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A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research

Editors-in-Chief: Y. Crama; M. Grabisch; S. Martello

ISSN: 1619-4500 (print version)
ISSN: 1614-2411 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10288

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Editors-in Chief

Yves Crama
University of Liège
Operations Research and Production Mangement
Rue Louvrex 14 (N1)
4000 Liège, Belgium
Tel.: +32 4 366 30 77
Fax: +32 4 366 27 67
E.mail: Yves.Crama@ulg.ac.be

Michel Grabisch
Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
Paris School of Economics
106-112, Boulevard de l'Hôpital
75013 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 07 82 85
Fax: +33 1 44 07 83 01
E-mail: michel.grabisch@univ-paris1.fr

Silvano Martello
DEIS Università di Bologna
Viale Risorgimento 2
40136 Bologna, Italy
Tel: +39 051 2093 022 (Office), +39 051 2095 400 (Secretary) 
E-mail: dipdeis.4OR@unibo.it

Editorial Board

Alessandro Agnetis,
Università di Siena, Italy
Jacek Błażewicz, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Claudia D'Ambrosio, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
Stéphane Dauzère-Pérès, École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France
Gianni Di Pillo, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Matthias Ehrgott, University of Lancaster, United Kingdom
Antonio Frangiani, Università di Pisa, Italy
Dorothee Honhon, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Masahiro Inuiguchi, Osaka University, Japan
Abdel Lisser, Université Paris-Sud, France
Stefano Lucidi, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Italy
Michele Monaci, Università di Bologna, Italy
Vincent Mousseau, Ecole Centrale Paris, France
Alix Munier, Université Paris XII, Val-de-Marne, France
Raffaele Pesenti, Università di Venezia Ca' Foscari, Italy
Marc Pirlot, Université de Mons, Belgium
Romeo Rizzi, Università di Verona, Italy 
Marco Sciandrone, Università di Firenze, Italy
Marc Sevaux, Université de Bretagne-Sud, Lorient, France
Kenneth Sörensen, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
Maria Grazia Speranza, Università di Brescia, Italy
Frits Spieksma, KU Leuven, Belgium
Joline Uichanco, University of Michigan, USA
Peter Van de Ven, CWI, The Netherlands
Mutsunori Yagiura, Nagoya University, Japan

Senior Editors

Philippe Baptiste,
Ecole Polytechnique, France
Denis Bouyssou, Université Paris-Dauphine, France
Leo Liberti, École Polytechnique CNRS LIX, France
Thierry Marchant, Ghent University, Belgium
Frank Plastria, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

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    4OR - A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research is jointly published by the Belgian, French and Italian Operations Research Societies. It publishes high quality scientific papers on the theory and applications of Operations Research. It is distributed to all individual members of the participating societies. The journal consists of several sections:

    ·         Invited Survey. This section is limited to one paper per issue, and consists of "state-of-the-art surveys" written by prominent researchers on invitation from the Editors-in-Chief.

    ·         Research Papers. This section is the core of the journal. Its aim is to publish high quality scientific papers within a short period of time, allowing OR researchers to communicate innovative results in a fast and efficient way. The emphasis on scientific rigor and on innovation implies, in particular, that:

    o   the journal does not publish articles that simply propose disguised variants of known methods without adequate validation (e.g., metaheuristics that are claimed to be “effective” on the sole basis of metaphorical comparisons with natural or artificial systems and processes). New methods must be presented in metaphor-free language by establishing their relationship with classical paradigms. Their properties must be established on the basis of scientifically compelling arguments: mathematical proofs, controlled experiments, objective comparisons, etc;

    o   the journal does not publish articles presenting complex variants of classical models (e.g., inventory, production planning or supply chain models) obtained by adding artificial features (multiple objectives, fuzzy parameters,…), typically formulated as long and unsolvable MIP, and finally solved through arbitrarily chosen metaheuristics. Such articles do not pass the “innovativeness” criterion, since the same incremental process can be indefinitely applied without bringing any new knowledge about the problem under consideration.

    The emphasis on short turnaround implies that “minor revisions” must be resubmitted within a short period of time and that "major revisions" are treated as rejections.

    ·         Industry.  This section offers a means of communication between OR practitioners and academics. Papers published in this section can consist of case studies, state-of-art papers on the use of OR techniques in industry, or open industrial problems.

    ·         Education papers. Papers in this section give a new look and/or comments on existing knowledge, aimed at improving the quality of OR teaching, while also being accessible and interesting to a wider audience. Potential contributors should contact one of the Editors-in-chief before preparing a paper.

    ·         A PhD section publishes selected 2-page abstracts of recent PhD theses in operations research defended either in Belgian, French or Italian institutions, or by Belgian, French or Italian citizens. Abstracts must follow strict style guidelines, see http://4or.be/PhD.pdf.

    Officially cited as: 4OR-Q J Oper Res

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