Professor Steve Brown
Journal ‘impact’ hailed as best ever
In a recent letter the publisher of leading title, International Journal of Operations & Production Management noted that its ‘Impact Factor’ has risen to its highest ever level. The journal is edited by Professor Steve Brown, assisted by Roger Maull, Harry Maddern and Andi Smart from the Centre for Innovation and Service Research.
Professor Brown commented “The editorial team works very hard to make sure that the Journal is a success. The reject rate of papers is about 90 per cent, which is on a par with other top rated journals. We do our very best to ensure that the review process goes through as quickly and as smoothly as possible at all times. All new papers are reviewed within one week and initial decisions are made at that point.”
The team has deliberately changed the focus of the Journal away from operations research to operations management. The repositioning of the Journal has helped to differentiate it from other competing journals in the subject.
Steve added “The future is very bright for the Journal and, as ever, we are dependent upon the excellence of the papers coming into the system as well as the professionalism of the reviewers on whom we depend for papers to proceed. I continue to be impressed by the high level of quality of the reviews overall and we are grateful that our academic colleagues take the time and effort to produce such good reviews. The success of the editorial team and the achievements of the Journal has really helped to put Exeter on the map in the operations management arena.”
Date: 17 May 2012