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About JASSS1

The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is an interdisciplinary journal for the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation. Since its first issue in 1998, it has been a world-wide leading reference for readers interested in social simulation and the application of computer simulation in the social sciences.

Original research papers and critical reviews on all aspects of social simulation and agent societies that fall within the journal's objective to further the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation are welcome.

Owned by the European Social Simulation Association, ESSA, the journal is published quarterly at the end of January, March, June and October on the World Wide Web with free access at the address: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS.html. The online nature of the journal guarantees a large audience and the inclusion of multi-media content, such as animations, coloured charts and an article toolbox, enrich the readability and the usability of the papers. The journal collects readership statistics.

The journal includes research articles and book reviews. All articles are subject to rigorous peer review. The book reviews section aims to keep the reader up-to-date about new titles in the field and to review any book that covers issues relevant for social simulation (for detail, contact the book review editor).

The journal occasionally publishes the proceedings of workshops and conferences on focused topics in a 'special section'. Generally, the reviewing and editing of the special sections are undertaken by workshop or conference organisers in conjunction with the journal editor (for details see here).

The journal requires authors to include sufficient information to enable readers to replicate reported simulation experiments and expects that authors take full advantage of the on-line multimedia possibilities allowed by the journal (for details see here).

The audience of the journal is international and inter-disciplinary in scope. It includes researchers, academicians, students, professionals, policy makers, and software developers.

Editorial Policy

The refereeing of submissions is managed by the Editor through rigorous double-blind review. Each submission is reviewed by at least two referees selected by the Editor according to the submission topic. The referees might be members of the editorial board or ad hoc specialists involved for their expertise on the submission topic. The journal has an average time of 10 weeks for the refereeing. Thanks to its on-line nature, which does not impose the traditional page limit per issue, it normally publishes accepted papers in the next issue.

Referencing articles in JASSS

The standard form of a citation to a JASSS article is:
FamilyName1, Givenname1 and FamilyName2, Givenname2 (Year). 'Article Title'. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation Volume(Issue)ArticleNumber <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/Vol/Iss/No.html>.
for example
Radax, Wolfgang and Rengs, Bernhard (2010). 'Prospects and Pitfalls of Statistical Testing: Insights from Replicating the Demographic Prisoner's Dilemma'. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 13(4)1 <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/13/4/1.html>.
Please note that it is important to include the article number (this is required if citation and abstracting services are to be able to pick out the citation).

Abstracts, Indexes and Archives

JASSS is indexed by the Web of Science SSCI, Current Contents and Google Scholar, is included in IBSS, the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, and in RePeC, Research Papers in Economics, and is abstracted in Sociological Abstracts. The journal is permanently preserved at the British Library and at the Internet Archive.


JASSS is managed using the epress journal management system and acknowledges the contribution of the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, England in providing a web server and file space for the journal.

1 This page has kindly been translated into Belorussian by Daniela Milton and into Chinese by Hang Xiong.

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