Operations Research and Decisions

Instructions for Authors

Operations Research and Decisions presents original1 scientific papers, not published previously elsewhere, concerning the field of operations research and decision making. The articles published contain substantial theoretical discussions concerning the methodology of operations research and descriptions of quantitative methods and techniques applied in solving practical problems in the general area of decisions making.

Manuscripts, not longer than 20 pages, should be written in clear and understandable English. This will help to avoid misunderstandings which could lead to rejection of the paper. The main body of the paper should have a uniform typeface design. Only italics will be accepted as special characters. Text must be typed in the 12 pt Times font with one and a half-spaced lines and margins of 2.5 cm. All pages must be numbered consecutively.

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be complete, together with a title, the full name of all authors, affiliations and an e-mail address for correspondence. Three to five key words should be provided, as well as an abstract of about 150 words describing the main problems, results and conclusions presented in the paper. The text should be divided into sections starting with the Introduction and finishing with Conclusions. The list of references should follow the main text. Authors should note that the search for reviewers is greatly facilitated when the bibliography includes a number of recent articles relevant to the subject of the text, particularly when there is reference to themes that have appeared in OR&D.

The manuscript should contain all the required figures prepared in the form of vector files such as XLS, OPJ, CDR (plotted in one of the following applications: Excel, Origin, CorelDraw or MS Word and exported from other packages as windows metafiles). The source files for these figures should also be sent via e-mail. They must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. The figure caption is to be placed at the bottom and preceded by the abbreviation Fig., preferably giving a source underneath. Please note that in the printed version figures are not in colour. Hence, it is recommended that authors prepare them properly so that they would be readable in black and white (or use a small number of shades of grey).

Tables should be included in the manuscript and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. A table heading must be placed above the table with a source given underneath.

Equations referred to in the text should be numbered consecutively at the right hand margin using Arabic numerals in parentheses. To create them, Math Type equation editor is recommended. Do not use the Word built-in equation feature available in the menu.

References should appear in a separate section at the end of the article with the names of all authors given in alphabetical order; they must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in square brackets (e.g., [1]; [3, 4]). Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Depending on the nature of an item cited, the following formats are obligatory:

for journal papers:
[1] GŁADYSZ B., A method for detecting outliers in fuzzy regression, Oper. Res. Decisions, 2010, 20 (2), 25-39.

for books:
[2] KASPERSKI A., Discrete optimization with interval data. Minmax regret and fuzzy approach. Stud. Fuzziness Soft Comput., Vol. 228, Springer, Berlin 2008.
[3] MIELCZAREK B., Simulation in Health Care Management, PWN, Warsaw 2014 (in Polish).

for chapters in a book:
[3] KUCHTA D., UÇAL İ., Using probabilistic and fuzzy models for the selection information technology investments, [in:] Borzemski L., Grzech A., Świątek J., Wilimowska Z. (Eds.), Information systems architecture and technology. new developments in Web-Age information systems, Ofic. Wyd. PWr, Wrocław 2010, 399-409.

The Editors of the Operational Research and Decisions journal does not require Article Processing Charges (APCs) or submission charges.The publisher reserves the right to make any necessary changes following editorial revisions. The authors will receive one free copy of the journal with their published papers.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in PDF format directly to the Journal via the Online Manuscript Submission, Review and Tracking System accessible on its Web page: www.ord.pwr.wroc.pl. They will then be examined using the „double-blind review process”2. The Editors assign two reviewers from different countries, who are both from institutions other than the Author’s affiliation. Their opinions presented in the review form include an unambiguous suggestion concerning the publication of a considered paper. A complete list of Reviewers co-operating with the quarterly is presented here and is regularly updated.
Please note that, after the reviewing process, the final version of all papers must be prepared as a MS WORD file.

Submission of papers is regarded as acceptance of a transfer of copyright covering publication in print, as well as by electronic media (CD-ROM or the Internet) of the relevant work and any modifications of it.

1The Editors remind the Authors that any use of ghostwriting or guest authorship represents a lack of academic integrity and violates ethical norms governing research. They may result in legal consequences.
2Important information: Papers may be rejected by the Editors without undergoing review for a variety of reasons, such as:
• being outside the scope,
• being badly presented or incomprehensible to such an extent that the paper’s merit cannot be assessed,
• not fulfilling the Instructions for Authors,
• possessing elements that are suspected to be plagiarized,
• being a small extension of a different paper, often from the same authors,