Scope

The International Journal of Forecasting (IJF) is the leading journal in its field and is an official publication of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF). Published quarterly by Elsevier, its objective, and that of the IIF, is to unify the field of forecasting and to bridge the gap between theory and practice, making forecasting useful and relevant for decision and policy makers.

The IJF publishes high quality refereed papers covering all aspects of forecasting, including forecasting methods, applications, implementation, evaluation, and organizational behavior.

Features of the IJF include refereed research papers, book reviews, notes, and editorials. The journal publishes occasional special issues on topics of interest to forecasters and decision makers.

Topics Covered in the IJF

  • economic and econometric forecasting
  • marketing forecasting
  • new products forecasting
  • financial forecasting
  • production forecasting
  • technological forecasting
  • forecasting applications in business, government, and the military
  • demographic forecasting
  • energy forecasting
  • climate forecasting
  • crime forecasting
  • seasonal adjustments and forecasting
  • time series forecasting
  • legal and political aspects of forecasting
  • implementation of forecasting
  • judgmental/psychological aspects of forecasting
  • impact of forecast uncertainty on decision making
  • organizational aspects of forecasting
  • evaluation of forecasting methods and approaches

Objectivity

To ensure fairness and objectivity, blind reviewing will be used.

Replicability

For empirical studies, the description of the method and the data should be sufficient to allow for replication. Where this is not possible because of space restrictions, the authors should submit to the editors a complete description of the method and a copy of all data used. If the data are confidential, submit disguised data. Authors should also be prepared to make information available to interested readers. The IJF encourages replication studies. See Encouraging replication and reproducible research (an editorial published in 2010) for further information.