Instructions for authors
File format and macro package
We prefer that articles be prepared in LateX2e, using the last version of AMSLaTeX and the amsart class. Articles may also be prepared in LaTeX2e or LaTeX209 with standard article class, or in Plain TeX. A macro package in LateX2e, designed especially for RAIRO: Operations Research, is available via anonymous ftp from:
ftp://ftp.edpsciences.org in the directory /pub/ro
Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts electronically through the web at the following address:
They can specify they prefer to submit to one of the Area Editors.
2. The acceptance stage
At this stage, an electronic version of the manuscript (Word, TeX, LaTeX), which must exactly match the accepted version, should be sent to the publisher (even if the article had been previously submitted electronically).
The Editorial Office will send an acceptance letter to the corresponding author, and at the same time, will ask for electronic files of text and figures. All portions of the manuscript available in electronic form should be sent to the production department.
If authors cannot provide an electronic file of their text, they must advise
the production department as soon as they receive the acceptance letter, to
avoid any delay in the beginning of the production process.
3. The proof correction stage
Authors should keep in mind that reading proofs is their responsibility. Corrections should therefore be clear and made on the proofs using a red pen. The use of standard proof correction marks is recommended.
Word, TeX, LaTeX files are modified by the production department to follow general presentation rules of the journal.
The main aim of proof-reading is to correct errors that may have occurred during the production process, and not to modify the content of the paper. The reproduction of artwork, the layout of the pages and equation breakings introduced by the production staff should carefully be checked. Corrections that might lead to a change in the page layout should be avoided.
The proofs, once corrected, should be signed and returned to the publisher
as soon as possible.
Reprints form must be filled out and returned together with the corrected proofs. If the publisher receives no order of any kind from the authors, it will be assumed that only the free pdf is asked.
4. Style guide
Title should be simple and informative. A shortened version of the title consisting of a maximum of 55 characters (including spaces) for running headers should also be provided. Abstracts in English/French should accompany each manuscript; they should be completely self-contained, not exceeding 200 words and written as single paragraphs.
Author(s) name(s) and affiliations
A list of all authors, as well as corresponding addresses, should be provided. Addresses should contain all information necessary for an effective mail delivery.
E-mail, fax and telephone numbers should also be provided to speed up communication
between Editorial Office, readers and authors.
References should be cited in the text by placing sequential numbers in brackets (for example, , [2,5,7], [8-10]). Items in the bibliography are ordered alphabetically by authors. Authors may be cited in the text by name, but without initials. Authors should use the models below in the final reference list.
Examples for Journals, Books, Conference Proceedings and Doctoral dissertations, respectively,
 L. Liberti, Reformulations in mathematical programming: definitions and systematics. RAIRO–Oper. Res. 43 (1997) 55-85.
 J.R. Brown and F. Smith, Duality for increasing positively homogeneous functions and normal sets. To appear in: RAIRO–Oper. Res..
 J.-P. Grivet, Méthodes numériques appliquées. EDP Sciences (2009).
 J.M. Smith, J.R. Brown and C. Green, A parallel algorithm based on multi-parameter asymptotic error expansion, in Proc. of Conference on Scientific Computing, edited by C. Brown. EDP Sciences, Les Ulis (1998) 401-420.
 J.M. Smith, Finite Element Method for Navier-Stokes Equation,
Ph.D. thesis, University of Paris XI, France (1991).
Each figure should be cited in the text. Good-quality figures have the following characteristics:
- They should be produced with a good quality laser printer and have lines,
letters, numbers and symbols of uniform strength and contrast.
- Grey scales, which might get difficult to distinguish after reducing, or which often disappear during the printing process, should be avoided (use different types of hatching instead).
In the paper version of the journal, figures are in black and white (for color,
authors should make a contribution, prices on request), but they appear in colour
in the electronic version.
Electronic-only material is designed to provide supplementary information that
is either too voluminous for printing or that is designed specifically for the
Web, such as illustration in colour. Electronic-only material may include but
is not restricted to: (Large) tables; Appendices; Programmes; Images; Videos;
There are no charges to publish in the journal.