1. Special issue of journal:

Annals of Operations Research: Special issue on
Advances in Data Envelopment Analysis: 40 years on

Guest editors:
Emmanuel Thanassoulis, Aston Business School, Aston University , Birmingham, UK
Victor Podinovski, Loughborough University, UK
Maria Conceição Silva, Católica Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal

This special issue is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of the seminal paper on Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) by Charnes, Cooper and Rhodes. The paper was a milestone in the broader area of efficiency and productivity analysis and it has given rise to a very large number of theoretical developments and empirical applications in the field. In this Special Issue we expect high quality original research papers. We would especially welcome contributions to the methodology of DEA as well as innovative applications of it to real life problems such as regulation, finance, healthcare and education to name but a few.

Manuscript Preparation

Please refer to the Journal Information and Author Guidelines for additional information on manuscript preparation at

All manuscripts should be submitted online at, when submitting the manuscript please select the article type SI: DEA: 40 years on”

Important Dates

31 May 2018 Submission Deadline
(early submission is recommended. The referee process will start on submission of the paper. Accepted papers will be published individually online as they are accepted)
November 30, 2018 Latest notification of status & acceptance
February 28,   2019 Latest submission of revised manuscripts
May 31, 2019 Final versions of papers for the Special Issue
                         2019 Anticipated print publication

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as any other submission to a leading international journal. The major acceptance criterion for a submission is the quality and originality of the contribution.

Guest Editors:

Emmanuel Thanassoulis (
Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UKVictor Podinovski (
Loughborough University, Loughborough , UKMaria Conceição Silva (
Católica porto Business School, Porto, Portugal

2. An ISBN book of Proceedings:

This is a post-proceedings and the deadline for full paper submission to appear in the proceedings is May 15, 2018.

ISBN:  978 1 85449 438 2

Please note that the schedule for publications is as follows:

May 15, 2018 Submission Deadline
June 15, 2018 Notification of status & Review reports
July 15, 2018 Revised manuscripts
August 15, 2018 Final version of manuscripts

Guideline for paper preparation: download

Template for full papers in the proceedings: download