Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Social
Science Computer Review on:
Simulation Models of Ethnocentrism and
Agent-based simulation is a technique for modelling
phenomena as a collection of interacting individual computational
called ‘agents’. These allow for the projection and examination of
between actors that would be too complicated to follow otherwise. It
require the strong assumptions of some other techniques (as for economic
equation-based models). See the 2014 special issue of SSCR and with its
paper, Squazzoni, Jager, & Edmonds (2014). They represent a shift
considering variable or factors that might impinge upon a situation, to
which allows the consideration of socially embedded individuals (Macy
Several agent-based simulation models have had a
influence upon the thinking around ethnicity and migration, as many of
underlying ideas behind phenomena of interest in these literatures, such
segregation, easily lend themselves to that type of modelling. The
‘checkerboard’ model of the emergence of ethnic segregation (Schelling
which showed that only a small preference for in-group neighbours can
lead to segregation within a space, is often cited as the first
social simulation. Since then there have been several highly influential
in this area. These include Axelrod's (1977) model of the polarization
culture, which showed how a diverse set of groupings could emerge, each
internally coherent, but clearly distinguishable from the ones they
also Hammond and Axelrod's (2006) simulation concerning the possibly
emergence of ethnocentrism where the agents could interact cooperatively
otherwise with their neighbours. These three papers have been highly
have inspired many others to build similar models. However, many of
models have tended to be at the abstract end of the ‘simulation
in a suggestive, analogical manner – influencing ideas about these
rather than demonstrating their veracity. Thus, it is possible they have
more influence than their evidential base justifies.
We are looking to publish up to eight high-quality
the above topic. If there are not sufficient high-quality papers then
special issue will be smaller. Accepted papers will present an
simulation on issues connected with ethnocentrism and diversity, and
these simulations to some available evidence. Accepted papers will have
that the simulation added to our understanding of these phenomena in a
new and substantive
way – the aim is social science knowledge, agent-based simulation is
tool. We will not accept position papers or reports of abstract
that do not compare to some evidence or data. Given these restrictions,
can address a variety of issues concerning ethnocentrism and diversity –
will not be overly restrictive in this sense.
In addition to such papers, we might accept one
high quality critical review of the
relevant literature. However, this must go further than merely review
to come to substantive and critical conclusions.
If there is any doubt about the suitability of a
one of the guest editors (below).
November 2017, submission deadline for all
papers for review;
- By Mid February 2018, the
authors will be
informed of the result, and asked to revise papers according to
well as format papers correctly for publication
April 2018, deadline for revisions to
Mid May 2018 authors will be informed of
acceptability of their revisions, and whether they have fullfilled
guidelines. Those who have made acceptable revisions and formatted
correctly will be instructed to upload papers to SSCR’s system.
Submission for Review
Papers should be initially submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smed18
in the form of a pdf file by midnight GMT on the 30th
The file should be anonymous – that is, it should be hard for a reviewer
tell who the authors are. Authors will be informed of the decision and
reviews by mid February 2018.
Authors will be sent the reviews from the first
accompanied by guidance from the guest editors as to the essential
and a specification of the complete SSCR requirements for publication.
these are done, the papers should be submitted according to these
a complete Zip package according
to SSCR requirements as instructed.
- Each zip file should have all the following elements: title,
author(s), author affiliation(s), abstract, keyword list, body of the
article, short biographical sketch with email contact information,
APA-style references, tables and figures on separate pages numbered
and with captions.
- Authors must submit any figures both embedded in the manuscript on
separate pages at the end, and in the best resolution graphics format
available (ex., jpg, tif, or any common graphics format). These should
be labeled with lead author name and figure number (ex.,
- Authors must submit to you in pdf format the copyright agreement and
the author information form. The lead author may sign the copyright
agreement for everyone but there must be one author information sheet
- The articles must be in Word .doc or .docx format. We cannot accept
pdf articles at this stage. We cannot accept LaTeX format.
Final Acceptance by SSCR
When we have checked that the requested revisions
done and that all the SSCR requirements have been met, we will ask
upload the papers to the SSCR submission system including the source
(.doc or .docx files). Please
note that the editors of SSCR
reserve the right to
reject any paper if they judge they are not of sufficient
regardless of the decisions of the guest editors or the opinions of
There was a workshop on the same topic in
Manchester 7/8th June 2017. The slides and discussion from that workshop
available on the website at http://www.davidhales.name/ethnosim2017.
Authors may find it useful to look at these in preparation of their
and we hope that the discussion there was helpful to participants but
Special Issue is independent of that workshop. In particular, we will
all submissions equally, regardless of whether they attended.
Axelrod, R (1997) The dissemination of culture - A
with local convergence and global polarization. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 4(2):203-226.
Edmonds, B. & Meyer, R. (2013) Simulating Social Complexity - a handbook. Springer.
Hammond, RA & Axelrod, R (2006). The evolution of
ethnocentrism. Journal of
Macy, Michael W & Willer, Robert (2002). From Factors
to Actors: Computational Sociology and Agent-Based Modeling. Annual
Review of Sociology. 28:143–166.
Schelling, TC (1971). Dynamic models of segregation. Journal
of Mathematical Sociology,
Squazzoni, F., Jager, W., Edmonds, B. (2014). Social
Simulation in the Social Sciences: A Brief Overview. Social Science