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Social physics

The grand challenges of our time are primarily of a societal nature. Physics methods and approaches play an increasingly central role in improving our understanding of these challenges and in helping to find innovative solutions. This Collection is dedicated to interdisciplinary research with physics at the helm, which aims to pave the way towards better organizations and policies, and ultimately towards a more sustainable future.

Submissions are welcome on a rolling basis. Find out how to submit on this page. The median turnaround time from submission to acceptance for papers submitted to the Social physics Collection is 69 days.

If you are using quantitative methodologies at the interface with the social sciences and humanities you may be interested in the ‘Quantitative Methodologies: Novel Applications in the Humanities and Social Sciences' Collection at our sister publication, Palgrave Communications, an open access journal. Find out how to submit your paper to that Collection on this page.

All articles have undergone Scientific Reports' standard peer review process and have been subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. This includes the journal’s policy on competing interests. The Guest Editor declares no competing interests with the submissions which they have handled through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editor has competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.
This Collection has not been supported by sponsorship.


More than two centuries ago Henri de Saint-Simon envisaged physical laws to describe human societies. Driven by advances in statistical physics, network science, data analysis, and information technology, this vision is becoming a reality. Many of the grandest challenges of our time are of a societal nature, and methods of physics are increasingly playing a central role in improving our understanding of these challenges, and helping us to find innovative solutions. The Social physics Collection at Scientific Reports is dedicated to this research.

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