SIAM Journal on Optimization

Instructions for Authors



SIAM Journal on Optimization (SIOPT) contains research articles on the theory and practice of optimization.

Submitting a Manuscript

Enter submissions directly into the Journal Submission & Tracking System. Authors should submit both the manuscript and a cover letter in PDF format. Notes: Figures, if any, must be embedded "inline" in the manuscript.

Submissions

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Submission of a manuscript to a SIAM journal is representation by the author that the manuscript has not been published or submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Papers that have been accepted previously for conference proceedings may be considered if:

a. they contain significant material over and above the accepted conference version and any supplements to that version; and

b. publication of a second version in SIOPT is warranted by the paper's reaching a higher standard than accepted papers that have not been preceded by conference versions.

Authors must clearly indicate the fact that the paper has been accepted previously for a conference proceedings in both their cover letter and a footnote on the first page of the paper and must submit the previously accepted version (with supplements) along with their submission to this journal.

If a paper has appeared previously in another (nonconference) venue, in any form, or was previously submitted to this journal in another form, authors must clearly indicate this fact in both their cover letter and a footnote on the first page of the paper.


Original Scholarship

A large duplication of another author's or one's own work is a sign of poor scholarship. There is also a copyright issue if the source is not cited. Your manuscript should provide proper citations, use quotation marks or indentation (for quotations of five or more lines) to indicate borrowed wording, and minimize duplication. Refusal by an author to make these necessary changes is grounds for rejection.


Potentially Offensive Material

There is no general rule on what material is appropriate for publication in SIAM publications. However, if an editor believes that the use of some material (text, images, etc.) may offend SIAM readers, there will be an exchange with the authors on the need for the particular material and whether alternatives can be identified to express the same results. Unless the authors can make convincing arguments that the particular material is essential to convey the scientific contribution, it is expected that the material be replaced prior to review and further consideration for publication.


Resubmission

A resubmission of a manuscript previously rejected by this or another SIAM journal will be treated as a new submission, with the history of the manuscript made available to the handling editor and, if necessary, also referees. The cover letter should include the criticism in the referee reports and a detailed description of how the manuscript has been revised to meet all the criticism of the original submission. As a new submission, there is no guarantee that it will be handled by the same associate editor or that the original referees will be involved in the evaluation.


Editor Selection

Authors can suggest an editor from among those listed on the journal's masthead, but the editor-in-chief has the exclusive right to assign papers to members of the editorial board. The editors reserve the right to reject any manuscript that does not conform to the journal's standards.


Permissions

If your paper contains material (for example, tables or figures) from another source, that material must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder. Permission is needed in cases of alternations to the original, as well. Complete addresses (including email addresses and fax and phone numbers) should be provided for all authors. To assist referees, unpublished references can also be submitted with an indication of whether they have been accepted for publication.


ORCID

SIAM is a member of ORCID - a central registry of researchers. Authors submitting papers to SIAM journals can log in to the submission system through their ORCID account, or can go to their SIAM system profile to connect their ORCID to their SIAM journals work. If the paper is accepted and published, SIAM Journals Online will display an icon next to the author’s name which links to their ORCID page, which can in turn list their published article if the author chooses.

SIAM encourages authors to take advantage of ORCID’s capability, which can be viewed as a DOI for an individual. Wherever it is used, this unique identifier then pulls together the individual’s work and professional activities from across publications, disciplines and workplaces. The researcher controls, through his or her ORCID account, which work and activities are publicly displayed.

Those interested can register for an ORCID ID here. Use it for login at manuscript submission, or contact SIAM to add it to your account.


TeX Papers

Authors of accepted papers must submit TeX files to SIAM for typesetting. Authors are highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros. Note that the SIAM office will format Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to LaTeX 2e. The LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email request.


Illustrations

All illustrations must be of professional quality with no handwritten elements. Note that tables and algorithms are not considered figures and should not be treated as such. Illustrations must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. If your article is accepted for publication, SIAM will accept electronic (TeX, PDF, PNG, JPG, and EPS) figure files. Hand-drawn artwork will not be accepted. SIAM will not redraw figures. Illustrations must use lines one point or thicker; thinner lines may break up or disappear when printed. When choosing line weight and character size, keep in mind that illustrations may be reduced.


Color Text and Figures

SIAM journals are printed in black and white. For optimum quality all text within the article must be in black. Though art may appear in color online, it is printed in color only when it is deemed by the editor to be scientifically necessary. If it is your wish or expectation that any of the figures in your paper appear in color in the printed version, please inform us immediately. Color art that is not deemed scientifically necessary by the editor can be printed in color at the author's expense.


Title

Titles should be brief and appropriate for indexing and should specifically describe the content of the paper. An abbreviated title, which will be used as a running head, must accompany all articles, must not consist of more than 50 characters (including spaces), and must not contain abbreviations.


