The 2020/21 M&SOM Practice-Based Research Competition:
A Biennial Practice-Based Paper Competition for the M&SOM Journal
The objectives of the M&SOM Practice-Based Research Competition are to motivate, help develop, reward and highlight high-quality OM research papers with significant practical relevance, and to publish these papers in the M&SOM Journal. This paper competition is distinguished by the following features: (i) its focus on practical impact; (ii) papers considered are not yet published; (iii) involvement of high-level practitioners to evaluate papers; (iv) presentations at the MSOM conference by contestants; (v) organization primarily by the M&SOM journal as opposed to the MSOM Society.
Scope and Admissibility
This competition seeks to reward unpublished OM research papers with a high potential or realized impact on practice. Work not implemented yet may be considered, as long as potential benefits to practice can be ascertained with a high level of confidence. More generally, validity (i.e., the extent to which the results presented do or would apply in practice) is a key evaluation criteria.
Entries must be submitted through manuscript central by September 18, 2020 (please select "Practice-Based Research Competition" for the manuscript type) and include:
The main evaluation criteria include the following:
Papers having a substantial overlap with another paper that is already published, accepted or currently under review with another journal are not eligible. Suitable papers already under review with the M&SOM Journal may be considered at any stage of the competition (see Process section below), provided any missing required material is provided by the authors and consent is given by the paper authors, the Department Editor currently overseeing the review and the Competition Chair.
The competition is supported by an Academic Competition Committee effectively organized as a department of the journal: it is composed of M&SOM Journal Editorial Board members and chaired by a Competition Chair appointed by the journal EIC. The Competition Chair may appoint individuals to serve as guest Associate Editors for the competition, in consultation with the journal EIC. The competition also involves a Judge Panel composed of high-profile practitioners. The competition selection stages are as follows:
2020/21 Competition Timeline
Related questions should be sent to both Jérémie Gallien (Competition Chair) and Zoha Mian (Administrative Assistant) at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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