ITOR Best Paper Awards


2020 IFORS/ITOR/Wiley Best Paper Awards:

Category 1: Surveys and Tutorials

Winner: Isabel Narbon-Perpina and Kristof De Witte,

"Local governments' efficiency: A systematic literature review – Part I", ITOR 25 (2018)

Runner-up: Xia Hu, Sean Barnes, and Bruce Golden,

"Applying queueing theory to the study of emergency department operations: A survey and a discussion of comparable simulation studies", ITOR 25 (2018)

Category 2: Methodology and Applications

Winner: Kenneth Sorensen, Florian Arnold, and Daniel Cuervo,

"A critical analysis of the "Improved Clarke and Wright savings algorithm"", ITOR 26 (2019)

Runner-up: Huan Zhou, Jian-Qiang Wang, and Hong-Yu Zhang,

"Stochastic multicriteria decision-making approach based on SMAA-ELECTRE with extended gray numbers", ITOR 26 (2019)


2019 IFORS/ITOR/Wiley Best Paper Awards:*

Category 1: Surveys and Tutorials

Winner: Mario Guajardo and Mikael Ronnqvist

"A review on cost allocation methods in collaborative transportation", International Transactions in Operational Research 23 (2016), 371-392.

Runner-up: Elsa Silva, José Fernando Oliveira and Gerhard Wäscher,

"The pallet loading problem: a review of solution methods and computational experiments", International Transactions in Operational Research 23 (2016), 147–172.

Category 2: Methodology and Applications

Winner: C. Paquay, M. Schyns and S. Limbourg,

"A mixed integer programming formulation for the three-dimensional bin packing problem deriving from an air cargo application", International Transactions in Operational Research 23 (2016), 187–213.

Runner-up: Maria da Graça Costa and Maria Eugénia Captivo,

"Weight distribution in container loading: a case study", International Transactions in Operational Research 23 (2016), 239-263.


The IFORS Administrative Committee approved in 2020 the final terms of the annual IFORS/ITOR/Wiley Best Paper Awards for articles published in the International Transactions in Operational Research (ITOR), IFORS’ flagship journal. The awards will be given annually in two categories: (1) Methodology and applications, and (2) Surveys and tutorials. The winner in each category will receive a US$ 500 cash award prize. Winners and runner-ups in each category will receive a certificate issued by IFORS. Candidates for the awards in any given year are all papers published in an issue of ITOR in the volumes of the two preceding years. The General Editor will lead the selection process, which will be carried out by a jury formed by members of the Editorial Board, one representative of the IFORS AC and, possibly, other invited personalities. All candidate papers will be evaluated by bibliometric information (such as citations) and by their relevance, impact, and originality. The General Editor will communicate the winners and runner-ups to the Administrative Committee. The President of IFORS will make the official announcement of the annual Awards.