Sep 1, 2018

Stochastic Systems: An Update

Shane Henderson (Cornell University) is Editor-in-Chief of Stochastic Systems, an IMS-affiliated journal. He writes:

After more than six years being published through a cooperative agreement between the IMS and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Applied Probability Society (APS), Stochastic Systems has become an INFORMS journal. The mission of the journal remains the same: Stochastic Systems is the flagship journal of the APS. It seeks to publish high-quality papers that substantively contribute to the modeling, analysis, and control of stochastic systems. A paper’s contribution may lie in the formulation of new mathematical models, in the development of new mathematical or computational methods, in the innovative application of existing methods, or in the opening of new application domains. Stochastic Systems is open access and there are no submission fees or page charges.

Relative to other applied probability outlets, Stochastic Systems focuses exclusively on operations research content. Relevant work includes, for example, queueing, and papers that explore the ties between applied probability and statistics, optimization, or game theory. (These are just a few examples.) We are also interested in papers in a range of application areas, including, but not limited to, service operations, healthcare, logistics and transportation, communications networks (including the Internet), computer systems, finance and risk management, manufacturing operations and supply chains, market and mechanism design, revenue management and pricing, the sharing economy, social networks, and cloud computing.

The editorial board provides direct evidence of our breadth of interests, and if you don’t see someone in an area that covers your paper, then why not contact me ( I’ll provide you with a quick decision about relevance of your paper to the journal.

Why should you publish your work in Stochastic Systems?

  1. 1. All papers published in Stochastic Systems are open access. There are no submission fees or page charges. Published papers are available at where you can also find author guidelines and much more.
  2. 2. Stochastic Systems aims to return reviews to authors within three months of submission, and to publish articles online within two months of acceptance. I am proactive in striving to keep to this timetable. Issues appear quarterly.
  3. 3. The editorial board of Stochastic Systems includes several IMS members. Indeed, one of our goals in publishing the journal is to strengthen the ties between the IMS and the APS.
  4. 4. Stochastic Systems is publishing, and will continue to publish, work of the highest quality. This quality is in evidence in its editorial board, which includes five Fellows of INFORMS (Jim Dai, Paul Glasserman, Peter Glynn, John Tsitsiklis, Ruth Williams), three Fellows of the IMS (Dai, Glynn, Williams), three Fellows of the IEEE (Bruce Hajek, R. Srikant and Tsitsiklis), and four members of the National Academy of Engineering (Glynn, Hajek, Frank Kelly, Tsitsiklis)! See the journal website for the full editorial board.


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