INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research

INFOR: Information Systems and Operational Research

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INFOR is published and sponsored by the Canadian Operational Research Society. It provides its readers with papers on a powerful combination of subjects: Information Systems and Operational Research. The importance of combining IS and OR in one journal is that both aim to expand quantitative scientific approaches to management. With this integration, the theory, methodology, and practice of OR and IS are thoroughly examined.

Papers are selected from submissions of authors from around the world on the basis of the contribution to knowledge and the anticipated interest in our readership. Authors are invited to submit papers on the theory, methodology and practice of OR and IS and, particularly, papers incorporating elements of both subjects. As a medium of communication between academics and practitioners, INFOR welcomes papers that demonstrate novel approaches and concepts applied to important practical situations, including case studies. More theoretical papers are also welcome when authors clearly demonstrate the relevance of the results in terms of applications.

INFOR is committed to the timely publication of scientific results. Every effort is thus made to ensure a quick turnaround of all papers submitted to the journal.

INFOR is the official publication of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS).

Published quarterly.

E-ISSN: 1916-0615
ISSN: 0315-5986
Co-Editors-in-Chief
PROFESSOR SAMIR ELHEDHLI
Department of Management Sciences
University of Waterloo
elhedhli@uwaterloo.ca


PROFESSOR ELKAFI HASSINI
DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University
hassini@mcmaster.ca


ASSOCIATE EDITORS / RÉDACTEURS ASSOCIÉS
PROFESSOR PETER C. BELL
Ivey School of Business Administration
University of Western Ontario
pbell@business.uwo.ca

PROFESSEUR GILBERT LAPORTE
Enseignement des méthodes quantitatives de gestion
HEC Montréal
Gilbert.Laporte@hec.ca

PROFESSOR JOHN T. BLAKE
Industrial Engineering
Dalhousie University
john.blake@dal.ca

PROFESSOR SILVANO MARTELLO
DEI "Gugliemo Marconi"
University of Bologna
silvano.martello@unibo.it

PROFESSOR ANN M. CAMPBELL
Tippie College of Business, Management Sciences
University of Iowa
ann-campbell@uiowa.edu

PROFESSOR EVELYN W. RICHARDS
Forestry and Environmental Management
University of New Brunswick
ewr@unb.ca

PROFESSEUR RICHARD J. CARON
Faculty of Science
University of Windsor
rcaron@uwindsor.ca

PROFESSOR ANITA SCHÖBEL
Institut für Numerische und Angewandte Mathematik
Universität Göttingen
schoebel@mat.umi-goettingen.de

PROFESSOR JUAN JOSÉ SALAZAR GONZÁLEZ
Facultad de Matemáticas
Universidad de La Laguna
jjsalaza@ull.es

PROFESSEUR STEVEN CHAMBERLAND
Département de génie informatique
École Polytechnique de Montréal
steven.chamberland@polymtl.ca

DR. RENÉ SÉGUIN
Department of National Defence, Winnipeg
Rene.Seguin@drdc-rddc.gc.ca

PROFESSEUR JEAN-FRANÇOIS CORDEAU
Enseignement de la gestion des opérations et de la
logistique, HEC Montréal
Jean-Francois.Cordeau@hec.ca

PROFESSEUR FRÉDÉRIC SEMET
École Centrale de Lille
Frederic.Semet@c-lille.fr

PROFESSOR HABIL. MATTHIAS EHRGOTT
Department of Engineering Science
University of Auckland
auckland.ac.nz

PROFESSOR SAMIR ELHEDHLI
Department of Management Sciences
University of Waterloo
elhedhli@uwaterloo.ca

PROFESSEUR MARC SEVAUX
CNRS – Lab-STICC
Université de Bretagne Sud
marc.sevaux@univ-ubs.fr

PROFESSOR H.A. EISELT
Faculty of Administration
University of New Brunswick
haeiselt@unb.ca

PROFESSOR BARRETT THOMAS
Tippie College of Business, Management Sciences
University of Iowa
barrett-thomas@uiowa.edu

PROFESSOR A. FRANGIONI
Dipartimento di Informatica
University of Pisa
frangio@di.unipi.it

PROFESSOR ELKAFI HASSINI
DeGroote School of Business
McMaster University
hassini@mcmaster.ca

PROFESSOR VEDAT VERTER
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University
vedat.verter@mcgill.ca

PROFESSOR EDWARD A. WASIL
Kogod School of Business
American University
ewasil@american.edu

PROFESSOR ARMANN INGOLFSSON
School of Business
University of Alberta
armann.ingolfsson@ualberta.ca

PROFESSEUR GEORGES ZACCOUR
Enseignement des méthodes quantitatives de gestion
HEC Montréal
Georges.Zaccour@gerad.ca

