Skip to main content

Featured article: Uncovering the internal structure of Boko Haram through its mobility patterns

A team of researchers aim to unravel the organisational structure and the mobility trends of the deadly militant organisation Boko Haram, operating across large parts of West Africa. Despite the widespread violence and brutality caused by the terrorist group, very little is known about their internal structure and their modus operandi. Based on disaggregated data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which includes almost 3800 violent events over a span of 10 years, the authors devise an algorithm to detect the disintegration of Boko Haram into several smaller units or cells, while taking into account the limitations imposed by travel costs and lack of familiarity with unknown territories. The study concludes that Boko Haram is a rather fragmented decentralised organisation comprising 50-60 highly mobile cells capable of travelling long-distances and carrying out numerous attacks in northern Nigeria and the surrounding countries. It also claims to identify specific paths and roadways, often across borders, frequently used by the cells where counter-insurgency measures could be deployed to stem the spread of the organisation. Additionally, the findings corroborate the fact that Boko Haram has grown into a regional threat and security issue. 

Call for papers: Epidemics Dynamics & Control on Networks

The goal of this special issue is to offer a platform to the interdisciplinary community of scientists working on the diffusion process on networks and its plethora of applications. We hope for a broad range of topics to be covered, across theory, methodology, and application to empirical data with a special emphasis on epidemic spreading.


Lead guest editor
Matjaž Perc, matjaz.perc@gmail.com

Guest editors
B. M. Althouse, H. Cherifi, J. C Miller, C. Poletto,  G. Rosseti, O. Varol


Paper submission deadline: September 21, 2020

Articles

2020

Special Issue of the 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Chantal Cherifi, Roberto Interdonato, Manuel Marques-Pita, Michael Schaub, Matteo Zignani

2019

Special Issue of the 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Sabrina Gaito, Marton Karsai and Hamamache Kheddouci

Call for papers: Global flow of commodity, money, humans, and knowledge
Guest editors: Yuichi Ikeda, Guido Caldarelli, Maximilian Schich, Teruyoshi Kobayashi, Irena Vodenska

Call for papers: Structure and dynamics of crime
Guest editors: Bruno Requião da Cunha, Gisela Bichler, Luiz G. A. Alves, Marcos Oliveira, Toby Davies

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Guest editors: Bruno Goncalves, Marco Alberto Javarone, Claudio J. Tessone

Complexity and the City
Guest editors: Luca Maria Aiello, Amin Anjomshoaa, Elsa Arcaute, Alessandro Rizzo, Neal Zachary

Modeling, analyzing and mining feature-rich networks
Guest editors: Roberto Interdonato, Martin Atzmueller, Sabrina Gaito, Rushed Kanawati, Christine Largeron, Alessandra Sala

Community structure in networks
Guest editors: Gergely Palla, Hocine Cherifi, Boleslaw K. Szymanski

Machine learning with graphs
Guest editors: Austin Benson, Ciro Cattuto, Shobeir Fakhraei, Danai Koutra, Vagelis Papalexakis, Jiliang Tang


2018

Network medicine in the era of big data in science and healthcare
Guest editors: Amitabh Sharma, Marc Santolini and Emre Guney

Special issue on the 6th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Sabrina Gaito, Marton Karsai and Hamamache Kheddouci


2017

Special issue on the 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Sabrina Gaito, Walter Quattrociocchi and Alessandra Sala


2016

Modeling, computation and prediction in complex networks
Guest editor: Adam Wierzbicki

Special issue of the 4th International Workshop on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Chantal Cherifi and Hocine Cherifi

Special issue on the 7th International Workshop on Complex Networks
Guest editors: Bruno Gonçalves and Roberta Sinatra

Latest Tweets

Your browser needs to have JavaScript enabled to view this timeline

Ongoing collections

Special Issue of the 8th International Conference on Complex Networks and Their Applications
Guest editors: Chantal Cherifi, Roberto Interdonato, Manuel Marques-Pita, Michael Schaub, Matteo Zignani

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies
Guest editors: Bruno Goncalves, Marco Alberto Javarone, Claudio J. Tessone

Machine learning with graphs
Guest editors: Austin Benson, Ciro Cattuto, Shobeir Fakhraei, Danai Koutra, Vagelis Papalexakis, Jiliang Tang

Modeling, analyzing and mining feature-rich networks
Guest editors: Roberto Interdonato, Martin Atzmueller, Sabrina Gaito, Rushed Kanawati, Christine Largeron, Alessandra Sala

Community structure in networks
Guest editors: Gergely Palla, Hocine Cherifi, Boleslaw K. Szymanski

Complexity and the City
Guest editors: Luca Maria Aiello, Amin Anjomshoaa, Elsa Arcaute, Alessandro Rizzo, Neal Zachary

All current and past article collections can be found here.

Aims and scope

Applied Network Science (ANS) is an open-access and strictly peer-reviewed journal giving researchers and practitioners in the field the ability to reach a larger audience. ANS encompasses all established and emerging fields that have been or can be shown to benefit from quantitative network-based modeling. Contributions from all fields of science, technology, medicine and humanities will be considered, in particular from newly emerging research areas formed and developing at the interfaces of presently established sub-disciplines.

The focus of the journal is based on novel or anticipated applications of network sciences, on related techniques that may be used in applications of complex network methodologies, and on innovative modeling approaches that will enhance specific applications and lead to more widespread use of network science concepts. Overall, articles that have a direct application to real world problems form the core publications of this journal.

Annual journal metrics

Abstract and indexing coverage
CNKI
dblp
DOAJ
EBSCO Academic Search
EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO STM Source
EBSCO TOC Premier
Google Scholar
Inspec
OCLC
ProQuest - Summon
Scopus

Institutional membership

Visit the membership page to check if your institution is a member and learn how you could save on article-processing charges (APCs).

Funding your APC

​​​​​​​Open access funding and policy support by SpringerOpen​​

​​​​We offer a free open access support service to make it easier for you to discover and apply for article-processing charge (APC) funding. Learn more here