Systems Research and Behavioral Science

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Edited By: M. C. Jackson OBE

Impact Factor: 0.991

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 38/95 (Social Sciences Interdisciplinary); 125/192 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1099-1743

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission Systems Research and Behavioral Science operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to the Systems Research and Behavioral Science online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

This journal operates a double blind reviewing process whereby the reviewers are not aware of the author's identity. In order to facilitate this please follow the instructions below very carefully.

Ensure your manuscript text does not contain any direct reference to you or your co-authors.

Upload the main text of your manuscript with the file designation Main Document. The title page should contain just the title and keywords.

Upload a secondary title page as a separate document. Use the file designation Supplementary Material Not for Review. The secondary title page should contain the article title and full names and address of all authors.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


NON-LATEX USERS: Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LATEX USERS: For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


NON-LATEX USERS: Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

LATEX USERS: When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your now revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. In addition you must upload your TeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English. All submissions must have a title, and have a margin of 3cm all round. Illustrations and tables must appear separately , and not be incorporated into the text.

  • The title page must list the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

  • Supply an abstract of up to 150 words for all research papers. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

  • Include up to five keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

Research Papers: Original research articles, normally around 5000 words, on theory, methodology and applications.

Notes and Insights: Reports on work in progress, observations on methodology, teaching notes, commentaries etc. of around 2000 words (no abstract required).

Systems Profiles: Occasional articles detailing the work of particular systems researchers.

Correspondence: Letters to the editor of less than 1000 words.

Reference style. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (Collins et al ., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Eigen M, Gardiner W, Schuster P, Winkler-Oswatitsch R. 1981. The origin of genetic information. Scientific American 224: 88-118.

Meadows DH, Meadows DL, Randers J. 1972. The Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind. Universe Books: London.

Bransford J, Sherwood RR, Hasselbring TS, Kinzer CK, Williams SM. 1990. Anchored instruction: why we need it and how technology can help. In Cognition, Education and Multimedia: Exploring Ideas in High Technology , Nix D, Spiro R (eds). Erlbaum: Hillsdale, NJ; 142-175.

Systems Research and Behavioral Science homepage. 2000. [1 June 2000].

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black-and-white and colour photos - 300 dpi

  • Graphs, drawings, etc. - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black-and-white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in Excel the file should be uploaded separately.

Line artwork must be high-quality (not photocopies). Grey shading (tints) are not acceptable; lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing. The artwork must be sized to the text width of 7cm (single column) and 15cm (double column).

Supporting Information

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related non-essential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

Colour Policy. Illustrations should be supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format if possible. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. The cost is £150 for the first figure and £50 for each figure thereafter. If illustrations are supplied in colour they may be used in the online version of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Post Acceptance

Proofs. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via author services only. Please therefore sign up for author services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Further reprints and copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.