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Open Mathematics: Topical Issue on “Metaheuristics: Methods and Applications”

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Jose A. Egea, Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain
Julio R. Banga, IIM-CSIC, Spain
Regina Berretta, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Christof Defryn, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Manuel Laguna, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Pablo Moscato, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Patrick Siarry, Université Paris-Est Creteil Val de Marne, France
Helena Ramalhinho Dias Lourenço, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Associate Guest Editors:
Carlos García Martínez, University of Córdoba, Spain
Gabriel Jesús Luque Polo, Computer Science School, Málaga, Spain


Many mathematical and real life optimization problems are NP-Hard or they just cannot be efficiently solved by traditional optimization methods due to differentiability, continuity or dimensional issues. In those cases, metaheuristics methods are the best option to obtain optimal or high-quality solutions in reasonable computation times.

This topical issue on Metaheuristics: Methods and Applications covers all areas and sub-areas of metaheuristics for optimization, including theoretical aspects, development and implementation of methods, and applications to mathematical or real-life problems.

Specific topics include but are not limited to:

  • Evolutionary and swarm intelligence algorithms
  • Trajectory and neighborhood search algorithms
  • Hybrid metaheuristics
  • Hybrid methods (exact + metaheuristics)
  • Combinatorial/binary optimization
  • Dynamic optimization problems
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Parallel and cooperative metaheuristics
  • Constraint handling techniques
  • Reviews of theory and/or practice of metaheuristics
  • Case studies and real-world applications
  • Applications to machine learning and statistics
  • Rigorous methods for comparing metaheuristics
  • Adaptive Memory Programming (Tabu Search)

We seek high-quality original research papers, as well as communications and survey papers related to the topic of this issue.


Before submission authors should carefully read the Instructions for Authors, which are located here.

All submissions to the Topical Issue must be made electronically at via online submission system Editorial Manager

Authors wishing to submit their papers after the 7th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI’2016should contact the Editorial Office first, quoting the respective title of the Workshop/Conference in the email.

All manuscripts will undergo the standard peer review process. When entering your submission via online submission system please choose the option Topical Issue on Metaheuristics – Methods and Applications.

Submissions for the special issue are now open.

Individual papers will be reviewed and published online as they arrive.

Contributors to the Topical Issue will benefit from:

  • fair and constructive peer review provided by recognized experts in the field,
  • Open Access to your article for all interested readers,
  • fast online publication of articles,
  • online submission and tracking system,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions,
  • substantial waiver and discount policy (please contact the Editorial Office for more details).

We are looking forward to your submission. If you have any question, please contact us at Agnieszka.Bednarczyk-Drag@degruyteropen.com