The Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications publishes carefully selected papers covering mathematical optimization techniques and their applications to science and engineering. An applications paper should cover the application of an optimization technique along with the solution of a particular problem.

Typical theoretical areas in the journal include linear, nonlinear, conic, stochastic, discrete, and dynamic optimization, variational and convex analysis. Application areas comprise of mathematical economics, mathematical physics and biology, and aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Recent, emerging, and novel areas of optimization, such machine/deep learning, service systems optimization and quantum computing optimization are encouraged.

The Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications journal publishes six types of contributions: regular papers, invited papers, survey papers, technical notes, book notices, and forums (very short papers containing comments on published papers, discussions of open problems, discussions of research perspectives, and so on).

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  • EUROPT 2022 Special Issue – Modern challenges in continuous optimization

    We are pleased to announce this Special Issue of the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications (JOTA) related to the 19th Workshop on Advance in Continuous Optimization (EUROPT 2022) which highlighted timely topics and challenges in continuous optimization through 13 thematic streams. The special issue aims at highlighting significant developments that have been presented at the workshop.
    At least one author of each paper must have attended "EUROPT 2022" at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, July 29-30, 2022.
    The short program of the workshop is available at:

    Guest Editors:
    Paula Alexandra Amaral,
    Giancarlo Bigi,
    Miguel F. Anjos,
    Sonia Cafieri,

    Submission Deadline: 31 March 2023

  • Special Issue on "Conic Optimization and Interior Point Methods: Theory, Computations, and Applications"

    Guest Editors:

    Tibor Illés, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary 
    Florian Jarre, University of Düsseldorf, Germany
    Etienne de Klerk, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands 
    Goran Lesaja, Georgia Southern University, USA and US Naval Academy, USA

    We are pleased to announce the Special Issue of the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications (JOTA) in honor of Professor Cornelis (Kees) Roos’ 80th and Professor Florian A. Potra’s 70th Birthday. The Special Issue is also related to the US Naval Academy Optimization & OR Conference that was organized June 2-4, 2021 to mark the occasion of Prof. Roos’ and Prof. Potra’s birthdays.

    We invite contributions within the broad scope of the Special Issue. The contributions that are directly or indirectly related to the work of Prof. Roos and Prof. Potra are especially encouraged.

    Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022

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