Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

Cover image for Vol. 22 Issue 3-4

Edited By: Theodor J. Stewart

Online ISSN: 1099-1360


Author Guidelines


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Author Guidelines


Manuscript Submission. The Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface (ScholarOne Manuscripts). Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcda to navigate to the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis online submission site.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

Important information for authors using LaTeX. If you have used LaTeX to prepare your manuscript you should observe the following instructions:

  • Initial submission: For reviewing purposes you should upload either an .eps, .pdf or .rtf created from your source files.

  • Submission of a revised manuscript: When submitting your revision you must still upload an .eps, .pdf or .rtf for reviewing purposes. In addition you must upload your LaTeX source files. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Submitted material will not be returned to the author, unless specifically requested.


Manuscript Style. The language of the journal is English. All submissions including book reviews must have a title, and have a margin of 3cm all round. Illustrations and tables must be on separate sheets, and not be incorporated into the text.

  • The title page must list the full title and the names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

  • Supply an abstract of up to 300 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and should be understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

  • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

  • Editors will initially screen submissions, prior to reviewing, and inform authors quickly if the papers appear unsuitable for this journal. No maximum length for an article is prescribed. However, authors should write concisely.

  • Footnotes are to be avoided: parentheses should be used instead.

Reference Style. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (French, 1998a), (French, 1998b). Where three or more authors are listed in the reference list, please cite in the text as (French et al ., 1998).

All references must be complete and accurate. Online citations should include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Tsoukias A, Vincke P. 1998. Double threshold orders: a new axiomatization. Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis 7: 285-301.
Kim KH, Roush RW. 1980. Introduction to Mathematical Consensus Theory . John Wiley: New York.
Vlek C, Timmermans D, Otten W. 1993. The idea of decision support. In Computer-Aided Decision Analysis: Theory and Applications , Nagel SS (ed.). Quorum Books: London; 133-168.

Illustrations. Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

  • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi

  • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

  • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in excel the file should be uploaded separately.

The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Copyright Transfer Agreement
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 http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Further Information. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint or 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.

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