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Journal of the Operational Research Society
Critical Review Papers


Martin H. Kunc, University of Southampton, UK (email)
Said Salhi, University of Kent, UK (email)
Zhe George Zhang, Western Washington University, USA and Simon Fraser University, Canada (email)


Critical Reviews

The Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS) – the oldest  journal to advance the state-of-the art in Operational Research (OR) – will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2024. 

As Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) we are launching a call for critical reviews on contemporary topics. This can include areas arising from real life applications (e.g. health, transport, environment, finance, agriculture, industry in general), and/or new trends in theoretical research in OR. 

The papers will go through the same review process as regular papers but we will endeavour to keep the process as efficient   as possible. JORS has a commitment to showcasing the very best OR research, and as such, selectivity will be high. As our  acceptance is currently around 13%, it is likely that some submissions will not pass desk assessment. However, we hope that by only sending out the most promising reviews and reducing the number of manuscripts sent for peer review, this will prevent unnecessary waiting time for all authors. The EiCs will aim to let submitting authors know within two weeks of submission whether their critical review will be sent out for peer review or not. 

Critical review papers need to be (i) critical, (ii) contemporary, and (iii) should highlight a challenging question, problem or trend in OR. To achieve this, we expect the review to be carried out by experienced scholars, who have made a significant contribution to their field of study related to the review.  To speed up the process, any critical review paper failing these requirements will be returned upon desk assessment. 


Important Information

  • Critical review papers should be no longer than 12,000 words. 

  • Please include “Critical Review” in the title of your submission. Authors should also select the "Review Article" article type when prompted to do so by the Submission Portal.

  • Questions should be directed to the Editors-in-Chief.

  • Submissions can be made via the journal homepage.

We look forward to receiving your papers and good luck! 

Martin H Kunc 
Said .Salhi  
Zhe George Zhang 


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