The Journal of Heuristics provides a forum for advancing the state-of-the-art in the theory and practical application of techniques for solving problems approximately that cannot be solved exactly. It fosters the development, understanding, and practical use of heuristic solution techniques for solving business, engineering, and societal problems. It considers the importance of theoretical, empirical, and experimental work related to the development of heuristics.

The journal presents practical applications, theoretical developments, decision analysis models that consider issues of rational decision making with limited information, artificial intelligence-based heuristics applied to a wide variety of problems, learning paradigms, and computational experimentation.


Officially cited as: J Heuristics
  • Provides a forum for advancing the state-of-the-art in the theory and practical application of techniques for solving problems approximately that cannot be solved exactly.
  • Fosters the development, understanding, and practical use of heuristic solution techniques for solving business, engineering, and societal problems.
  • Considers the importance of theoretical, empirical, and experimental work related to the development of heuristics.

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Manuel Laguna
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

Journal metrics

1.392 (2018)
Impact factor
1.788 (2018)
Five year impact factor
81 days
Submission to first decision
374 days
Submission to acceptance
40,299 (2019)
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  • COVID-19 and Impact on Peer Review

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    Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Policies on Heuristic Search

    The Journal of Heuristics follows general policies to submitted manuscripts that belong to the general areas of heuristic search for optimization, including but not limited to metaheuristics, hyperheuristics, and matheuristics.

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1572-9397
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1381-1231
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