Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Collective Dynamics focuses on research in the field of pedestrian dynamics, crowds, vehicular traffic and other systems of self-driven particles, such as molecular motors, animal groups or agents. The journal is a forum for all scientists working on fundamental (empirical as well as theoretical) research or concrete applications. Articles should be written in a way that makes them accessible to a wide range of scientific disciplines.

As a peer-reviewed journal, Collective Dynamics publishes scientific papers that should reflect original, previously unpublished work, but may also report on systematic reviews of published research and other pedagogical articles (e.g. lecture notes).


Section Policies

Special section on: "Traffic Flow: data, theory, model, solution"

This special section is composed of selected and extended contributions to the "Traffic and Granular Flow" conference held from 27th to 30th October 2015 in Delft, the Netherlands.

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Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2016

  • Maik Boltes
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Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2018

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Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2020

  • Milad Haghani
  • Meead Saberi
  • Majid Sarvi
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Peer Review Process

Original research papers, short communications, and reviews will be peer-reviewed. Following an initial assessment by the Editors, those papers with a high priority rating are sent for external review to experts in the field. In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or formally sub-standard.

The peer-review process and all correspondence take place via email. Collective Dynamics uses a 'single blind' review process, i.e. authors are not told who reviewed their paper. The peer reviewers' identity remains unknown to the author(s). The referees are asked to give their opinion on formal aspects, originality and quality. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have four possible options for each article:

  1. accept (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions; the paper will not be sent out for another peer review round)
  3. revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made; the paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. reject (i.e. the manuscript is substandard).


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors contributing to Collective Dynamics agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

This license allows:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material

for any purpose, even commercially.

The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.


Authors retain copyright of their work. They are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to Collective Dynamics on personal or institutional websites and repositories, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).

Neither submission fees nor article processing charges are involved.


Journal Archiving

The digital archiving is provided by the German National Library.