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Notes For Contributors:
Chaos and Complexity Letters is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes three issues per year. The journal is owned and operated by Nova Science Publishers and funded entirely by subscription revenue and author-optional publication services.

There is no charge to submit your article and have it published in the journal. Nova offers a number of optional publication services that carry fees, but authors are not required to select these services, and the services won’t be offered until after acceptance of the articles. These services include Open Access, color printing, article offprints, discounted print copies of the journal issue, and licenses for use of the published articles.

Submission of an article implies that the authors will assign the copyright to Nova if their article is accepted for publication. A standard Copyright Transfer Form will be provided to the Corresponding Author of each article during the page proof stage of production.

Authors will receive a complimentary PDF of the full final issue and a complimentary PDF of his or her final article upon publication.

Authors may deposit and display the proofed versions of their articles in and on their personal non-commercial and affiliate non-commercial repositories and websites at any time. The same may be done with their final published articles only after a period of one year has elapsed from the day of publication.

Manuscript Submissions
Before submitting your article, please read the complete notes and instructions below to ensure that you understand Nova’s manuscript requirements and publication procedures and that you are in compliance with the ethical standards rightfully set forth by Nova, the publishing industry, and the scientific community.

Articles should be submitted by email to either of the Editors-in-Chief listed below.

Franco F. Orsucci
University College London & NCU
London, UK
E-mail: f.orsucci@ucl.ac.uk

Nicoletta Sala
Institute for Complexity Studies
Rome, Italy
E-mail: nicolettasala@alice.it

All abstracts and articles must be written in English with references in standard Roman script.

It is understood that articles submitted to the journal have not been submitted elsewhere for simultaneous publication consideration and have not been previously published, in whole or in part, unless the new article is an expansion of the original, in which case full transparency of the re-used portions must be provided.

Manuscript Preparation
The following types of papers are accepted for publication consideration in CCL.

Original Papers
Reviews
News and Ideas
Educational Material
Metaphors
Original Data

Original Papers
These should be original works describing scientific results.

1. It is the report of a study written by the researchers who did the study.
2. The researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study.
3. The researchers detail their research methods.
4. The results of the research are reported.
5. The researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications.

The major subdivisions that should be present in a research article: Literature Review or Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions; Discussion. The abstract of the article usually contains these subdivision headings and summarizes each of them.

Original papers should be limited to 15,000 words.

Reviews
A review article is an article that summarizes the current state of understanding on a topic. A review article surveys and summarizes previously published studies, rather than reporting new findings, facts, or analyses. Review articles focus on: main people working in a field; recent major advances and discoveries; significant gaps in the research; current debates; ideas of where research might go next. We would consider proposals of literature reviews, systematic reviews, and metanalyses. Reviews should not exceed 15,000 words. Authors of review papers are encouraged to contact the Editor in advance.

News and Ideas
Suggestions for applications of new ideas or methodologies are welcome.
Contributions should not exceed 3,000 words in length.

Software and Algorithms
Include any of the following:

1) Interactive processes, such as SGI and JAVA.
2) Program packages.
3) Algorithms as demonstrations of new computational ideas and techniques.

Submission of these should be accompanied by: a description of the aims, methods, and implementation; documentation to allow users to install and run the software; some data, scripts, or any other material to provide a demonstration of the software in use, and; arrangements regarding availability. Authors should contact the Editor before submission.

Educational Material
Includes lectures, tutorials, and other educational material. Authors should contact the Editor before submission.

Metaphors
Creative papers on analogical suggestions coming from the arts and the social sciences. Authors should contact the Editor before submission.

Original Data
Samples of any kind of raw original data (e.g. time series, etc.) that could be offered, accompanied by detailed explicative notes, to the scientific community to compare differences. Authors should contact the Editor before submission.

Peer-Review

CCL’s review process

1. Submission of paper.
2. Editorial office assessment.
3. Appraisal by the editor.
4. Invitation to reviewers.
5. Response to invitations.
6. Review is conducted.
7. Journal evaluates the reviews.
8. The decision is communicated within 6 to 8 weeks.

The journal uses double-blind peer-review. The identities of both reviewers and authors are concealed from each other throughout the review. To facilitate this, authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in such a way that they do not reveal their identities to reviewers, either directly or indirectly. Please therefore ensure that the following items are present in your submission and provided as separate files.

