Paper Refereeing

Submission, Refereeing and Acceptance of Papers

The process of refereeing and publishing is a cumulative one that allows for continuous improvement and extension of each paper, especially in reflecting discussions at the conference. Papers must be connected to the traditions of cybernetics used to structure paper streams.

Papers will be accepted in the first instance by blind refereeing by the conference committee of 500 word extended abstracts (due 31-May-2014). Reviewers’ evaluations will be emailed to authors on 10 June 2014. Revised extended abstracts are due to be resubmitted on 30-Jun-2014. This is our first level of refereeing, giving authors a chance to rework abstracts, benefiting from comments and criticisms offered.

Extended Abstracts should be submitted via your ASC 2014 profile page (to be opened soon).

Accepted extended abstracts will be posted on the conference website for open refereeing by conference participants on July 3, 2014. All comments and responses will be visible to all conference attendees (but not to the public). This is our second level of refereeing.

Paper presentation consists of listening to and including benefits from comments, encouragements and criticisms made at the conference, as well as the incorporation of new material discovered by authors as a result of their participation.

After the conference, authors will be invited to rework their papers. Reworked papers will be subject to rigorous, traditional blind peer review processes, after the conference.

Post-Conference Refereeing Schedule

We will announce publication details and schedule at, or shortly after the conference. Publication is expected to be in late 2015.

Abstract Refereeing Panel

The refereeing panel for the initial abstracts will be composed of members of the Conference Committee, who will, when they feel it necessary, elicit help from the International Advisory Board and the Conference Sub-Committees.

The revised papers will be double blind refereed by conference participants and other qualified referees.

Paper Refereeing Process

We assume that papers will reflect the conference. We expect papers based on extended abstracts and presented at the conference will be extensively reworked. New papers may be offered as a result of conference attendance.

We have established a very thorough refereeing process which involves double blind reviewing. Reviews are subjected to a process of reconciliation by the editors; and reviews and reconciliation are sent to authors for action. Amended papers are resubmitted to the same reviewers to check there has been a satisfactory response, and these reviews together with any needed reconciliations are again sent to authors. This results in work of high standard.

We understand reviews as both judgmental and supportive. We do not require that all review comments are followed. We do expect authors to provide cogent and convincing arguments when they do not act on referees’ comments.

We assume that all conferees are available to act as reviewers for papers unless they specifically withdraw.

Limitations on Papers

Paper proposals must address, as a central concern, the conference theme. Proposals that do not explicitly address the conference theme will not be accepted.

Paper formatting will satisfy the requirements of Kybernetes, in which the proceedings will be published.

The size limits of papers (probably 3000 words and up to 8 black and white diagrams) will be decided when we have a good idea of the number being submitted for refereeing, and will be strictly imposed. Papers outside this specification will not generally be considered for publication. Exceptions may be made, by prior consultation with the proceedings editors.