Monday, December 29, 2014

[DMANET] Special issue of ITOR dedicated to Variable Neighborhood Search Variants - Recent Applications

Call for Papers: special issue of ITOR on Variable Neighborhood Search
Variants - Recent Applications

Guest Editors:
Angelo Sifaleras, University of Macedonia, Greece
Abraham Duarte, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Nenad Mladenovic, University of Valenciennes, France
Kenneth Sorensen, University of Antwerp, Belgium

The Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS) metaheuristic is based on
systematic changes in the neighborhood structure within a search, and has
been successfully applied for solving various combinatorial, global
optimization problems, and related tasks. This Call for Papers addresses
the recently growing interest of the research community working on the VNS

The aim of this special issue of the International Transactions in
Operational Research (ITOR) is to gather not only recent algorithmic,
theoretical, and methodological developments in the field of Variable
Neighborhood Search, but also to publish surveys and recent applications
in this area. This special issue is also linked to the 3rd International
Conference dedicated to Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS'14), which was
held in Djerba, Tunisia, October 8-11, 2014.

The deadline for submission is February 28, 2015. Although we strongly
encourage authors who attended VNS'14 conference to submit their
manuscripts, this Call for Papers is also open to the entire community of
academics and practitioners. Contributions solicited cover a variety of
topics, including but not limited to:

- Supply chain optimization;
- Job shop scheduling problems;
- Multiobjective VNS;
- VNS hybrids; and
- Real world problems and innovative applications of VNS.

Each paper will be peer-reviewed according to the editorial policy of ITOR
(, published by
the International Federation of Operational Research Societies - IFORS.
Papers should be original, unpublished, and not currently under
consideration for publication elsewhere. They should be prepared according
to the instructions to authors that can be found in the journal homepage.
Authors should upload their contributions using the submission site, indicating in their cover letter
that the paper is intended for this special issue. Other inquiries should
be sent directly to any of the Guest Editors in charge of this issue:
Angelo Sifaleras (, Abraham Duarte
(, Nenad Mladenovic
(, and Kenneth Sorensen

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