PSOR Best Paper Award

INFORMS Public Sector Operations Research 2019 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 Seattle, October 20-23, 2019. The awards will be announced at the PSOR Business Meeting & Breakfast, which will take place during the INFORMS Annual Meeting.


To be eligible for the award, a complete entry must be submitted by July 26, 2019 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 ShortPaperTitle_CoverLetter.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 ShortPaperTitle.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 co-chairs of the 2019 competition:

Fernanda Bravo                                                          Elisa Long

Assistant Professor                                                     Associate Professor

UCLA Anderson School of Management                   UCLA Anderson School of Management