CALL FOR BOOK PROPOSALS (CfBP) of the "SYSTEM THEORY AND COMPLEXITY" book series
directed by Prof. Andrea Pitasi, PhD and published by Aracne, Rome, Italy
As Editor in Chief, I am honored to announce the first Call for Proposals in the “System Theory and Complexity” Book Series. We will be publishing books in English and are continually accepting proposals – no deadline.
Below you will find the key points of our editorial policy, a list of the prestigious members of the Scientific-Editorial Board, and our founding manifesto. You can visit our web page for an overview of the books already published in the series.
I am looking forward to receiving your submissions. I thank you for your kind attention and offer you my warmest regards.
Prof. Andrea Pitasi, PhD
EDITORIAL POLICY KEY POINTS
I. All proposals receive a blind peer review.
II. Book proposals and the subsequent text must be in English.
III. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis – there is no deadline.
IV. Each proposal must address the following key points:
a) copyright matters
b) coherency with the topic of the Book Series
c) fundraising policy (are businesses, public institutions and/or not-for-profit organizations interested in sponsoring or funding the publication of the book?)
d) editorial and publishing marketing analysis (who would buy the book and why? what kind of targets?)
Each book proposal should focus on these four aspects and approval will depend on a positive assessment of all four aspects.
It is necessary to be as specific as possible in the proposal outline.
Example for the third aspect: "This book might be adopted by courses in psychology worldwide" means almost nothing while "Professor XY who teaches Psychology at the Faculty of ZZ of the YY University, course attended by about 30 students" is a precise piece of information.
Example for the fourth aspect: "Foundations dealing with health matters might be interested in sponsoring this book" is almost irrelevant while "the XY Foundation, chaired by Dr WXX, is extremely interested in sponsoring the publication by buying 100 copies o the book" is a much more relevant piece of information.
The more relevant and precise the book proposal is, the most likely it will be accepted.
THE BOOK SERIES EDITORIAL – SCIENTIFIC BOARD
Editor in Chief: Andrea Pitasi, Università G. d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Executive Manager: Marianna Caputo
Scientific Board Members:
Lucio d'Alessandro, Università degli Studi Suor Orsola Benincasa, Naples
Sebastiano Bagnara, Università di Sassari-Alghero, Italy
Roberta Bisi, Università di Bologna, Italy
Gaetano Bonetta, Università d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Hans-Bernd Brosius, Universität München, Germany
Leonardo Cannavò, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Domenico Carzo, Università di Messina, Italy
Michele Cascavilla, Università d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Umberto Costantini, Formez di Napoli, Italy
Paolo De Nardis, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Paola Di Nicola, Università di Verona, Italy
Giovanbattista Fatelli, Università La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Giancarlo Guarino, Università Federico II, Naples, Italy
Horst Hanusch, University of Augsburg, Germany
Ervin Laszlo, Global Shift University, USA
Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Arthur Lizie, Bridgewater State University, USA
Francesco Maglioccola, Università Parthenope, Naples, Italy
Carlo Marletti, Università di Torino, Italy
Alberto Marradi, Università di Firenze, Italy
Antonio Maturo, Università d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Roberta Paltrinieri, Università di Bologna, Italy
Leon Rappoport, Kansas State University; Manhattan -KS-, USA
Alexander Riegler, Free University of Brussels, Belgium
Alessandro Rovinetti, Associazione Italiana della Comunicazione Pubblica e Istituzionale, Italy
Attila Massimiliano Enrico Tanzi, Università di Bologna, Italy
Michela Venditti, Università, d'Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Paolo Zurla, Università di Bologna, Italy
THE BOOK SERIES MANIFESTO
The System Theory is one of the most important intellectual protagonist of the XX century and on the eve of this third millennium. It stands as a powerful conceptual instrument for the socio-economical evolution of the society as we get from a series of studies: von Bertalanffy’s research on biology, Wiener and Ashby’s works, founders of the first cybernetic, Buckley’s pages about the theory of information, von Foerster’s study on the development of a second order cybernetic, Luhmann’s social constructivism, Laszlo’s holographic field, Crozier and Friedberg’s studies about the science of organization and Delattre’s epistemological reflections.
As Delattre himself brightly writes: “The theory of systems aim to crumble away learning and to develop a methodology up to the challenges of complexity (…). After the phase of deconstruction of the old disciplines (…), today it needs to go to a new synthesis of knowledge through a principle of unification that has to be different from the old ones, because it has to be suited to the others level of learning” (Delattre, 1984) and, from this point of view, the theory of systems turned out as a smashing conceptual model even because of its evolutionary and adaptive plasticity, for example through the paradigm shift from a everything/parts logic to a system/environment logic. It reveals its great heuristic power in creating conceptual and interdisciplinary models that are necessary to develop analysis of global scenario, evolutionary strategies also endowed with a suitable predictive system – on a probabilistic base – and tactic-operative problem solving interventions that made it applicable even in more popular variables as the one made by Paul Watzlawick and his colleagues. The theory of systems is also evolutionary itself – as Ford and Lerner’s wonderful researches testify – so it lends itself in creating conceptual global models able to manage the complex dynamics of globalization and localization, of integration and differentiation, that mark the self-organizational evolution of the living one. As Delattre sagely writes: “The interdisciplinary nature of the theory of systems implies the study and the comparison of the methods and concepts used by the different disciplines to isolate the common substrate that is able to build the frame of a more or less unified language (…); each language has to be, as much as possible, formalized, that is that its rules of internal combination must be sufficiently precise to eliminate maximum ambiguities, and this is a constant need in every scientific activity.”
Thus, this publishing series pays attention and is opened to interdisciplinary contributes that could offer chances of Kuhnian revolutions and schumpeterianally radical innovation at level with the evolutionary challenges of the complexity of the actual global scenarios that are so rich of epochal thresholds and bifurcations (for example, it is about having an oil-based economy or seriously activating alternative sources of energy, invocating creationist theories about origins and biological identity or opening ourselves to evolutionary jumps that imply a re-reading – with its threats and opportunities – of the chances of life of men in new forms) that our times own and in front of which the most tragic and risky decision would be not deciding at all.
For submission and further information, please contact:
Andrea Pitasi (Editor in Chief):
Marianna Caputo (Executive Manager):