IEEE Systems Journal

Call for Papers

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Special Issue Call for Papers

Special Issue on “Knowledge Graph Applications in Intelligent Decision”

Scope: Almost all decisions have complex backgrounds and collaborative requirements. Big data and artificial intelligence development allow machines to assist us in making decisions, enabling us to deal with problems more quickly, efficiently, and flexibly. However, the increasingly complex and unpredictable social environment brings more problems for intelligent decisions, which dramatically increases the difficulty of decision-making. In a complex decision-making environment, technologies like Complex Network Analysis, Knowledge Graph have been put forward and applied to decision support systems. Knowledge Graph technologies, represented by knowledge acquisition, knowledge representation, and knowledge enhancement, have become an indispensable part of AI to make machines possess a higher level of human intelligence. The Knowledge Graph allows the intangible knowledge to transfer into structural data through the triples with entities and relations. Knowledge Graph has been used in wisdom medical, decision support, product and project scheduler, etc.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 30 September 2022
First round of review: 1 December 2022
Second round of review: 30 January 2023
Final Decision: 30 March 2022

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Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems”

Scope: Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS) is the technological core of the new generation of the industrial revolution. It can effectively collect, analyze and use data and information from heterogeneous physical equipment so that it can continuously and effectively manage, supervise and control the physical infrastructure of the real world. ICPSs also pose fundamental challenges in multiple aspects, such as heterogeneous data generation, efficient data sensing and collection, real-time data processing, and greater request arrival rates. The big and heterogeneous industrial data are changing the future of the ICPS, which should be processed with advanced data management and analytics models. Many of these difficult problems can be solved by Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. It can automate and improve a wide range of industrial activities and operations via AI technologies such as geospatial intelligence, deep learning, data visualization, and big data analytics. Therefore, with advanced techniques, AI can be a promising approach to realizing automatic intelligence to achieve the most efficient industrial operation.

Important Dates

First submission deadline: 30 December 2022
Revision submission deadline: 30 April 2023
Notification of final decision deadline: 30 July 2023
Final manuscript (camera ready) submission deadline: 30 August 2023
Issue of Publication: December 2023 (Expected)

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Call for Papers - Regular Issues (as of November 2021)


Scope: This journal is created to provide a systems-level focused forum for application-oriented manuscripts that address complex systems and system-of-systems of national and global significance. It is intended to encourage and facilitate cooperation and interaction among IEEE societies, and other professional societies, with systems-level and systems engineering interest.

Journal Need: The journal is intended to stimulate awareness, appreciation and utilization of systems thinking and the supporting systems engineering disciplines, especially for complex systems, systems-of-systems, complex cyber-physical systems, and complex smart systems, across many domains and application areas. Attention will be directed to theory, technology, design methodology, management, applications, successful lessons, impact in the real life, and social implications. In particular, but not only, themes that will be addressed include architectures, complexity, dynamics, integration, interoperability, adaptability, completeness, effectiveness, modeling, analysis, simulation, development tools and environments, engineering, science, mission assurance, regulatory compliance, robustness, reliability, availability, safety, maintainability, quality, risk management, interaction, usability, human factors, privacy, deployment, management, operations, communications, security, standards, applications, ethics, and education.
Typical domains encompass, but not limited to: autonomous vehicles and systems, disaster response, energy, environmental monitoring and control, exploratory exploration (space, terrestrial, underwater), global Earth observation and prediction, Earth science, biological systems, biotechnological systems, infrastructure monitoring and control, manufacturing systems, automation, cyber-physical systems, human health and life science, medical systems, transportation systems, logistics, service systems, decision support systems, management of large-scale systems, national defense and security, information and computer systems, cyberspace, internet, distributed networks, information systems security, privacy, educational systems, social and political systems, banking and trading systems, and socio-economic systems.
Interdisciplinarity is increasingly interesting due to its relevance in the modern and future complex systems, including aspects in engineering areas as well as in biology, chemistry, physics, material sciences, mathematics, life science, physiology, psychology, sociology, law, ethics, management, economy, finance, and many others.
This publication fills therefore a void un-addressed by most other journals, both within IEEE and outside, aiming to serve the broad community interested

Manuscript Submission: Prepare and submit your manuscript by following the detailed instructions provided in Authors page at The manuscripts should present original work in the scope of the journal and must be exclusively submitted to this journal, must not have been published before, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Significantly extended and expanded versions of papers published in conference proceedings can be submitted, providing also a detailed description of the additions. Three types of manuscripts are considered: regular, short, and survey/tutorial papers. See details at

Open Access: This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing traditional manuscript publication and open-access manuscripts. If the paper will be accepted for publication, you can choose to have your manuscript published open access.

Page Limits and Charges: Regular papers are limited to a maximum of 12 pages of the journal (up to 8 pages will be complimentary, the 4 allowable extra pages will cost US$150 per page). Short papers are limited to 4 pages. For surveys/tutorial papers, contact in advance the Editor-in-Chief. For more information about charges for accepted papers, please visit the Authors page at