Call for Papers: Special Issue of JAAMAS on Multi-Objective Decision Making (MODeM)

In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the need for automated and assistive decision making systems to move beyond single-objective formulations when dealing with complex real-world issues, which invariably involve multiple competing objectives. The purpose of this special issue is to promote collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas between researchers working in different areas of multi-objective decision making and on the topics of interest below, and to provide a forum for dissemination of high-quality multi-objective decision making research.

The special issue targets high-quality original papers covering all aspects of multi-objective decision making, including, but not limited to, the list of topics below. Manuscripts that extend a previous conference or workshop publication are welcome, provided that there is a significant amount of new material in the submission (i.e. the manuscript should contain at least 50% new material).

Guest editors
Patrick Mannion, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Diederik M. Roijers, HU University Of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands
Peter Vamplew, Federation University, Australia
Richard Dazeley, Deakin University, Australia


The following is a non-exhaustive list of topics that we would like to cover in the special issue:

  • Multi-objective/multi-criteria/multi-attribute decision making
  • Multi-objective reinforcement learning
  • Multi-objective planning and scheduling
  • Multi-objective multi-agent decision making
  • Multi-objective game theory
  • Multi-objective/multi-criteria/multi-attribute utility theory
  • Preference elicitation for MODeM
  • Social choice and MODeM
  • Multi-objective decision support systems
  • Multi-objective metaheuristic optimisation (e.g. evolutionary algorithms) for autonomous agents and multi-agent systems
  • Multi-objectivisation
  • Explainable MODeM
  • Applications of MODeM


Submission deadline: October 1, 2021

Manuscript submissions will be considered for publication in the MODeM special issue on a continuous basis until the submission deadline. Submissions accepted for publication before the completion of the special issue will be available on the journal website shortly after acceptance.

Submission procedure

To submit, you should visit the online system at and create a new account if you do not already have one. When creating your submission on the system, select the submission type "Manuscript", and then in the "Additional Information" section, answer "Yes" when asked if your manuscript belongs to a special issue, then select "S.I. : Multi-Objective Decision Making (MODeM)". If you do not mark your manuscript correctly as belonging to the MODeM special issue, it may not reach the correct editors.

Authors are encouraged to submit high-quality, original work that has neither appeared in, nor is under consideration by other journals.  

All papers will be reviewed following standard reviewing procedures for the Journal. 

Papers must be prepared in accordance with the Journal guidelines:

Springer provides a host of information about publishing in a Springer Journal on our Journal Author Resources page, including  FAQs,  Tutorials  along with  Help and Support.

MODeM 2021 workshop

In support of this special issue, an online workshop on multi-objective decision making (MODeM 2021) will be held during July 2021 (details TBC). Authors considering submitting to the special issue may also consider submitting a preliminary version of their work to the MODeM 2021 workshop to facilitate opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilisation of ideas between researchers working in different fields. Submission of preliminary work to the MODeM 2021 workshop does not confer an automatic entitlement to publish in the JAAMAS MODeM special issue; all special issue submissions must pass through the same rigorous JAAMAS review process and meet the standard JAAMAS publication criteria. The JAAMAS MODeM special issue has an open call for papers; it is not necessary to submit preliminary work to the MODeM 2021 workshop in order to have your manuscript considered for publication in this SI.