Human Systems Management (HSM) is an interdisciplinary, international, refereed journal, offering applicable, scientific insight into reinventing business, civil-society and government organizations, through the sustainable development of high-technology processes and structures. Adhering to the highest civic, ethical and moral ideals, the journal promotes the emerging anthropocentric-sociocentric paradigm of societal human systems, rather than the pervasively mechanistic and organismic or medieval corporatism views of humankind’s recent past.
Intentionality and scope
Their management autonomy, capability, culture, mastery, processes, purposefulness, skills, structure and technology often determine which human organizations truly are societal systems, while others are not. HSM seeks to help transform human organizations into true societal systems, free of bureaucratic ills, along two essential, inseparable, yet complementary aspects of modern management:
a) the management of societal human systems: the mastery, science and technology of management, including self management, striving for strategic, business and functional effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, through high quality and high technology, i.e., the capabilities and competences that only truly societal human systems create and use, and
b) the societal human systems management: the enabling of human beings to form creative teams, communities and societies through autonomy, mastery and purposefulness, on both a personal and a collegial level, while catalyzing people’s creative, inventive and innovative potential, as people participate in corporate-, business- and functional-level decisions.
Appreciably large is the gulf between the innovative ideas that world-class societal human systems create and use, and what some conventional business journals offer. The latter often pertain to already refuted practices, while outmoded business-school curricula reinforce this problematic situation.
To reverse this trend, HSM provides scientific education and insight, commensurate to today’s management needs. The journal offers applied scientific methods, which promise to bring success to business, civil-society and government organizations, helping these societal human systems not just to survive, but also to deliver on their purposefulness and hence to prosper.
Senior Editors - Advisory Board
Nicholas C. Georgantzas
Statistical Associate Editor
Book Review Editor
European Book Editor
Tom R. Burns
Martin De Waele
Susana de Juana Espinosa
Patrick Chang Boon Lee
Kenneth D. Mackenzie
Desmond W. Ng
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s Editorial Management System.
The manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Word document, a PDF, or a zip file. Note that the journal does not accept submissions from authors using nondescript, anonymous, email addresses (yahoo.com, gmail.com, 163.com, rediffmail.com, etc.).
HSM publishes scientific-research articles that provide true insight into the mastery, science and technology of managing human systems and human systems management, which attract sizable reader audiences worldwide. Adhering to civic, ethical and moral virtues, the journal focuses on societal organizational problems and solutions, most pertinent to technological innovation, high-technology management, rather than appropriate-technology management, and the emergence of new, participative governance forms and structures of societal human networks.
Submitted manuscripts must show three scientific merits: (a) boldness in stating and exploring tentative scientific research questions and/or hypotheses, (b) clarity in defining ideas, methods, results and implications for practice, and (c) temperance in observation, analysis, synthesis, interpretation and discussion of results, relevant to both research and practice.
HSM complements journals that specialize in the hardware and software aspects of technology, by emphasizing the anthropocentric relations and sociocentric relationships of high technology: its brainware or knoware and support network. In the interest of promoting critical thinking, and given that information does not become knowledge without action, knowledge management is very much at the forefront of interest at HSM.
HSM seeks high-quality contributions in terms of originality, readability and relevance to both research and practice. In judging the manuscripts fit for publication, HSM’s Editors adhere to the highest standards of intellectual and personal integrity.
HSM archives both invited and submitted articles. Article proposals and outlines are welcome for consideration, while creative, special-issue themes are highly encouraged.
All submitted manuscripts are reviewed either by HSM’s Editorial Board Members or by independent reviewers, who can suggest major or minor revisions, but can also reject manuscripts. Mathematical formalism and proofs, quantifications and tables of empirical data are admitted only if they add to or are part of the main contribution of the submitted manuscript.
HSM also publishes a variety of material that complements and expands the themes of its published articles, such as announcements, book reviews, comments, field reviews, letters to the editor, news and short communications. HSM maintains the research discussion through an open dialogue, which integrates letters concerning its previous issues; it also welcomes and mostly accepts academic advertisements and employment opportunity announcements.
Required files for final submissions
After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author(s) must submit its final version as source files, including a word processor file of the text, such as Word or LaTeX. If using LaTeX, please use the standard article.sty as a style file and also send a PDF version of the LaTeX file.
HSM does not charge a publication fee.
It is possible to have figures printed in color, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.
Open Access option
The IOS Press Open Library® offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library® the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. Open Access is entirely optional.
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker before submitting their manuscripts.
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Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
- Title page
- Body of text (divided by subheadings)
- Author contributions
- Figure captions
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.
SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
The title page should provide the following information:
- Title (should be clear, descriptive, and have up to 150 characters including spaces)
- Name(s) of author(s) without abbreviation; please indicate who is the corresponding author. Note that no authors will be added or removed post submission, unless the journal editor and all co-authors are informed and are in agreement to this change.
- Full affiliation(s): institution, city, country, link to the official website
- Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
- Complete address of the corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no., professional e-mail address and ORCID ID
- Bionote - maximum 100 words
- Passport-type photograph (good quality)
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services. The abstract for research papers should follow the "structured abstract" format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
This section should contain all acknowledgments, including any funding source to the research.
For every author, his or her contribution to the manuscript needs to be provided using the following categories:
INTERPRETATION OR ANALYSIS OF DATA:
PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT:
REVISION FOR IMPORTANT INTELLECTUAL CONTENT:
- Place citations as numbers in square brackets in the text. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. Only articles published or accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list. Submitted articles can be listed in the text as (author(s), unpublished data).
- All authors should be listed in the reference list.
- References must be listed in Vancouver style:
 Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, Kochanek PM, Graham SH. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(12): 406-416.
 Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
 Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
 Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGrawHill; 2002. p. 93113.
 Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from: http://www.cancer.ca/.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.
Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text.
Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.
Color figures can be included in the print version, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. The online version has no extra charges for color figures.
For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
- Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
- Grayscales (including photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
- Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
- Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
- Do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
- For figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF
Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.
Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.
Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.
Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.
The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.
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Human Systems Management Peer Review Policy
Human Systems Management is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.
All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in Chief or the assigned Associated Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be because the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.
Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor (who might be the Editor in Chief or an Associate Editor). The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work. As a standard policy, decisions are based on at least two reviews. The Editor in Chief strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.
Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:
- Significance to Field
- Relevance to Journal
- Data Analysis
- Literature Review
- Writing Style/Clarity
Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor in Chief a recommendation:
- Minor revisions required
- Major revisions required
They mean the following:
- The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
- The authors are required to make moderate changes to their manuscript. The manuscript becomes acceptable for publication if the changes proposed by the reviewers and editors are successfully addressed. The revised manuscript will be examined by the Editor in Chief and possibly sent back to all (or a selection of) reviewers for a second round of reviews. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- The manuscript cannot be accepted for publication in its current form. However, a major revision which addresses all issues raised by the reviewers may be acceptable for publication. The revised manuscript will undergo a full second round of review. Authors are requested to provide a letter to the reviewers detailing the improvements made for the resubmission.
- The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
Authors are notified by the Editor in Chief, whose decision is final.