Call for papers: Social physics

Scientific Reports is welcoming original primary research articles for a special Guest Edited Collection at the interface of physics, sustainability, and behavioural and social sciences.

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The grand challenges of our time are primarily of a societal nature. Physics methods and approaches play an increasingly central role in improving our understanding of these challenges and in helping to find innovative solutions

Scientific Reports, a journal from the Nature Research family, is proud to welcome original primary research articles for our upcoming “Social physics” Collection.

This Collection is dedicated to interdisciplinary research with physics at the helm, which aims to pave the way towards better organizations and policies, and ultimately towards a more sustainable future. Submissions are welcome in areas such as collective social phenomena, network communities, digital epidemiology, smart cities, cooperation, information cascades, language dynamics, opinion formation, tipping points, econophysics, and criminology – all through the unique lens of physics.

Submissions are still welcome on a rolling basis. Submissions received after August 2019 cannot be considered for the Collection launch, but accepted papers received after this date will be added to the Collection as they are published. More information about this Collection and how to submit a manuscript can be found here.

The Collection is Guest Edited by Professor Matjaž Perc, University of Maribor, Slovenia. He is the 2015 recipient of the Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics for important contributions to the physics of social systems, including the promotion of human cooperation, the provisioning of public goods, and the maintenance of biodiversity. He is a member of Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and he is currently among top 1% most cited cross-field researchers according to Web of Science. He has been Editorial Board Member at Scientific Reports since 2011.

Robbie Roe

Publishing Manager, Scientific Reports, Nature Research

I have worked at Springer Nature since 2016 in a variety of roles. Since 2019 I have been involved in Scientific Reports' Collections and am now a Publishing Manager working across a set of journals including Scientific Reports.