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ISSN: 0005-1098.

Automatica publishes papers on original theoretical and experimental research and development in the control of systems, involving all facets of automatic control theory and its applications. Preferably, theoretical papers should include applications; papers dealing with components and systems should include theoretical background and, where appropriate, economic implications.It is intended to publish only those papers, including those based on IFAC meeting presentations, which may be regarded as new, worthwhile contributions in this field. Papers should be intelligible to the general body of control engineers, which requires that specialized techniques, terminology and acronyms be well defined and/or referenced.Automatica has a tradition of publishing definitive papers covering a topic in depth, papers which are referred to for many years. For such papers the length requirements may be relaxed at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.The scope of the journal is extensive. Topics include: the theory and design of control systems and components, encompassing robust and distributed control using geometric, optimal, stochastic and nonlinear methods, game theory and state estimation; adaptive control, including robotics, neural networks, parameter estimation and system fault detection; additional topics including artificial intelligence, fuzzy and expert systems, hierarchical and man-machine systems, all parts of systems engineering which consider the reliability of components and systems; data processing; and computers for computer-aided design, manufacturing, and control of various industrial processes, space vehicles and aircraft, ships, traffic, biomedical systems, national economies, power systems, agriculture and natural resources.Submitted articles may be Survey Papers (extensive reviews of established or emerging research topics or application areas), Papers (detailed discussions involving new research, applications or developments), Brief Papers (brief presentations of new technical concepts and developments), Technical Communiques (new useful ideas and brief pertinent comments of a technical nature), and Correspondence (Letters to the Editor about the journal or to authors commenting on previously published papers. In the latter case, the Editor will give the authors an opportunity to respond). The journal also publishes the following features: Special Issues on the subject of increasing importance, Tutorial Papers, Book Reviews and Software Reviews.Additional information about Automatica, including lists of recently accepted papers and papers under review, a cumulative table of contents (1963-present) and recent and advance editorials, can be found at the Editor-in-Chief's site: For more details on the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), visit their home page at

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