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Unintended Consequences

Special issue call for papers from Kybernetes

Guest Editors

Josué Antonio Nescolarde Selva,, University of Alicante, Spain.
José Luis Usó Doménech,, University of Alicante, Spain.
Hugh Gash,, Dublin City University, Ireland.

What the issue is about:

This special issue focusses on one of the most important and difficult topic in the social science: the unintended consequences. These consequences are the unexpected or unforeseen results of human action. The idea of unintended consequences dates back at least to the English philosopher John Locke but this concept was formally popularized by the sociologist Robert K. Merton (1910-2003), who defined this concept as the results that are not imagined or predicted (limited) by the original intention of the social actor. Any action on a complex system could have negative or unexpected consequences, but it should be noted that unforeseen consequences can not only be negative. And that the very conception would be considered as a negative or positive result, is open to wider social and individual perceptions.

Topics to include:

  • Virtuous circle and vicious circle
  • Unexpected benefit: serendipity
  • Unintended effects
  • Unexpected drawback
  • Perverse result
  • Unintended consequences in ecosystems
  • Unintended consequences in economy
  • Unintended consequences in society
  • Unintended consequences in sociology
  • Unnintended consequences and mathematical models
  • Boomerang effect (psychology)
  • Risk compensation

Submission Deadlines:

Submission deadline: February 28, 2018
Papers reviewed: April 1, 2018
Revised papers reviewed and accepted: May 1, 2018
Final versions of accepted papers delivered: June 1, 2018

Submission Guidelines;

Submissions to this journal are through the ScholarOne submission system here:

Please visit the author guidelines for the journal which gives full details. Please ensure you select this special issue from the relevant drop down menu on step 5 of the submission process