Abstract

A one-paragraph abstract, not exceeding 250 words, that summarizes the principal techniques and conclusions of the manuscript in relation to known results must accompany each manuscript. Because the abstract must be able to stand independently, mathematical formulas and bibliographic references should be kept to a minimum; bibliographic references must be written out in full, not given by number.


Keywords and AMS Subject Classifications

Keywords and AMS subject classifications must accompany all articles. A list of the subject classifications can be accessed in the Annual Index of Mathematical Reviews.


References

References should be listed in either alphabetical order or order of citation at the end of the manuscript. The following reference styles should be used; other examples may be found in the journal style manual.

  • Journal articles (titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Mathematical Reviews; abbreviations are available here):
    [16] L. N. Trefethen, Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59 (2017), pp. 469­–491.
  • Books, research reports:
    [9] H. Kaper and C. Rousseau, Mathematics of Planet Earth, SIAM, Philadelphia, 2015.
  • Paper in a bound collection:
    [2] C. Archetti and M. G. Speranza, Arc routing problems with profits, in Arc Routing: Problems, Methods, and Applications, MOS-SIAM Ser. Optim. 20, A. Corberan and G. Laporte, eds., SIAM, Philadelphia, 2014, pp. 281–299.
  • Acceptable variants on SIAM's references style are:
    [T] L. N. Trefethen, Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59 (2017), pp. 469­–491.
    or
    L. N. Trefethen (2017), Cubature, approximation, and isotropy in the hypercube, SIAM Rev., 59, pp. 469­–491.

Citations Within the Text

A consistent style should be used, and the style of in-text citations should conform to the reference style chosen. To refer to a specific page or item in an article or book the following formats may be used: [2, p. 51]; [M, p. 51]; Mandelbrot [2, p. 51]; or Mandelbrot (1977, p. 51).


Page Limit Policy

SIOPT has a page limit policy of 25 pages per paper. Longer papers are published only in exceptional cases and when both the editor and referees are convinced that the length of the paper is both required by the subject matter and justified by the paper’s quality. Please submit your paper in SIAM format -- use the macros labeled LaTeX2e Standard Macros specifically for SIOPT.

SIAM Macros

Authors are highly encouraged to prepare their papers using SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros. Although doing so is optional, using the SIAM macros enables features that will aid editors and referees during review as well as reducing the time needed to process a paper after acceptance. If an author chooses not to use the SIAM macros, the SIAM office will reformat Plain TeX and AMSTeX files to use SIAM's standard LaTeX 2e macros after the paper has been accepted for publication. The SIAM standard LaTeX 2e macro package and documentation are available here or by email request.

Review Procedures

Manuscript Submissions

Authors must submit manuscripts to SIOPT in electronic form. Hard-copy submissions will not be considered. Authors must enter submissions directly into the Journal Submission & Tracking System. Authors should submit both the manuscript and a cover letter in PDF format. Figures, if any, must be embedded "inline" in the manuscript.

After the submission has entered SIAM's tracking system, the corresponding author receives email that acknowledges receipt and provides the manuscript number. Authors are asked to include the manuscript number in all correspondence regarding the paper.

Once SIAM has processed a submission, a copy of the manuscript goes to the editor-in-chief along with any reference material the author may have submitted. The editor-in-chief decides which associate editor is best suited to handle the review. Note that all contact with the editor-in-chief and all subsequent review correspondence with the associate editor and the SIAM office regarding the manuscript will be done via email. The editor-in-chief can reject papers that are clearly inappropriate for SIOPT without assigning them to a review editor.


Direct Submissions

Members of the Editorial Board occasionally receive submissions directly from authors. In such cases the editor will ask the author to resubmit the paper to the SIAM office through the Journal Submission & Tracking System. This procedure ensures that the SIAM office will have the opportunity to access the manuscript for proper processing and tracking throughout the review process. Editors should not review a submission without the approval of the editor-in-chief, who assigns the review editor for each paper.


Papers Authored by Editorial Board Members

Papers authored by Editorial Board members are subject to the same anonymous peer-review process as other papers. Submissions to the journal authored by the editor-in-chief will be directed to the vice president for publications, who will oversee the review process.


Status Changes

Once the review editor has obtained referee reports and made a decision on a manuscript, the author receives an email informing him/her of the decision. Anonymous referee reports are generally included, along with the associate editor decision.


Conflicts of Interest

It is vital to the reputation of SIAM and all of its journals that conflicts of interest be avoided. Therefore, it is SIAM policy that editors not review papers authored by their friends, colleagues, co-workers, students, or recent former students. The same policy applies to referees; editors should not send papers to referees who work at an author's institution or who are known to have close ties to the author. To help avoid conflicts of interest, it is SIAM policy that editors who receive manuscript submissions or who are assigned manuscripts that present a conflict of interest contact the SIAM office and the editor-in-chief to request that the manuscript be reassigned to another editor.

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