Journal updates

  • Publish a Topical Collection in SN Operations Research Forum

    Topical Collections are designed to facilitate the publication of collective research that is either ongoing or time dependent. One of the benefits of a Topical Collection is it gives Guest Editors, Societies, Universities, and Research Groups, their own resource that showcases their research and work in one place.

    SN Operations Research Forum welcomes Topical Collections in emerging and hot topics, relevant to the aims and scope of the journal. Topical Collections can also originate from well-established and upcoming conferences or focus on the research legacy of a pioneer in the field as well. We accept proposals for Topical Collections and nominations from Guest Editors.

    If you have an idea for a new topical collection, please complete the following  Proposal Form and return to Marc Strauss ( and Ilias Kotsireas (

  • A Conversation with the Editors

    Editors-in-Chief, Marco Lübbecke and Panos Pardalos, share their insights on the inception of the journal and its unique positioning in the OR community. 

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  • Advances, Applications & Challenges in Metaheuristics: In Celebration of the Cuckoo Search Algorithm

    Guest Editors:  Ka-Chun Wong, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ( & Thomas Hanne, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland (

    Submission Due Date: March 30, 2020

    Cuckoo Search, a nature inspired optimization algorithm, was invented by Xin-She Yang (UK) & Suash Deb (India) 10 years ago. Since then it had been proved to be an important & a very useful tool for addressing myriads of optimization problems, both for industrial applications as well as for theoretical ones. Recently the 1st publication of Cuckoo search, published in the year 2009, reached 5000 citations (Google Scholar). In order to celebrate these milestones, SN Operations Research Forum intends to publish a special topical collection by assembling a collection of papers and showcasing the recent efforts in the areas of metaheuristics and nature inspired computing. Accordingly, the journal invites manuscripts, which neither had been published already nor submitted for consideration elsewhere, for this special issue highlighting “Advances, Applications & Challenges in Metaheuristics” to be guest edited by Ka-Chun Wong (Hong Kong) & Thomas Hanne (Switzerland) & due for publication in 2021.

    Advances, Applications & Challengers in Metaheuristics: In Celebration of the Cuckoo Search Algorithm (PDF, 24kB)

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  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.

  • Operations Research in Applied Energy, Environment, Climate Change & Sustainability (Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021)

    For this Special Issue we invite contributions in both theoretical developments and applications of Operations Research in areas of energy, environment, climate change and sustainability.

    Guest Editors: Dr. Georgios K.D. Saharidis, University of Thessaly; Dr. Mihalis M. Golias, University of Memphis

    Submission Deadline: May, 31, 2021

    Download full details here: Operations Research in Applied Energy, Environment, Climate Change & Sustainability (PDF, 222 kB)

  • Optimization, Control, and Machine Learning for Interdependent Networks (Submission Deadline: Sept 10, 2020)

    This special issue aims to create an opportunity for researchers from various fields, including but not limited to network science, data science, operation research, computer science, and system engineering, to share their original research works focusing on the interdependent networks related issues. We strongly believe that this channel will benefit both academic and industrial communities. The editorial committee solicits original research papers and review articles that target the themes using advanced machine learning methods and optimization techniques.

    Guest Editors

    M. Hadi Amini, School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University (; Panos M. Pardalos, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida (

    Submission Deadline: Sept 10, 2020

    Download full details here: Optimization, Control, and Machine Learning for Interdependent Networks (PDF, 114 kB)

  • Model Development for the Operations Research Classroom (Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020)

    This special issue will offer a collection of articles discussing the innovative use of optimization modeling languages (AMPL, GAMS, LINGO, MPL, …) and/or technical computing systems (Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, …) in Operations Research (O.R.) courses held at colleges and universities. We solicit submissions discussing related current research and teaching practice. Code collections and coded examples used in the classroom, and made available for educational use, will be particularly welcome.

    Guest Editor: János D. Pintér, Lehigh University

    Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020

    Download full details here: Model Development for the OR Classroom Special Issue 2020 (PDF, 74 kB)

  • The AIROYoung Experience: Operations Research for Young Enthusiasts (Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020)

    This topical collection will be dedicated to young researchers in Operations Research and all of the various sub-disciplines and topics that comprise this broad and diverse field. This collection will be focused specifically on research presented at the 4th AIROYoung Workshop (Bolzano, February 5-7, 2020) and to the Italian AIROYoung chapter experience. AIROYoung provides an example of a successful
    initiative that emerged from the desire to develop a community of young researchers by and for young researchers. Here, volunteer PhDs and young operations research specialists invested their time and effort to create a community, to offer resources, and to foster collaborations between universities and industries. The collection will contain both scientific articles on the latest research topics and ancillary material such as interviews, to best illustrate the community that is behind AIROYoung and why it is important for young OR researchers around the world to take action.

    Guest Editors

    Lavinia Amorosi, Sapienza Università di Roma; and Martina Fischetti, Vattenfall

    Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020

    Download full details here:

    The AIROYoung Experience: Operations Research for Young Enthusiasts (PDF, 186 kB)

  • Research Developments in Theory and Algorithms of Numerical Analysis and Optimization: Proceedings from the Fifth Conference on Numerical Analysis and Optimization — NAOV 2020 (Submission Due Date: May 31, 2020)

    Guest Editors:  Mehiddin Albaali ( and Anton Purnama (, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

    Submission Due Date: May 31, 2020

    This topical collection will feature developments in key fields, such as numerical analysis, numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, numerical differential equations, optimal control, approximation theory, applied mathematics, derivative-free optimization methods, programming models, and challenging applications that frequently arise in statistics, econometrics, finance, physics, medicine, biology, engineering and industry. The NAOV conference series is held once every three years at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a group of worldwide experts and to give presentations of novel and advanced applications on their recent research work to facilitate interdisciplinary studies among various key sectors of pure scientific and applied knowledge.

    NAOV 2020 (PDF, 22kB)

  • Decomposition at 70: In Honor of Jacques Desrosiers' Birthday and Legacy (Submission Deadline: March 10, 2020)

    Column generation and branch-and-price are decomposition-based methods to solve large scale, structured integer programming models. Over the years, these techniques became an essential part of solving models arising in many practical applications. Contributions to the success of the methods came from all over the world, in particular from Montreal, and there in particular from Jacques Desrosiers. Jacques turns 70 in June 2020, and this topical collection contains works dedicated to his oeuvre. We seek contributions from the entire spectrum of theory to applications, from all disciplines, related to decomposition methods like Dantzig-Wolfe, Lagrange, and Benders; these could be original research articles, surveys, technical notes, perspectives, expositions of software, application reports, insightful failed experiments, etc.

    Guest Editor: Guy Desaulniers, GERAD, Polytechnique Montréal; Francois Soumis, GERAD, Polytechnique Montréal; Marco Lubbecke, RWTH Aachen University

    Submission Deadline: March 10, 2020

    Download full details here:

    Decomposition at 70: In Honor of Jacques Desrosiers' Birthday and Legacy (PDF, 186 kB)