International Society for the Systems Sciences


Asilomar, California



The Abstract

The abstract should give an overview of your main theses, methods by which you plan to support your ideas and, if appropriate, a description of the case studies you plan to present.

Abstracts can be a full page in length, figures may be included, but do not go over the one page limit. Use the paper style guidelines for abstract style. Abstracts do not need to be submitted on disc. We do however need a clean, hard copy to work from. The preferred procedure is to send a hard copy and an e-mail copy to the SIG Chair and also to Bela Banathy. Faxed abstracts will be accepted only under special circumstances. Abstracts should be submitted by January 15, 1999.

The abstracts will be reviewed and the acceptance of papers will be based on the reviews. Even if an abstract has been accepted, if a full paper is not received by the paper submission deadline, the abstract will not be included in the abstract book and we will assume that the author is not planning to present his/her work at the conference.

The abstracts will be printed while the proceedings will be available on CD-ROM. An author may choose to submit a revised abstract along with the full paper. Then the revised abstract will be used in the creation of the book of abstracts.




Please note, we cannot guarantee that manuscripts submitted later than

APRIL 15, 1999

will be included in the Proceedings.

1. General Guidelines

1.1. Preparation, Length and Printing

A printed copy of all papers must be submitted along with an electronic submission on a 3 1/2" diskette. The printed copy of the paper will be used for review and to ensure correct layout. The primary author's last name and page numbers should be written in blue pencil on the lower right hand side of the back of the hard copy of the manuscript.

Disks should be in IBM format; the files should be saved in Microsoft Word format, version 6 for either Macintosh or Windows machines. Any other word-processing package must be approved prior to submission. Artwork and tables should be pasted into the Word document. If papers are submitted by email, they should be sent as attached files with a descritpion in the body of the message as to what word processing package has been used to create them.

The length of the paper should not exceed 15 pages, including title page / abstract and references. Do not start a new page after the title information and abstract. Pages must be single spaced. Type on one side only. Skip a single line between paragraphs of text. Do not indent the first line of each paragraph. Paragraphs should be both right and left justified.

1.2 Typeface, Paper Size and Margins

The preferred typeface is Times or Times New Roman. The type size should be 10 points. Please use the page set-up command to ensure that your paper is prepared on US LETTER size paper (8 1/2 by 11 inches). Leave 1 inch margins at the top and the bottom of the page; 1 1/4 inch on both sides, right and left.

2. Title

The title should be written on the first line of the first page, centered in upper case bold capital letters, 12 point font. The authors' names should be centered two lines below the full title in upper and lower case letters. Affiliation and mailing address should follow, centered on separate lines also in upper and lower case letters. Please enter a short running title as the header at the top of each page except the first. This running title should be centered, 1/2 inch from the top of the page in 12 point type in bold upper and lower case letters.

3. Summary and Keywords

The Proceedings of the conference will be produced on CD-ROM.

Two lines below the author name and affiliation, start a brief summary as the first paragraph of the paper. At the end of the summary, skip a line and then type "Keywords" (underlined) followed by up to five (5) words that describe the focus and contribution of the paper. The summary should follow the title, author's name, and mailing address on the first page. Skip two lines and then begin the body of the paper (after an Introduction heading if required) immediately after the summary.

4. Headings

All major headings are centered in bold. They are to be written in 12-point font and numbered consecutively followed by a period, with Arabic numerals, e.g., 1. Introduction. Do not put a period after the text of the heading. Leave two lines above a major heading, and one line before the start of the next paragraph or second-level heading.

4.1 Subheadings (Second-level Heading)

Subheadings are flush left, in 12 point type and bold. There should be one line space before and after this level of heading. The paragraph should be numbered as a subsection of the previous major heading as shown in the subheading for this paragraph.

4.1.1. Sub-subheading (third level heading)

Sub-subheadings are flush left, in italics and in 12 point type. The paragraphs should be numbered as a sub-section of the previous subsection heading as shown in the sub-subheading for the paragraph. There should be one line space before this level of heading, but no line space between this heading and the following paragraph.

5. Illustrations

The electronic version of the art should be included on the diskette and incorporated into the word-processing file. Figures should be labeled in the text as "Figure x". Figure captions should be typed directly below the figure, in bold type, upper and lower case, and centered.

6. Tables

Table captions should be centered above the table. Tables should be included in the manuscript proper and referred to in the text as "Table x".

7. Equation Numbers

When numbering equations, enclose numbers in brackets [ ] and place them flush with the right-hand margin. Refer to them in the text as "Equation [x]".

8. References

List bibliographic references at the end of the paper under the major heading "References". List authors alphabetically by the first letter of the first author's last name. Identify references in the text of the paper by typing the corresponding name and year in parenthesis. If a page number is added at that point, it should be set as (author, year, page number). Book titles and names of journals should be printed in italics.

Aauthor, A. 1991. Title of Book. New York:XYZ Press, pp. 25-55.

Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. 1995. "Title of Paper," Journal Vol. 3:1-20.

Cauthor, C., Aauthor, A., Bauthor, B., and Jones, G. 1996, "Title of Paper," in Title of Book, (E. EEditor, ed.) New York:XYZ Press, pp. 47-82.

For multiple papers in the same year by the same author:

Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. 1995A. "Title of PaperA," JournalA Vol. 3:1-20.

Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. 1995B. "Title of PaperB," JournalB Vol. 3:1-20.

Submission of Papers

Papers are to be submitted in the specified computer format on disc. If this is difficult, we will try to arrange either to have your paper scanned or typed at an additional charge to you. Please let us know as soon as possible if this will be necessary. Please follow the paper style guidelines.

If your paper is intended for a specific SIG, please submit it both to Bela Banathy and the appropriate SIG chair. Bela Banathy must receive both hard and soft copies of your paper by April 15, 1999. The SIG chair may only require a hard copy.

Paper Editing

After submission, papers may be edited. Jennifer Wilby and Martin Hall will be the general editors, but they will co-opt experts in different areas for assistance. We will attempt to forward your paper to you after editing for your approval, but that may not always be possible.

The Vickers Award

A plaque and check for $500 will be awarded for the best student paper. Although the advisor may be a co-author on the paper, it is understood that this award is meant to recognize student accomplishment and the paper should reflect principally the work of the student. Please indicate at the time of paper submission if your paper is to be considered for the Vicker's award and certify that this work was performed while you were a student. (You may have since received your degree.)

Submission Deadlines

Submit abstracts by January 15, 1999, papers by April 15, 1999 to both SIG Chair and Bela Banathy