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The 10th International Multi-Conference on
Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics: IMCIC 2019©
March 12 - 15, 2019  ~  Orlando, Florida, USA

  IDC 2019

Call for papers for the
Special Event for Inter-Disciplinary Communications: IDC 2019

and for a Special Issue of the
Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics

The purpose of this conference’s special event and journal’s special issue is to communicate disciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research to a multi-disciplinary audience and readers in order: 1) to foster analogical thinking, which is an intellectually creative source that provide input to logical thinking (deduction, induction, abduction, etc.), as well as, 2) to contribute to knowledge integration processes.

They do not apply to other collocated events

January 23rd, 2019: Extended Abstracts (400-2000 words). Submissions (for face-to-face or virtual presentations*) should be made as an attachment to an email sent to the idc [at]
January 27th, 2019: Notification to authors will be made during the next 4 days after the submission had been received. Consequently, authors of earlier submissions will be notified before this deadline, and will have more time for working on their final article.
February 12th, 2019: Submission of camera-ready or final versions of the accepted articles.
Best 25%-30% papers, as selected by the conference audience, will be published in a regular issue of the journal, with no additional cost for the author(s)
Before or by the end of 2019 the special issue of the journal will be published.
Final Versions (2000-5000 words) sent for presentation at the conference will be published in the proceedings, and in the special issue of the journal**. In the latter case, 1) an additional review will be required from the journal’s reviewers 2) a different format, and 3) an additional editing process for the specific format and reference style that will be required from the authors and the respective Editorial Board of the Special Issue. The publication in the Journal would not require an additional cost to the authors, as article processing charge (APC) for the additional required activities.
* Virtual presentations will be done by asynchronous means of communication. More details have been posted at
** In the case that there are not enough articles for a special issue, then they will be published in a special section of a regular issue.

Final versions of the articles (2000-5000 words) will be published in IMCIC proceedings which has been indexed by Scopus since the first IMCIC conference, in 2009. The journal has been indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Cabbell, etc., since its first volume in 2003

We strongly suggest to include, at least as a short summary at the beginning of the article, the WHAT/WHY/HOW related to the work being described. This means,  what the article is about, why it is important or significant or desirable, etc. and, if possible, how the work was done, i.e., method, procedure or kind of thinking followed to get what is being described.

Fields: (Not Exluding Others)

Transdisciplinary fields, those that are part of almost all, if not all, disciplines are the most fertile ones for inter-disciplinary research and/or communication. We suggest the following with no intention of excluding other inter-disciplinary, and even, disciplinary fields, as long as the respective research is written and presented for inter-disciplinary communication.

We suggest any of the following fields because of the strong, and even cybernetic, relationships between them, as it is shown in the figure below.

  • Case Studies
  • Inter-Disciplinary Research and Communication
  • Relating disciplines via Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Communication:
  • Integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving:
  • Relating and integrating Research and Consulting
  • Relating and integrating implicit and explicit knowledge required for supporting Action-Research and Action Learning
  • Higher Education and Meta-Education
  • Disciplinary Research and Education, but written and to be presented for inter-disciplinary communication.

Topics for some fields listed above, and related in the above figure, are suggested below.

About the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI)

JSCI was asked by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to re-apply because DOAJ identified more rigorous criteria to list journals in its directory and to index them. After re-applying the Journal was accepted again with the following new benefits (we are doing a copy and paste from the email we received from them):

"Benefits of supplying DOAJ with metadata:
  • Our statistics show more than 900 000 page views and 300 000 unique visitors a month to DOAJ from all over the world.
  • Many aggregators, databases, libraries, publishers and search portals collect our free metadata and include it in their products. Examples are Scopus, Serial Solutions and EBSCO.
  • DOAJ is OAI compliant and once an article is in DOAJ, it is automatically harvestable.
  • DOAJ is OpenURL compliant and once an article is in DOAJ, it is automatically linkable.
  • Over 95% of the DOAJ Publisher community said that DOAJ is important for increasing their journal's visibility.
  • DOAJ is often cited as a source of quality, open access journals in research and scholarly publishing circles."
We are supplying our Journal’s meta-data to DOAJ; which is frequently referenced as a white list for electronic open access journals.

Suggested Topics for Some of The knowledge Fields Listed Above :

