TSL Best Paper Award

Application Process

The TSL Best Paper Award is given once a year to an outstanding paper in the field of transportation science and logistics. The paper must have been published in a refereed journal and must present innovative approaches for solving complex problems in transportation and/or logistics, with an emphasis on operations research and quantitative methods. Any author must submit only one of his/her eligible papers. In addition, no individual may be a co-author on more than two papers submitted to the competition. A paper is eligible for the competition if

  • its main topic is related to the field of transportation science and logistics;
    • it is written in English; and
    • it has been published, or appears in pre-print form online through the publishing agency, between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2018. In the case of papers that are only available in pre-print form online at the time of consideration, the online publication date must be easily verifiable.

All topics related to the field of transportation science and logistics will be considered, including, but not being limited to:

  • airline operations;
  • facility logistics;
  • freight;
  • Maritime logistics;
  • intelligent transportation systems;
  • transit;
  • urban transportation planning methods;
  • vehicle routing.

The winning paper will be announced at the TSL business meeting to be held during the annual INFORMS meeting in November (in Phoenix, AZ). The authors of the winning paper will share a prize of $800, and each will receive a certificate.

The Best Paper Award committee will also select and recommend submissions for the Special Interest Group (SIG) outstanding paper awards. Upon submission, state the SIG that best fits the topic of the paper (see list of SIGs at: http://connect.informs.org/tsl/tslresources/sigs).

To submit a paper for the 2018 competition, one of the authors must email the paper, along with a short letter (maximum 2 pages) describing the merits of the paper, to the Chair of the TSL Best Paper Award Committee, on or before June 1, 2018.  

Please use the following email address for submissions: t.v.woensel@tue.nl (Subject: TSL Best Paper Award Application / Applicant name).

2018 Committee Chair
Tom Van Woensel, Ph.D.

Professor of Freight Transport & Logistics

School of Industrial Engineering

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Email: t.v.woensel@tue.nl

The other members of the Committee are:

Carolina Osorio, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

Harilaos N. Psaraftis, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Science

Department of Management Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, Ph.D.

Chancellor's Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering and OR

Department of Civil and Environmental

University of California

Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

Vikrant Vaze, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Thayer School of Engineering

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH, U.S.A.