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# Ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric spaces and some fixed point theorems for contractive mappings with application to periodic boundary value problems

## Abstract

In this paper, we introduce the structure of $$S_{p}$$-metric spaces as a generalization of both S-metric and $$S_{b}$$-metric spaces. Also, we present the notions of -contractive mappings in the setup of ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric spaces and investigate the existence of a fixed point for such mappings under various contractive conditions. We provide examples to illustrate the results presented herein. An application to periodic boundary value problems is presented.

## Introduction and preliminaries

There is a large number of generalizations of Banach contraction principle via using different forms of contractive conditions in various generalized metric spaces. Some of such generalizations are obtained via contractive conditions expressed by rational terms (see, e.g., [7, 9, 17, 19]).

Ran and Reurings initiated the studying of fixed point results on partially ordered sets in . Further, many researchers have focused on different contractive conditions in complete metric spaces endowed with a partial order. For more details, we refer the reader to [11, 12].

Parvaneh introduced in  the concept of extended b-metric spaces as follows.

### Definition 1.1

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Let Ξ be a (nonempty) set. A function $$\tilde{d}:\varXi \times \varXi \rightarrow \mathbf{R}^{+}$$ is a p-metric if there exists a strictly increasing continuous function $$\varOmega :[0,\infty )\rightarrow [0,\infty )$$ with $$\varOmega ^{-1}(t)\leq t\leq \varOmega (t)$$ and $$\varOmega ^{-1}(0)=0=\varOmega (0)$$ such that, for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, the following conditions hold:

($$\widetilde{d}_{1}$$):

$$\widetilde{d}(\zeta ,\eta )=0$$ iff $$\zeta =\eta$$,

($$\widetilde{d}_{2}$$):

$$\widetilde{d}(\zeta ,\eta )= \widetilde{d}(\eta ,\zeta )$$,

($$\widetilde{d}_{3}$$):

$$\widetilde{d}(\zeta ,\omega )\leq \varOmega (\widetilde{d}(\zeta ,\eta )+\widetilde{d}(\eta ,\omega ))$$.

In this case, the pair $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{d})$$ is called a p-metric space or an extended b-metric space.

A b-metric  is a p-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=st$$ for some fixed $$s\ge 1$$, while a metric is a p-metric when $$\varOmega (t)=t$$. We have the following proposition.

### Proposition 1.2

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Let $$(\varXi ,d)$$ be a metric space, and let $$\widetilde{d} (\zeta , \eta )=\xi (d(\zeta ,\eta ))$$, where $$\xi :[0,\infty )\rightarrow [0, \infty )$$ is a strictly increasing continuous function with $$t\leq \xi (t)$$ and $$0= \xi (0)$$. In this case, is a p-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=\xi (t)$$.

The above proposition provides several examples of p-metric spaces.

### Example 1.3

Let $$(\varXi ,d)$$ be a metric space, and let $$\widetilde{d} (\zeta , \eta )=e^{d(\zeta ,\eta )}\sec ^{-1}(e^{d(\zeta ,\eta )})$$. Then is a p-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{t}\sec ^{-1}(e ^{t})$$.

In , Sedghi et al. introduced the notion of an S-metric space as follows.

### Definition 1.4

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Let Ξ be a nonempty set and $$S: \varXi \times \varXi \times \varXi \rightarrow \mathbf{R}^{+}$$ be a function satisfying the following properties:

1. (S1)

$$S(\zeta , \eta , \omega ) = 0$$ iff $$\zeta = \eta = \omega$$;

2. (S2)

$$S(\zeta , \eta , \omega ) \leq S(\zeta , \zeta , a) + S(\eta , \eta , a)+S(\omega ,\omega ,a)$$ for all $$\zeta , \eta , \omega , a \in \varXi$$ (rectangle inequality).

Then the function S is called an S-metric on Ξ and the pair $$(\varXi , S)$$ is called an S-metric space.

### Example 1.5

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Let R be the real line. Then $$S (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )= \vert \zeta -\eta \vert +\vert \zeta -\omega \vert$$ for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \mathbf{R}$$ is an S-metric on R. This S-metric on R is called the usual S-metric on R.

Souayaha and Mlaiki in , motivated by the concepts of b-metric and S-metric, introduced the concept of $$S_{b}$$-metric spaces, and then they presented some basic properties of such spaces.

The following is the definition of modified S-metric spaces, which is a proper generalization of the notions of S-metric spaces and $$S_{b}$$-metric spaces.

### Definition 1.6

Let Ξ be a nonempty set and $$\varOmega :[0,\infty )\rightarrow [0, \infty )$$ be a strictly increasing continuous function such that $$t\leq \varOmega (t)$$ for all $$t>0$$ and $$\varOmega (0)=0$$. Suppose that a mapping $$\widetilde{S}:\varXi \times \varXi \times \varXi \rightarrow \mathbf{R}^{+}$$ satisfies:

(1):

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=0$$ iff $$\zeta =\eta =\omega$$,

(2):

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\leq \varOmega [\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\zeta ,\alpha )+\widetilde{S}(\eta , \eta ,\alpha ) +\widetilde{S}(\omega ,\omega ,\alpha )]$$ for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ,\alpha \in \varXi$$ (rectangle inequality).

Then is called an $$S_{p}$$-metric and the pair $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ is called an $$S_{p}$$-metric space.

### Remark 1.7

In an $$S_{p}$$-metric space, we have $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\zeta , \eta )\leq \varOmega [\widetilde{S}(\eta ,\eta ,\zeta )]$$ for all $$\zeta ,\eta \in \varXi$$. Indeed, putting $$(\zeta ,\zeta ,\eta ,\zeta )$$ instead of $$(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ,\alpha )$$ in $$(\widetilde{S}2)$$ and using $$(\widetilde{S}1)$$, we obtain the previous inequality.

Each S-metric space is an $$S_{p}$$-metric space with $$\varOmega (t)=t$$ and every $$S_{b}$$-metric space with parameter $$s\ge 1$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric space with $$\varOmega (t)=st$$.

### Proposition 1.8

Let $$(\varXi ,S)$$ be an $$S_{b}$$-metric space with coefficient $$s\geq 1$$, and let $$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\xi (S(\zeta ,\eta , \omega ))$$, where $$\xi :[0,\infty )\rightarrow [0,\infty )$$ is a strictly increasing continuous function with $$t\leq \xi (t)$$ for all $$t>0$$ and $$\xi (0)=0$$. Then is an $$S_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=\xi (st)$$.

### Proof

For all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ,a\in \varXi$$,

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ) &=\xi \bigl(S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr) \leq \xi \bigl(sS(\zeta ,\zeta ,a)+sS(\eta ,\eta ,a)+sS(\omega ,\omega ,a)\bigr) \\ &\leq \xi (s\xi \bigl(S(\zeta ,\zeta ,a)\bigr)+s\xi \bigl(S(\eta ,\eta ,a)+s\xi \bigl(S( \omega ,\omega ,a)\bigr)\bigr) \\ &= \xi \bigl(s\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\zeta ,a)+s\widetilde{S} (\eta , \eta ,a)+s \widetilde{S} (\omega ,\omega ,a)\bigr) \\ &=\varOmega \bigl(\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\zeta ,a)+\widetilde{S} (\eta , \eta ,a)+ \widetilde{S} (\omega ,\omega ,a)\bigr). \end{aligned}

So, is an $$S_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=\xi (st)$$. □

The above proposition provides several examples of $$S_{p}$$-metric spaces.

