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New face for Interfaces: INFORMS practice journal renamed

New face for Interfaces: INFORMS practice journal renamedInterfaces, the practice journal of INFORMS, will change its name to the INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics (IJAA) in 2019. Interfaces editor-in-chief Mike Gorman proposed the name change last year. Following a healthy debate in online forums and in person among the Interfaces editorial board, the INFORMS Board and the general INFORMS membership, the Board approved the name change. “I appreciate the passion and interest in Interfaces and its important role in our community,” Gorman said.

The critical mission of the journal lies in outreach that extends to educators, students and practitioners who may or may not be INFORMS members. Its outreach possibilities will increase with the name change because “Interfaces” does not explain what the journal covers to anyone not already familiar with it. With a more distinct name like INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, the content published within the journal’s pages is more likely to reach these students, instructors, practitioners and researchers in related disciplines, and introduce them to the benefits of OR/MS and analytics in practice.

Including the word “applied” in the new journal name is meant to communicate to academics that this is not a theoretical journal. Potential authors will know their work must be applied and the impact of their work can be measured in dollars, lives or quality.

The journal name change is consistent with INFORMS strategic mission to identify operations research and analytics as core components of success and ultimately use OR/MS and analytics to make the world a better place. Some of INFORMS’ analytics-related successes include the Analytics Society of INFORMS, the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research and the Certified Analytics Professional certification program. Recently, the Edelman Award has adopted a new name along these lines as well: Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Advanced Analytics, Operations Research and Management Science.

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