Call for papers


Int. J. of Industrial and Systems Engineering


Special Issue on: "Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in Manufacturing Systems (MCDAMS)"


Guest Editors:
Dr. Ateekh-Ur-Rehman, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Professor A. Subash Babu, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Professor A. M. Al-Ahmari King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


This special issue aims to impart and share the recent research, development and applications dealing with engineering, technology and management aspects of manufacturing systems. Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) is a discipline intended to support decision makers faced with making numerous and sometimes conflicting evaluations. MCDA aims at highlighting these conflicts and deriving a way to come to a compromise in a transparent process. There are many MCDA methods in use today. Choosing the best MCDA is itself a multi-criteria decision making problem.


The issue will disseminate discussion and exchange global experience in applying multi-criteria decision support models and methods emphasizing on how to design, run, control and optimize manufacturing systems. The focus will also be on sharing innovative approaches that are relevant to the sustainable development of manufacturing sector in the global context.


Subject Coverage


Papers relevant to the scope of the special issue should include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Systems, models, approaches and frameworks for manufacturing system evaluation (such as scenarios, technologies, operational plans etc.,) and decision support for assessing advanced manufacturing systems policies

  • MCDA models to dealing with various strategic, tactical and operational decisions pertaining to manufacturing systems

  • Multi-criteria decision approaches that help realizing sustainable manufacturing systems/technology transfer/diffusion etc.

  • Studies dealing with energy policies, productivity, supply chains, quality, reliability, human resources, materials, technology, software etc., with the application of MCDA in the context of manufacturing systems

  • Studies dealing with onshore vs offshore manufacturing decisions and make vs outsourcing decisions etc., with the help of MCDA


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


Submissions deadline: 30 June, 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 Ateekh-Ur-Rehman
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial Engineering
King Saud University
PO Box 800
Riyadh- 11471
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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