### Example 1.9

Let $$(\varXi ,S)$$ be an $$S_{b}$$-metric space with coefficient $$s\geq 1$$. Then:

1. 1.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}\sec ^{-1}(e^{S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )})$$ is an $${S_{p}}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{st}\sec ^{-1}(e^{st})$$.

2. 2.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=[S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )+1]\sec ^{-1}([S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )+1])$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=[st+1]\sec ^{-1}([st+1])$$.

3. 3.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}\tan ^{-1}(e^{S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1)$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{st}\tan ^{-1}(e^{st}-1)$$.

4. 4.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\cosh (S( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega ))$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=st \cosh (st)$$.

5. 5.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )} \ln (1+S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ))$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{st}\ln (1+st)$$.

6. 6.

$$\widetilde{S} (\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )+\ln (1+S( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega ))$$ is an $${S}_{p}$$-metric with $$\varOmega (t)=st+ \ln (1+st)$$.

In all the given examples 1–6, it can be checked by routine calculation that the respective function ξ satisfies all the requirements given in Proposition 1.8, i.e., it is continuous, strictly increasing, $$\xi (0)=0$$, and $$\xi (t)>t$$ for $$t>0$$.

### Definition 1.10

Let Ξ be an $$S_{p}$$-metric space. A sequence $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ in Ξ is said to be:

1. (1)

$$S_{p}$$-Cauchy if, for each $$\varepsilon >0$$, there exists a positive integer $$n_{0}$$ such that, for all $$m,n\geq n_{0}$$, $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})<\varepsilon$$.

2. (2)

$$S_{p}$$-convergent to a point $$\zeta \in \varXi$$ if, for each $$\varepsilon >0$$, there exists a positive integer $$n_{0}$$ such that, for all $$n\geq n_{0}$$, $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta )<\varepsilon$$.

3. (3)

An $$S_{p}$$-metric space Ξ is called $$S_{p}$$-complete if every $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence is $$S_{p}$$-convergent in Ξ.

In general, an $$S_{p}$$-metric mapping $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta , \omega )$$ with a nontrivial function Ω need not be jointly continuous in all its variables (see ). Thus, in some proofs we will need the following simple lemma about the $$S_{p}$$-convergent sequences.

### Lemma 1.11

Let $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an $$S_{p}$$-metric space.

1. 1.

Suppose that $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ and $$\{\eta _{n}\}$$ are $$S_{p}$$-convergent to ζ and η, respectively. Then we have

\begin{aligned} \frac{\varOmega ^{-1}[\frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta , \eta )]}]}{2}&\leq \liminf _{n\longrightarrow \infty } \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\eta _{n},\eta _{n})\leq \limsup _{n\longrightarrow \infty } \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\eta _{n}, \eta _{n}) \\ &\leq \varOmega \bigl[2\varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\eta )\bigr]\bigr]. \end{aligned}

In particular, if $$\zeta =\eta$$, then we have $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\eta _{n},\eta _{n})=0$$.

2. 2.

Suppose that $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is $$S_{p}$$-convergent to ζ and $$\omega \in \varXi$$ is arbitrary. Then we have

$$\frac{\varOmega ^{-1}[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\omega ,\omega )]}{2}\leq \liminf _{n\longrightarrow \infty } \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n}, \omega ,\omega )\leq \limsup _{n\longrightarrow \infty } \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\omega ,\omega )\leq \varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}( \zeta ,\omega ,\omega )\bigr].$$

### Proof

1. Using the rectangle inequality in the $$S_{p}$$-metric space, it is easy to see that

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\eta ) &\leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}( \zeta ,\zeta ,\zeta _{n})+2\widetilde{S}(\eta ,\eta ,\zeta _{n}) \bigr] \\ &\leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\zeta ,\zeta _{n})+2\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(\eta ,\eta ,\eta _{n}) +\widetilde{S}(\eta _{n}, \zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \bigr] \bigr] \end{aligned}

and

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\eta _{n},\eta _{n}) &\leq \varOmega \bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta )+2\widetilde{S}(\eta _{n},\eta _{n},\zeta ) \bigr] \\ &\leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}, \zeta )+2\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(\eta _{n},\eta _{n}, \eta ) +\widetilde{S}(\eta , \zeta ,\zeta ) \bigr] \bigr]. \end{aligned}

Taking the lower limit as $$n\rightarrow \infty$$ in the first inequality and the upper limit as $$n\rightarrow \infty$$ in the second inequality, we obtain the desired result.

2. Using the rectangle inequality, we see that

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\omega ,\omega ) \leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}( \zeta , \zeta ,\zeta _{n})+2\widetilde{S}(\omega ,\omega ,\zeta _{n}) \bigr]$$

and

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\omega ,\omega ) \leq \varOmega \bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta )+2 \widetilde{S}(\omega , \omega ,\zeta ) \bigr].$$

□

Let $$\mathfrak{B}$$ denote the class of all real functions $$\beta :[0, \infty )\rightarrow {}[ 0,1)$$ satisfying the condition

$$\beta (t_{n})\rightarrow 1\quad \text{implies that}\quad t_{n} \rightarrow 0, \quad \text{as } n\rightarrow \infty .$$

In order to generalize the Banach contraction principle, Geraghty proved in 1973 the following result.

### Theorem 1.12

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Let $$(\varXi , d)$$ be a complete metric space, and let $$f : \varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be a self-map. Suppose that there exists $$\beta \in \mathfrak{B}$$ such that

$$d(f\zeta , f\eta ) \leq \beta \bigl(d(\zeta , \eta )\bigr)d(\zeta , \eta )$$

holds for all $$\zeta , \eta \in \varXi$$. Then f has a unique fixed point $$\omega \in \varXi$$ and for each $$\zeta \in \varXi$$ the Picard sequence $$\{f^{n}\zeta \}$$ converges to ω.

In 2010, Amini-Harandi and Emami  characterized the result of Geraghty in the setting of a partially ordered complete metric space. In , some fixed point theorems for mappings satisfying Geraghty-type contractive conditions were proved in various generalized metric spaces. Also, Zabihi and Razani  and Shahkoohi and Razani  obtained some fixed point results for rational Geraghty contractions in b-metric spaces.

Motivated by , in this paper we present some fixed point theorems for various contractive mappings in tripled partially ordered modified S-metric spaces. Our results extend some existing results in the literature. Examples are provided to show the usefulness of the results. In the last section, an application is given to a first-order boundary value problem for differential equations.

## Main results

### Fixed point results using Geraghty contractions

Let $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an $$S_{p}$$-metric space with function Ω, and let $$\mathfrak{B}_{\varOmega }$$ denote the class of all functions $$\beta :[0,\infty ) \rightarrow [0,\varOmega ^{-1}(1))$$ satisfying the following condition:

$$\limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\beta (t_{n})=\varOmega ^{-1}(1) \quad \text{implies that} \quad t_{n}\rightarrow 0, \quad \text{as } n\rightarrow \infty .$$

### Example 2.1

1. (1)

Let $$\varXi =\mathbb{R}$$ and $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e ^{|\zeta -\eta |+|\eta -\omega |}-1$$ for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \mathbb{R}$$, with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{t}-1$$. Then, by $$\beta (t)=( \ln 2)e^{-t}$$ for $$t > 0$$ and $$\beta (0)\in [0,\ln 2)$$, a function β belonging to $$\mathfrak{B}_{\varOmega }$$ is given.

