System Dynamics Review

Editor's Report - July 1999

Graham W. Winch

July 1999


  1. Article Situation

    The next issue (15:3) is a special on HealthCare and is currently in copy-editing. It contains seven articles - 6 full and 1 N&I.

    Congratulations to Brian Dangerfield and Carol Roberts for editing a full and varied issue that includes both academic and practitioner contributions.

    Sufficient material is already available for 15:4.

    Articles in the review process (excluding those considered dead):


    Articles with referees' reports - high probability of acceptance on resubmission: 5
    Articles with referees' reports back with authors - low probability of success: 8
    Articles just received and with referees for first review: 6


  2. Acceptance Rates

    On the basis of decisions in the last two years, our acceptance rate is around 35% of total submissions; 30% were rejected outright and the remaining 35% failed to re-emerge following referees' calls for major revisions. These figures are based only on articles actually refereed, and exclude those judged as being completely unsuitable or outside the scope of the journal and eliminated by editors in a first filter.


  3. Future Plans

    Volume 16 - year 2000. This is, of course, the millennium issue, but it is not proposed to have a special issue. However it is suggested that we try to run a millennium theme through all issues via regular submissions, possibly enhanced by one or two invited contributions. Such millennium articles might be those with a very long-term world outlook or covering issues of enduring importance. The editor did request ideas from the previous editorial board meeting, but none were forthcoming from those present, and the board is asked again if this idea is considered sensible. If so, are there any ideas?

    Future specials. Two ideas have been floated for specials - Usman Ghani has suggested a practitioner/consultant issue, and Carmine Bianchi a small/medium enterprise issue. Inevitably, many submissions in specials come from workers in the field contacted directly by the guest editors, but it is essential that open calls are also made. Given the long publishing cycle through writing, refereeing, editing and then publishing, as much notice as possible - realistically at least two years - is necessary for the calls. Articles in specials undergo a similar full refereeing process to regular issues.


  4. Electronic Access

    The SDR is now mounted on the Wiley website as announced in recent issues. It is accessible by full-cost subscribers - libraries etc. - and Wiley is finalising with Roberta how members should be able to access it - e.g., via the Society's own site.