PROFESSOR GRAHAM KENDALL
School of Computer Science & IT
University of Nottingham
gxk@cs.nott.ac.uk

PROFESSOR ZHE GEORGES ZHANG
Department of Decision Sciences
Western Washington University
George.Zhang@wwu.edu

PROFESSOR WIESLAW KUBIAK
Faculty of Business Administration
Memorial University of Newfoundland
wkubiak@mun.ca

PROFESSOR JOE ZHU
Department of Management
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
jzhu@wpi.edu

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Editorial Policy
INFOR provides its readers with papers on a powerful combination of subjects: Information Systems and Operational Research. The importance of combining IS and OR in one journal is that both aim to expand quantitative scientific approaches to management. The integration of these two subjects also enhances the applied orientation of INFOR, since IS concepts are used in the practical implementation of OR models.

Authors are invited to submit papers on the theory, methodology and practice of OR and IS and, particularly, papers incorporating elements of both subjects. As a medium of communication between academics and practitioners, INFOR welcomes papers that demonstrate novel approaches and concepts applied to important practical situations, including case studies. Papers that are more theoretical are also welcome when authors clearly demonstrate the relevance of the results in terms of applications.

INFOR is committed to the timely publication of scientific results. Every effort is thus made to ensure a quick turnaround to all papers submitted of the journal.

Guidelines for Contributors
1. Papers should be submitted electronically via Editorial Manager (http://www.edmgr.com/tinf/Default.aspx)

2. The title and abstract should be concise and clearly understandable by INFOR readers. Keywords should follow the abstract.

3. INFOR does not use footnotes. Acknowledgements of financial and other support should come immediately before the Bibliography.

4. Fractions should be typed on one line, for example, a/b, and other mathematical notation should be simplified as much as possible. Only essential mathematical developments should appear in the text, end extensive derivations should be placed in an appendix, if possible.

5. References should appear in the text with author’s name and year of publication: “See Smith (1987).” The bibliography section at the end of the paper should list the full references alphabetically by author.

6. Original figures should be prepared carefully with appropriate software. Captions should also be listed on a separate page.

7. Insignificant digits should be removed from all numerical results.

8. Submission of a paper to INFOR is taken to imply that it has not been published nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.

9. The suitability of a paper for INFOR can be judged, in part, from questions such as:
  • Is it of interest to a significant proportion of the readership of INFOR?
  • Does the paper have sufficient introductory and summary material that the background, purpose and conclusions are clear?
  • Do the references give sufficient credit to other work in this area?
  • Could the paper benefit from condensation or expansion?
  • Is the presentation organized, concise, clear and well focused?
  • Is the work of high quality, originality and relevance to the editorial policy of INFOR?

Directives pour les autheurs

1. On doit faire parvenir au rédacteur en chef une version électronique de l’article en format PDF.

2. Titre et résumé doivent être concis et aisément intelligibles pour les lecteurs d’INFOR. Les mots-clés doivent suivre le résumé.

3. INFOR ne recourt pas aux notes en bas de page. Les remerciements pour appui financier ou autre doivent se placer juste avant la bibliographie.

4. On doit écrire les fractions sur une seule ligne, par exemple, a/b, et toute autre notation mathématique doit se présenter de la façon la plus simple possible.

Le corps du texte ne doit comprendre que les développements mathématiques essentiels ; autant que possible, les calculs détaillés se retrouveront en appendice.

5. Les références doivent figurer dans le texte, avec le nom de l’auteur et la date de publication. “ Voir Smith (1987)”. La partie “Références”, à la fin de l’article, inclura toutes les références, par ordre alphabétique d’auteurs.

6. Les figures originales doivent être préparées avec soin en utilisant un logiciel approprié. Les légendes feront également l’objet d’une liste séparée apparaissant sur une page distincte.

7. On éliminera de tous les résultats numériques les chiffres non significatifs.

8. Le fait de proposer un article à INFOR implique que celui-ci est inédit et qu’il n’a pas été présenté ailleurs pour publication.

9. L’auteur peut évaluer lui-même partiellement son article en se posant certaines questions :

L’article peut-il intéresser une proportion appréciable de lecteurs d’INFOR?

L’introduction et le résumé suffisent-ils à mettre en évidence le contexte, l’objectif et les conclusions du travail?

Les références accordent-elles assez de crédit aux autres travaux effectués dans ce domaine?

L’article gagnerait-il à être abrégé ou plus élaboré?

Le travail est-il structuré, concis, clair et pertinent?

♦ Le travail est-il de qualité, original et en accord avec la politique éditoriale d’INFOR?


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