2. (2)

Another example of a function in $$\mathfrak{B}_{\varOmega }$$ may be given by $$\beta (t)=W(1)e^{-t}$$ for $$t > 0$$ and $$\beta (0)\in [0,W(1))$$, where $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=(|\zeta -\eta |+|\eta - \omega |)e^{|\zeta -\eta |+|\eta -\omega |}$$ for all $$\zeta ,\eta , \omega \in \mathbb{R}$$. Here, W is the Lambert W-function (see, e.g., ).

### Definition 2.2

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric space. A mapping $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ is called an $$S_{p}$$-Geraghty contraction if there exists $$\beta \in \mathcal{B}_{\varOmega }$$ such that

$$\varOmega ^{2}\bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\leq \beta \bigl(M( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )$$
(2.1)

for all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, where

$$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta , \omega ), \frac{\varOmega ^{-1}[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,f\zeta ,f\eta )]}{2}, \widetilde{S}(\eta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) \biggr\} .$$

An ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric space $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ is said to have the s.l.c. property if, whenever $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is an increasing sequence in Ξ such that $$\zeta _{n}\rightarrow u\in \varXi$$, one has $$\zeta _{n}\preceq u$$ for all $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$.

### Theorem 2.3

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-complete $$S_{p}$$-metric space. Let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be an increasing mapping with respect to such that there exists an element $$\zeta _{0}\in \varXi$$ with $$\zeta _{0}\preceq f\zeta _{0}$$. Suppose that f is an $$S_{p}$$-Geraghty contraction. If

1. (I)

f is continuous, or

2. (II)

$$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ has the s.l.c. property,

then f has a fixed point. Moreover, the set of fixed points of f is well ordered if and only if f has one and only one fixed point.

### Proof

Put $$\zeta _{n}=f^{n}\zeta _{0}$$. Since $$\zeta _{0}\preceq \zeta _{1}$$ and f is increasing, we obtain by induction that the sequence $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is increasing w.r.t. . We will show that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1})=0$$. Without loss of generality, we may assume that $$\zeta _{n}\neq \zeta _{n+1}$$ for all $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$. Since $$\zeta _{n}$$ and $$\zeta _{n+1}$$ are comparable, then by (2.1) we have

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})=\widetilde{S}(f \zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})\leq \beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n})\bigr)M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}),$$
(2.2)

where

\begin{aligned} & M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \\ &\quad =\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}\bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n})\bigr]},\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n}) \biggr\} \\ &\quad = \max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}\bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})\bigr]}, \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \biggr\} \\ &\quad \leq \max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \frac{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n})}{2},\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1}) \biggr\} \\ &\quad = \max \bigl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})\bigr\} . \end{aligned}

If $$\max \{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}), \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})\}=\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})$$, then from (2.2) we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) & \leq \beta \bigl(M( \zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\bigr)\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1}) \\ & < \varOmega ^{-1}(1)\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \\ & \leq \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}), \end{aligned}

which is a contradiction.

Hence, $$\max \{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}), \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})\}= \widetilde{S}( \zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})$$. So, from (2.2),

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \leq \beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\bigr) \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})< \widetilde{S}( \zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}).$$
(2.3)

That is, $$\{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \}$$ is a decreasing sequence. Then there exists $$r\geq 0$$ such that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1}) }=r$$. We will prove that $$r=0$$. Suppose, on the contrary, that $$r>0$$. Then, letting $${n\to \infty }$$, from (2.3) we have

$$r \leq \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n-1}, \zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n})\bigr)}r\leq \varOmega ^{-1}(1)r,$$

which implies that $$\varOmega ^{-1}(1)\leq 1 \leq \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\beta (M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}))}\leq \varOmega ^{-1}(1)$$. Now, as $$\beta \in \mathfrak{B}_{\varOmega }$$, we conclude that $$M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\rightarrow 0$$, which yields that $$r=0$$, a contradiction. Hence, the assumption that $$r>0$$ is false. That is,

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1})}=\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})}=0.$$
(2.4)

Now, we prove that the sequence $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence. Suppose the contrary, i.e., there exists $$\varepsilon >0$$ for which we can find two subsequences $$\{\zeta _{m _{i}}\}$$ and $$\{\zeta _{n_{i}}\}$$ of $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ such that $$n_{i}$$ is the smallest index for which

$$n_{i}>m_{i}>i\quad \text{and}\quad \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}, \zeta _{n_{i}})\geq \varepsilon .$$
(2.5)

This means that

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})< \varepsilon .$$
(2.6)

From the rectangular inequality, we get

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S} &(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}}) \\ &\quad \leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr] \\ &\quad \leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})+ \varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{m_{i}})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{m_{i}})\bigr] \\ &\qquad {} +\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr]. \end{aligned}

Taking the upper limit as $$i\rightarrow \infty$$ and by (2.4), we get

$$\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m _{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}})\leq \varOmega \bigl(\varepsilon +\varOmega ( \varepsilon )\bigr).$$

From the rectangular inequality, we get

$$\varepsilon \leq \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}, \zeta _{n _{i}})\leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{m_{i}+1})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}, \zeta _{m_{i}+1})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{m _{i}+1})\bigr].$$

Taking the upper limit as $$i\rightarrow \infty$$ and by (2.4), we get

$$\frac{1}{2}\varOmega ^{-1}(\varepsilon )\leq \limsup _{i\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}).$$

From the definition of $$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )$$ and the above limits,

\begin{aligned} &\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty } M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1}) \\ &\quad =\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m _{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}), \frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}\bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},f\zeta _{m_{i}},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr]}, \\ & \qquad \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1}) \biggr\} \\ &\quad =\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m _{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}), \frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}\bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}})\bigr]}, \\ & \qquad \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}})\biggr\} \\ &\quad \leq \varOmega (\varepsilon ). \end{aligned}

Now, since the sequence $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is increasing, we can apply (2.1) and the above inequalities to get

\begin{aligned} \varOmega (\varepsilon ) &=\varOmega ^{2} \biggl(2\cdot \frac{1}{2}\varOmega ^{-1}( \varepsilon ) \biggr) \\ &\leq \varOmega ^{2}\Bigl[\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }2 \widetilde{S}( \zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}})\Bigr] \\ & \leq \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr)\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }M( \zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}) \\ & \leq \varOmega (\varepsilon )\cdot \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty } \beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}) \bigr), \end{aligned}

which implies that $$\varOmega ^{-1}(1)\leq 1 \leq \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\beta (M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1}))}\leq \varOmega ^{-1}(1)$$. Now, as $$\beta \in \mathfrak{B}_{\varOmega }$$ we conclude that $$M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n _{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\rightarrow 0$$, which yields that $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\rightarrow 0$$. Consequently,

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}})\leq \varOmega \bigl[ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})+2 \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr] \rightarrow 0,$$

a contradiction with (2.5). Therefore, $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence. $$S_{p}$$-completeness of Ξ yields that $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ $$S_{p}$$-converges to a point $$u\in \varXi$$.

