Writing Up Work

Generally you should try to format work the way you would submit it to a journal (see example the System Dynamics Review requirements). But you do not need to follow any specific referencing style.

Important: Figures and Tables should all be in line.

Regardless of submission type, Be clear and precise in your writing; completeness is appreciated, but so is conciseness. Also, in your submission title please do not refer to system dynamics or “a systems approach”. In the case of model-based papers, please also take note of recommended practices of model development, testing, and reporting. Such recommendations may be found in the following articles:

Rahmandad H and Sterman JD (2012). Reporting guidelines for simulation-based research in social sciences. Syst Dyn Rev 28(4):396–411.
Martinez-Moyano IJ (2012). Documentation for model transparency, Syst Dyn Rev 28(2):199–208.
Homer JB (2014). Levels of evidence in system dynamics modeling. Syst Dyn Rev 30(1-2):75-80.
Sterman JD (2018). System dynamics at sixty: the path forward. Syst Dyn Rev 34(1-2): 5–47.

See also Tom Fiddaman’s tips on writing good System Dynamics Conference papers: Writing an SD Conference Paper and Writing a good System Dynamics paper II.

The expectations for conference papers are, of course, not quite the same as those for a peer-reviewed journal, particularly with regard to detailed model documentation and reporting. We recognize that many conference papers report works still under development and not yet complete.

But, whatever the model’s stage of development, the submission should still demonstrate rigor and adherence to the scientific method. Evidence should be cited supporting model structure, meaning the choice of model boundary, causal relationships, and parameter values. Evidence should also be cited supporting the realism and plausibility of model behavior over time, for as many output variables as possible. Sensitivity and policy testing are expected, and explanation of model behavior as a function of its feedback structure is also important.