From M&SOM Journal Editor

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, different states and institutions (such as universities) are debating the infection risk of social gathering, the sufficiency of ICU capacity, and the public health risk of hosting summer events.  Professor Edward Kaplan of Yale University examines these urgent issues in his forthcoming OM Forum paper, "COVID-19 Scratch Models to Support Local Decisions," which underwent a "fast track" review by two anonymous reviewers and I have accepted after two revisions.

In Kaplan’s paper, he has developed different models from scratch and used real data to illustrate their implications.  Even though these models are far from perfect, I have decided to make his paper accessible to the public (free of charge) immediately by posting his paper as a blog while it undergoes expedited production for M&SOM.  In my mind, academic colleagues and university administrators may consider applying or refining these models for making local decisions.  It is my hope that Kaplan’s models will inspire us to develop some models that are useful for our society at large.  During this challenging period of time, operations management models are more useful than ever: they can save lives, not just costs!

For years, business viewed the threat of climate change with skepticism and often outright hostility. So it’s a remarkable turnaround to see more and more companies — even some in the fossil fuel industry — acknowledging and taking action to address the risks posed by global warming.

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I am delighted to let you know that the journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020. To mark this special occasion, I have compiled a collection of papers contributed by various leading OM researchers into a special issue. As you can see from the list of papers below, this special issue is intended to renew M&SOM’s commitment to publish operations management research articles that are relevant, innovative, and rigorous.

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When I began my term in January 2015, I collected suggestions from all of you and developed a plan as stated in https://pubsonline.informs.org/doi/abs/10.1287/msom.2014.0510. Besides those three criteria (“novelty,” “relevance,” and “rigor”), I have developed the “2-2-2” principle:
1. an original submission should be reviewed by 2 reviewers;
2. a final decision should be reached within 2 review cycles (in general); and
3. a rejected paper may be invited to be resubmitted as a new (and final) submission.

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We are writing to recommend upgrading the journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) from A to A+ in the ABDC journal ranking list. M&SOM is a prestigious journal of the reputable Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and has been one of the few leading journals in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, production/manufacturing management, among others. It is ranked A+ in most of the business schools in America including those recognized as the world’s top-100 business schools.

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The INFORMS board of directors has approved our request to make M&SOM a bi-monthly journal beginning January 2020! With 50% more extra capacity, we can attract more submissions, publish more high quality papers, and support our ever-growing OM community!

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In the Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) editor’s column, “Renewing my Commitment to the OM Research Community,” Chris Tang highlighted that M&SOM embraces innovative and relevant operations management (OM) research topics and different research methods (analytical, empirical, behavioral, experimental, field-based, etc.). Although some methods have frequently graced the pages of the journal, others, such as field experiments, are less common. In an effort to support the mission of the journal and facilitate future research, we are working on an article on field experiments in operations management. The goal of the article is to provide an overview of the mechanics of running field experiments, to identify challenges that may arise, and to offer thoughts on areas in need of exploration. Through this post, we would like to request your feedback from your own attempts to conduct field experiments.

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As Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM) nears 20 years of publication history, it is an appropriate time to reflect upon its achievements. This paper is a retrospective look at nearly 20 years of publication output of M&SOM using citation analysis. A search in Scopus was made in September 2017 to extract all published materials from Manufacturing & Service Operations Management journal for ‘all years’. This resulted in the collection of 623 documents, of which 560 were journal articles - the data for this study. The rest of the documents (e.g. book reviews) were discarded. We collected all the metadata that were available in Scopus for download which included all bibliometric data, such as authors, publication year, title, abstract, cited references, and so on. In this blog, we will mainly focus on the 2,564 author keywords and 6,599 index keywords in order to disclose the trends. Based on the observation, we will then provide some implications for M&SOM and its readership and for the general manufacturing and service operations management literature.

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