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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.


Recently Published Article Collections

Special Issue of the 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Edited by: Chantal Cherifi and Antonio Scala
'The International Workshop on Complex Networks & Their Applications' is an annual forum bringing together researchers from a wide variety of fields ranging from Computational Social Science to Economic Complexity, up to Bioinformatics. This article collection provides a perspective on the state-of-the-art in this dynamic field while covering a variety of topics capturing the atmosphere in the network science community.
First Article Published: 26 May 2017


Complex Networks
Edited by: Hocine Cherifi
Real-world entities often interconnect with each other through explicit or implicit relationships to form complex networks, such as engineering systems, economic systems, and social systems. This article collection is a collection of papers dealing with theoretical tools and methods used in applications as well as in practical problems from network sciences.
First Article Published: 14 July 2015

Aims and scope

Computational Social Networks has merged with the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization as of January 2022. All published articles will remain accessible on

New submissions relating to the Computational Social Networks should be directed to the Journal of Combinatorial Optimization.


Computational Social Networks showcases refereed papers dealing with all mathematical, computational and applied aspects of social computing. The objective of this journal is to advance and promote the theoretical foundation, mathematical aspects, and applications of social computing. Submissions are welcome which focus on common principles, algorithms and tools that govern network structures/topologies, network functionalities, security and privacy, network behaviors, information diffusions and influence, social recommendation systems which are applicable to all types of social networks and social media.

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Social network design and architecture
  • Mathematical modeling and analysis
  • Real-world complex networks
  • Information retrieval in social contexts, political analysts
  • Network structure analysis
  • Network dynamics optimization
  • Complex network robustness and vulnerability
  • Information diffusion models and analysis
  • Security and privacy
  • Searching in complex networks
  • Efficient algorithms
  • Network behaviors
  • Trust and reputation
  • Social Influence
  • Social Recommendation
  • Social media analysis
  • Big data analysis on online social networks

This journal publishes rigorously refereed papers dealing with all mathematical, computational and applied aspects of social computing. The journal also includes reviews of appropriate books as special issues on hot topics.



Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    221 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    111 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    89,635 downloads (2021)
    21 Altmetric mentions (2021)

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