Theme Issues & Special Sections

Theme Sections/Issues

A theme issue contains scientific papers that all focus on a highly-relevant and important topic in the area of software and system modeling. A theme issue may also cover a highly-innovative new topic where it is foreseeable that models will play an important role. A theme issue is open for unsolicited submissions, and will contain mostly new papers and potentially some extended conference papers. 

Please note: As these theme issues are published as part of the regular printed issues we usually use the wording "theme section" instead of "theme issue".

Typically two editors are responsible for putting a theme section together. We expect the editors to define the theme, select relevant literature for the theme that builds a solid integrated bases, to publish an open call for paper and actively solicit a number of respected researchers and practitioners from that area to submit papers. A potential source of prospective submitters is a conference or a series of high quality workshops that cover the desired theme. The theme editors (who may be the conference or workshop organizers) can invite the authors of the best papers in the conference or workshop to submit an extended and substantially enhanced version of their paper by a certain deadline and also run an open call for articles. Under the supervision of the theme editors the submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed and the accepted papers will be published in the theme section.

Requirements: The theme editors, their relatives, and their current research collaborators must not submit papers to be published in the theme section. Papers that were published in a respected conference before need to be considerably enhanced and extended and the differences have to be made clear in the article.

If you are interested in editing a theme section for the SoSyM journal, please contact the Editors-in-Chief (contact and process here).

Editors of theme sections write either a short editorial or submitt a complete overview article on the theme, describing the basic definitions, techniques, methods and results in that field, including a thorough overview of the literature. This article should in a first version be written and made available for the other papers, such that a common ground is defined.

You can take a look at recent and in progress theme issues/sections here.

Special Sections

Special sections are made up of extended, invited conference papers. If you are interested in editing a special issue for the SoSyM journal, please contact the Editors-in-Chief (contact and process here).

In SoSyM we publish special issues as part of the regular printed issues. Therefore we usually use the wording "special section" instead of "special issue". Our policy is that we prepare special sections from highly innovative conferences and workshops in the modeling area. The conference organisers select the best papers and invite the authors to submit an extended and substantially enhanced version of their paper within a certain deadline. Under the supervision of the section editors the papers will be reviewed again and the accepted papers will then be published in a special section. Please note that the section editors may not invite themselves, their relatives or current work colleagues into a special section.

Check out a list of published special sections here.