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Special Issue "Modern Trends in Sociophysics"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Statistical Physics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 5374
Special Issue Editors
Interests: Complex systems; cellular automata; sociophysics; phase transitions; complex networks
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Interests: Complex systems; interdyscyplinary statistical physics; phase transitions; critical phenomena; sociophysics; opinion dynamics; complex networks; Monte Carlo simulations
Special Issue Information
As we all know, in science as in art, certain trends emerge from time to time. Unsurprisingly, sociophysics, like social agent-based modeling, is not what it used to be. Initially, these two closely related fields focused mainly on simple models and so-called artificial societies to understand various intriguing collective phenomena, such as spatial segregation, dissemination of culture, crowd behavior, etc. Has anything changed since then? In part, yes; as time went on, models not only became more complex, but more importantly, their analysis became increasingly sophisticated. Moreover, empirical data began to enter the field of sociophysics more broadly. Another trend that dominates modern sociophysics is complex networks of various kinds, including multilayer and temporal networks. These are particularly useful in modeling opinion dynamics, which is also a very popular topic, not only in sociophysics but in social-agent-based modeling in general. Among the topics related to opinion dynamics, those related to polarization, the spread of fake news or conspiracy theories, or the emergence of echo chambers seem particularly relevant to the modern world. However, from our personal perspective, it is not the topics themselves that should define modern sociophysics, but rather the approach used within the field. It is widely believed that validation with empirical data is the most urgent requirement—what is a model without validation? However, is it not the case that a relatively complex model is always possible to fit to the data? Perhaps the most urgent need should be the reproducibility of the results, or the search for universality across multiple models simultaneously?
By posing the above questions, we encourage you to discuss what should define modern sociophysics, what are the most urgent tasks and what are the greatest weaknesses of sociophysics and social agent-based modeling. We do not limit this volume to specific topics, for trends come and go. Instead, we strongly encourage you to consider your research in a wider context and share your reflections on the wider field.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Krzysztof Malarz
Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Sznajd-Weron
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Entropy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- agent-based modeling
- multilayer and temporal networks
- opinion dynamics
- spatial segregation
- dissemination of culture
- crowd behavior
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Andre Timpanaro, Universidade Federal do ABC