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The human race is remarkable in many ways. We sacrifice personal benefits for the common good, we work together to achieve what we are unable to accomplish alone, we are compassionate, and we are social. Yet the XXIst century is challenging us with potentially world-changing problems. Globalization at a planetary scale, global warming, overexploitation of natural resources, and a harrowing gap between rich and poor are just some of the issues that we are facing today. Since these problems cannot be fully understood, let alone solved, from a particular academic perspective only, the future of our societies will be determined by interdisciplinary insights stemming from a collaboration of different scientific disciplines. Physics, particularly methods of statistical physics, paired with network science and digital data, is becoming a key piece of this puzzle.
Social physics enables us to theoretically describe and understand collective social phenomena that originate from interactions among individuals, groups, and governments. From the mitigation of social crisis and inequalities to the preservation of natural resources for next generations, we aim to develop better social systems and more efficient policies for a sustainable future by synergizing physics with the social sciences.
The new Specialty Section of Frontiers in Physics is publishing original research and reviews at the interface of physics and the social sciences. We welcome manuscripts on the following themes: climate impact research, crowd behavior, cultural dynamics, crime and conflicts, econophysics, epidemic spreading, hierarchy formation, human cooperation and mobility, information cascades, language dynamics, opinion formation, pedestrian dynamics, self-organization, smart cities, social networks, tipping points, traffic and transportation, vaccination/immunization, and voting behaviours.
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Social Physics welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Code, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Social Physics, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Social Physics will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Physics.
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