Scope. The Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications publishes carefully selected papers covering mathematical optimization techniques and their applications to science and engineering. Typical theoretical areas are: linear programming, nonlinear programming, mathematical programming, dynamic programming, direct methods, indirect methods, calculus of variations, optimal control, game theory, inequality theory, solution of equations, boundary-value problems, and numerical methods, such as gradient methods, conjugate-gradient methods, variable-metric methods, and quasilinearization methods. Typical areas of application are: aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mathematical biology, mathematical economics, and mathematical physics. It is hoped that the journal will appeal to mathematicians, scientists, economists, and engineers and that the interaction among these people will prove to be beneficial to all.

       Types of Contributions. The journal publishes five types of contributions: Survey Papers, Contributed Papers, Technical Notes, Technical Comments, and Book Notices.

       Submission of Papers. Manuscripts, in triplicate, may be submitted to any of the Associate Editors or the Editor-in-Chief. Positive recommendation of the Associate Editors and concurrence of the Editor-in-Chief constitute approval for publication. To speed up the reviewing process and decrease paper work, authors are advised to send their papers to the Associate Editor whose field of interest appears to be more closely related to a particular problem area.

       Publication Policy. Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to Plenum Publishing Corporation will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The Editor-in-Chief will supply the necessary forms for this transfer. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

       Style. Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the Editors reserve the right to introduce formal changes consistent with the overall style of the journal. In particular, this applies to such items as numeration of sections and subsections, numeration of equations and references, footnotes, display of equations, and citation of equations and references throughout the text. In order to minimize these changes, authors are advised to follow the instructions concerning preparation of papers, which are given in the following pages. When in doubt, authors are advised to consult the style employed in previous issues of the journal.

       Length. Normally, the maximum length of a manuscript should not exceed 30 pages, double spaced or triple spaced, for papers written with a standard typewriter. For papers written with a PC, the 30-page limit holds, but triple spacing is a must. If the manuscript contains figures, one figure is considered equivalent to one manuscript page in the overall page count.

       Page Charges. The journal makes no page charges.

       Reprints. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedules are sent with the proofs.