Human Systems Management

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Call for papers:
Strategic Revival of Human Systems Management (submission deadline: 30 September 2021)

Please read the editorial Entering the age of accelerated change: In search of equilibrium

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.


Prof. dr. Nada Trunk Širca, Jean Monnet Chair
Management, Education
International School for Social and Business Studies
Euro-Mediterranean University
University of Primorska
Pot k izviru 4, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
Tel.: +38640626990

Founding Editor-in-Chief
Milan Zeleny, Professor Emeritus

Senior Editors
Nicholas C. Georgantzas
Fordham University, USA

Binshan Lin
Informatics, management
Louisiana State University, USA

Associate Editors
Umair Akram
Consumer Behavior, HRM
Guanghua School of Management
Peking University, China

Valerij Dermol
HRM, entrepreneurship
International school for business and social studies

Anca Draghici
Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania

Karim Moustaghfir
HRM, entrepreneurship
Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

Kongkiti Phusavat
Management, engineering
Kasetsart University, Thailand

Anna Rakowska
HRM, management
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland

Statistical Associate Editor
Plamen Vladkov Mirazchiyski
Educational Research Institute, Slovenia
International Educational Research and Evaluation Institute

Social Media Editor
Serban Miclea, PhD
Faculty of Management in Production and Transportation
Politehnica University Timisoara
Timisoara, Romania

Editorial Board
Zubair Akram, PhD
School of Management and Economics
Beijing Institute of Technology
Beijing, China

Katarina Babnik
University of Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Oğuz Basol, PhD
Kırklareli University
Kırklareli, Turkey

Zahid Hussain, PhD
School of International Trade and Economics
University of International Business and Economics
Beijing, China

Monika Jakubiak, PhD
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
Lublin, Poland

Susana A. de Juana-Espinosa, PhD
Business Organization Department
Universidad de Alicante
Alicante, Spain

Adela Lau
Data Analytics and Business Research
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Patrick Chang Boon N. Lee, PhD
Faculty of Business Administration
University of Macau
Taipa, Macao

Catalina Lomos, PhD
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research
Esch-Belval, Luxembourg

Luigia Melillo, PhD
Pegaso International/Unipegaso

Desmond W. Ng, PhD
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX, USA

Haruthai Numprasertchai
Kasetsart University
Bangkok, Thailand

Vivek Patkar, PhD
Marathi Vidnyan Parishad
Mumbai, India

Yixin Qiu
Strategic Management and Organization
University of Bayreuth
Bayreuth, Germany

Boaz Ronen, PhD (Professor Emeritus)
Coller School of Management
Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv, Israel

Mojca Rožman, PhD
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
Hamburg, Germany

Andrés Sandoval-Hernandez, PhD
University of Bath
Bath, United Kingdom

Olesea Sirbu
Academy of Economic Studies

Aleš Trunk, PhD
International School for Business and Social Studies
Portorož, Slovenia

Ali Türkyilmaz, PhD
Engineering Management Program
Nazarbayev University
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Bistra Vassileva, PhD
University of Economics
Varna, Bulgaria

Shouyang Wang, PhD
Institute of Systems Science
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijing, China

Chunjiang Yang, PhD
School of Economics and Management
Yanshan University
Qinhuangdao, China


By submitting an article to this journal, every author agrees to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Privacy Policy and the IOS Press Ethics Policy.

HSM seeks high-quality contributions in terms of originality, readability and relevance to both research and practice. In judging the manuscripts fit for publication, the journal Editors adhere to the highest standards of intellectual and personal integrity and follow COPE’s Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.  HSM publishes the following article types:

  • Original Research Article: article reporting on empirical research (up to 8000 words including references). This type of article should contain structured abstract and an author contributions statement.
  • Original Review Article: review or state-of-the-art summary article (up to 8000 words including references). This type of article should contain an author contributions statement.
  • Case Report: case study, case report, or other description of a case (up to 4500 words including references). This type of article should contain structured abstract and an author contributions statement.
  • Book Review: review or analysis of one or more new printed or online books relevant to the HSM community (up to 2000 words).
  • Article Commentary: a work commenting on an already published article in HSM (up to 2000 words). This type of publication should add to the previously published article by either complementing its findings or offering an opposing opinion on a controversial article.
  • Short Communication: concise articles aiming to rapidly report new findings or ideas (up to 2000 words).

The journal also welcomes and mostly accepts academic advertisements and employment opportunity announcements (please contact for such requests).

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 (,,,, etc.).

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. 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. Raw data should be available to the editor upon submission as supplementary material to the manuscript.

Publication Fee
HSM does not charge a publication fee.

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. The current fee for publishing your article Open Access CC BY-NC 4.0 is €1250/US$1450.
Open Access is entirely optional.


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
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  • Acknowledgements
  • Author contributions
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

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.

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The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive, and have up to 150 characters including spaces)
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  • 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.

Author contributions
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- 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:

[1] 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.
[2] Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
[3] Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 16th ed. Rahway (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 1992.
[4] 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.
[5] Canadian Cancer Society [homepage on the Internet]. Toronto: The Society; 2006 [updated 2006 May 12; cited 2006 Oct 17]. Available from:

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If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.

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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.
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Quoting from other publications
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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
  • Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Literature Review
  • Writing Style/Clarity

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Editor in Chief a recommendation:

  1. Accept
  2. Minor revisions required
  3. Major revisions required
  4. Reject

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.