We will prove that u is a fixed point of f. First, let f be continuous. Then we have

$$u=\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\zeta _{n+1}}=\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }f\zeta _{n}=fu.$$

Now, let (II) hold. Using the assumption on Ξ, we have that $$\zeta _{n}\preceq u$$ for all $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$. Now, by Lemma 1.11,

\begin{aligned} \varOmega ^{2} \biggl[2\frac{\varOmega ^{-1}[\widetilde{S}(u,fu,fu)]}{2} \biggr] & \leq \varOmega ^{2}\Bigl[2\limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n+1},fu,fu)\Bigr] \\ & \leq \limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\beta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n},u,u) \bigr) \limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }M(\zeta _{n},u,u), \end{aligned}

where

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }M(\zeta _{n},u,u)=\lim _{n\rightarrow \infty }\max \bigl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},u,u), \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},fu), \widetilde{S}(u,fu,fu)\bigr\} =\widetilde{S}(u,fu,fu).$$

Therefore, we deduce that $$\widetilde{S}(u,fu,fu)=0$$, so $$u=fu$$.

Finally, suppose that the set of fixed points of f is well ordered. Assume on the contrary, that u and v are two fixed points of f such that $$u\neq v$$. Then, by (2.1), we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(u,v,v) &=\widetilde{S}(fu,fv,fv) \leq \beta \bigl(M(u,v,v) \bigr)M(u,v,v)= \beta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(u,v,v)\bigr)\widetilde{S}(u,v,v) \\ &< \varOmega ^{-1}(1) \widetilde{S}(u,v,v) \end{aligned}

because $$M(u,v,v)=\widetilde{S}(u,v,v)$$. So, we get $$\widetilde{S}(u,v,v)< \varOmega ^{-1}(1) \widetilde{S}(u,v,v)$$, a contradiction. Hence, $$u=v$$, and f has a unique fixed point. Conversely, if f has a unique fixed point, then the set of fixed points of f is trivially well ordered. □

### Fixed point results via comparison functions

Let Ψ be the family of all nondecreasing functions $$\psi : [0, \infty ) \rightarrow [0,\infty )$$ such that

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } \psi ^{n}(t) = 0$$

for all $$t > 0$$. It is easy to see that the following holds.

### Lemma 2.4

(see, e.g., )

If $$\psi \in \varPsi$$, then the following are satisfied:

1. (a)

$$\psi (t) < t$$ for all $$t > 0$$;

2. (b)

$$\psi (0) = 0$$.

### Definition 2.5

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric space. A mapping $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ is called an $$S_{p}$$-ψ-contraction if there exists $$\psi \in \varPsi$$ such that

$$\varOmega ^{2}\bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\leq \psi \bigl(M( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)$$
(2.7)

for all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, where

$$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ), \frac{1}{2}{\varOmega ^{-1}\bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,f\zeta ,f \eta )\bigr]}, \widetilde{S}(\eta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) \biggr\} .$$

### Theorem 2.6

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S} )$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-complete $$S_{p}$$-metric space. Let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be an increasing mapping with respect to such that there exists an element $$\zeta _{0}\in \varXi$$ with $$\zeta _{0}\preceq f\zeta _{0}$$. Suppose that f is an $$S_{p}$$-ψ-contractive mapping. If

1. (I)

f is continuous, or

2. (II)

$$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ has the s.l.c. property,

then f has a fixed point. Moreover, the set of fixed points of f is well ordered if and only if f has one and only one fixed point.

### Proof

Put $$\zeta _{n}=f^{n}\zeta _{0}$$.

Step 1. We will show that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})=0$$. We assume that $$\zeta _{n}\neq \zeta _{n+1}$$ for all $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$ (otherwise there is nothing to prove). As in the proof of Theorem 2.3, we have that the sequence $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is increasing. Hence, by (2.7) we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) & =\widetilde{S}(f \zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n}) \leq \varOmega (2\widetilde{S} \bigl(f( \zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})\bigr) \\ & \leq \psi \bigl(M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\bigr) \leq \psi \bigl( \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1}, \zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\bigr) \\ & < \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \end{aligned}
(2.8)

because

$$M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}) \leq \max \bigl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}),\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1})\bigr\} ,$$

and it is easy to see that $$\max \{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}),\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \}= \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})$$. So, from (2.8) we conclude that $$\{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \}$$ is decreasing. Then there exists $$r\geq 0$$ such that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+2})}=r$$. It is easy to verify that

$$r=\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n})}=0.$$

Step 2. Similarly as in the proof of Theorem 2.3, if $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ were not an $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence, then there would exist $$\varepsilon >0$$ for which we can find two subsequences $$\{\zeta _{m_{i}}\}$$ and $$\{\zeta _{n_{i}}\}$$ of $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ such that (2.5) and (2.6) hold. Then we would have

$$\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1})\leq \varOmega (\varepsilon ).$$

Now, from (2.7) and the mentioned inequalities, we have

\begin{aligned} \varOmega (\varepsilon ) &=\varOmega ^{2} \biggl(2\cdot \frac{1}{2}\varOmega ^{-1} \varepsilon \biggr) \\ &\leq \varOmega ^{2}\Bigl[ \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\bigl(2 \widetilde{S}( \zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}})\bigr)\Bigr] \\ & \leq \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\psi \bigl(M(\zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr)< \varOmega (\varepsilon ), \end{aligned}

which is a contradiction. Hence, $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is a $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence and $$S_{p}$$-completeness of ζ yields that $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ $$S_{p}$$-converges to a point $$u\in \varXi$$.

Step 3. u is a fixed point of f. This step is proved as in the proof of Theorem 2.3 with some elementary changes. □

If in the above theorem we take $$\psi (t)=\sinh t$$ and $$\widetilde{S}( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\sinh (S_{b}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ))$$, then we have the following corollary in the framework of $$S_{b}$$ metric spaces.

### Corollary 2.7

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,S_{b})$$ be an ordered $$S_{b}$$-complete $$S_{b}$$-metric space with coefficient $$s>1$$. Let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be an increasing mapping with respect to such that there exists an element $$\zeta _{0}\in \varXi$$ with $$\zeta _{0}\preceq f \zeta _{0}$$. Suppose that

$$\sinh \bigl(s\cdot \sinh \bigl(s\cdot 2\sinh \bigl(S_{b}(f\zeta ,f \eta ,f\omega ) \bigr)\bigr)\bigr) \leq \sinh \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)$$

for all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, where

$$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\max \biggl\{ \sinh \bigl(S_{b}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr),\frac{S_{b}(\zeta ,f\zeta ,f\eta )}{2s}, \sinh \bigl(S_{b}(\eta ,f \eta ,f\omega )\bigr) \biggr\} .$$

If

1. (I)

f is continuous, or

2. (II)

$$(\varXi ,\preceq ,S_{b})$$ enjoys the s.l.c. property,

then f has a fixed point.

