UK Nonlinear News, February 1998.


New editor of IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics

On 1 January 1998, John Hogan (University of Bristol) took over from Ray Ogden (University of Glasgow) as Editor of the IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics.

Source: John Hogan (

Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences

Journal of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences Published by Human Sciences Press, New York, NY USA ISSN: 1090-0578


The purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for research on applications of mathematical principles of nonlinear dynamics to life sciences, specifically, psychology, biology, sociology, political science, economics, anthropology; some of the emerging disciplines that are combinations of the foregoing basic disciplines; and virtually any of their subdisciplines. ``Nonlinear dynamics'' refers to a group of related mathematical concepts that includes (but it not limited to) attractors, equilibria and stability; bifurcations, catastrophes, and chaos; fractals, solitons, cellular automata, and genetic algorithms.

The mission of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences is to publish papers that augment the fundamental ways we understand, describe, model and predict nonlinear phenomena in psychology and the life and social sciences. The journal is multidisciplinary in scope. Therefore articles should make an original contribution to at least one substantive area and should in addition illuminate issues beyond that area's boundaries. Papers, however excellent, which pertain only to an overly narrow field of interest, are not appropriate for this journal.

Types of Articles and Special Features

There are four main types of articles. The word limits are recommended guidelines. The length and efficiency of presentation should be balanced against substance and scope. Research reports -- short communication detailing original research results, typically under 2,000 words. Articles -- manuscripts reporting original theory or empirical research containing on the order of 2,000 -- 10,000 words. Review Articles -- major overviews of domains of inquiry relevant to the study of nonlinear phenomena in psychology, life and social science, typically over 10,000 words. These may be solicited by the editor although proposals are welcomed and should be discussed directly with the editor. Reports -- objective summaries of conferences, workshops, reviews of software which would be of interest to the community of readers, typically under 3,000 words.

Papers must be creative and sound. Papers can focus upon theory, experimentation, algorithms, numerical simulation, applications to problems in any of the foregoing substantive areas, or philosophy of science if the subject matter is explicitly related to research and theory developments nonlinear dynamical systems. Excessively theoretical papers, however, in which the application to psychology or to life or social science issues is not apparent are not appropriate for this journal. In addition, papers involving experimentation, numerical simulations, or application should include introductory or discussion remarks on the theoretical explanations for the experimental results. Substantive articles that illustrate how nonlinear dynamics form a bridge in understanding phenomena in one core discipline in terms of a phenomenon observed in another core discipline are particularly encouraged.

It is conceivable that Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences will produce special issues featuring new developments in a particular topic area, especially where controversial matters emerge. The editorial group is considering an occasional special feature on teaching and research resources. This spot would variably feature a special book review, essay on teaching techniques for nonlinear dynamics, or a software review.

