Journal updates

  • SNAPP – A New Manuscript Submission system

    Snapp (Springer Nature’s Article Processing Platform) is our new peer review platform, replacing the previous system, Editorial Manager.

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  • Call for Papers: Hybrid AI – Where data-driven and model-based methods meet

    Data-driven machine learning approaches have been very successful the last 10-15 years. At the same time there are many challenges such as how to deal abstract and causal aspects, how to make learning work with significantly less data like humans can do, and how to achieve robust systems which provides formal guarantees and interpretability. Traditional model- or knowledge-based methods are designed to deal with many of these issues, effectively dealing with generality, abstraction, and causality with strong formal guarantees. A current trend in AI and machine learning today is therefore how to combine these different approaches in a principled and effective way. This is often called hybrid AI.

    During the autumn of 2022 the strategic research environment ELLIIT and Linköping University in Sweden are hosting a 5-week focus period named Hybrid AI – Where data-driven and model-based methods meet. Specific topics are optimisation for learning, learning for optimisation, and statistical-relational approaches to planning, control and decision-making. The main purpose of this topical collection is to encourage publications from interdisciplinary work initiated during this focus period, but other contributions addressing hybrid AI within the intersection between machine learning, optimisation and automatic control are also welcome.

    Submission Deadline: March 15th, 2023

    Guest Editors: 
    Elina Rönnberg, Linköping University (
    Anders Hansson, Linköping University
    Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University

  • Operations Research Forum accepted into Scopus

    We're delighted to announce that Operations Research Forum has been accepted into the Scopus database!

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  • Call for Papers: Public Transport Optimization: From Theory to Practice (Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022)

    This Special Issue addresses the challenges posed by real-life applications in public transport, and the novel approaches that can effectively tackle them with a special focus on the perspective of the transport companies. On one hand, the goal is to collect new methods that are/can be applied in practice showing their usefulness and encouraging public transport companies to more deeply take advantage of OR approaches. On the other hand, giving visibility to the needs of companies and practitioners could help the academic community better understand and identify promising future research directions.

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022

    Guest Editors:

    Valentina Cacchiani, University of Bologna, Italy
    Matthias Müller-Hannemann, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
    Federico Perea Rojas-Marcos, University of Seville, Spain

    Download full details here:

    Public Transport Optimization: From Theory to Practice (PDF)

  • Call for Papers: Analytics and Artificial Intelligent for Social Goods (Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022)

    The goal of this special issue is to improve the research and practice in issues related to analytics AI and OR solutions for social goods (AI&OR4SG) by mutually benefit from practitioners, researchers, and policymakers international collaborations; promoting the development of new methodology and metrics to address the specific challenges related to analytics AI and OR solutions for social goods (AI&OR4SG); providing professional development to policymakers, and governmental decision-making at the legislative and strategic levels; analyzing for improving the management of government programs, services and operations; providing decision-making solutions in support of homeland security, law enforcement, emergency preparedness, and disaster response; gaining a better understanding of the available data, challenges in data acquisition, and the uncertainty present in the data used for decision making; addressing the ethical issues related to the use of technology for problems that impact society and support humanitarian assistance.

    Submission Deadline: December 31, 2022

    Guest Editors:

    Mahdi Fathi, University of North Texas, USA,; Panos M. Pardalos, University of Florida, USA,; Pascal Van Hentenryck, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA,; Marzieh Khakifirooz, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico,; Larry Cameron, Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative (ATII), USA,

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    Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Social Goods (PDF, 230 kB)

  • Operations Research Forum Best Paper Award Winners 2020

    The Operations Research Forum (ORFO) Best Paper Award was established by Springer Nature in 2021 to celebrate and reward some of the most seminal research from the discipline of operations research published in ORFO. It will be awarded annually for a paper (or papers) published in the previous year and consists of a certificate and $1,000 prize. The winners are selected by a committee consisting of the editors-in-chief and editorial board members of ORFO.

    We are now pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Operations Research Forum Awards.

    Download the full announcement here to see the winners.

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  • Publish a Topical Collection in Operations Research Forum

    Topical Collections are designed to facilitate the publication of collective research that is either ongoing or time dependent. One of the benefits of a Topical Collection is it gives Guest Editors, Societies, Universities, and Research Groups, their own resource that showcases their research and work in one place.

    Operations Research Forum welcomes Topical Collections in emerging and hot topics, relevant to the aims and scope of the journal. Topical Collections can also originate from well-established and upcoming conferences or focus on the research legacy of a pioneer in the field as well. We accept proposals for Topical Collections and nominations from Guest Editors.

    If you have an idea for a new topical collection, please complete the following  Proposal Form and return to Marc Strauss ( and Ilias Kotsireas (

  • Operations Research Forum Virtual Conference

    'Decomposition at 70: In Honor of Jacques Desrosiers' Birthday and Legacy'

    We are proud that we were able to present this virtual conference to celebrate

    The birthday and scientific legacy of Jacques Desrosiers.  We hope that everyone who had the chance to attend the conference enjoyed it. We also want to thank all of the speakers for their wonderful contributions that day, as well as our hosts and organizers, Guy Desaulniers, Francois Soumis, and Marco Luebbecke.  The link to the video from the conference is here.

    Organizers and Hosts: Guy Desaulniers, GERAD, Polytechnique Montréal; Francois Soumis, GERAD, Polytechnique Montréal; Marco Luebbecke, RWTH Aachen University

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  • A Conversation with the Editors

    Editors-in-Chief, Marco Lübbecke and Panos Pardalos, share their insights on the inception of the journal and its unique positioning in the OR community. 

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