International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)

International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS)

Editor-in-Chief: Alfonso Reyes Alvarado (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2014
ISSN: 2327-3984|EISSN: 2327-3992|DOI: 10.4018/IJSS
Out of print.


The International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) is dedicated to promoting the use and development of cybernetic and systems ideas within society. The journal aims to support high-quality articles in cyber-systemic theories, approaches and applications. The focus is the development and use of cyber-systemic ideas within society and less on literature reviews, although some instances may occur where such papers are accepted. Field research and research into real-world situations, particularly as these relate to topics in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015, are encouraged. Papers are invited from practitioners, systems researchers, systems academics and cyberneticians All papers undergo a double-blind peer review process and the difference in style of practitioner papers from academic is acknowledged. Opinion papers are considered for publication at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Topics Covered

  • Applied Artificial Intelligence Systems
  • Applied Data Modeling
  • Applied Systems Thinking
  • Case Study Analysis of Systems Theory and Systems Practice
  • Critical Systems Approaches
  • Cyber-Systemic Applications in, about, and to Society
  • Data Analytics and Social Systems
  • Designing Self-Organizing Systems
  • Educational Systems
  • Holistic Leadership
  • Management Practice
  • Organizational Governance
  • Planning and Decision Support Systems
  • Social Care
  • Social Organizations, Humans, and Others
  • Social Systems
  • Socially Responsible Organizational Systems
  • Soft Systems Approaches
  • System Dynamics
  • Systemic Education
  • Systemic Evaluation
  • Systemic Methods for Social or Organizational Intervention
  • Systemic Theory and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Systems and Complexity
  • The Viable System Model
  • Urban Systems

Mission and Scope

The International Journal of Systems and Society (IJSS) serves as a channel for a cross-section of articles from the spectrum of Cyber-systemic thinking. IJSS is committed to the publication and dissemination of high quality and well-researched articles on cybernetics and systems philosophy, theory, practice, models, concepts and methodologies to improving decision making and problem solving for the benefit of organizations and societies. The journal embraces all aspects of social, health and well-being, environmental and organizational issues and concerns, especially as these relate to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Open Access Articles: Forthcoming
Volume 6: 2 Issues (2019)
Volume 5: 2 Issues (2018)
Volume 4: 2 Issues (2017)
Volume 3: 2 Issues (2016)
Volume 2: 2 Issues (2015)
Volume 1: 2 Issues (2014)
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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Alfonso Reyes is a physicist and a system engineer from Los Andes University. He has a MSc in Computer Science (University of Maryland), a PhD in Management Cybernetics (University of Humberside, UK) and postdoctoral studies in Organizational Learning (University of Lincoln, UK). He has worked for the last thirty years in addressing organizational problems in the public sector, especially in the administration of justice from a cyber-systemic stance. He has been an international consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank and the Agency for International Development (USA) in applying management cybernetics to the public sector. He has published several papers on individual and organizational learning and self-organization from the point of view of second-order cybernetics. He was the chancellor of the Universidad de Ibagué in Colombia (2009-2016) and currently is the Dean of the Engineering School at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá (

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Frank Stowell, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
International Advisory Board
Carlos Santos Jr, University of Brasilia, United States
Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, United Kingdom
Lindy Lou West, Griffith University, Australia
Raul Espejo, World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, United Kingdom
Sofia Idris, Independent Researcher, Pakistan ORCID
Werner Ulrich, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Associate Editors
Alejandro Ochoa-Arias, Universidad de Los Andes (Venezuela). Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile), Chile ORCID
Amin Hosseinian-Far, University of Northampton, UK, United Kingdom ORCID
George Jamil, Informações em Rede C e T Ltda, Brazil ORCID
Getachew Alebachew, Bahir dar University, Ethiopia ORCID
Igor Perko, University of Maribor, Slovenia ORCID
Lucia Ulivi, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
Stefano Armenia, Link Campus University of Rome, Italy ORCID
Editorial Review Board
Amir Manzoor, Bahria University, Pakistan ORCID
Ana Azevedo, CEOS.PP / ISCAP / P.PORTO, Portugal ORCID
Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland ORCID
Camilo Olaya, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Danilo Piaggesi, K4D, Knowledge for Development, Italy ORCID
Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria, Germany ORCID
Harry Kogetsidis, University of Nicosia, Cyprus
James Schopf, Keimyung University, Korea, Republic Of ORCID
Kushwanth Koya, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
María Ramírez Cajiao, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
N. Raghavendra Rao, FINAIT Consultancy Services, India
Olga Tikhomirova, National Research University ITMO, Russian Federation ORCID
Padma Pradhan, Satya Institute of Technology & Management, India ORCID
Peng Zhang, Belmont University, United States ORCID
Penny Hart, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Shavindrie Cooray, Curry College, United States
Sofia Idris, Independent Researcher, Pakistan ORCID
Solveig Beyza Evenstad, Univ. Côte D'Azur; Inland Norway Univ. of Applied Sciences, France ORCID