An introduction to the Liquid Journal of Complex Systems

The Liquid Jornal of Complex Systems was created by the Complex Systems Society in 2012 in order to provide an inexpensive and dynamic way for its members to disseminate their ideas. The term 'liquid publication' refers the possibility that publications can be changed, as developed by the European LiquidPub project. The Liquid Journal of Complex Systems implements a very simple form of this concept.

Our approach is based on the assumption that the documentation of a something new will begin with rapidly changing drafts as the author(s) try to organise their inter-related ideas in ways that they find satisfying and that other people can understand. We describe this phase as liquid turbulence. Conventionaly these drafts approach a relatively well organised state in which they can be submitted to a journal for publication, a state we call liquid flowing to indicate the absence of turbulence but the possibility of change. Conventionally this liquid flowing state characterises the revisions required by referees until the paper becomes fixed and solid through publication.

Despite decades of speculation about the 'paperless office' the reality is that paper is used extensively to record and communicate ideas, and that even though almost all scientific papers are created by electronic means as PDF files and the like, the scientific community likes to have its publications available in paper form, published as journals or books. Therefore we assume that there will be a liquid published state in which some particular liquid version of a paper is physically published in a collection with other as an issue of a journal.


Ecology of papers in various liquid forms

For our liquid journal we hypothesyse an ecology of papers in various liquid form. This is similar to an archive to which authors can upload their papers without review. Each paper is given a unique reference code, and the author may resubmit new versions of the paper as often as they like. Fitness in the ecology will depend on recommendation of other scholars, in the first instance something as simple as counting the number of thumbs up or thumbs down votes a paper receives. Every time a new version of the paper is uploaded it inherits the votes of the previous versions. Of course authors of paper with highly negative scores can submit subsequent versions of the paper as a 'new' paper with a different code and begin a new evolution. In our ecology the fitness of a paper increases with the number of positive votes but decreases with time, and the tendency will be for the fitness of paper to peak or plateau. Driving the ecology in this way has practical problems and these are discussed in a paper published in our first edition (Johnson and Louçã, 2012).

How to submit a new article

CSS members can submit a new article to the Liquid Journal of Complex Systems by sending it, in PDF format, to the LJCS editors.

How to update an article

Authors of submited articles can update their own articles by informing the LJCS editors.

How to comment an existing article

CSS members can send their comments, regarding the Liquid Journal articles, to the LJCS editors.

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Recent submissions

Article #9, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Nonlinear Dynamics of Anaesthesia

Article #8, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Application of Complexity Science Concepts and Tools in Business

Article #7, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Extreme Events - Causes and Consequences

Article #6, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: GENetic NETworks - Emergence and Complexity

Article #5, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Global Approach to Brain Activity, from Cognition to Disease

Article #4, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Emergent Organisation in Complex Biomolecular Systems

Article #3, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Identifying Novel Routes for Cancer Terapy

Article #2, Mar 2012: A Success Story in the Science of Complex Systems: Social Dynamics in a Large- Scale On-Line Game

Article #1, Mar 2012: Success Stories in the Science of Complex Systems

CSS Digital Library

The CSS Digital Library provides a collection of documents, including videos, slides, articles and reports concerning events organized in the context of the Complex Systems Society, or by CSS members. Some of the recent collections available are:


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Reports from ECCS11 Bursary Winners
2012-03-06
ASSYST provided 32 bursaries to people to attend ECCS’11. The bursaries provided limited contributions towards the conference fee and/or travel expenses for female scientists, young researchers, and others who would otherwise be unable to attend ...

Workshop on Mathematics for the Dynamics of Multilevel Systems
2012-03-06
The meeting Mathematics for the Dynamics of Multilevel Systems was held at the European Centre for Living Technology, Venice, 26th - 28th February 2012 ...

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