Call for papers


Int. J. of Applied Management Science


Special Issue on: "New Combinatorial Optimisation Models for Decision Making"


Guest Editors:
Dr. Angelo Sifaleras and Jason Papathanasiou, University of Macedonia, Economic and Social Sciences, Greece
Professor Marc Demange, ESSEC Business School, Romania


Combinatorial optimisation problems are known for their high level of complexity. Problems such as, but not limited to, the travelling salesman problem, the multiple knapsack problem, or the generalised assignment problem, have attracted the interest of many researchers for many years. A plethora of different solution approaches have been used in order to find the solution to such hard optimisation problems. Some of these approaches include exact methods and algorithms from Operations Research (OR), while other approaches include techniques like meta-heuristics from other scientific fields such as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Therefore, combinatorial optimisation models for decision making in real life applications constitute a challenging research area. The domain of applicability of combinatorial optimisation problems is extraordinarily broad. Examples of applications area include routing and scheduling, financial and industrial fields, and telecommunications, to name but a few. The objective of this special issue is to present modern applications of combinatorial optimisation models to the decision making in management.


Subject Coverage


Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Real life applications of combinatorial optimisation models
  • Modelling of large scale combinatorial optimisation problems
  • New modelling approaches for combinatorial optimisation problems
  • Network flow models for decision making
  • Evaluation of currently-used combinatorial optimisation models for decision making
  • Decision support systems featuring embedded combinatorial optimisation techniques
  • Combinatorial optimisation case studies in the fields of management, finance, military and industry


We are particularly interested in new, real life combinatorial optimisation models, large scale network flow models or improvements in modelling techniques, regarding the decision making in management.


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).


All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page


Important Dates


Submission deadline: 30 September 2010


Author notification - review comments: 20 December 2010


Second review cycle: 31 March 2011


Final manuscript due: 20 May 2011


Editors and Notes


You may send one copy in the form of an MS Word file attached to an e-mail (details in Author Guidelines) to the following:


Dr. Angelo Sifaleras
Department of Technology Management
University of Macedonia, Economic and Social Sciences
Naousa 59200
Tel: +30 2310 891881
Fax: +30 2310 891825


Please include in your submission the title of the Special Issue, the title of the Journal and the name of the Guest Editor