Author Guidelines

All submissions to International Transactions in Operational Research are now to be made online using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit to the journal go to Full instructions on making your submission are provided at this website. You should receive an e-mail acknowledgement within a few minutes after completing your submission.  Thereafter, the system will keep you informed of the progress of your submission through refereeing, any revisions that are required, and a final decision by one of the editors.

The average time in weeks to first and final decision is available to view here.

All articles submitted to the journal must be original and should in no way violate any existing copyright, and should contain nothing of a libellous or scandalous nature. Copyright in all papers will be transferred to IFORS.

Spelling should conform either to Webster's or to the Concise Oxford Dictionary.

The Editor's decision as to whether a paper is published, and when it appears, is final.

Online Submission

You can now submit your manuscripts to ITOR online at

Submissions in LaTeX should necessarily be prepared using ITOR's LaTeX macro package. Submissions in Word are still accepted and should be prepared following the style of the example file as closely as possible. The file name is ‘itor-generic-template.pdf’, available in the ITOR's LaTeX macro package.

Your manuscript should not exceed 25 pages. Submissions exceeding 25 pages or in disagreement with ITOR's LaTeX macro package will be returned to the authors for reformatting.

Please start the preparation of you manuscript by downloading ITOR’s LaTeX macro package (Zip 581k) here.

Preprint policy

Please find the Wiley preprint policy here

International Transactions in Operational Research will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. Authors may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Early View

International Transactions in Operational Research is covered by Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Abstract, keywords, and author information

An abstract not exceeding 150 words should accompany each manuscript submitted. Authors are also asked to supply a maximum of 10 keywords or phrases which will be useful for indexing purposes. Full information (name, affiliation, and email) for all authors must be necessarily be provided in the title page of the submitted manuscript. Articles omitting this information will be returned to the submitting author.


Tables and Figures

Electronic copies of all tables and figures should be included with each copy of the manuscript. Tables and Figures should be numbered consecutively and carry a brief title. They should already appear in the text approximately where they should be placed. 

Figures in high resolution should also be supplied in separate files. Any labels and keys must be legible when reproduced. Figures should either be originated in a drawing package and saved as an EPS or TIF file, or produced in Excel. Line art should be supplied to at least 600dpi and halftones to 300dpi at actual size. Figures should not be embedded into a Word file as this lowers the resolution. Contributors will be asked to resupply their artwork if figures don't meet these specifications.

Where artwork is being supplied, please bear in mind that illustrations cannot be reproduced at more than the size of the text area of the journal page, i.e. 134 x 204 mm. All illustrations should be drawn for the same reduction, ideally 3:2. Lettering should be of draughtsman standard; please bear the reduction in mind in both lettering and weight of line.

It is the contributor's responsibility to clear any necessary copyright permissions, to pay any reproduction feeds charged by the copyright owner, and to provide a list of captions and (where relevant) credit lines. A list of captions to the illustrations, including source information, should be supplied separately from the text, and the position of the illustrations should be clearly indicated in the text. Further details on electronic artwork can be found at


Literature Citations

Literature references in the text should be indicated by the author's name and year of publication, e.g. (Jonker, 1984). The page number can be included if appropriate (Govish, 1987, p. 507). Where the author's name is included in the text, it should not be repeated e.g. `Volgenant (1990) says ...' If the bibliography contains more than one work by an author in a given year, suffixes a, b, etc ... may be used.

Footnotes should not be used in the manuscript, neither for literature citations nor any other purpose. 


The manuscript should include a reference list containing only those references cited in the text. The references follow Harvard style and should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author. Works by the same author should be listed in order of publication. Each reference should contain full bibliographical details.

Sample journal reference:

Thunhurst C., 2003. The use of problem structuring methods in strategic health planning.  International Transactions in Operational Research 10, 381-392.

Two or more authors:

de Castro Silva, J.L., Soma, N.Y., Maculan, N, 2003. A greedy search for the three-dimensional bin packing problem: the packing static stability case.  International Transactions in Operational Research 10, 141-153.

Sample of book reference:

Belton, V., Stewart, T.J., 2001. Multiple criteria decision analysis: an integrated approach. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Sample of edited book:

Gass, S.I., Harris, C.M. (Eds.), 2001. Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (2nd edition). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Article or chapter in edited book:

Dekker, R., van der Laan, E., 2003. Inventory control in reverse logistics.  In: Guide, Jr. V.D.R., van Wassenhove, L.N.  (Eds.), Business aspects of closed-loop supply chains. Carnegie Mellon University Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pp. 175-200.

Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.       

Research Instruments

Because of space limitations, questionnaires and other research instruments sometimes may not be fully reproduced in the published paper. When they are not fully reproduced a note must be inserted in the text of the paper indicating the address from which copies of the completed instrument are available.

Wiley Author Services

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs. For more information on this journal’s APCs, please see the Open Access page.

Copyright & Licensing

WALS + standard CTA or Open Access

You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open Access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal uses the CC-BY/CC-BY-NC/CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License.

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.

Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.