy and Information Studies
Editorial address: Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, MDPI, Saengergasse 25, CH-4054 Basel, Switzerland. Tel. +41 79 322 3379; Fax +41 61 302 8918

Comments: New electronic journal, with PCP-editor F. Heylighen in its editorial board

Evolution and Cognition

Address: Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Adolf-Lorenz-Gasse 2, A-3422 Altenberg Donau, Austria
Email: sec

Comments: interdisciplinary research on evolutionary epistemology and evolutionary systems

Evolution of Communication

Comments: origins of human language, but also the evolutionary continuum of communication in general

*European Journal of Economic and Social Systems (EJESS)

(formerly known as Revue Internationale de Systémique - R.I.S.)
Editorial address: c/o B. Paulré Maison des Sciences Économiques, Paris, France
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Comment: models from systems theory, complexity, selforganization, autopoiesis, etc. applied to socio-economic systems

Foundations of Science

Publisher: Kluwer academic

Comments: interdisciplinary journal investigating fundamental concepts, principles and problems in all disciplines, with a special emphasis on approaches that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Edited at the Center "Leo Apostel", which also houses the Brussels office of PCP.

General Systems Yearbook

Editorial address: Howard T. Odum, University of Florida, Dept of Environmental Engineering, Gainesville FL 32611, USA.
Publisher: ISSS

Comments: For years the annual publication of the Int. Soc. for Gen. Sys. Res. (ISGSR, now ISSS), featuring selected publications by foundational authors. Address probably out-of-date.

Grundlagenstudien aus Kybernetik und Geisteswissenschaften

Editorial address: Helmar Frank, Institute of Cybernetics, Universität Paderborn, Warburger Str. 100, D-33098 Paderborn, Germany.
Publisher: Gunter Narr Verlag

Comments: Official Journal of TAKIS

Human Systems Management

Editorial address: Prof. Milan Zeleny (ex. editor), Graduate School of Business Administration, Fordham Univ. at Lincoln Center, CBA-626-E New York, NY 10023, U.S.A.
Publisher: IOS, Amsterdam

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

Editorial address: Bruce H. Krogh, Editor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-3890, USA, Sebastian Engell, Co-Editor, FB Chemietechnik, University of Dortmund, Postfach 50 05 00, D-4600 Dortmund 50, GERMANY.
Phone: 412 268 2472
Fax: 412 268 3890

Comments: new developments in all areas of control systems technology, including, but not limited to, new sensor and actuator technologies, software and hardware for real-time computing and signal processing in, control systems, tools for computer-aided design of control systems, new approaches to control system design and implementation, experimental results, distributed architectures, intelligent control, and novel applications of control engineering methods.

IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics

Editorial address: Andrew P. Sage (editor), George Mason University, 4400 University drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA.
Phone: (703)-323-2939
Publisher: IEEE

Comments: Long-standing cybernetics journal from a "reputable" publisher. More towards technical systems science, still broad-minded

IFSR Newsletter

Editorial address: Prof.Dr. Gerhard Chroust, International Federation for Systems research, c/o Systemtechnik und Automation, Kepler University Linz, A-4040 Linz, Austria.
Publisher: International Federation for Systems Research

Back issues available via FTP

*International Journal of General Systems

Editorial address: G.J. Klir, Department of Industrial Engineering and Systems Science, Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering, State University of New York, Binghampton, NY 13901-6000, USA. Email: Publisher: Email: gensyst @ Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Comments: Another premiere systems science journal. Frequently technical, otherwise broad. Complexity theory, mathematical systems theory, philosophy, history, current trends.

International Journal of Systems Science

Editorial address: Professor Peter Fleming, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal of Applied Systems Analysis

Editorial address: Peter Checkland, Dep. of Systems and Information Management, University of Lancaster, Bailrigg Lancaster LA1 4YX, UK.
Publisher: University of Lancaster

Comments: major focus of work developing and using Soft Systems Methodology

Journal of Applied Systems Studies

Editorial address: Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 80, Karaoli & Dimitriou Str., GR-185 34 Piraeus, Greece
Publisher: Cambridge International Science Publishing

Comments: devoted to the development of methodologies based on the laws and rules of various sciences. New designs and functional methodologies are composed for applications in electronic services, business, operational and social, as well as biological phenomena.

Journal of Biological Systems

Editorial address: P.M. Auger, Biomathematiques, Dept. d' Ecologie, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Bourgogne, Batiment "Mirande", BP 138, 21004 Dijon Cedex, France.
Publisher: World Scientific

Journal of Complexity

Editorial address: Joseph F. Traub (ed.), Computer Science department, Columbia University, New York City NY 10027.
Publisher: Academic Press (USA)

Comments: emphasis on mathematical and computational complexity.

Journal of Complex Systems(new)

Editorial address: Eric Bonabeau, Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, USA,
Publisher: Hermes, Paris

Comments: new interdisciplinary journal in the complex adaptive systems tradition, with PCP editor Cliff Joslyn in its editorial board.

Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission(new)

Comments:the first peer-reviewed journal on memes, freely available on the Web, sponsored by the Principia Cybernetica Project.