### Fixed point results related to JS-contractions

Jleli et al.  introduced the class $$\varTheta _{0}$$ consisting of all functions $$\theta : (0,\infty ) \rightarrow (1, \infty )$$ satisfying the following conditions:

($$\theta _{1}$$):

θ is nondecreasing;

($$\theta _{2}$$):

for each sequence $$\{t_{n}\}\subseteq (0, \infty )$$, $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } \theta (t_{n}) =1$$ if and only if $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } t_{n} =0$$;

($$\theta _{3}$$):

there exist $$r \in (0, 1)$$ and $$\ell \in (0, \infty ]$$ such that $$\lim_{t\rightarrow 0^{+}}\frac{\theta (t)-1}{ t^{r}} = \ell$$;

($$\theta _{4}$$):

θ is continuous.

They proved the following result.

### Theorem 2.8

([8, Corollary 2.1])

Let $$(\varXi , d)$$ be a complete metric space, and let $$T : \varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be a given mapping. Suppose that there exist $$\theta \in \varTheta _{0}$$ and $$k \in (0,1)$$ such that

$$\zeta , \eta \in \varXi ,\quad d(Tx, Ty) \neq 0 \quad \Longrightarrow \quad \theta \bigl(d(Tx, T \eta ) \bigr)\leq \theta \bigl( d(\zeta ,\eta ) \bigr)^{k}.$$

Then T has a unique fixed point.

From now on, we denote by Θ the set of all functions $$\theta : [0,\infty ) \rightarrow [1,\infty )$$ satisfying the following conditions:

$$\theta _{1}$$.:

θ is a continuous strictly increasing function;

$$\theta _{2}$$.:

for each sequence $$\{t_{n}\}\subseteq (0,\infty )$$, $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } \theta (t_{n}) =1$$ if and only if $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } t_{n} =0$$.

### Remark 2.9

()

It is clear that $$f(t)=e^{t}$$ does not belong to $$\varTheta _{0}$$, but it belongs to Θ. Other examples are $$f(t)=\cosh t$$, $$f(t)=\frac{2\cosh t}{1+\cosh t}$$, $$f(t)=1+\ln (1+t)$$, $$f(t)=\frac{2+2\ln (1+t)}{2+\ln (1+t)}$$, $$f(t)=e^{te^{t}}$$, and $$f(t)=\frac{2e^{te^{t}}}{1+e^{te^{t}}}$$ for all $$t>0$$.

### Definition 2.10

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-metric space. A mapping $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ is called an $$S_{p}$$ rational-JS-contraction if

$$\theta \bigl(\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr]\bigr) \leq \theta \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)^{k}$$
(2.9)

for all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \zeta$$, where $$\theta \in \varTheta$$, $$k\in [0,1)$$ and

$$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta , \omega ), \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\zeta ,f\zeta )\widetilde{S}( \eta ,\eta ,f\eta )}{1+\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\eta )+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\omega ,\omega )}, \frac{\widetilde{S}(\eta , \eta ,f\eta )\widetilde{S}(\omega ,\omega ,f\omega )}{1+\widetilde{S}( \eta ,f\omega ,f\omega )+\widetilde{S}(\eta ,\zeta ,\zeta )} \biggr\} .$$

### Theorem 2.11

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ be an ordered $$S_{p}$$-complete $$S_{p}$$-metric space. Let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be an increasing mapping with respect to such that there exists an element $$\zeta _{0}\in \varXi$$ with $$\zeta _{0}\preceq f\zeta _{0}$$. Suppose that f is an $$S_{p}$$-rational JS-contractive mapping. If

1. (I)

f is continuous, or

2. (II)

$$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ enjoys the s.l.c. property,

then f has a fixed point. Moreover, the set of fixed points of f is well ordered if and only if f has one and only one fixed point.

### Proof

Put $$\zeta _{n}=f^{n}\zeta _{0}$$.

Step 1. We will show that $$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})=0$$. Without loss of generality, we may assume that $$\zeta _{n}\neq \zeta _{n+1}$$ for all $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$. Since $$\zeta _{n-1}\preceq \zeta _{n}$$ for each $$n\in \mathbb{N}$$, then by (2.9) we have

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \bigr) & \leq \theta \bigl(\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \bigr]\bigr) = \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(f\zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})\bigr) \\ & \leq \theta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})\bigr)^{k} \leq \theta \bigl( \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \bigr)^{k} \end{aligned}
(2.10)

because

\begin{aligned} M(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) &= \max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}), \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n-1},f\zeta _{n-1})\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})}{1+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) } \\ & \quad \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})}{1+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n},f \zeta _{n})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n-1})} \biggr\} \\ & =\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \frac{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n})\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})}{1+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) } \\ & \quad \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})\widetilde{S}( \zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})}{1+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n-1})} \biggr\} \\ & \leq \max \bigl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n}), \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1})\bigr\} . \end{aligned}

From (2.10) we deduce that

$$\theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \bigr) \leq \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \bigr)^{k}.$$

Therefore,

$$1\leq \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1}) \bigr)\leq \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n-1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n}) \bigr)^{k}\leq \cdots \leq \theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{0},\zeta _{1}, \zeta _{1})\bigr)^{k^{n}}.$$
(2.11)

Taking the limit as $$n\to \infty$$ in (2.11), we have

$$\lim_{n\to \infty }\theta \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n+1}, \zeta _{n+1}) \bigr)=1,$$

and since $$\theta \in \varTheta$$, we obtain $$\lim_{n\to \infty } \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1})=0$$. Therefore, we have

$$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})}=0.$$

Step 2. Similarly as in the proof of Theorem 2.3, if $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ were not an $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence, then there would exist $$\varepsilon >0$$ for which we can find two subsequences $$\{\zeta _{m_{i}}\}$$ and $$\{\zeta _{n_{i}}\}$$ of $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ such that (2.5) and (2.6) hold. Hence,

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})< \varepsilon .$$

From the rectangular inequality, we get

$$\varepsilon \leq \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}, \zeta _{n _{i}})\leq \varOmega \bigl[\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{m_{i}+1})+2\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}}, \zeta _{n_{i}})\bigr].$$

By taking the upper limit as $$i\rightarrow \infty$$, we get

$$\frac{1}{2}\varOmega ^{-1}(\varepsilon )\leq \limsup _{i\rightarrow \infty }\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}}).$$

From the definition of $$M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )$$ and the above limits,

\begin{aligned} \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty } M(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1}) &=\limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty } \max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}), \\ &\quad \frac{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}},f\zeta _{m_{i}}) \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1})}{ 1+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1}) + \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})} \\ &\quad \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1}) \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1})}{1+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1},f\zeta _{n_{i}-1})+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{m_{i}},\zeta _{m_{i}})} \biggr\} \\ & \leq \varepsilon . \end{aligned}

Now, from (2.9) and the above inequalities, we have

\begin{aligned} \theta \biggl(\varOmega \biggl[2\cdot \frac{1}{2}\varOmega ^{-1}( \varepsilon ) \biggr] \biggr) &\leq \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\theta \bigl( \varOmega \bigl[2 \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{m_{i}+1},\zeta _{n_{i}},\zeta _{n_{i}})\bigr]\bigr) \\ & \leq \limsup_{i\rightarrow \infty }\theta \bigl(M(\zeta _{m_{i}}, \zeta _{n_{i}-1},\zeta _{n_{i}-1})\bigr)^{k} \\ & \leq \theta (\varepsilon )^{k}, \end{aligned}

which implies that $$\varepsilon =0$$, a contradiction. So, we conclude that $$\{\zeta _{n}\}$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-Cauchy sequence. By $$S_{p}$$-completeness of Ξ, it follows that $${\{\zeta _{n}}\}$$ $$S_{p}$$-converges to a point $$u\in \varXi$$.

