Monday, December 19, 2016

[DMANET] Cfp: Special issue on New trends in Variable Neighborhood Search

Call for Papers
Special issue of the International Transactions in Operational Research on
"New trends in Variable Neighborhood Search".

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

Our call of this special issue of the International Transactions in
Operational Research (ITOR) invites submissions on theoretical,
methodological or applied aspects of the VNS metaheuristic method. The
objective of this special issue is to present recent advances in the VNS
methodology and novel applications in industrial optimization problems,
informatics, engineering, etc. This special issue is also linked to the
4th International Conference on Variable Neighborhood Search (VNS'16),
which was held in Malaga, Spain, October 3-5, 2016.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2017. Although we strongly
encourage authors who attended VNS'16 conference to submit their
manuscripts, this Call for Papers is also open to the entire community of
academics and practitioners.

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 Papers should be original, unpublished, and not currently under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:
Nenad Mladenovic (, Angelo Sifaleras
(, and Kenneth Sorensen (

Guest Editors:
Nenad Mladenovic, Mathematical Institute, Serbia
Angelo Sifaleras, University of Macedonia, Greece
Kenneth Sorensen, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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