- Anonymized Manuscript
- Title Page

Anonymized Manuscript
Please remove any identifying information, such as authors' names or affiliations, from your manuscript before submission. As well as removing names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, other steps need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double blind peer review. The key points to consider are:

Use the third person to refer to work the authors have previously published. For example, write “Black and Hart (2015) have previously demonstrated” rather than “we/the authors have previously demonstrated (Black & Hart, 2015).”

Make sure that figures and tables do not contain any reference to author affiliations.

Choose file names with care, and ensure that the file’s “properties” are also anonymised. If you are using Office 2007 or later, consider using the Document Inspector Tool prior to submission.

Title Page
The Title Page will remain separate from the manuscript throughout the peer-review process and will not be sent to the reviewers. The Title Page should include:

- The manuscript title
- All authors' complete names and complete affiliations
- A complete address for the corresponding author, including an e-mail address

Publication Ethics
Nova is committed to maintaining trust in the journal, the value of authorship, and the integrity of science. Authors should be eager to help us maintain these standards. The following guidelines are provided to help authors avoid the appearance of ethical misconduct in their research and to help ensure adherence to the best practices set forth by national and international professional and regulatory bodies.

Plagiarism is a blight on the scientific community and a crime. The unauthorized use or close imitation of another’s language, text, data, ideas, or theories is prohibited. In all instances of authorized use, full credit to and representation of the original author’s work must be provided. It is the authors’ responsibility to secure permission for the use of copyrighted material.

The journal will investigate all reports and suspicions of plagiarism. Authors suspected of plagiaristic misconduct will be contacted and given the opportunity to prove the validity of their work and refute the allegations. All instances of proven plagiarism will be reported to the Publisher, the editorial office, the author’s institute, and other governing bodies as necessary. Plagiarized articles already accepted for publication will be cancelled, and plagiarized articles that have already been published will be retracted and denounced in a public erratum.

It is important that all authors and organizations where the research has been carried out have consented to the work’s submission and that all authors have significantly contributed.

In order to establish transparency in research, authors should be sure to provide information on the following items.

1) Information regarding the source(s) of the work’s funding;
2) All financial and non-financial potential conflicts of interest;
3) A statement of informed consent for all studies that involve human participants;
4) A statement of human rights for all studies that involve human participants;
5) A statement on the humane treatment and proper welfare of all animals involved in the study.

The appropriate statements are provided below. They should be included in the article’s text in a section titled Ethical Compliance. This section should immediately precede the References section

1) Sources of Funding
Please provide the names of all funding agencies, research grants, and grant numbers.

Statement
Source of Funding: This study was funded by ____________________.

2) Potential Conflicts of Interest
Authors are required to disclose all personal and professional relationships and interests that can be viewed as potentially imparting bias in the work. Readers are entitled to this information and to their own conclusions and perceptions of conflict. Potential conflicts could be financial relationships, employment, sponsorships, public holdings, competing interests, spousal interests, personal relationships, personal beliefs, etc.

Statement
a) Disclosure of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

or

b) Disclosure of Interest:

3) Informed Consent
Study participants have the right to decide how the identifiable personal information gathered on them is used. It is essential that all participants (or guardians) give their written informed consent to participate in the study and its subsequent publication.

Statement
Informed consent was obtained from each individual participant involved in this study.

4) Statement of Human Rights
The wellbeing of human subjects takes precedence over the interests of science. If a study involves human participants, authors should include a statement that the study was conducted in accordance with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its subsequent amendments.

Statement
This study was conducted in accordance with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its subsequent amendments.

5) Statement of Animal Welfare
All studies that involve animals should contain a statement that the study and its procedures have been approved by their affiliate institutional research ethics committee.

Statement
All animals involved in this study were treated in accordance with the ethical standards set forth by the institution at which the study was conducted.

Committee on Publication Ethics
Nova and its editors follow the Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). These codes and guidelines are valuable instructions that ensure transparency and fairness in research and publishing. The single document provides steps for submissions, peer-review, confidentiality, the creation and maintenance of editorial boards, editorial responsibilities and decision-making, communication policy, appeal procedures, handling complaints and instances of misconduct, quality assurance, publishing corrections and retractions, adherence to national and international ethics guidelines, and many more aspects of the publication process.

The COPE Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines can be read at the link below. We recommend your familiarity with them while you publish with Nova and any other scientific publisher.
https://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct

If you notice any ethical misconduct in Nova’s publications, please contact us.

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