Thursday, August 31, 2017

[DMANET] CfP: Special Issue on Metaheuristics in ITOR


** Special Issue of International Transactions in Operational Research
(ITOR) **
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** Impact factor 2016: 1.745 **

** Subject: Metaheuristics **

This special issue will be dedicated to significantly extended versions
of the best (up to 24) papers that were presented at MIC 2017
(Metaheuristics International Conference). However, submission will also
be open for papers which were not initially presented at MIC. The topics
of interest include all those that were included in the CfP of MIC (see

A note concerning submissions on nature-inspired metaheuristics: the
past has shown that nature can be a rich source of inspiration for
algorithms in optimization and control. However, the last years have
witnessed an abuse of drawing inspiration from natural phenomena. Some
of the published algorithms either re-invent the wheel, or do sometimes
not even make sense. Therefore, algorithms (other than well-established
ones such as evolutionary algorithms) must be described in metaphor-free
language. This facilitates their conceptual comparison to existing
algorithms. Moreover, it facilitates highlighting the algorithmic
contributions to the literature. Papers on such algorithms will only be
published if the provided evidence gives very good reasons to do so.

** Tentative Schedule **

October 31, 2017: strict submission deadline
January 31, 2018: notification of review outcome
March 31, 2018: submission of revised paper versions
June 30, 2018: final notification
Autumn/Winter 2018: publication

** Note **

Papers that cannot be accepted after the second round of reviews will
(if eventually accepted) appear in a regular issue in order not to delay
the publication of the special issue.

** Guest Editors **

Christian Blum, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC),
Angel A. Juan, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona
Helena Ramalhinho, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Thomas Stützle, Free University of Brussels

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