Paper Competition -- Application Process

2017 JFIG Paper Competition - Call for Papers

The Junior Faculty Interest Group (JFIG) Forum invites submissions to the JFIG paper competition. JFIG was created in 2001 to promote the career development of tenure-track faculty in INFORMS. The goals of the paper competition are to encourage research among junior faculty and to increase the visibility of research conducted by junior faculty within the fields of operations research and management science. The JFIG award committee will judge the submissions and select up to six finalists. The papers submitted for the competition will be evaluated based on the importance of the topic, appropriateness of the research approach, and the significance of research contribution.

For the 2017 competition, first place carries a cash award of $500, second place $250, third place $150, and the remaining finalists $100 each. If less than six finalists are selected, the prizes left will be redistributed proportionally among the first three places. Winners will be announced at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, where all finalists will present their research at a JFIG sponsored session. The first, second, and third place winners will be invited to submit their papers (if not already under review or published) to Operations Research for an expedited review that extends the review process undertaken during the competition.

The prizes awarded by the competition are intended to be a recognition for outstanding research developments. Every author listed on a paper submitted to the competition—independently of their role or involvement—is considered a contributor to the paper. Therefore, as the goal of the competition is to encourage the research conducted/directed by junior faculty, there are strict limitations about the eligibility of the papers based on the list of authors. In particular, the competition forbids the direct involvement of senior researchers in the papers.

The conditions for eligibility are as follows:

  • All the authors listed in the paper, including the corresponding author who submits the paper, must comply with the following requirements:
    1. The corresponding author must be a member of JFIG and should be available to present their research, in case the paper is selected among the winners.
    2. No author listed in the paper may have received his or her Ph.D. prior to January 1, 2011, with the exception of “industry collaborators” with a supporting role in the study. Industry collaborators are defined as domain experts (e.g., medical and health practitioners) whose primary affiliation is non-ORMS-related. For industry collaborators with doctoral degrees conferred prior to January 1, 2011, signed statements by the collaborators are required to express the nature and scope of their involvement in the study.
    3. If an author listed in the paper currently holds or at some point in the past held the academic position of assistant professor or equivalent, his/her first appointment as such may not have started before January 1, 2011, with the exception of industry collaborators.
    4. No author may have earned tenure (or an appointment without limitation of term) by the date of the 2017 INFORMS Annual Meeting, with the exception of industry collaborators. Authors may be industry professionals, students, post-docs, etc.
    5. More than one junior faculty can be listed as author in a paper.
    6. The same person cannot be listed as author in more than one paper submitted to the competition.
    7. The lead author of the paper must be a junior faculty member, or a junior faculty member’s graduate student.
    8. All individuals contributing to a submitted paper must be listed as authors.
  • Paper Criteria
    1. The submitted paper must present original research results. It may be a working paper or under review, but must not have appeared (in print) during 2017 or before.
    2. The paper must not have won a first, second, or third place award in any other competition or been a finalist in a previous JFIG paper competition.
    3. A submitted paper may simultaneously be considered for other competitions. However, the authors must inform the Award Committee of all other paper competitions for which the submission is being considered. In the event that this submission becomes a finalist for another competition, the Award Committee reserves the right to remove the submission from the JFIG paper competition.

Application Process: All submissions should be made electronically (as PDF files) at  All submissions should be made electronically (as PDF files) at Note that the applicants need to set up an EasyChair account in order to submit their applications. The submission deadline for the 2017 JFIG Paper Competition is July 17, 2017, at midnight (Pacific Daylight Time).  A complete entry includes two parts: 

  • A main document (uploaded to the EasyChair website) that complies with the following formatting:
    1. The competition uses a double-blind review process. Therefore, the list of authors must be specified exclusively in EasyChair, but not in the main document. Similarly, the main document should not have affiliations, acknowledgements, grant/sponsor information, or any other element that can be used to identify any of the authors.
    2. The document must:
      1. be written in a 12-point font,
      2. be 1.5 spaced,
      3. have one inch margins,
      4. comprise 30 pages or fewer including the title page, tables, figures, and appendices, but excluding references.
    3. The document must be self-contained. No references to external sources in an attempt to circumvent the page limitation are allowed—e.g., having portions of the paper, such as proofs, tables, and figures linked in external URLs. Reviewers are under no obligation to view any web pages.
    4. Length and format guidelines will be strictly enforced.
    5. The paper should be prepared either in MS Word or preferably in LaTeX. The authors may download the LaTeX sample file for guidance from here:
    6. The filename of the submitted paper should be ShortTitleOfThePaper.pdf.
  • An email with the title “JFIG Paper Competition 2017 Submission” to containing the following information.  (This email will allow the committee to confirm submission via EasyChair and alert authors to any potential problems.)  
    1. Title of the paper.
    2. Names of all authors on the paper.
    3. For each author having earned a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree, the date that the degree was conferred.
    4. A confirmation statement that all eligibility requirements have been met.     

For questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Chairs of the review committee:

Marina Epelman
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan

Joseph Geunes
Professor and John and Mary Lib White Systems Integration Chair
Department of Industrial Engineering
University of Arkansas

JFIG contacts:

Anahita Khojandi
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Tennessee

Ehsan Salari
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Wichita State University

Chrysafis Vogiatzis
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
North Dakota State University