Optimization Letters covers all aspects of optimization, including theory, algorithms, computational studies, and applications. Optimization has been expanding in all directions at an astonishing rate during the last few decades, and this journal provides an outlet for the rapid publication of short communications in the field.

Optimization Letters features concise, short articles, limited to a total of ten journal pages. Such concise articles will be easily accessible by readers working in any aspect of optimization and wish to be informed of recent developments.

Officially cited as: Optim Lett
  • Covers all aspects of optimization, including theory, algorithms, computational studies, and applications
  • Provides an outlet for the rapid publication of short communications in the field by offering concise, short articles limited to a total of ten journal pages
  • Journal awards an annual Best Paper Award

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Pavlo Krokhmal,
  • Oleg A. Prokopyev
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

1.769 (2020)
Impact factor
1.888 (2020)
Five year impact factor
124 days
Submission to first decision
254 days
Submission to acceptance
99,277 (2020)
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  • SI: International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search - ICVNS 2021

    Guest Editors
    Nenad Mladenović (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
    Andrei Sleptchenko (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
    Angelo Sifaleras (University of Macedonia, Greece) 
    Mohammed Omar (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE)


    Submission Deadline: December 1, 2021


    Although this special issue is linked to the ICVNS 2021 conference, this Call for Papers is open to the entire community of academics and practitioners. This special issue is devoted to the most recent advances in the VNS methodology that are of theoretical or applicable interest. We solicit contributions covering a wide range of topics, including the following: theoretical or empirical analysis of VNS, new variants of deterministic and stochastic VNS, VNS and machine learning, VNS matheuristics, multi-objective VNS, parallel VNS.


  • SI: World Congress on Global Optimization 2021

    Guest Editors
    Julius Žilinskas, Vilnius University, Lithuania 
    Panos Pardalos, University of Florida, United States
    Ilias Kotsireas, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

    Submission Deadline: October 30, 2021

    This special issue is devoted to recent advances in global optimization and related fields. The issue will be based on contributions presented at the World Congress on Global Optimization WCGO, which took place in Athens, Greece from 7 to 10 July 2021.

  • Best Paper Award

    The Best Paper Award for Optimization Letters is awarded annually to honor the authors of the best paper published in the journal in the previous year.

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1862-4480
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1862-4472
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