Step 3. u is a fixed point of f.

When f is continuous, the proof is straightforward.

Now, let (II) hold. Using the assumption on Ξ, we have $$\zeta _{n}\preceq u$$. By Lemma 1.11,

\begin{aligned} \theta \biggl(\varOmega \biggl[2\cdot \frac{\varOmega ^{-1}[\widetilde{S}(u,u,fu)]}{2} \biggr] \biggr) & \leq \limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\theta \bigl(\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}( \zeta _{n+1},\zeta _{n+1},fu) \bigr] \bigr) \\ & \leq \limsup_{n\rightarrow \infty }\theta \bigl(M(\zeta _{n}, \zeta _{n},u)\bigr)^{k}, \end{aligned}

where

\begin{aligned} \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty } M(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},u) &= \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty }\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}( \zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},u), \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n}) \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})}{1+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},u,u)}, \\ & \quad \frac{\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},f\zeta _{n})\widetilde{S}(u,u,fu)}{1+ \widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},fu,fu)+\widetilde{S}(\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n},\zeta _{n})} \biggr\} =0. \end{aligned}

Therefore, we deduce that $$\widetilde{S}(u,fu,fu)=0$$, so $$u=fu$$.

Finally, suppose that the set of fixed points of f is well ordered. Assume, on the contrary, that u and v are two fixed points of f such that $$u\neq v$$. Then, by (2.9), we have

$$\theta \bigl[\widetilde{S}(u,v,v)\bigr]=\theta \bigl[\widetilde{S}(fu,fv,fv) \bigr]\leq \theta \bigl(M(u,v,v)\bigr)^{k} =\theta \bigl( \widetilde{S}(u,v,v)\bigr)^{k}.$$

So, we get $$\widetilde{S}(u,v,v)=0$$, a contradiction. Hence $$u=v$$, and f has a unique fixed point. □

If in the above theorem we take $$\theta (t)=\frac{2e^{te^{t}}}{1+e ^{te^{t}}}$$ and $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{S_{b}(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )}-1$$, then we have the following corollary in the framework of $$S_{b}$$ metric spaces.

### Corollary 2.12

Let $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,S_{b})$$ be an ordered $$S_{b}$$-complete $$S_{b}$$-metric space with coefficient $$s>1$$. Let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be an increasing mapping with respect to such that there exists an element $$\zeta _{0}\in \varXi$$ with $$\zeta _{0}\preceq f \zeta _{0}$$. Suppose that

$$\frac{2e^{[e^{s\cdot [2e^{S_{b}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )}-1]}-1]e^{e ^{s\cdot [2e^{S_{b}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )}-1]}-1}}}{1+e^{[e^{s \cdot [2e^{S_{b}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )}-1]}-1]e^{e^{s\cdot [2e^{S _{b}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )}-1]}-1}}} \leq \sqrt{\frac{2e^{M( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )e^{M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}}}{1+e^{M(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )e^{M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}}}}$$

for all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, where

\begin{aligned} M(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ) &=\max \biggl\{ e^{S_{b}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1, \frac{[e ^{S_{b}(\zeta ,\zeta ,f\zeta )}-1][e^{S_{b}(\eta ,\eta ,f\eta )}-1]}{ 1+e^{S_{b}(\zeta ,\eta ,\eta )}-1+e^{S_{b}(\zeta ,\zeta ,f\eta )}-1}, \\ & \quad \frac{[e^{S_{b}(\eta ,\eta ,f\eta )}-1][e^{S_{b}(\omega ,\omega ,f \omega )}-1]}{1+e^{S_{b}(\eta ,f\omega ,f\omega )}-1+e^{S_{b}(\eta , \zeta ,\zeta )}-1} \biggr\} . \end{aligned}

If

1. (I)

f is continuous, or

2. (II)

$$(\varXi ,\preceq ,S_{b})$$ enjoys the s.l.c. property,

then f has a fixed point.

## Examples

### Example 3.1

Let $$\varXi =\{{0,\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{3},\frac{1}{5}\}}$$ be equipped with the partial order given as

$$\preceq := \biggl\{ (0,0), \biggl(0,\frac{1}{2} \biggr), \biggl(0, \frac{1}{3} \biggr), \biggl(0,\frac{1}{5} \biggr), \biggl( \frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2} \biggr), \biggl(\frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3} \biggr), \biggl(\frac{1}{5},\frac{1}{5} \biggr) \biggr\} .$$

Define a metric d on Ξ by

$$d(\zeta ,\eta )= \textstyle\begin{cases} 0, & \text{if }\zeta =\eta , \\ \zeta +\eta , & \text{if } \zeta \neq \eta , \end{cases}$$

and let $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\sinh [d(\zeta ,\omega )+d( \eta ,\omega )]$$. It is easy to see that $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-complete $$S_{p}$$-metric space. Indeed, in the same way as the usual S-metric is formed in Example 1.5, an S-metric $${S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=d(\zeta ,\omega )+d(\eta ,\omega )$$ is formed, and using the function $$\xi (t)=\sinh t$$, as in Proposition 1.8, one obtains the $$S_{p}$$-metric .

Define a self-map f by

$$f= \begin{pmatrix} 0 & \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{5} \\ 0 & \frac{1}{5} & 0 & 0 \end{pmatrix}.$$

We see that f is an increasing mapping w.r.t. and $$(\varXi ,\preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ enjoys the s.l.c. property. Also, $$0\preceq f0$$.

Define $$\theta :[0,\infty )\rightarrow {}[ 1,\infty )$$ by $$\theta (t)=\cosh (t)$$ and take $$k=\frac{2}{3}$$. One can easily check that f is an $$S_{p}$$-rational JS-contractive mapping. Indeed, as a sample, we check some cases as follows:

1. 1.

$$(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=(0,0,\frac{1}{2})$$. Then

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl[\varOmega \bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\bigr] &= \cosh \biggl[\sinh 2\sinh 2 \biggl(f0+f\frac{1}{2} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &= \cosh \biggl[\sinh 2 \sinh 2 \biggl(0+\frac{1}{5} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &\approx 1.451\leq 1.465\approx \sqrt{\cosh \biggl[\sinh 2 \biggl(0+ \frac{1}{2} \biggr) \biggr]^{2}} \\ &=\sqrt{\theta \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta )\bigr)^{2}}. \end{aligned}
2. 2.

$$(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=(0,\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2})$$. Then

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl[\varOmega \bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\bigr] &= \cosh \biggl[\sinh \sinh 2 \biggl(f0+f\frac{1}{2} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &=\cosh \biggl[\sinh \sinh 2 \biggl(0+\frac{1}{5} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &\approx 1.087 \leq 1.091 \approx \sqrt{\cosh \biggl[\sinh \biggl(0+ \frac{1}{2} \biggr) \biggr]^{2}} \\ &=\sqrt{\theta \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta )\bigr)^{2}}. \end{aligned}
3. 3.

$$(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=(0,0,\frac{1}{3})$$. Then

