This journal advances and promotes the theory and applications of combinatorial optimization, which is an area of research at the intersection of applied mathematics, computer science, and operations research and which overlaps with many other areas such as computation complexity, computational biology, VLSI design, communication networks, and management science. It includes complexity analysis and algorithm design for combinatorial optimization problems, numerical experiments and problem discovery with applications in science and engineering.

The Journal of Combinatorial Optimization publishes refereed papers dealing with all theoretical, computational and applied aspects of combinatorial optimization. It also publishes reviews of appropriate books and special issues of journals.

  • Advances and promotes the theory and applications of combinatorial optimization
  • Deals with all theoretical, computational and applied aspects of combinatorial optimization
  • Includes reviews of appropriate books and special issues of journals
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • My T. Thai
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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1.262 (2021)
Impact factor
1.072 (2021)
Five year impact factor
61 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
84,566 (2021)
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  • SI: Combinatorial Optimization in Imaging Sciences

    Guest Editors: Reneta Barneva (SUNY at Fredonia, USA) and Tibor Lukić (University of Novi Sad, Serbia)

    Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

    The main objective of this special issue is to stimulate researchers to advance the theory of combinatorial optimization and its implementation in developing novel machine intelligence for imaging sciences. Authors are expected to propose original ideas and develop new techniques, structural results, and algorithms that improve researchers’ ability to solve practical problems.


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1573-2886
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1382-6905
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