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems

formerly: Journal of Social and Biological Structures
Editorial address: Dr. Paul Levinson (Editor), Connected Education, Inc., 65 Shirley Lane, White Plains, NY 10607, USA.
Phone: 914-428-8766
Publisher: Elsevier Science

Comments: broad-minded, interdisciplinary journal concerned with analogies and relationships between biological mechanisms such as evolution, natural selection, and individual development, and social activities such as technology, economics, politics, ideologies, literature, art, customs, and culture. Similar to "World Futures" in its coverage, but more focus on (socio)biological mechanisms, and less on holism.


the International Journal of Cybernetics and General Systems
Editorial address: B.H. Rudall (ed.), Craig yr Halen, Menai Bridge, Gwynedd LL59 5HD, UK.
Phone: (0248) 71 26 36
Publisher: MCB University Press

Comments: Excellent British journal of systems science. Sometimes technical, otherwise broad.


Editorial address: Academy of Sciences of the Ukrainian SSR, 252207 Kiev 207, Ukraine.

Mathematical Systems Theory

an International Journal of mathematical computing theory
Editorial address: A.L. Rosenberg (ed.), Comp. and inf. Sc., Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst MA 01003, USA.
Publisher: Springer Verlag NY

Open Systems & Information Dynamics

Publisher: Kluwer

Comments:interdisciplinary research in mathematics, physics, engineering and life sciences; system and information-theoretic approaches dealing with control, filtering, communication, pattern recognition, chaotic dynamics, memory and cooperative behaviour in open complex systems

Selection: molecules, genes, memes

Editorial address: Eörs Szathmáry (editor in chief), Collegium Budapest, Szentharáromság u. 2, H-1014 Budápest, Hungáry
Email: Publisher: Acádemiá Kiádo

Comments: new journal about selection of replicators at different levels


Journal of the inter and transdisciplinary management of complexity
Editorial address: R.A. Rodrigues-Ulloa, Andean Institute of Systems -IAS, PO Box 18-0680 , Lima 18, Peru.
Publisher: IAS

Comments: In English and Spanish, Latin American Journal of systems theory . Does not seem to exist anymore!

Social Systems(new)

Editorial address: Johannes Schmidt, Fakultät für Soziologie, Universität Bielefeld, Postfach 100 131, D - 33501 Bielefeld,
Tel.:49-(0)521-106-4623 / 3998, Fax: 49-(0)521-106-6020.
Publisher: Leske & Budrich

Comments: In German, English and French; systems theoretical work in sociology, applications of general systems concepts (inc. cognition and difference) to society, interaction and organization .

System Dynamics Review

System Dynamics Society
Editorial address: Julia S. Pugh, Executive Director, 49 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA 01772, USA.

Comments: Applications of dynamical theory to social systems modeling.


Interdisciplinäre Zeitschrift für systemtheoretisch orientierte Forschung und Praxis in den Humanwissenschafte
Editorial address: Systeme, Postfach 171, A-1013 Wien, Austria
Publisher: Österreichische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für System Therapie und System Studien, ÖAS - Verlag, Leopoldsgasse 51/5, A-1020 Wien, Austria

Systemic Practice and Action Research

(formerly Systems Practice ) Editorial address: Prof. Robert Flood, Department of Management Systems and Sciences, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK.
Publisher: Plenum

Comments: application of "critical systems thinking" to improving work and organization

*Systems Research and Behavioral Science

official journal of the international federation for systems research
Editorial address: Prof. Michael C. Jackson. The Business School, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX, UK
Publisher: Wiley

Comments: another central journal for the systems theory community; emphasis on social science, management, psychology and systems thinking, less on mathematics and technology, sometimes with reference to Miller's living systems theory. Focus on interdisciplinarity, and generalizability of results across levels. Arose from the merger of "Systems Research" and "Behavioral Science"

Systems Research and Information Science

Editorial address: L. Johnson, Computing Laboratory, University of Kent at Canterbury, Kent CT2 7PE, UK.
Publisher: Gordon and Breach

Systems Science(new)

Editorial address: Prof. Zdzislaw Bubnicki (editor), Institute of Control and Systems Engineering, Wroclaw Technical University, 50-372 Wroclaw, ul. Janizewskiego 11/17, Poland.
Publisher: OR RAN, PKin, 00-901 Warszawa, Poland.
Comment: general systems theory, theoretical problems of analysis, modelling, design and control of systems (with particular reference to large-scale systems), and their applications to industrial, information, management, socio-economic and biological systems.

The Information Society

(see also TIS Web)

The newsletter : American Society for Cybernetics

Editorial address: Frederic Steier or Barry Clemson (editors), Center for Cybernetic Studies in Complex Systems, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA.
Phone: (804) 683 4558
Publisher: American Society for Cybernetics

Comments: address probably out of date

World Futures: the Journal of General Evolution

Editorial address: Maria Sagi (Managing editor), Uri u.49, H-1014 Budapest, Hungary.
Fax/tel: 36-1-156 9457,
Publisher: Gordon and Breach

Comments: Edited by Ervin Laszlo, board includes Ralph Abraham, Bob Artigiani, Bela Banathy, Peter Allen, George Kampis, Vilmos Csanyi, Varela. Contents: general patterns of change and development in nature as well as society; articles, short communications, and book reviews relating to evolutionary processes in all fields of science, with special attention to multidisciplinary, systemic and holistic approaches.

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