Journal of the Operational Research Society

Journal of the Operational Research Society
Journal of the Operational Research Society  
Former name(s) Operational Research Quarterly
Abbreviated title (ISO) J. Oper. Res. Soc.
Discipline Operations research, management
Language English
Edited by Tom Archibald, Jonathan Crook
Publication details
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication history 1950-present
Frequency Monthly
Impact factor
ISSN 0160-5682 (print)
1476-9360 (web)
OCLC number 03685489

The Journal of the Operational Research Society is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering operations research. It is an official journal of The Operational Research Society and has been in existence since 1950. It publishes full length case-orientated papers, full length theoretical papers, technical notes, discussions (viewpoints) and book reviews.



The journal began as Operational Research Quarterly in 1950. At that time it was published by the Operational Research Club (Great Britain).[1] It was published four times a year until 1978 when it became a monthly publication and the name was changed to Journal of the Operational Research Society.

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed by ABI/INFORM, Compendex, Current Contents/Engineering, Computing & Technology, Current Contents/Social & Behavioural Sciences, Inspec, International Abstracts in Operations Research, Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, and Zentralblatt MATH.

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2009 impact factor of 1.009, ranking it 36th out of 73 journals in the category "Operations Research & Management Science", and 61st out of 112 journals in the category "Management".


Some idea of the scope and contents of the journal can be found in a survey of papers published during the period 2000-2009.[2]

  • 51.7% of papers were theoretical while 31.3% were case-orientated.

Main areas of application were found to be:

  • methodology (11.2%)
  • transportation (6%)
  • production (6%)
  • machine scheduling (5.3%)
  • heath care (4.8%)
  • inventory (4.7%)
  • supply chain (3.8%)
  • military (3.1%)
  • logistics (2.7%)

The techniques used, or described, in published papers show an extensive range:

  • Heuristics (6.6%)
  • Scheduling (6.4%)
  • Data envelopment analysis (5.3%)
  • Simulation (4.6%)
  • Optimisation (4.0%)
  • Programming-Integer (3.2%)
  • Mathematical modelling (2.3%)
  • Vehicle routing (2.2%)
  • Inventory theory (2.0%)
  • Programming-Linear (1.9%)
  • Tabu search (1.9%)
  • Decision analysis (1.8%)
  • Forecasting (1.8%)
  • Problem structuring (1.7%)
  • Location-Allocation modelling (1.4%)
  • Statistics (1.4%)
  • System dynamics (1.4%)
  • Regression (1.3%)
  • Simulation discrete-event (1.3%)
  • Soft OR/SSM (1.3%)
  • Programming-Dynamic (1.2%)
  • Decision support systems (1.2%)
  • Risk analysis (1.2%)
  • Genetic algorithms (1.1%)
  • Markov processes (1.1%).


  1. ^ British Library Integrated Catalogue
  2. ^ K Katsaliaki, N Mustafee, Y K Dwivedi, T Williams and J M Wilson (2010) A profile of OR research and practice published in the Journal of the Operational Research Society. Journal of the Operational Research Society (2010) 61, 82–94.

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