What are the 'systems' and 'systems thinking' journals?

Yes. See below. Impact factors (IF) included if available (checked as of 03/2021). Let us know if we are missing any. List of out-of-print journals at bottom.

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'Systems' Journals (by Impact Factor)

Because 'systems' is a transdisciplinary field it is not always clear-cut what is and is not a systems journal. The journals below are either systems journals or tend to be 'systems friendly'...

  1. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics [IF: 9.309]
  2. Technological Forecasting and Social Change [IF: 5.846]
  3. OMEGA [IF: 5.324]
  4. Journal of Management Studies [IF: 4.888]
  5. European Journal of Operational Research [IF: 4.213]
  6. IEEE Systems Journal [IF: 3.987]
  7. International Journal of Control [IF: 2.78]
  8. Complexity [IF: 2.462]
  9. International Journal of Systems Science [IF: 2.149]
  10. International Journal of General Systems [IF: 1.671]
  11. European Journal of Control [IF: 1.540]
  12. Thinking Skills and Creativity [IF: 2.068]
  13. European Journal of Information Systems [IF: 2.6] (was Journal of Applied Systems Analysis)
  14. Journal of Information Science [IF: 2.410]
  15. Open Systems and Information Dynamics [IF: 1.960]
  16. Systems Dynamics Review [IF: 1.879]
  17. Cybernetics and Systems: An International Journal  [IF: 1.433]
  18. Journal of Complexity [IF: 1.338]
  19. World Futures [IF: 1.1]
  20. Simulation [IF: 1.090]
  21. Systemic Practice and Action Research [IF: 1.0]
  22. Dynamical Systems: An international journal [IF: 0.986]
  23. Systems Research and Behavioral Science [IF: 0.731]
  24. Foundations of Science [IF: 0.670]
  25. Journal of Systems Thinking [IF: n/a] (new!)
  26. Acta Cybernetica [IF: n/a]
  27. Collective Intelligence [IF: n/a]
  28. Cybernetics and Human Knowing [IF: n/a]
  29.  Emergence: Complexity and Organization [E:CO] [IF: n/a]
  30. Entropy [IF: n/a]
  31. International Journal of Complexity [IF: n/a]
  32. International Journal of Complexity in Applied Science and Technology [IF: n/a]
  33. International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach  [IF: n/a]
  34. International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI) [IF: n/a]
  35. Journal of Awareness-based Systems Change [IF: n/a]
  36. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics [IF: n/a]
  37. Kybernetes [IF: n/a]
  38. Process Studies [IF: n/a]
  39. SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems [IF: n/a]
  40. Systemist (UKSS) [IF: n/a]
  41. Systems [IF: n/a]

Out of Print "Systems" Journals

  1. Applied Systems Thinking  (out of print?)
    1. Cybernetica (out of print?)
    2. International e-Journal of Abstracts for Cybernetics and Systems Research (published by IFSR (out of print?))
    3. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies (out of print 1993)
    4. International Journal of Systems and Society (out of print)
    5. Journal of Applied Systems Studies (out of print?) 
    6. Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change (out of print-2018) 
    7. Journal of Research Practice (out of print-2019)
    8. Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems (formerly known as Journal of Social and Biological Systems- out of print-1999)
    9. Journal of Systems Management (out of print 1989)
    10. Systeme (out of print?)

    Cognitive Science Journals (by Impact Factor)

    1. Behavioral and Brain Sciences [IF: 17.333]
    2. Psychological Review [IF: 6.857]
    3. Cortex [IF: 4.009]
    4. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences [IF: 3.990]
    5. Journal of Memory and Language [IF: 3.893]
    6. Developmental Science [IF: 3.722]
    7. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience [IF: 3.571]
    8. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition [IF: 3.472]
    9. Cognitive Science [IF: 3.294]
    10. Cognition [IF: 3.294]
    11. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General [IF: 3.169]
    12. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience [IF: 3.105]
    13. Cognitive Psychology [IF: 3.029]
    14. Animal Cognition [IF: 2.859]
    15. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition [IF: 2.832]
    16. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science [IF: 2.824]
    17. Neuropsychologia [IF: 2.652]
    18. Topics in Cognitive Science [IF: 2.511]
    19. Brain and Cognition [IF: 2.508]
    20. Cognition and Emotion [IF: 2.473]
    21. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance [IF: 2.450]
    22. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience [IF: 2.206]
    23. Frontiers in Psychology [IF: 2.067]
    24. Cognitive Development [IF: 2.050]
    25. Consciousness and Cognition [IF: 2.044]
    26. Cognitive Systems Research [IF: 1.902]
    27. Memory & Cognition [IF: 1.694]
    28. Synthese [IF: 1.436]
    29. Mind & Language [IF: 1.275]
    30. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics [IF: 1.0]
    31. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology [IF: 0.75]
    32. Intellectica [IF: n/a]
    33. Trends in Cognitive Sciences [IF: n/a]
    34. Review of Philosophy and Psychology [IF: n/a]
    35. Journal of Consciousness Studies [IF: n/a]