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CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
HANDBOOK OF APPLIED SYSTEMS SCIENCE

Editor: Zachary Neal, Michigan State University ([log in to unmask])
Publisher: Routledge (anticipated 2015)

Online CFP located here: http://www.msu.edu/~zpneal/handbook_cfp.pdf

Deadline for chapter proposals: 30 April 2013
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=== OVERVIEW ===
Systems science refers to a collection of approaches that combine  
theory and methodology, including: network analysis, agent-based  
modeling, and system dynamics. These approaches are distinct from  
other approaches in the natural and social sciences because they  
reject typical assumptions of independence and individualism. Instead,  
they focus explicitly on the role of relationships and interactions  
among interdependent actors, broadly construed (e.g. people, but also  
organizations, cities, etc.). Systems science has been developing for  
several decades, growing in part out of early research on sociometry  
in the 1930s and general systems theory in the 1950s, but only  
recently has it begun to penetrate mainstream social scientific  
research. This handbook will bring together examples of the  
application of systems science methods and theories in a range of  
social science fields. The goal is to provide a comprehensive portrait  
of how systems science approaches can be applied to answer substantive  
research questions in the social sciences.

=== SCOPE OF COVERAGE ===
The handbook will cover applications of three systems science  
approaches in several areas of social science:

System Science Approaches:
(a) Network analysis
(b) Agent-based modeling
(c) System dynamics

Social Science Areas (*including, but not limited to*):
(1) Sociology
(2) Public Health
(3) Criminology
(4) Geography
(5) Political Science
(6) Education
(7) Communications
(8) Environment & Sustainability
(9) Business & Economics
(10) Psychology

We aim to include at least one chapter describing the application of  
each systems science approach in each area of social science (e.g. one  
chapter on network analysis in sociology, another on agent-based  
modeling in sociology, and a third on system dynamics in sociology).   
Contributions from all areas of social science are welcome; the areas  
listed below are intended only as exampled.

=== SUBMISSION OF CHAPTER PROPOSALS ===
Proposals for chapters are invited from researchers applying any of  
these systems science approaches in any of these areas of social  
science. INTERESTED CONTRIBUTORS SHOULD EMAIL A 500-WORD ABSTRACT TO  
THE EDITOR ([log in to unmask]) NO LATER THAN 30 APRIL 2013.

=== GUIDELINES FOR PROPOSALS ===
-- Proposed chapters must focus on applications of systems science to  
answer substantive research questions or provide policy-relevant  
insights. Proposals focused primarily on systems science methodology  
will not be considered.

-- Proposed chapters must be original and not published elsewhere, but  
they may report results that have been published elsewhere.  
Contributors are encouraged to consider opportunities to rewrite,  
reframe, or otherwise repurpose existing articles or book chapters for  
inclusion in this volume.

-- Complete manuscripts will be invited in June 2013 and due January  
2014, and will be limited to 8000 words (approx. 30 double-spaced  
pages).

-- Contributors will receive one complementary hardcover copy, and two  
complementary paperback copies of the completed handbook.

-- 
Zachary Neal, Assistant Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Sociology & Global Urban Studies Program
316 Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
http://www.msu.edu/~zpneal

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