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Launch of OR Forum

About a year ago, I became the Area Editor for the OR Forum for the journal Operations Research.  The purpose of the Forum is given in my editorial statement:

The OR Forum area invites work that challenges the reader to consider and evaluate the status of past, present, or future prospects and challenges within the field of operations research. Possible submissions include critical reviews of research in a specialized field, closely reasoned commentary on the practice within an area, analysis of prospects for operations research broadly, or any other area where a substantive, significant work will clarify and illuminate research and practice. Published work will often be accompanied by supplemental pieces that enhance or dispute the theses developed.

An online forum will provide opportunity to continue the discussion after publication. Papers that address prospects in areas not traditionally covered by Operations Research are strongly encouraged, as are provocative papers that take a strong stand on policy and practice issues. The arguments made in the paper should not be casual or speculative, but should be based on a firm foundation consistent with publication in a professional journal. Survey papers are appropriate providing such papers go beyond a listing of who wrote what to include a critical appraisal of the research and the prospects for the future. The work should be accessible and of interest to a significant portion of the readership of Operations Research. Authors are encouraged to contact he Area Editor early in the process of developing their work to determine suitability for consideration in this area.

The first paper of the Forum has now been published, an article by Mike Rothkopf on auctions.  Check out the Forum and feel free to add to the discussion!

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  1. […] There is a new paper in the OR Forum area of the journal Operations Research.  Written by ManMohan Sodhi and Chris Tang, it is entitled “The OR/MS Ecosystem: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats” and analyzes the state of the field, with a particular emphasis on the relationship with academia and practice.  Check out the paper and commentaries, and provide your own thoughts on the issues!  I am the Area Editor of the OR Forum:  you can read more about what the area is about in this posting. […]

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