About Human Systems

Systemic therapy continues to consolidate and develop its theoretical base in its core activity of providing help for families while extending its applications to increasingly diverse fields. As systems scientists progressively widen their scope to include various subsystems within larger state, professional, commercial and community organisations, there is need for a forum in which knowledge can be fostered and co-ordinated. The journal Human Systems was created to meet this need.

In the years since 1990, during which Human Systems has been making its contribution, this need has not diminished. Rather, new demands have opened up. In a world of ever-increasing complexity and global change, a systems view of life is desperately needed so as to build and nurture processes that facilitate the development of sustainable relationships and communities.

The objectives of the Journal are:
  • To create a forum for exchanging and developing ideas and practices which are in the process of being tried and tested.
  • To investigate and rigorously discuss emerging concepts in terms of their applicability to effective clinical, organisational and community practice.
  • To review, report, extend, and critically assess the use of the systems approach in a variety of fields and their different contexts, including work with individuals, couples, families, groups, organisations, institutions and communities.
  • To provide a specialist field with a journal that includes theoretical papers which focus on systemic and constructionist ideas.
  • To discuss the application of systemic and constructionist ideas to training.

We intend that Human Systems should provide a forum for ideas, experiences, and rigorous study at the leading edge of developments in systemic thinking and practice and, thereby, play a role in fostering, co-ordinating and disseminating those developments for use by practitioners, trainers and other scientists in the field. We intend the journal to become a fully interactive part of the system, exemplifying in its operation the principles it supports through interactions with authors, commentaries, replies etc.

Human Systems welcomes reports of original practice and research and creative or critical review articles which make an original contribution. We are particularly keen to publish work which extends the range of application of the systems approach. Articles may take the form of case reports; accounts of particular forms of practice; systemic analyses of aspects of management or of the work of organisational consultants; illustration of the application of principles derived from other areas of systems science; accounts of the particular requirements of specific systems or issues raised by ecological processes and cross-national operations. They may range from full-scale descriptions of practice to very brief vignettes or simple discoveries; report on original research or synthesise areas of published research.

We hope that readers will want to join with us to co-create a unique form of collaborative conversation.