Each complex network (or class of networks) presents specific topological features which characterize its connectivity and highly influence the dynamics of processes executed on the network. The analysis, discrimination, and synthesis of complex networks, therefore, rely on the use of measurements capable of expressing the most relevant topological features.
The quantitative description of the networks properties also provides fundamental subsidies for classifying theoretical and real networks into major categories. The main measurements can be used to quantify important properties of complex networks. Network measurements are therefore essential as a direct or subsidiary resource in many network investigations, including representation, characterization, classification and modeling. Actually, there are so many measurements of complex networks. For example, distance-based measurements, degree-based measurements, eigenvalue-based measurements, entropy-based measurements, clustering and cycles, centrality measurements, community measurements, similarity measurements, etc. Despite the amount of research efforts on the topic of measurements and security of complex networks and systems, this remains a topic of current interest.
In this special issue, we will focus on cutting edge research from both academia and engineering on the topic of measurements and security of complex networks and systems, with a particular emphasis on novel techniques to ensure the security and/or efficiently achieving more accurate measurements.
Topics of interest include:
Measurements and security of complex networks and systems
Models of complex networks and systems
Structural network properties and analysis
Community structure in networks
Formulation and function of networks
Graphs and networks
Methodological problems in complex networks
Software design related to complex networks
Applications of complex networks
High quality survey papers on the above topics are also welcome.
Submission deadline: 1 November 2016
Authors’ notification: 15 February 2017
Revisions due: 28 April 2017
Final decision: 31 July 2017
Camera ready version due: 30 Aug 2017
Tentative publication date: Late 2017/ early 2018
Submissions must be unpublished and must not be under consideration by any other journal or conference. Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors available from the online submission page of the Future Generation Computer Systems at http://ees.elsevier.com/fgcs/. Authors should select “SI: Measur_Sec” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.