From M&SOM Journal Editor

This article has appeared as an Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability blog post (Please see the original article at http://corporate-sustainability.org/4-obstacles-on-the-way-to-a-circular-economy/) and will be published by Huffington Post as well.

We believe that the OM community will have a lot to contribute to the development and the advancement of the circular economy concept, and hope that this will initiate ideas for new OM research on the topic.

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Over the last 20 years, two surprising trends in top OM research journals have emerged:

1) The length of reviewers’ reports are getting longer; and

2) The tone of the reviewers’ reports are getting more negative.

However, it does not have to be this way. These trends are not prevalent in engineering (except Industrial Engineering), Marketing, Economics, etc. Our community is comprised of friendly colleagues who are social and caring. Ask someone for help on a paper at a conference and you’ll likely get thoughtful well-meaning advice. However, when it becomes a review, something changes. Why is this happening?

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On June 21, 2016, we got the official news from Financial Times (FT) that FT has decided to include M&SOM on the FT 50 journal list starting January 2017! Based on the information provided by FT, M&SOM was selected from 9 out of 150 journals nominated by over 140 business schools around the world (two-thirds of invited participating schools).

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As editor-in-chief, I write to share an interesting finding about the authorship profile of my journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM): M&SOM is embraced by top operations management (OM) researchers from the top business schools around the world!

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I received emails from INFORMS members asking me about what M&SOM, MSOM, and MSOM SIG represent. These emails suggest that, in order to reach out to our INFORMS community at large, I (we) should learn to communicate better.

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As M&SOM is attracting more new submissions, I write to provide six tips for our authors. (I hope these tips will be useful for authors who are NOT familiar with M&SOM or those who are submitting their papers to M&SOM for the first time). These tips are intended to help the author and the review team (EiC, DE, AE, reviewers) to avoid any misunderstanding or delay in the review process.

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As stated in the article “The past, present, and future of M&SOM” (https://www.informs.org/Blogs/M-SOM-Blogs/From-M-SOM-Journal-Editor/The-Past-Present-and-Future-of-M-SOM), I promised to change the structure of the editorial board by creating three new departments by 2016. With more support, M&SOM will have more band-width and capacity to process more OM research articles, and the Editor-in-Chief can spend more time on promoting M&SOM and improving the review process.

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As reviewers, we are expected to provide constructive comments on various articles submitted to journals for potential publication. In a recent blog (https://www.informs.org/Blogs/M-SOM-Blogs/From-M-SOM-Journal-Editor/Writing-a-Truly-Constructive-Review-can-be-Good-for-you-too), I have clarified the importance of providing constructive comments to authors. However, as a community, we do not have an open discussion about how constructive comments are defined. I certainly do not have a definitive answer, but I hope this blog will motivate us to think about this issue.

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