Pierskalla Best Paper Award Application Process


To be considered for the award, a full paper must be submitted by the application deadline to the Chair of the Pierskalla Committee (see Application Process details below). The submission can be a working paper, a paper under review, or a previously published paper, and is not restricted to papers written by students. If desired by the authors, the winning paper will be published in Health Care Management Science if it has not been published or is not under review elsewhere.


Papers are judged by a panel of up to four representatives from the Health Applications Society on

  • Contribution to operations research/management science in health care
  • Readability, clarity and organization of the paper
  • Technical content and scope relative to the length of the paper
  • Originality

Up to five finalists will be selected and invited to present their work at the INFORMS annual meeting in a session devoted to the competition. The panel judging the papers reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year.

Application Process

A complete entry consists of:

1. A single-page PDF cover letter containing the following:

  • Names and affiliations of all co-authors
  • Complete contact information of the corresponding author
  • The paper title
  • Appropriate keywords for the submitted paper

The filename of the cover letter should be CorrespondingAuthorLastName_CoverLetter.pdf.

2. A completely anonymous paper in PDF format that meets the following criteria:

  • Author(s) names or affiliations should not appear anywhere in the paper
  • At most 32 pages excluding the appendix but including tables, figures, and references. The paper must include all material necessary for judges to assess its technical correctness and confirm the validity of results.
  • The formatting standards for submitting a paper to major INFORMS journals (such as Management Science or Operations Research) apply.
  • The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf.

The above two documents should be sent by the entrant as e-mail attachments to Pierskalla2017@gmail.com. The email's subject line should be: 2017 INFORMS Pierskalla Award Submission. Complete entries must be received on or before Monday, June 26, 2017.

Any question(s) related to the competition should be sent by email to: Pierskalla2017@gmail.com.

The winning paper will not be announced until the Health Applications Society's business meeting at the INFORMS annual meeting.

2017 committee co-chairs

Hamsa Bastani and Mohsen Bayati, Stanford University