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Kybernetes is an important forum for the exchange of knowledge and information among all those who are interested in cybernetics and systems thinking.

ISSN: 0368-492X
eISSN: 0368-492X

Aims and scope

Kybernetes is an international journal that began its life in 1972, and is scientifically supported by several international scientific societies devoted to the study and development of Systems Thinking: the American Society for Cybernetics, the Business Systems Laboratory, the Cybernetics Society (UK), the International Association for Knowledge Management, the UK Systems Society and the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics.

The spirit of the journal comes from Norbert Wiener's understanding of cybernetics as "The Human Use of Human Beings." Hence, Kybernetes strives for conceptualization, examination and analysis through a systemic frame of reference, this applied to important issues of ecosystems, society, organizations, businesses and human behaviour.

Kybernetes is devoted to improvement in the understanding of human, social, organizational, technological and sustainable aspects of society and their interdependencies. It encourages consideration of a range of theories, methodologies and approaches, and their transdisciplinary links. Within the framework of Cybernetics and Systems Thinking, the journal welcomes topics from all domains of human, social, and ecological sciences, including contributing to themes of sustainability, viability, and the impact of technology on human beings and society.  

This multidisciplinary perspective includes a wide range of research fields such as:

  • sociology
  • management
  • psychology
  • economics
  • engineering
  • knowledge management
  • sustainability
  • operational systems
  • information systems
  • marketing
  • financial systems
  • the impact of Artificial Intelligence on society and business.

While covering this wide range of topics the journal is interested in publishing high-quality papers that show strong implications for social, economic and organizational systems. These may involve not only considerations involving philosophical, theoretical and methodologically oriented approaches, but also in-depth discussions of applications, implications and implementations.

The complex and challenging nature of the systems under study is reflected in the published articles. To ensure relevance, academic rigour and integrity, all submitted manuscripts will be subject to an initial evaluation by the Editors and, if found suitable for further consideration, will pass to a double-blind peer-review by independent anonymous expert reviewers.

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
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