About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Collective Dynamics is a diamond open-access multidisciplinary journal publishing research in the field of pedestrian dynamics, crowds, vehicular traffic, and other systems of self-driven particles or interacting agents.

The journal covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Highway, urban, and bicycle traffic
  • Pedestrian and evacuation dynamics
  • Granular flow and dynamics of granular materials
  • Biological systems: social insects, animal groups, cell and bacterial migrations, swarm, flocking and schooling dynamics, …
  • Non-living systems and active matter: swarm robotics, molecular motors, micro-swimmers, rods, interacting particle systems, …
  • Complex systems, complex networks and their dynamics: multi-modal transportation networks, multi-agent systems, internet, epidemics, social networks, opinion formation, …

The journal aims to be a multidisciplinary forum for traffic and civil engineering, statistical physics, theoretical biology, data science, computer science, robotics, sociology, or social psychology, for scientists doing fundamental or applied research.

Articles should be written in a way that makes them accessible to a wide audience.

As a peer-reviewed journal, Collective Dynamics publishes scientific papers reflecting original, previously unpublished work but may also report on systematic reviews of published research, pedagogical articles (e.g., lecture notes), description of experiments or software implementations. If you are unsure about the suitability of your manuscript, please contact the editorial board.

Peer Review Process

Original research papers, short communications, and reviews will be peer-reviewed. Following an initial assessment by the Editors, those papers with a high priority rating are sent for external review to experts in the field. In addition, articles may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or formally sub-standard.

Collective Dynamics uses 'single blind' or optional ‘double blind’ review process. The referees are invited to give their opinion on formal aspects, originality, and quality. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have four possible options for each article:

  • Accept (i.e., no need for any revision)
  • Accept after revision (i.e., accepted if the author makes the requested revisions; the paper will not be sent out for another peer review round)
  • Revise and resubmit (i.e., the paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  • Reject (i.e., the manuscript is substandard)

Open Access Policy

The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Neither submission fees nor article processing charges are involved.

Authors contributing to Collective Dynamics agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. This license allows:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. Authors retain copyright of their work. They are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to Collective Dynamics on personal or institutional websites and repositories before and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).


Journal Archiving

The digital archiving is provided by the

German National Library
04103 Leipzig


Central Library
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich


Center für Digitale Systeme (CeDiS)
Free University of Berlin
14195 Berlin