Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing

The open-access book series "Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing" introduces essentials of computing science.

Current volumes

What the Simula SpringerBriefs are

Springer and Simula launched the book series, Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing, to provide introductory volumes on the main topics within Simula’s expertise in communications technology, software engineering and scientific computing. The series provides condensed overviews of the state-of-the-art research and raises essential critical questions in the field.

Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing are characterized by:

  • Compact volumes of 75–125 pages
  • Sufficient overview of a narrow topic, such that new researchers get quickly up to speed on the topic
  • Open access availability as eBooks, with option to buy printed versions

Published by SpringerOpen, all Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing are open access, allowing for faster sharing and wider dissemination of knowledge. Under this agreement and model, authors also retain copyright. 

Why the Simula SpringerBriefs 

By publishing the Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing, Simula Research Laboratory acts on its mandate of emphasizing research education. The Norwegian Minister of Research and Education, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, said, “I welcome this new innovative series of compact books introducing the essentials of computing science, and I look forward to see it come to fruition. In particular, I embrace the use of the open access publishing opportunities, and I appreciate its importance in communicating knowledge throughout the world. I wish Simula and Springer all the best in their joint effort to improve the way science is presented. Publishing is undergoing extreme changes and new, pioneering solutions are indeed needed.” 

As a concise, yet in-depth introduction to a topic, each volume provides a sufficient introduction to, and overview of, a narrow topic so that new researchers entering the subject area can quickly get up to speed. Readers will also be able to glean important insights into cutting-edge issues, including a discussion of open problems. 

Aslak Tveito, Managing Director of Simula Research Laboratory, is familiar with the challenges of finding the right introductory material for narrow research fields. Tveito remarked, “This series will provide comprehensible introductions to active research fields in computing sciences. Such information must often be collected from numerous and diverse sources, which is often time consuming and exasperating. The books in this series will provide a fresh look at and a critical view of research fields, and hopefully ease the entrance into a field for new researchers.  I look forward to working on the project, and I am grateful for the very valuable collaboration with Springer.” 

Martin Peters, Executive Editor for Mathematics and CSE at Springer comments: "We are very happy to start this new book series with our long-standing partner Simula. Knowing about the competence of the scientists at Simula and their collaborators, we expect that the series will become a successful prototype example of how to publish open access books."

Editorial board

The board’s focal point will be the production of a series of the highest international academic standard. Members of the editorial board will be asked to solicit new projects, and every volume will be followed closely by one of the editors. Books in this series are published only by invitation from a member of the editorial board.

The members of the editorial board are:

  • Aslak Tveito, Editor-in-Chief (Simula Research Laboratory & University of Oslo)
  • Are Magnus Bruaset (Simula Research Laboratory & University of Oslo)
  • Magne Jørgensen (Simula Research Laboratory & University of Oslo)
  • Olav Lysne (Simula Research Laboratory & University of Oslo)
  • Andrew McCulloch (University of California, San Diego)
  • Fabian Theis (Helmholtz Zentrum & Technische Universität München)
  • Kimberly (KC) Claffy (CAIDA, University of California, San Diego)
  • Karen Willcox (MIT)
  • Andreas Zeller (Saarland University)

Contact information

Ruth Francis | Springer | Corporate Communications
Tel +44 20 3192 2737 | ruth.francis@springer.com

Rachel Thomas | Simula Research Laboratory | Corporate Development
Tel 45 16 43 20 | rachel@simula.no