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Edited By: Dr. B. L. Golden and Dr. D.R. Shier

Impact Factor: 0.83

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 26/50 (Computer Science Hardware & Architecture); 62/81 (Operations Research & Management Science)

Online ISSN: 1097-0037

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Wiley's Journal Styles and EndNote
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Manuscript Submission

Send all manuscripts for submission to Dr. B. L. Golden, P. O. Box 149, Simpsonville, MD 21150. Manuscripts can also be submitted electronically to, following the guidelines given below.

A covering letter must accompany each submission indicating the name, address, telephone and e-mail address, and FAX numbers of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs are to be addressed. An affiliation must be supplied for each author.

Submission of a manuscript to the Editor implies that the paper has not been published, that it is not being submitted for publication elsewhere, and that, if the work reported is officially sponsored, it has been released for publication.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce material that has appeared in another publication. (In the case of a "work made for hire," the agreement must be signed by the employer.)

Five copies of the manuscript are required for each hard copy submission. Electronic submission as a postscript or PDF file (using standard fonts) is also possible; the accompanying email cover letter should then contain the contact information specified earlier.

A short abstract (200 words maximum) as well as 4-6 keywords are required. It should be complete and self-contained, giving the scope and emphasizing the main conclusions, results, or significance of the work described.

Figures. Figures should be professionally prepared and submitted as high-quality laser output. To ensure that your digital graphics are suitable for print purposes, please go to RapidInspector™ at . This free, stand-alone software application will help you to inspect and verify illustrations right on your computer.

All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to authors. Authors are requested to pay the cost of reproducing color figures in print. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background wherever possible. Please contact Glenn Beck at 201-748-8659; for further information. Color proofs will be sent to the contributor for approval prior to printing.

Wiley's Journal Styles Are Now in EndNote. EndNote is a software product that we recommend to our journal authors to help simplify and streamline the research process. Using EndNote’s bibliographic management tools, you can search bibliographic databases, build and organize your reference collection, and then instantly format your bibliography in any Wiley journal style. To download the reference style for this journal, or to purchase a copy of EndNote, go online to .
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Literature references should be indicated in text by an arabic number in square brackets. All literature citations should be grouped together at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order by author(s) and numbered consecutively. For journal references, supply author, title, journal title, volume, year, and paper range; for book references, supply author, title, publisher, and city and year of publication; for unpublished material, give as much information as possible (e.g., for lectures or symposia list author, paper title, symposium title, sponsor, location, and date). Sample references follow:

[1] J. Cohen and P. Fraigniaud, Broadcasting and multicasting in trees, Technical report LRI-1265, University Paris-Sud, France, 2000.

[2] S. Fujita and A.M. Farley, Minimum cost line broadcasting in paths, Discr Appl Math 75 (1997), 255–268.

[3] T.W. Haynes, S.T. Hedetniemi, and P.J. Slater, Domination in graphs: Advanced topics, Marcel Dekker, New York, 1998.

[4] C.C. Lindner and C.A. Rodger, "Decomposition into cycles II," Cycle systems in contemporary design theory: A collection of surveys, J.H. Dinitz and D.R. Stinson (Editors), Wiley, New York, 1992, pp. 325–369.

[5] E. Upfal, An O (log N ) deterministic packet routing scheme, Proc 21st Ann ACM Symp Theory Comput ACM, Seattle, WA, 1989, pp. 241–250.

Electronic Submission of Accepted Papers

Submit on a CD the text (e.g., LaTeX), a pdf reading copy, and all figures clearly labeled by title. LaTeX is preferred, although manuscripts prepared with other forms of TeX are acceptable. (It is also possible, but less desirable, to submit text as a Microsoft Word file.) Refrain from complex formatting; the Publisher will style your manuscript according to the Journal design specifications.

All illustrations should be in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats and should be submitted as separate files. Do not submit native application formats.

Proofs and Reprints

Proofs: Authors will receive proofs that must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. No new material may be inserted in the text at the proofreading stage. Authors will be charged for excessive alterations.

Electronic Proofing: In order to expedite the publication and on-line posting of articles in Wiley InterScience, Networks now offers electronic proofing. Corresponding authors with e-mail addresses will be sent page proofs (and paperwork, such as reprint order forms) in pdf format via e-mail. Please follow the instructions in the e-mail; contact names and numbers are given for questions, problems, or if an author wishes to receive a paper proof. A fax cover form with the Production Editor's information is also provided for authors to fax their corrections.

Reprints: Corresponding authors — Effective 2010 free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional reprints can be ordered and purchased by filling out the form attached to the proof.

Correspondence. Correspondence concerning proofs, subscriptions, and other matters should be addressed to the Publisher, c/o John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030.