RofASSS rapidly publishes comments in a citable format without fees or a paywall – it aims to promote academic discussion on all aspects of social simulation

How to access content

  • Here on the website:
    • Via the “CONTENT” link (also in above menu)
    • Via the various links on the content bar (either to the left or below the page depending on your device)
  • As posts on a FaceBook page:
  • On twitter at: @RofASSS
  • Via an RSS feed: (so you can subscribe using a reader or app)
  • By email – use the widget at the top of the content bar to get email notifications (use the same widget to stop following)


Three recent contributions:

For all the contributions about COVID-19, modelling and policy, see the JASSS-Covid19-Thread. For all those about prediction in complex systems see the Prediction-Thread.

What RofASSS Publishes

Suitable material includes (but is not limited to):

  • A summary/review of a model or paper
  • An idea you have had
  • A question you would like the community to answer
  • An issue you want to bring to the attention of others

Items that have an established home elsewhere (mature papers, book reviews, conference/job announcements or simulations) should be submitted there.  For more information about submission and ideas for things to submit, see the submission page.

Advantages of Submitting to RofASSS

  • Rapid publication – submissions often get published within 48 hours
  • Wide dissemination – over 1850 readers are subscribed to RofASSS content via a variety of methods (see above)
  • Citable – contributions are in a format that can be (and are) cited in other people’s papers (for examples see here)
  • Early dissemination – suitable for getting out an idea or issue without having to write a full paper about it, so (a) there is dated proof that the idea was yours and (b) to get feedback and discussion
  • Wide range of kinds of contribution – as long as it is relevant to social simulation and promotes debate, the content can be a wide range of things: a summary of a paper, a response to a paper you have read, an interview, a question you would like answered, a challenge to others, an issue that needs raising, a report or comment from a conference,  etc.
  • Open Access – anyone with a browser can read contributions, there is no paywall
  • Permanency – we are in the process of archiving pdf versions of contributions to CERN’s Zenodo archive, so they will persist even if this website eventually closes
  • Free – we do not ask for fees of any kind; RofASSS is produced by the effort of those involved

For more about RofASSS see the About page.

For discussion about social simulation research