Editor in Chief
Stephen J. GuastelloDept. Psychology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI USA
Editorial Board
Keith Clayton Dept. Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Specialities: Cognitive psychology, measurement theory
Dimitrios S. Dendrinos Urban & Transportation Dynamics Laboratory, School of Architecture, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS USA
Specialities: Urban development, transportation dynamics, spatial dynamics generally.
Kevin Dooley Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Specialities: Industrial and mechanical engineering, organisational behaviour, statistics and research design
Mohammed H. I. Dore Dept. Economics, Brock University, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada.
Specialities: Economics, multi- disciplinary approaches to ecology.
Patricia Hamilton Dept. Nursing, Texas Women's University, Denton, TX.
Specialities: Developmental psychology, public health.
N. Katherine Hayles Dept. English, University of California, Los Angeles.
Specialities: Linguistics, cultural studies.
L. Douglas Kiel Dept. Management and Social Sciences, University of Texas, Dallas.
Specialities: Management and organisational science, political science.
Zbigniew J. Kowalik Institute of Experimental Audiology, University of Muenster, Germany.
Specialities: biopsychology, clinical psychology.
Akio Koyama Dept. Hygience and Preventive Medicine, Hokkaido University, School of Medicine, Japan.
Specialities: Neurophysiology, behavioural psychology, preventive medicine.
Stephen J. Merrill Dept. Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
Specialities: Mathematics and biological applications.
Mary Ann Metzger Dept. Psychology, University of Maryland, UMBC, Baltimore, MD.
Specialities: Developmental and cognitive psychology.
Franco Orsucci Institute for Complexity Studies, American University of Rome, Italy.
Specialities: Clinical psychology, psychosomatic medicine, psychoanalysis.
Robert Porter Dept. Psychology, University of New Orleans.
Specialities: Biopsychology, speech and hearing.
Tonu Puu Dept. Economics, University of Umea, Umea, Sweden.
Specialities: Mathematics and economics.
J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. Dept. Economics, James Madison University, Harrisonberg, VA;
Specialities: Micro- macro-, and resource economics.
Robert Rosen Dept. Physiology and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Specialities: Physiology and biophysics, evolutionary processes.
Gunter Schiepek Research Center for Complex Systems in Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Neurosciences, Munchen, Germany.
Specialities: Clinical psychology and psychotherapy, social psychology.
Alan Stein Independent Scholar, Psychoanalyst, New York City, NY.
Specialities: Psychoanalysis, clinical and depth psychology.
William Sulis Dept. Psychiatry, McMaster University, Ontario Canada.
Specialities: Psychiatry and psychopathology, artificial life mathematics.
Peter J. Tonellato Dept. Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI.
Specialities: Fractals, time series analysis, physiology applications.
Douglas Vickers Dept. Psychology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia.
Specialities: Cognitive psychology, human factors engineering.
Wei-Bin Zhang Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden.
Specialities: Sociology, future studies, economics.

The Board functions as a working board, meaning that they will provide input concerning general trends in journal composition, invite review articles of special significance, review manuscripts submitted for publication, and maintain a roster of additional reviewers who will cover the scope of the journal's intended content.

Contents of Volume 1 Number 1

Science Evolves: Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences.
Stephen J. Guastello, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Nonlinear Coherence in Multivariate Research: Invariants and the Reconstruction of Attractors.
Frederick D. Abraham, Blueberry Brain Institute, Waterbury Center, VT
Fundamental Concepts of Collective Intelligence.
William Sulis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA
Applications of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems Theory in Developmental Psychology: Motor and Cognitive Development.
Mary Ann Metzger, University of Maryland, UMBC, Baltimore, MD
A Complex Adaptive Systems Model of Organisational Change.
Kevin J. Dooley, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Contents of Volume 1 Number 2

Economic Dynamics: From Exogeneity to Complexity.
Steven Keen, University of Western Sydney, Campbelltown, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA.
The Representational Relation Between Environmental Structures in Neural Systems: Autonomy and Environmental Dependency in Neural Knowledge Representation.
Markus F. Peschl, University of Vienna, AUSTRIA.
Dynamics in the Development of Large Information Exchange Groups and Virtual Communities.
Stephen J. Guastello, Marquette University Pierre Philippe, University of Montreal, CANADA.

Contents of Volume 1 Number 3

Studies of Mental ``Noise''
Keith Clayton & Barbara Frey Vanderbilt University
Embracing the Random in the Self-Organising Psyche
Jeffrey Goldstein Adelphi University
Creativity as Information: Measuring Aesthetic Attractions
Lee H. McGavin University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Review of Understanding Nonlinear Dynamics by Daniel Kaplan and Leon Glass
William Sulis McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario CANADA
Review of Coping with Chaos: Analysis of Chaotic Data and the Exploitation of Chaotic Systems, Edited by Edward Ott, Tim Sauer, and James A. Yorke.
Frederick D. Abraham Waterbury Center, VT

Contents of Volume 1 Number 4

The Application of Nonlinear Dynamics in Nursing Research.
Patti Hamilton, Texas Woman's University Jane Englebright Pollock, San Antonio Community Hospital De Ann F. Mitchell, Texas Woman's University Angela E. Vicenzi, Southern Connecticut State University Bruce J. West, University of North Texas.
Generalisations of the Lotka-Volterra Population Ecology Model: Theory, Simulations, and Applications.
Chang-Hyeon Choi Kwandong University, Kangnung City, KOREA.
Speculations on Nonlinear Speculative Bubbles.
J. Barkley Rosser, Jr. James Madison University.


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