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl[\varOmega \bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\bigr] &= \cosh \biggl[\sinh \sinh 2 \biggl(f0+f\frac{1}{3} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &=\cosh \bigl[\sinh \sinh 2(0+0)\bigr] \\ &=0 \leq 1.172\approx \sqrt{\cosh \biggl[\sinh 2 \biggl(0+ \frac{1}{3} \biggr) \biggr]^{2}} \\ &=\sqrt{\theta \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta )\bigr)^{2}}. \end{aligned}
4. 4.

$$(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=(0,\frac{1}{5},\frac{1}{5})$$. Then

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl[\varOmega \bigl(2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr)\bigr] &= \cosh \biggl[\sinh 2\sinh \biggl(f0+f\frac{1}{5} \biggr) \biggr] \\ &=\cosh \bigl[\sinh \sinh 2(0+0)\bigr] \\ &=0\leq 1.0135\approx \sqrt{\cosh \biggl[\sinh \biggl(0+\frac{1}{5} \biggr) \biggr]^{2}} \\ &=\sqrt{\theta \bigl(M(\zeta ,\eta )\bigr)^{2}}. \end{aligned}

The rest of the cases can be checked similarly. Thus, all the conditions of Theorem 2.11 are satisfied and hence f has a fixed point. Indeed, 0 is the fixed point of f.

### Example 3.2

Let $$\varXi =[0,1.5]$$ be equipped with the $$S_{p}$$-metric

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{|\zeta -\omega |+|\eta -\omega |}-1$$

for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, where $$\varOmega (t)=e^{t}-1$$ (the mapping is obtained from the usual S-metric (Example 1.5) using the function $$\xi (t)=e^{t}-1$$). Define a relation on Ξ by $$\zeta \preceq \eta$$ iff $$\eta \le \zeta$$, a mapping $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ by

$$f\zeta =\frac{\zeta }{8} e^{-\frac{\zeta }{2}}$$

and a function β by $$\beta (t)=\frac{1}{2}<0.882\approx \varOmega ^{-1}(1)$$. For all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) &=e^{|f\zeta -f\omega |+|f \eta -f\omega |}-1 =e^{|\frac{\zeta }{8} e^{-\frac{\zeta }{2}}-\frac{ \omega }{8} e^{-\frac{\omega }{2}}|+|\frac{\eta }{8} e^{- \frac{\eta }{2}}-{\frac{\omega }{8} e^{-\frac{\omega }{2}}}|}-1 \\ &\leq e^{\frac{1}{8}\vert \zeta -\omega \vert +\frac{1}{8}\vert \eta -\omega \vert }-1 \leq \frac{1}{8}\bigl( e^{\vert \zeta -\omega \vert +\vert \eta -\omega \vert }-1 \bigr) \\ &=\frac{1}{8}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

So,

\begin{aligned} \varOmega ^{2}\bigl[2\widetilde{S}sp(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr] & \leq \varOmega ^{2}\biggl(\frac{1}{4}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\biggr) =e^{(e^{ \frac{1}{4}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1)}-1\leq e^{ \frac{1}{2}(e^{\frac{1}{2}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1)}-1 \\ &\leq \frac{1}{2}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\beta \bigl(M( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

Therefore, it follows from Theorem 2.3 that f has a fixed point (which is $$u=0$$).

### Example 3.3

Let $$\varXi =[0,3]$$ be equipped with the $$S_{p}$$-metric

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{|\zeta -\omega |+|\eta -\omega |}-1$$

as in the previous example. Define a relation on Ξ by $$\zeta \preceq \eta$$ iff $$\eta \le \zeta$$, a mapping $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ by

$$f\zeta =\ln (\zeta +12),$$

and a function ψ by $$\psi (t)=\frac{1}{4}(e^{t}-1)$$. For all mutually comparable elements $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, by the mean value theorem, we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) &=e^{ \vert \ln (\zeta +12)- \ln (\omega +12) \vert + \vert \ln (\eta +12)-\ln (\omega +12) \vert }-1 \\ &=e^{ \vert \ln \frac{\zeta +12}{\omega +12} \vert + \vert \ln \frac{ \eta +12}{\omega +12} \vert }-1 = \biggl\vert \frac{\zeta +12}{\omega +12}\cdot \frac{\eta -\omega }{\omega +12} \biggr\vert -1 \\ &\leq \frac{1}{12}\bigl( \vert \zeta -\omega \vert \cdot \vert \eta -\omega \vert -1\bigr)\leq \frac{1}{12}\bigl(e^{ \vert \zeta -\omega \vert + \vert \eta -\omega \vert }-1 \bigr) \\ &=\frac{1}{12}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

So,

\begin{aligned} \varOmega ^{2}\bigl[2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr] & \leq \varOmega ^{2}\biggl( \frac{1}{6}\widetilde{S}(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )\biggr) =e^{(e^{\frac{1}{6} \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1)}-1 \\ &\leq e^{\frac{1}{4}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}-1=\psi \bigl( \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ) \bigr). \end{aligned}

Therefore, from Theorem 2.6, f has a fixed point.

### Example 3.4

Let $$\widetilde{S}:\varXi \times \varXi \times \varXi \rightarrow \mathbb{R} ^{+}$$ be defined on $$\varXi =[0,20]$$ by

$$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=e^{\frac{1}{3}({ \vert \zeta - \eta \vert + \vert \eta -\omega \vert + \vert \omega - \zeta \vert })}-1$$

for all $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$ (the mapping is obtained from the S-metric

$$S(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=\frac{1}{3}\bigl({ \vert \zeta -\eta \vert + \vert \eta -\omega \vert + \vert \omega -\zeta \vert }\bigr)$$

using the function $$\xi (t)=e^{t}-1$$). Then $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-complete $$S_{p}$$-metric space with $$\varOmega (t)=e^{t}-1$$. Define $$\theta \in \varTheta$$ by $$\theta (t)= e^{te^{t}}$$. Let Ξ be endowed with the standard order ≤, and let $$f:\varXi \rightarrow \varXi$$ be defined by $$f\zeta =\arctan (\frac{\zeta }{32})$$. It is easy to see that f is an ordered increasing and continuous self-map on ζ and $$0\leq f0$$. For any mutually comparable $$\zeta ,\eta ,\omega \in \varXi$$, we have

\begin{aligned} \widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) &=e^{\frac{1}{3}({ \vert f \zeta -f\eta \vert + \vert f\eta -f\omega \vert + \vert f\omega -f\zeta \vert })}-1 \\ &=e^{\frac{1}{3} ({ \vert \arctan \frac{\zeta }{32}-\arctan \frac{\eta }{32} \vert + \vert \arctan \frac{\eta }{32}- \arctan \frac{\omega }{32} \vert + \vert \arctan \frac{ \omega }{32}-\arctan \frac{\zeta }{32} \vert } )}-1 \\ &\leq e^{\frac{1}{3} ({ \vert \frac{\zeta }{32}-\frac{ \eta }{32} \vert + \vert \frac{\eta }{32}- \frac{\omega }{32} \vert + \vert \frac{\omega }{32}-\frac{ \zeta }{32} \vert } )}-1 \leq \frac{1}{32} \bigl( e^{ \frac{1}{3} ({ \vert \zeta -\eta \vert + \vert \eta - \omega \vert + \vert \omega -\zeta \vert } )}-1 \bigr) \\ &=\frac{1}{32}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

So,

\begin{aligned} \varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr] &=e^{2\widetilde{S}(f \zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )}-1 \leq e^{\frac{1}{16}\widetilde{S}(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )}-1 \\ &\leq \frac{1}{8}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

Therefore,

\begin{aligned} \theta \bigl(\varOmega \bigl[2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )\bigr] \bigr) &=e^{\varOmega [2\widetilde{S}(f\zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )] e^{\varOmega [2\widetilde{S}(f \zeta ,f\eta ,f\omega )] }}\leq e^{\frac{1}{8}\widetilde{S}(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )e^{\frac{1}{8}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}} \\ &\leq \bigl[e^{\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )e^{\widetilde{S}( \zeta ,\eta ,\omega )}} \bigr]^{\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}} =\bigl[\theta \bigl( \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)\bigr]^{\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}} . \end{aligned}

Thus, (2.9) is satisfied with $$k =\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$$. Hence, all the conditions of Theorem 2.11 are satisfied. We see that 0 is the unique fixed point of f.

