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Announcing our new journal:

PLOS Complex Systems journal

PLOS Complex Systems will bring together all researchers working to understand complex systems. We will partner with the community to drive Open Science practices forward to enable rapid dissemination of groundbreaking results, cross-fertilization of knowledge, and increased collaboration to address the fundamental questions that affect individuals and global societies.

PLOS Complex Systems | ISSN: 2837-8830 (online)

We’re excited to welcome PLOS Complex Systems to the PLOS portfolio

Over the next couple of months we’ll be getting to know our new Editor-in-Chief and inviting a second Editor-in-Chief to the board, recruiting Editorial Board members from a diverse range of disciplines, and learning more about how we can best meet the needs of researchers in these communities.

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Is your research in scope?

PLOS Complex Systems will be a community-led journal focused on research to understand the drivers and behaviors of complex systems. Research will cover networks and network theory, nonlinear relationships, and the use of data, and computational analysis to model and understand natural and chaotic systems.

Work published in this title will also consider the interface between the research and society, including social inclusion.

Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

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Meet the Editor-in-Chief

PLOS Complex Systems Editor-in-Chief, Hocine Cherifi

Hocine Cherifi

Hocine Cherifi is a distinguished Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the National Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble in 1984. Prior to joining the University of Burgundy, he held faculty positions at Rouen University and Jean Monnet University in France as well as visiting positions at a number of prestigious institutions. His primary research interests lie in the fields of Computer Vision and Complex Networks. 

Hocine Cherifi has made significant contributions to his areas of expertise: as an author of over 250 scientific papers and conference proceedings; by assuming leadership roles in more than 20 international conference organizations, including positions such as General Chair and Program Chair; and having served on over 100 program committees. As an influential figure in his field, Hocine Cherifi founded the International Conference on Complex Networks & their Applications. He currently holds membership on the Editorial Board of several esteemed journals and proudly serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Applied Network Science journal.

I am thrilled to be part of the launch of PLOS Complex Systems, a significant step forward in understanding the intricacies of our world. This journal has the power to break down disciplinary boundaries and encourage researchers to approach problems holistically…I am excited to be on this journey as we uncover profound insights and drive innovation across multiple fields. Together, we have the opportunity to shape the future of complex systems research and make a lasting impact on scientific understanding and societal progress.
Hocine Cherifi
Editor-in-Chief, PLOS Complex Systems

Could you be part of our Editorial Board?

Are you a researcher who believes in breaking boundaries to advance science communication? That research should be open, transparent and fair? If so, you might be a fit for our Editorial Board.

Complete our short form to begin your application. Our PLOS Editorial Board Services team will review your materials and be in touch within a few weeks to discuss your application.

The following Section Editors have joined PLOS Complex Systems.

This list is updated every 2 weeks. If you are a Section Editor and would like to update any of the information below, please contact

Diego Amancio
University of Sao Paolo

Marco Toledo Bastos
University College Dublin

Carlo Cannistraci
Tsinghua University

Frank Emmert-Streib
Tampere University

Kimberly Glass
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Pietro Hiram Guzzi
University of Catanzaro

Shafiqul Islam
Tufts University

Mahdi Jalili
RMIT University

Luis Rocha
Binghamton University

Celine Rozenblat
University of Lausanne

Leonor Saiz
University of California Davis

Sam Scarpino
Northeastern University

Louxin Zhang
National University of Singapore

Impactful and trusted research that drives the field forward

PLOS Complex Systems will publish leading research that transcends disciplines. This is your journal to connect and share work that will have a significant impact on how we understand complex systems from a cellular to a global societal scale.

As a fully Open Access journal, your published research will be immediately available to all to discover, share, and reuse.

We will work alongside this community of leaders to shape how Open Science transforms the future of research communication in the field to facilitate a truly interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge that accelerates the pace of progress. Open code, data, methods and software maximize engagement with your research, open peer review helps you go further to provide additional context and credit.

Research will be rigorously evaluated by our Editorial Board of working researchers and peer reviewers with specific expertise in your discipline to ensure the quality of the work we publish is apparent to a broad audience.

We will continue to update this page as the journal develops. Stay in touch to receive important updates from PLOS Complex Systems.

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