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International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making
International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making


Special Issue on: "Composite Indicators and Multicriteria Decision Making: New Developments and Applications"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Ana Garcia-Bernabeu, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Dr. Javier Reig-Mullor, Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain

A composite indicator measures multi-dimensional issues in wide-ranging fields (e.g., sustainability, economy, quality of life assessment, globalisation, academic performance or innovation) which cannot be captured by a single indicator. They are increasingly recognised as a useful tool in policy analysis and public communication and most international organisations are producing composite indicators to benchmark and rank countries, regions, or cities in specific subject areas. Also, the number of applications is continually growing at a rapid pace.

Ideally, a composite indicator should be based on a theoretical framework which allows individual indicators to be combined and weighted in a manner which reflects the dimensions or structure of the phenomena being measured. Thus, the way these indicators are constructed and applied seems to be a critical research issue from both theoretical and practical point of view. While discussion about the best methodology to design a composite indicator continues, we are interested in deepening the use of multicriteria decision making (MCDM) methodologies to address issues related to normalization, weighting and aggregation. The most commonly used MCDM approaches to construct composite indicators include to name but a few: analytical hierarchy process (AHP), data envelopment analysis (DEA), multi- attribute utility theory (MAUT), multi-attribute value theory (MAVT), ELECTRE, TOPSIS, VIKOR, PROMETHEE, MRP-WSCI and MACBETH.

This special issue welcomes the submission of conceptual frameworks, modelling approaches, case studies, and reviews to support an integrated understanding of new developments and applications of multicriteria decision making approaches to construct composite indicators.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Composite indicators
  • Multicriteria analysis
  • Aggregation techniques
  • Weighting schemes
  • Policy modelling
  • Sustainability or environmental composite indicators
  • Economic and social indicators
  • Countries, regions or urban performance
  • Benchmarking

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 has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2021