Where is the best place to put OR working papers? I know for mathematics/computer science there is arxiv.org; for mathematical optimization, optimization-online.org; for economics, repec.org; for social sciences, ssrn.com; etc. I also know some schools in some universities maintain own e-print server.

Depending on the topic of the paper, I may choose one of the above mentioned server. However, I'm an OR guy in an engineering dept; so I feel a little uncomfortable with any of above. For example, if I have an OR paper with transportation application, where should I go?

If OR is a discipline, should INFORMS provide a server? What do you think? Should it be a part of OR-"Exchange"?

asked 02 Nov '10, 13:59

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Good question. Many people post working papers either to their personal web site or to a department/college/university server. It would make sense, though, for INFORMS to host a working paper repository, possibly with upload restricted to members (but download open to anybody). I'd support a recommendation to that effect.


answered 02 Nov '10, 20:37

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Where's the line between a paper and good blog article? I personally prefer reading blog articles, because they are much easier to access (everyone has a browser), default to open (I honestly don't understand what motives publicly founded researchers to limit their knowledge to a select paying group) and because you can add comments/questions (thanks to web 2.0).

Getting a blog is easy, just go to blogger.com. Question is where's there's a good aggregation of all useful OR blogs. I think we're missing that at this point.


answered 03 Nov '10, 08:55

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Currently there's a notable difference between a paper and a blog. Blogs are rarely very technical, but most of all blogs are not reviewed. Papers are categorized into groups so you can easily find the content you are looking for, where as blog content is scattered.

(03 Nov '10, 09:34) Bo Jensen ♦

I'm with Bo on the issue of reviewing, although I don't know to what extent working papers are reviewed. Working papers also tend to do be /way/ too long for blog posts (and this is from someone who writes inordinately long blog posts). As to aggregating OR blogs, the blog rolls of OR bloggers do that to some extent (and Mike Trick's blog is probably a good root node for the search).

(03 Nov '10, 22:33) Paul Rubin ♦♦

Good point about reviewing and aggregation. On the Java side (not the research side) we have DZone (http://java.dzone.com), which does peer-reviewing and aggregation. The aggregation is good, although the subject "java" is big, so it's hard to see the trees through the forest sometimes. In my opinion, the peer-reviewing is also good, even though most academics probably won't like it :) Everyone can vote +1 or -1 (or ignore), everyone is of equal worth. See the voting system on the top left of for example: http://java.dzone.com/articles/automated-planning-problems

(04 Nov '10, 08:46) Geoffrey De ... ♦
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