Submitting LaTeX Files

Authors wishing to submit LaTeX files should note the following:

  1. Upload your article in PDF format. Authors are responsible for compiling PDF files from the original LaTeX files. Figures should be included in the compiled PDF and should not be uploaded as individual files. In the submission system choose 'Article file' as the file type.
  2. In addition, upload your original LaTeX files in a zipped folder. (including article, figure, bibliography and library files). In the submission system choose 'LaTeX files in zipped folder' as the file label.
  3. Submit an author information file as described above.

Please note that PDF submissions are only accepted when accompanied by a zipped folder containing source LaTeX files. PDF submissions not accompanied by LaTeX files will be returned to authors for correction and resubmission prior to review.

Please note this journal does not have a LaTeX template.

Language and Presentation

Submissions should be written in English of a good standard. Spelling should conform to The Concise Oxford Dictionary.

Manuscripts may be submitted in Word or LaTeX format and should have at least 1.5 line spacing, with ample margins. The pages of the main text should be numbered consecutively. Sections and subsections should be clearly differentiated but should not be numbered. Papers should be written without the use of footnotes.

Mathematical expressions and Greek or other symbols should be written clearly with ample spacing. Use widely accepted symbols and abbreviations, following the style of BS 1991 Part 2 1954.
Wherever possible, theorems, computer programs, lists and calculations should be placed in appendices.

Length of submissions

Papers should not normally exceed 10 journal pages (or about 5000 words). Each figure is equivalent to about one-third of a page, and hence manuscripts should not exceed 20 typed, double spaced A4 pages, including figures, tables, references and appendices.

Technical notes should not exceed six manuscript pages.

Abstract and Keywords

The first page of the manuscript should contain an abstract of not more than 150 words. The abstract should be sufficiently comprehensible to enable any reader of the journal to judge the paper's potential interest. Abstracts should not contain references.

Authors should also provide 3-6 key words defining the essential content of the paper. The keywords are used to allocate the paper to the most relevant associate editor, and authors should consider this when deciding on their keywords


All theoretical papers should commence with an introduction which is comprehensible to non-specialist readers, and where appropriate worked examples should be included in theoretical papers to assist the understanding of non-specialist readers. The relevance of the paper to practice should be made evident within in all papers.

All case-oriented papers should commence with an introduction which indicates clearly that this is an account of an actual project.

All papers should end with a conclusion which summarizes the value of the work and, where appropriate, indicates possible directions for future developments.


References should be included from ALL appropriate sources and should be readily accessible to readers.
In writing your paper you are encouraged to review or reference papers in the area you are addressing previously published in the journal. This provides coherence and continuity for our readers.

References should be indicated in the text by author name(s) followed by date of publication, all in parenthesis, for example (Brown and Allen, 2001) or for a work by more than two authors (Van der Meer et al, 2005). In a list of references put oldest first. At the end of the article references should be listed (unnumbered) ordered alphabetically by author name. Do not use et al here; rather, give the full list of authors. If more than one reference has identical date and authorship use a, b, ... after the date to distinguish, for example (Allen, 2001a).

If a statement is made alleging that an author has said something or holds a particular view, possibly controversial, the page number of the referenced work MUST be quoted.

Please adopt the following style for listing references:

Journal Articles:

Lang D C, Monefeldt C and Rosenhead J V (2000). Looking in the wrong place for healthcare improvements: A system dynamics study of an accident and emergency department. Journal of the Operational Research Society 51(5): 518-531.

Online Articles:

Chen C C and Hardoon D R (2010). Learning from multi-level behaviours in agent-based simulations: a Systems Biology application. Journal of Simulation advance online publication 5 February, doi: 10.1057/jos.2009.30.


Glover F and Laguna M (1997). Tabu Search. Kluwer Academic Publishers: London.

Chapter in a contributed volume:

Osman IH (1995). An introduction to meta-heuristics. In: Lawrence M and Wilsdon C (eds). Operational Research Tutorial 1995. Operational Research Society: Birmingham, pp 92-122.

Unpublished reports and theses (which should be available on request):
Mourtos I (2003). Integer and constraint programming methods for mutually orthogonal latin squares. PhD thesis, University of London.

Internet sites:

References to internet sites should be quoted in the normal way in the text e.g. Williams (2006). In the reference list the full URL must be given, followed by the date that the website was accessed.

George V and Vaughn R (2003). Application of Lightweight Formal Methods in Recruitment Engineering., accessed 15 August 2006.