Operations Research Forum is a journal that serves the Operations Research community by addressing a broad range of topics, perspectives, methodologies, and industry applications to foster communication among academics and practitioners, theory and application, and a variety of disciplines (e.g., applied mathematics, computer science, business and economics, and engineering).

The journal covers the entire spectrum of topics, perspectives, methodologies, and industry applications in Operations Research, including, but not limited to:

  • Algorithms
  • Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Economics
  • Data Mining
  • Data Sciences
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Financial Engineering
  • Forecasting
  • Linear Programming
  • Logistics
  • Optimization (Mathematical, Robust, Stochastic)
  • Machine Learning
  • Management Science
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Networks
  • Scheduling
  • Simulation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability
  • Theoretical Computer Science

with applications in a broad range of industries, including Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Manufacturing, and Transportation.

Article types, reflecting the diversity of the community and the types of contributions to the field, include:

  • original research articles
  • surveys/expositions
  • short communications
  • book reviews
  • reports on computational studies
  • case studies
  • tutorials
  • presentations of new and innovative practical applications
  • pre-registration of experiments (through which either positive or negative results may be reported)

Operations Research Forum encourages the submission of videos, letters to the Editors (opinions and commentaries), interviews, observations on timely topics, and other supplementary electronic materials designed to enhance reader engagement. Of particular interest are contributions that identify and critically discuss trends or contribute to the public’s understanding of OR—its motivations, its results, its impact. In its commitment to promoting education, the journal welcomes submission of articles from students and their mentors.

The journal is committed to being an efficient enterprise to serve the community. We strive for a constructive peer-review process to be conducted in a timely fashion, with all accepted articles immediately being assigned to a specific volume upon publication.

In addition to direct submissions, Operations Research Forum also considers papers that have been referred from Springer Nature’s prestigious Operations Research, Optimization, and Management Science journals portfolio.


  • Broad-based journal for the entire Operations Research community covering perspectives, methodologies, and applications
  • Offers a variety of articles types, including research articles, case studies, tutorials, review articles, pre-registration of experiments, and editorials, in order to encourage innovation and engagement
  • Committed to an efficient and constructive peer review process, with all accepted articles being assigned to a volume immediately upon publication
  • No color or page charges, free submission, and is free to access for the first two years of publication
  • Opportunities to publish Topical Collections on emerging topics and issues in the field

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  • Marco Lübbecke,
  • Panos M. Pardalos
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62 days
Submission to first decision
153 days
Submission to acceptance
19,624 (2020)

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  • Operations Research Forum Best Paper Award 2020

    The ORFO Best Paper Award was established by Springer in 2021. It is awarded annually for a paper (or papers) published in the previous year and consists of a certificate and $1,000 cash prize. The winners are selected by a committee consisting of the editors-in-chief and editorial board members.

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  • Call for Papers: Operations Research in Africa: Promising Developments (Submission Deadline January 15, 2022)

    This special issue in Operations Research Forum aims to bring the spotlight on Operations Research (OR) models and techniques that have helped economic developers in Africa to address issues from different fields in business, social sciences, engineering, education, energy, environment, health care, and transportation. Papers included in this special issue will be presented during the 2021 International Conference of the African Federation of Operational Research Societies (AFROS 2021) to be held jointly with the 50th Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA) at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Also, we are willing to extend this call for papers to other than those presented during the conference.
    Guest Editor: Hatem Masri
    Submission Deadline: 15 January 2022
    Download full details here: CfP Operations Research in Africa

  • Call for Papers: Airline Innovations During COVID-19 (Submission Deadline December 31, 2021)

    This special issue in Operations Research Forum highlights new innovations in airline OR problems that have been motivated by fundamental changes in passenger demand during COVID-19. The need for research in these areas was identified in a series of virtual meetings that the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS) held from May to July of 2021. This call for papers is extended to all researchers with an interest in developing OR solutions that can help the aviation industry operate safety, efficiently, and profitably during and after COVID-19.
    Guest Editors: Laurie A. Garrow, Virginie Lurkin, and Lavanya Marla
    Submission Deadline: 31 December 2021
    Download full details here: CfP Airline Innovations During COVID-19

  • Call for Papers: Dynamics of Disasters (Submission Deadline November 30, 2021 — Deadline Extended)

    This special issue is seeking papers in the area of disaster management from a diverse array of disciplines that use operations research techniques, optimization, computing, and data analytics to study disasters, mitigate the impact, and propose actionable policy to curb their aftermath. Of specific interest are research works that focus on the use of emerging technologies in emergency management, data-driven approaches to evaluating and predicting risk and exposure to disasters, network analytics and network optimization work on evacuation, among others.
    Guest Editors: Ilias S. Kotsireas, Anna Nagurney, Panos M. Pardalos, and Chrysafis Vogiatzis
    Download full details here: CfP Dynamics of Disasters

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