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“Soft Computing for Sustainability” 
Segunda-feira, 30 Dezembro 2019

Sustainability— Open Access Journal

Impact Factor: 2.592 (2018); 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.801 (2018)




Guest Editors:

M. Socorro García Cascales (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain)

Fausto Cavallaro (University of Molise, Italy)


Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2019


Guest Editor 

Dr. Maria Socorro Garcia Cascales

Department of Electronics, Computer Technology and Projects, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain

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Interests: Project Management; Multi-Criteria Decision-Making; Renewable Energy; Soft Computing


Guest Editor 

Dr. Fausto Cavallaro

Department of Economics, University of Molise, Italy

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Interests: Renewable energy; Multi-criteria; Fuzzy set; Sustainability; Technology assessment



Sustainability is a concept that integrates at least three dimensions: environmental, economic and social. Energy systems are usually evaluated as a key contributor for sustainable development, needing the methodology used for their evaluation to address many indicators, some are quantitative, while others are qualitative. The real scenarios are in this context with uncertainty and vagueness so that, Soft Computing can handle this ambiguity and can supply solutions to complex real-life questions. Soft Computing can be understood as a set of methodologies and techniques such as fuzzy logic, expert systems, artificial neural networks, fuzzy neural networks and genetic algorithms that, when working together and not isolated, can help both the industry and policymakers to make the best decisions correctly. It is therefore a challenge to choose the best methodologies to accomplish this task. The aim of this Special Issue is to show recent and novel applications of Soft Computing in the field of Sustainability assessment.


Keywords: Soft Computing, Approximate Reasoning, Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), Fuzzy Sets, Genetic Algorithms, Neural Network, Fuzzy Neural Network, Expert Systems, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, Sustainable Development, Sustainability Evaluation, Methods for Sustainability Assessment, Sustainable Industrial Systems, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Cost (LCC), Life Cycle Sustainability, Life Cycle Thinking, Sustainable Project Management, Sustainable Projects.


Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.