  • Case Study
    • Case Methods and Methodologies
    • Case Studies Research
    • Case Studies in Education
    • Case Studies in STEM Education
    • Case Study in Action-research, Action-Design, or Action-Learning.
    • Case Study in Relating Research and Consulting
    • Case Study in Relating Research, Education, and/or Real life Problem Solving
    • Case Study of Relating Interdisciplinary Research, Education and or Communication.
    • Consulting Case Studies
    • Business Case Studies
    • Case Studies in Management
    • Information Systems Case Studies
    • Software Engineering Case Studies
    • Engineering Case Studies
    • Medical and Health Care Case Studies
    • Case Studies in Science
    • Ethical Case Studies
  • Action research
    • Concepts, Theories, and Methodologies of Action Research
    • Specific cases of Action Research, Action Learning, or Action Design
    • Cases Studies and Action Research
    • System Approach and Action Research
    • Information Systems and Action Research
    • Operations Research and Action Research
    • Soft Operations Research
    • Action Research in Production and Operations Management
    • Systems Methodology and Action Research
    • Soft Systems Methodologies
    • Ethnography and Action Research
    • Collaborative Action Research
    • Interdisciplinary Action Research
    • Inter-Cultural Action Research
    • Action Research, Critical Thinking, and Reflective Student Engagement
    • Action Research and Community-Based Organizations
    • Action Research and Student Learning
    • Action Research and Social Change
    • Development of Action Researchers
    • Participatory Action Research (PAR)
    • Action Research for Sustainable Development
    • Qualitative Research and Methodologies
  • Inter-Disciplinary Research, Education, and Communication (IDREC) (Including Case Study on any of the following topics)
    • Interdisciplinary Research
    • Inter-disciplinary Education
    • Inter-Disciplinary Communication (which includes the communication of disciplinary research to other disciplines)
    • Relationships between Inter-disciplinary Research and Inter-disciplinary Education
    • Relationships between Inter-disciplinary Research and Inter-disciplinary Communication
    • Integration of Inter-disciplinary Research, Education, and Communication (IDREC)
    • Relationships between Complexity or Systemics and IDREC
    • ICT support of IDREC
    • Relationships between IDREC and Analogical thinking and/or Creative Thinking
  • Integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving (Including Case Study on any of the following topics)
    • Research Education
    • Educational Research
    • Problem solving based Education
    • Problem solving based Research
    • Problem Solving Research
    • Research Based Problem Solving
    • Educational Problem Solving
  • Research and Consulting
    • A research and/or a reflection paper regarding the relationships between research and consulting.
    • A case study, or the description of a specific case in which research was done via consulting or consulting was done via research. Such a case can be related to any of the topics of the collocated events and conferences.
    • A position paper regarding the participation of university faculties in research via consulting or consulting via research.
    • An article regarding the conception, design, and/or the implementation of an organization oriented to "research and consulting".
    • An article describing the different legal and structural forms in which an organization of research and development has been integrated into an academic context in order to synergistically relate the academic organization to the private and public sector and, in general, to the Society.
    • An article describing a seminar delivered in the private or public sector that generated other kind of consulting activities, hypothesis formulation, new reflections, new research, case studies, etc.

Disciplinary Research written and presented for an inter-disciplinary communication, i.e. for a multi-disciplinary audience and/or readers with the purpose to foster analogical thinking in other disciplines and/or to reach a larger audience.  Reaching readers from other disciplines might support knowledge integration processes a) in the individual and/or b) in groups which, might, in turn, generate inter-disciplinary research via collaboration among people from different disciplines. This kind on inter-disciplinary collaboration is almost always necessary for solving a real life problem; which usually requires 1) a multi-disciplinary team and/or 2) individuals with integrated or integrative knowledge and/or experience. 

Education and Meta-Education

This field has more importance than it is perceived, including educational processes in disciplinary fields. As it is known, instruction is an important and even a necessary means in Education, especially in Higher Education. Consequently, is it alright to reduce Education to one of its means?  Isn’t that inconsistent with the end/means logic? Reflections and potential answers were given at several IIIS previous conferences in plenary conversational session including one participative debate session. An unedited draft has been worked out with regards to this issue and posted at

Should not be a responsibility of Higher Education organization to care about a continuous self-education of their professors and lecturers? Should not be academic incentive, if not the obligation, for the educator to continue their self-education as long as they are educating others? Self-education is one form of meta-education, to care about it, via academic incentives, is meta-education at the organizational level. Research on meta-education is, in our opinion, urgently needed.  This is why we included this potential field among those listed in this call for papers. Both: reflection and reflection are required as input for this potential field. Reflexions are a kind of meta-reflection. Reflection is related to the object being reflected upon; while reflexion is related to the mental or thinking process used in a reflection. From a systemic perspective, our opinion is that educators, especially those in Higher Education are the most adequate people for making reflections and reflexions on education and meta-education. This because they have both experiences: in research and in education. They have what is needed for being Reflective Practitioners (Schön, 1983) and Reflexive Researchers (Etherington, 2004). Consequently, they are the best suited to apply reflexive methodologies (Alvesson & Sköldberg, 2000) into their research.

Consequently, this call for papers is also for reflections and/or reflections on Education and Meta-Education Oriented to improve the effectiveness (as evidently different to the efficiency) of Higher Education as well as to provide input for a more adequate meta-educational processes and academic incentives, in both: disciplinary and interdisciplinary education.

Works Cited

Alvesson, M., & Sköldberg, K. (2000). Reflexive Methodology: New Vistas for Qualitative Research. London: Sage Pub.

Etherington, K. (2004). Becoming a reflexive researcher: Using Our Selves in Research. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Schön, D. A. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals think in Action. USA: Basic Book, Inc.

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