Papers & Publications


Information for Submitting to a Journal Special Issue (Optional)

The organizers have arranged for special sections of two different journals to allow authors a choice of publication venue. This submission is open to all teams that participated in the Implementation Challenge and submitted both results and an associated Challenge paper describing their method. 

All papers submitted for journal publication should be of substantially new content and not published elsewhere. We expect that submitted papers will contain results and descriptions beyond those included in the Challenge paper. All submissions will be subject to the journal's review process and must meet its standards for publication through its normal review process.

We ask that participants do not submit to both special sections. Rather, they should select the one that they believe is best-suited for their particular contribution.

  • Transportation Science
    A special section of Transportation Science will be devoted to the state-of-the art methodological contributions to solving one or more of the VRP variants considered in the Challenge. The major acceptance criterion will be the quality and originality of the contribution, as well as the advancement in the study of vehicle routing problems and corresponding solution approaches.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission: Submitted manuscripts will need to conform to the usual high standard requirements of Transportation science and will be peer reviewed with the same procedure as any other submission. Papers will be reviewed on a rolling horizon as received. Authors are asked to follow the journal’s guidelines for authors and submit their full papers through Scholarone (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/transci), choosing "Special section: DIMACS Implementation Challenge: Vehicle Routing” as the “Article type”.

Submission deadline: July 31, 2022.

Guest Editors: Claudia Archetti, Eduardo Uchoa, and Thibaut Vidal.

View TS special section CFP.

  • INFORMS Journal on Computing
    : A special section of INFORMS Journal on Computing (IJOC) will be open for software-oriented contributions stemming from the Challenge. Such contributions should target the journal’s Software Tools area and adhere to its guidelines for submission. Submitted papers should describe software and/or data used in the Challenge and make it available to the research community through IJOC’s Github repository. Submissions to this special section should include both a paper and a related software or data archive. Please note that the Software Tools area invites both short submissions (centered mainly on software) and regular submissions that would include both software and surrounding methodological contributions. Details on how to submit and the submission deadline will be posted in a forthcoming CFP.

Information for Submitting a Challenge Paper (Required)

Implementation Challenges are about sharing ideas among researchers all working on a common problem. For this reason, we ask all teams competing in algorithm evaluation to submit an extended abstract that describes their algorithm and its performance. (Such submission is required to be considered for any "award" or recognition in the Challenge, including an invitation to present at the workshop.)

The submitted paper should be in article format and should describe the methods used as well as the results obtained. The document is limited to 6 pages, including references. Detailed tables of results may be included in appendices that are not counted in the six pages. Solvers competing in more than one variant should submit only one paper.

Participants are welcome to submit papers based on work they have previously published elsewhere, as long as they are clearly marked as such.

Teams will be invited to present at the concluding workshop based on the performance of their algorithm and the discussion provided in the associated paper. Selection criteria include algorithm performance (to include solution quality, speed, and breadth of solver capability), originality, presentation, and overall assessment.

Final versions of papers will be posted on the VRP Challenge webpage as a resource to all participants and the broader community.

Challenge papers should adhere to the rules and formatting suggested in this template: [Word template]  [Latex template].

Challenge papers must be submitted by February 1, 2022.

Information for Submitting to a Journal Special Issue (Optional)

Journal-quality papers may be submitted to special sections of journals that will be associated with the VRP Implementation Challenge. The organizers have arranged for special sections of two different journals to allow authors a choice of venue. All papers submitted for journal publication should be of substantially new content and not published elsewhere. All submissions will be subject to the journal's review process and must meet its standards for publication through its normal review process.

  • Transportation Science: A special section of Transportation Science will be devoted to the state-of-the art methodological contributions to solving one or more of the VRP variants considered in the Challenge. Papers will be due after the concluding workshop of the Challenge. Details on how to submit and the submission deadline will be posted here in a forthcoming CFP. All submissions must adhere to the journal's guidelines for submission. Claudia Archetti, Eduardo Uchoa, and Thibaut Vidal are guest editors of this special section.
  • INFORMS Journal on Computing: A special section of INFORMS Journal on Computing (IJOC) will be open for software-oriented contributions stemming from the Challenge. Such contributions should target the journal’s Software Tools area and adhere to its guidelines for submission. Submitted papers should describe software and/or data used in the Challenge and make it available to the research community through IJOC’s Github repository. Submissions to this special section should include both a paper and a related software or data archive. Please note that the Software Tools area invites both short submissions (centered mainly on software) and regular submissions that would include both software and surrounding methodological contributions. Details on how to submit and the submission deadline will be posted in a forthcoming CFP.

We ask that participants do not submit to both special sections. Rather, they should select the one that they believe is best-suited for their particular contribution.

Submission deadlines are not yet confirmed but will be some time after the concluding workshop, most likely during the summer in 2022.