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The Dangers of Preprint Servers

Now that I have moved (at least partially!) into academic administration, my colleagues ask for advice on publishing strategy.  A situation has occurred with one of my colleagues that has made me question my understanding of precedence of research results.  I’d love some feedback to help me understand what went wrong here. My colleague, call […]

Referees considered harmful

When doing empirical work, researchers often mess up either in the design of the experiment or in the analysis of data.  In operations research, much of our “empirical work” is in computational testing of algorithms.  Is algorithm A faster than algorithm B?  “It depends” is generally the only honest answer.  It depends on the instance […]

Become an Operations Research Editor!

While the popular conception of a university professor is someone who stares at arcane notation on a whiteboard until interrupted by the need to teach pesky undergraduates, there are many more activities that are part of the professorial portfolio.  We drink coffee with colleagues, gossip about departmental politics, attend conferences in far-flung locales, referee papers, […]

A New ISI Operations Research Journal

I have mixed feelings about things like journal impact studies.  Once a ranking is announced, forces come in to play to game the ranking.  For journals, I have seen things like “helpful suggestions” from the editor on references that should be added before the paper can be accepted (“Perfectly up to you, of course:  let […]

P versus NP and the Research Process

By now, everyone in computer science and operations research is aware of the purported P<>NP proof of Vinay Deolalikar of HP Labs.  After intense discussion (mainly through blogs and wikis), the original paper was taken down, and Vinay has prepared a new version for submission.  He claims: I have fixed all the issues that were […]

Culling Journals Time!

It is that time of the year when our librarian asks us to consider whether or not to continue subscribing to journals.  In the past, journals have been identified by “percentage increase” with the idea that those whose increase is high need special attention to determine if they are still valuable.  This assumes that we […]

Authorship Order

Michael Mitzenmacher, in his excellent blog, My Biased Coin, has recent entries (here, here and here) on the order of authors on joint papers. When you have a last name that begins “Tri…”, it becomes pretty clear early on that alphabetical order is not going to result in a lot of “first author” papers. And […]

Reading Material While Snowed In

We had a record (21 inch) snowfall on Friday night, if you consider the 4th biggest snowfall of all time (since the 1860s) a record.  Since then, our city seems to be trying to turn this into our own little Katrina, showing very little planning or execution in getting the city back in working order.  […]

Journal Impact and Costs

I am a co-editor of a “new” journal Surveys in Operations Research and Management Science published by Elsevier. I’ll write more about that journal and my thoughts about it in another post. I expect to be blasted by some people whose opinions I value about teaming up with a commercial publisher, but I did have […]

Social Engineering for the Overeducated

I got an interesting email today.  Ostensibly from Prof. Jochem Koos (a good Dutch name) from Elsevier, the email gives editorial and review policies for its journals.  After stating that referees must be of the highest quality, the letter then asks potential editors and reviewers to fill out a form to certify their credentials and […]