Instructions for Referees
The SIAM Journal on Optimization (SIOPT) depends heavily on our referees, and we are greatly indebted for maintaining the quality and timeliness of our journal. Thank you for your help in assessing manuscripts.
The SIAM Journal on Optimization contains research articles on the theory and practice of optimization. The areas addressed include linear and quadratic programming, convex programming, nonlinear programming, complementarity problems, stochastic optimization, combinatorial optimization, integer programming, and convex, nonsmooth and variational analysis. Contributions may emphasize optimization theory, algorithms, software, computational practice, applications, or the links between these subjects.
Articles for the SIAM Journal on Optimization must be written in clear and idiomatic English and must be accessible and of interest to a large part of the optimization community. They must contain substantially new results and relate them to the extant literature in a scholarly fashion.
Brevity is encouraged, with a suggested maximum length of 25 pages. Longer papers are published only in exceptional cases. In such cases, the editor and referees must be convinced that the length of the paper is both required by the subject matter and justified by the paper's quality.
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:
- they contain significant material over and above the accepted conference version and any supplements to that version; and
- publication of a second version in the SIAM Journal on Optimization 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.
Review ProcessThe manuscript submission and peer review process is broken down as follows:
- The Author submits a manuscript.
- The Editor-in-Chief assigns an Associate Editor to act as Review Editor for the paper.
- The Associate Editor assigns Referees.
- The Referees review the manuscript and send reports.
- The Associate Editor makes a decision and the author is contacted.
Navigating the SystemAll SIOPT papers go through review in the web-based Journal Submission & Tracking System; http://peerreview.siam.org/.
When invited to serve as a referee there are two ways to gain access to the manuscript.
- You'll receive an e-mail with basic information about the paper, and a link to view the assignment. When you use the link to gain access to the web-based system and to see the paper, you are presented with a link to accept the assignment, and a link to decline the assignment.
Accept referee assignment: If you accept, the link will automatically log you into the system and take you directly to the files for the pertinent paper.
Decline referee assignment: If you are unable to review this manuscript and must decline we appreciate any suggestions of potential referees. You can suggest other reviewers or offer any observation on the paper by e-mailing email@example.com.
- You can alternately access your files by logging into the system
using your user name and password. You are then taken to your "Home"
page. It will list your assignments. If you are required
to perform a pending action item, there will be a red arrow next to a
manuscript link. After clicking on this link, you will be presented
with a "Manuscript" screen containing:
- Information about the specific manuscript.
- Links to Accept/Decline to serve as a referee
- A link to contact journal staff
Review ManuscriptOnce in the system you will be presented with a "Manuscript" screen. At the bottom of this screen under "Manuscript Tasks" is a "Review Manuscript" link. Clicking on this link displays the "Review Manuscript" screen. This screen asks for a recommendation and for a report.*
* Note that in giving a recommendation, along with a free-form text box that allows you to copy and paste a report and /or comments, you must:
Select from a drop-down menu. This manuscript is:
- Not appropriate for the journal.
- Reject outright;
- Return to the author for major revisions, outlined in comments;
- Publish after minor revisions, outlined in comments; or
- Publish as is.
There is also a text box available if you wish to include a private message to the Review Editor. Comments entered here are not meant to be seen by the author(s).
Finally, a manuscript evaluation form is available, but the use of this is optional.
If you prefer to work offline, you may find it faster and easier to download and print the manuscript, draft your review remarks in plain text, and copy and paste into the referee remarks text area on this screen.
Again, the manuscript evaluation form is optional; the drop-down recommendations and report are required.
NOTE: As a referee, SIOPT offers the option of attaching a file to deliver your report. It is recommended, however, that you instead use the text box on the Referee Recommendation Screen to type or paste plain text or TeX code. File attachments are not recommended, as referee confidentiality may be compromised. However, if you must send an attachment know that it may be forwarded to the author by the Review Editor, so please be sure to first edit the file for profile information thatif left in placecould disclose your identity as the owner/creator.
See here for specifics on how to remove hidden identity clues from PDF and Word files.
Getting HelpIf you need additional help, you can click on the help signs throughout the system. A help dialog will pop up with context sensitive help. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
Manuscript StatusTo get the status of your assigned manuscript(s):
- Log into the system with your password.
- Click on the link represented by the manuscript tracking number and abbreviated title.
- Click on the "Check Status" link at the bottom of the displayed page.
NOTE: Author rights to unpublished manuscripts:
All manuscripts are privileged documents; an author retains the right to the unpublished work. A referee should not use results or ideas obtained exclusively through the refereeing process in his or her own research.