Editorial: Living in a time of change

Ramage, Magnus; Bissell, Christopher and Chapman, David (2013). Editorial: Living in a time of change. Kybernetes, 42(1) pp. 5–12.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/03684921311295448


Cybernetics is a discipline of change and flow. Since the field coalesced and was given a name in the 1940s, it has been focused on the processes by which things move and adapt. So it is remarkable that one of the field’s major publishing outlets has been extremely stable in its editorship, with just two editors in its forty years of existence, and the same editor for twenty-five years. But as with everything, this journal cannot remain stable, and as you may have seen, the previous issue, 41(10), was the final issue under the editorship of Brian Rudall.
This is the first issue under the new editorial team of Kybernetes, and as such we wanted to give thanks to the outgoing editor, to introduce ourselves, and to provide readers with a sense of our editorial policy as we move forward into the next decade (or even the next 40 years) of the journal. We are very honoured to have been offered the role, and mindful of the need to retain the journal’s reputation for quality and breadth, while taking it into various new areas as we will discuss later in this editorial.

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