Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


IJAHP is a scholarly journal that publishes papers about research and applications of the Analytic Hierarchy Process(AHP) and Analytic Network Process(ANP), theories of measurement that can handle tangibles and intangibles; these methods are often applied in  multicriteria decision making, ranking and resource allocation, especially when groups of people are involved. The journal encourages research papers in both theory and applications.  Empirical investigations, comparisons and real-world applications in diverse areas are particularly welcome.



The objective of IJAHP is to offer authors on AHP and ANP a special outlet having readers and reviewers knowledgeable about the basics of these theories who are capable of appreciating and giving feedback on innovative papers. We want to give the broad international community of AHP and ANP experts, that come from both the academic and practitioner worlds, a place where they can publish and discuss their ideas.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Essays, Reviews & Comments

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

News and Events

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submitted Research/Application manuscripts that conform with the editorial policy will be refereed via double blind review. However, the manuscripts that do not, will be rejected without refereeing. All the other paper categories will be dealt with by the editorial board.Typically there are four review recommendations: publish as is (accept), minor revisions (conditional acceptance), major revisions (revise and resubmit), or reject. Based on these reviews, the editor will get in contact with the author(s) to provide proper feedback. If accepted, the corresponding author will be the final responsible for the overall quality of the paper. The journal will request the proper changes to the author(s) until a publishable version is ready. The journal reserves the right not to publish an accepted article if the author(s) fail to format it adequately for publication. A pre-publication version will be sent to the author(s) for final approval.


Publication Frequency

IJAHP is published three times a year.


Open Access Policy

International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for our journal "International Journal of the Analytic Hierarchy Process". It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Publication decisions

The editor of the IJAHP is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Confidentiality by the editorial board

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Disclosure and conflicts of interest Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Confidentiality by the reviewers

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. Standards of Objectivity Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Chief Editor, IJAHP


Complaint Policy

Complaints should be sent to editors_office@ijahp.org. The complaint will be taken up with the Board of Editors and every effort will be made to arrive at a solution agreeble to both the Board and the submitter. 


Publication charge policy

There is no charge to submit or publish a paper in this journal. Readers also have access free of charge to the full papers.