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2020 Public Sector OR Best Paper Award: SUBMISSIONS DUE

  • 1.  2020 Public Sector OR Best Paper Award: SUBMISSIONS DUE

    Posted 06-30-2020 12:27

    ******** REMINDER:  SUBMISSIONS DUE NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020! **************

    INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research 2020 Best Paper Award
    Call for Submissions

    The INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research (PSOR) Best Paper Award, sponsored by the PSOR Section, recognizes research judged to be of the best quality in all of the disciplines and application areas represented within PSOR. Through this competition, PSOR seeks to build a tradition of scholarly exchange of knowledge of public policy, programs, safety, service, and needs within the entire INFORMS community.  

    Subject to receiving qualified submissions, one or two Best Paper Awards will be given, with an award plaque and an honorarium of $200 for each award. One or two Honorable Mentions may also be awarded depending on the number of qualified submissions. All finalists will be notified prior to the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Washington DC, November 8-11, 2020. The awards will be announced at the PSOR Business Meeting & Breakfast during the INFORMS Annual Meeting, or at its virtual equivalent if necessary.


    To be eligible for the award, a complete entry must be submitted by July 1, 2020 to:    

    The submission can be a working paper or a paper under review, but cannot be published (or accepted for publication) at the time of submission. In addition, the corresponding author must be a member of the INFORMS PSOR Section at the time of submission.

    Application Process

    A complete entry consists of:

    • A brief cover letter (at most 1 page) explaining the paper's relevance and significance to public sector operations and confirming the submitting author is a PSOR member. The letter should include the names, titles, affiliations and email addresses of all coauthors. The cover letter filename should be pdf. If practical impact is claimed for the research, it is advised to also submit another letter from a practitioner, preferably not a coauthor of the work, attesting to its practical value.
    • A full paper (at most 32 pages, excluding the appendix), laid out using the formatting standards of a major INFORMS journal (e.g., Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Operations Research). Nowhere in the paper should it contain the names or affiliations of its coauthor(s). The filename of the paper should be pdf.
    • Please indicate "PSOR Best Paper Award" in the subject of your email.

    For more information and details on past winners, visit the PSOR website:


    Any inquiries can be made to the chair of the 2020 competition:

    Daniel Adelman                                                          
    The University of Chicago Booth School of Business                      

    Daniel Adelman
    Professor of Operations Management
    University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
    Chicago IL