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Complex Systems, Evolutionary Algorithms, Journals, Metaheuristics

CFP: JoCS Special Issue on Bioinspired Algorithms and Complex Systems

Journal of Computational ScienceJournal Information

Journal of Computational Science (ISSN: 1877-7503)
JCR 2015 Impact Factor: 1.078
JCR 5-Year Impact Factor: 1.553
SCImago 2015 Journal Rank (SJR): 0.587
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.161


Complex systems are ubiquitous in physics, economics, sociology, biology, computer science, and many other scientific areas. Typically, a complex system is composed of smaller aggregated components, whose interaction and interconnectedness are non-trivial (e.g., interactions can be high-dimensional and non-linear, and/or the connectivity can exhibit non-trivial topological features such as power-law degree distribution, and high clustering coefficient). This leads to emergent properties of the system, not anticipated by its isolated components. Furthermore, when the system behavior is studied form a temporal perspective, self-organization patterns typically arise.

Studying complex systems requires composite strategies that employ various different algorithms to solve a single difficult problem. Components of such strategies may solve consecutive phases leading to the main goal (for example, consider an oil deposit exploration strategy composed of a complex memetic search algorithm and of a direct FEM solver), may be used to approach particular sub-tasks from different perspectives (as, for example, in multi-scale approaches), or may solve the main problem in different ways that are aggregated to form the final solution (as, for example, in hyper-heuristics, island GAs or multi-physics approaches).


This special issue of the Journal of Computational Science is targeted to cover all aspects of the interaction of metaheuristics –evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence, etc.- with complex systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the use of metaheuristics for the analysis or design of complex systems, such as for example:

  • complex networks, e.g., social networks, ecological networks, interaction networks, etc.
  • chaotic systems
  • self-organizing systems, such as e.g., multi-agent systems, social systems, etc.
  • iterated function systems and cellular automata
  • multi-scale, multi-physics and multi-goal systems
  • other complex systems not included above

Relevant topics also include the use of complex systems and tools thereof to model, analyse or improve the performance of straightforward and complex metaheuristics, such as for example:

  • complex population structures
  • synergy of component algorithms
  • self-organized criticality,
  • emergent behaviour and attractors
  • convergence, computational complexity and stopping conditions


The special issue welcomes original, high-quality contributions on the aforementioned topics. Papers have to be submitted following the journal guidelines available following this link. All submissions will be subject to rigorous peer review.

Submissions must be done using the online submission site: http://ees.elsevier.com/jocs. Please choose article type “SI: Bioinsp Alg Complex Syst” during the submission process.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 15 October 2016
Notification: 15 April 2017
Publication: Fall/Winter 2017

Guest Editors

Carlos Cotta (Universidad de Málaga, Spain)
Robert Schaefer (AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland)

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