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Journal Closure

Complex Adaptive Modeling Systems will cease to be published by SpringerOpen as of December 31st, 2020, and submissions will be closed as of May 31st, 2020. 

SpringerOpen will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Complex Adaptive Modeling Systems during its time with SpringerOpen will remain fully searchable via the SpringerOpen website.

COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.


Graphical Abstracts

Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling now requires the submission of a Graphical Abstract with each Research and Review Article. This should provide a visual summary of the main findings of the Article and must meet the requirements in the Submission Guidelines.

Emerging Sources Citation Index Webcasts

Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling was recently accepted into Clarivate Analytics' Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)! Editor-in-Chief, Muaz Niazi, also participated in a webcast to support this new service and to highlight the importance of CASM's inclusion. To watch this webcast, please click on the link below and complete the quick registration form. 

ESCI Webcast with Muaz Niazi

Aims and scope

Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling (CASM) is a highly multidisciplinary modeling and simulation journal that serves as a unique forum for original, high-quality peer-reviewed papers with a specific interest and scope limited to agent-based and complex network-based modeling paradigms for Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). The highly multidisciplinary scope of CASM spans any domain of CAS. Possible areas of interest range from the Life Sciences (E.g. Biological Networks and agent-based models), Ecology (E.g. Agent-based/Individual-based models), Social Sciences (Agent-based simulation, Social Network Analysis), Scientometrics (E.g. Citation Networks) to large-scale Complex Adaptive COmmunicatiOn Networks and environmentS (CACOONS) such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Body Sensor Networks, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks, pervasive mobile networks, service oriented architecture, smart grid and the Internet of Things.

In general, submitted papers should have the following key elements:

  •  A clear focus on a specific area of CAS E.g. ecology, social sciences, large scale communication networks, biological sciences etc.)
  •  Either focus on an agent-based simulation model or else a complex network model based on data from CAS (e.g. Citation networks, Gene regulatory Networks, Social networks, Ecological Networks etc.).
General guidelines for articles:
  •  CASM has a strongly multidisciplinary editorial board and readership. Therefore authors need to be very careful that their articles have been written in a style that is comprehensible by a broad and multidisciplinary audience. Authors must avoid excessive usage of domain-specific jargon/terminologies without formally introducing these terms in the article. In addition, any concepts specific to a discipline must be explained in the article for the general readership of CASM. Thus, an article on Gene regulatory networks should be written with the goal that it may also be accessible to a number of social science researchers using Social Network Analysis and vice versa. Likewise an article written by Computer Scientists for Wireless sensor networks must also take into consideration CASM readership of researchers from Social and Biological Sciences and so on.
  •  Authors are advised to use general terms (such as agent-based modeling and complex networks) instead of using domain-specific terms, wherever possible.
  •  Submissions which are not in line with the above criteria or those which are of a purely or largely theoretical/Mathematical nature or have been written in a very domain specific manner or appear to have a limited audience may be considered as out of scope of CASM and rejected without review.

For information regarding example topics and cover letter requirements, see Publication and peer review process, below.

Editor-in-Chief Quote

Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling (CASM) is a unique high quality, peer-reviewed journal developed for multidisciplinary researchers with an interest in two modeling and simulation paradigms; namely agent-based modeling and complex networks. Researchers interested in the modeling and simulation of Complex Adaptive Systems range from the social sciences to life sciences and from computer sciences to archeology and ecology. A unique feature of CASM is the goal of bridging a gap between different disciplines without sacrificing readability of articles across its broad readership; articles published in CASM are expected to be written so as to be comprehensible by researchers not only from the same discipline but also understandable by readers from others. So, a computer science paper in CASM should be written so as to be accessible to Biologists, Social scientists and vice versa.

Muaz A. , Editor-in-Chief COMSATS Institute of IT

Advisory Board Member Quote

Paradoxically, the best way to understand complex systems is to design models that simulate their behavior from a particular perspective. This is why I find the CASM initiative important and timely.

Tamas , Journal Advisory Board Member Eotvos University


Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    72 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    70 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    97 days from submission to acceptance
    15 days from acceptance to publication

    22 Altmetric mentions