## Application

In this section we present an application of Theorem 2.6. This application is inspired by .

Let $$\varXi = C(I)$$ be the set of all real continuous functions on $$I=[0,T]$$. Obviously, this set with the p-metric given by

$$d(\zeta ,\eta )=\sinh \Bigl(\max _{t\in I}\bigl| \zeta (t)-\eta (t) \bigr| \Bigr)$$

for all $$\zeta , \eta \in \varXi$$ is a p-complete p-metric space with $$\varOmega (t) = \sinh t$$ (in the sense of ). Then $$\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )=d(\zeta ,\omega )+d(\eta ,\omega )$$ is an $$S_{p}$$-metric on Ξ as sinht is super-additive. $$(\varXi ,\widetilde{S})$$ can also be equipped with the order given by

$$\zeta \preceq \eta \quad \text{iff}\quad \zeta (t) \leq \eta (t) \quad \text{for all } t \in I.$$

Moreover, as in , it can be proved that $$(C(I), \preceq ,\widetilde{S})$$ has the s.l.c. property.

Consider the first-order periodic boundary value problem

$$\textstyle\begin{cases} \zeta ^{\prime }(t) = f (t, \zeta (t) ), \\ \zeta (0) = \zeta (T ), \end{cases}$$
(4.1)

where $$t \in I$$ and $$f:I\times \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$$ is a continuous function. A lower solution for (4.1) is a function $$\alpha \in C^{1}(I)$$ such that

$$\textstyle\begin{cases} \alpha ^{\prime }(t) \le f (t, \alpha (t) ), \\ \alpha (0) \le \alpha (T ), \end{cases}$$

where $$t\in I$$. Assume that there exists $$\lambda > 0$$ such that, for all $$\zeta , \eta \in \varXi$$ and $$t\in I$$, we have

$$\bigl\vert f \bigl(t, \zeta (t)\bigr)+ \lambda \zeta (t)-f \bigl(t, \eta (t) \bigr)-\lambda \eta (t) \bigr\vert \leq \frac{\lambda }{8} \bigl\vert \zeta (t) -\eta (t) \bigr\vert .$$
(4.2)

We will show that the existence of a lower solution for (4.1) provides the existence of a unique solution of (4.1). Problem (4.1) can be rewritten as

$$\textstyle\begin{cases} \zeta ^{\prime }(t)+ \lambda \zeta (t) = f (t, \zeta (t))+ \lambda \zeta (t)\equiv F(t,\zeta (t)), \\ \zeta (0) = \zeta (T ). \end{cases}$$

It is well known that this problem is equivalent to the integral equation

$$\zeta (t) = \int _{0}^{T} G(t,s)F\bigl(s,\zeta (s)\bigr) \,ds,$$

where G is the Green’s function given as

$$G(t,s)= \textstyle\begin{cases} \frac{ e^{\lambda (T+s-t) }}{ e^{\lambda T}-1}, & 0\leq s\leq t\leq T, \\ \frac{ e^{\lambda (s-t) }}{e^{\lambda T}-1}, & 0\leq t\leq s\leq T. \end{cases}$$

Easy calculation gives

$$\int _{0}^{T}G(t,s) \,ds=\frac{1}{\lambda }.$$

Now define an operator $$H : C(I) \rightarrow C(I)$$ as

$$H {\zeta }(t)= \int _{0}^{T} G(t, s)F\bigl(s, \zeta (s)\bigr) \,ds.$$
(4.3)

It is easy to see that the mapping H is increasing w.r.t. . Note that if $$u\in C^{1}(I)$$ is a fixed point of H, then u is a solution of (4.1).

Let $$\zeta , \omega \in \varXi$$ be comparable. Then we have

\begin{aligned} d(Hx,Hz) &=\sinh \Bigl(\max_{t\in I} \bigl\vert Hx(t)-Hz(t) \bigr\vert \Bigr) \\ &=\sinh \biggl(\max_{t\in I} \biggl\vert \int _{0}^{T} G(t, s)F\bigl(s, \zeta (s) \bigr) \,ds- \int _{0}^{T} G(t, s)F\bigl(s, \omega (s) \bigr) \,ds \biggr\vert \biggr) \\ &\leq \sinh \biggl(\max_{t\in I} \int _{0}^{T} G(t, s)\cdot \bigl\vert F \bigl(s, \zeta (s) \bigr)-F\bigl(s, \omega (s)\bigr) \bigr\vert \,ds \biggr) \\ &\leq \sinh \biggl(\frac{1}{\lambda }\max_{s\in I} \frac{\lambda }{8} \bigl\vert \zeta (s)-\omega (s) \bigr\vert \biggr)=\sinh \biggl(\frac{1}{8}\sinh ^{-1}d(\zeta , \omega ) \biggr) \\ &\le \frac{1}{8}d(\zeta ,\omega ). \end{aligned}

Therefore,

$$\widetilde{S}(Hx,Hy,Hz)=d(Hx,Hz)+d(Hy,Hz)\leq \frac{1}{8}\bigl(d(\zeta , \omega )+d(\eta ,\omega )\bigr)=\frac{1}{8}\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta , \omega ).$$

So,

\begin{aligned} \varOmega ^{2}\bigl(2\widetilde{S}(Hx,Hy,Hz)\bigr) &\leq \varOmega ^{2}\biggl(\frac{1}{4} \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ) \biggr)= \sinh \biggl(\sinh \biggl(\frac{1}{4} \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\biggr)\biggr) \\ &=\psi \bigl(\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega )\bigr)\leq \psi \bigl(M(\zeta , \eta ,\omega )\bigr), \end{aligned}

where

$$M(\zeta ,\eta )=\max \biggl\{ \widetilde{S}(\zeta ,\eta ,\omega ), \frac{ \sinh ^{-1}(\widetilde{S}(\zeta ,f\zeta ,f\eta ))}{2},\widetilde{S}( \eta ,f\eta ,f\omega ) \biggr\} ,$$

and $$\psi (t)=\sinh (\sinh (t/4))$$. Finally, if there exists a lower solution α of 4.1, the hypotheses of Theorem 2.6 are satisfied. Therefore, there exists a fixed point $$\hat{\zeta } \in C(I)$$ of H, which is a solution of the given boundary value problem.

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