Focusing on the interface of applied probability and operations research, Stochastic Systems is the flagship journal of the INFORMS Applied Probability Society and is published through a cooperative agreement between INFORMS and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. This open-access journal 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.
A partial list of applications of interest is 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; cloud computing.
Relative to other applied probability outlets, Stochastic Systems focuses exclusively on operations research content. Relative to application-focused journals, Stochastic Systems publishes papers in which applied probability plays a significant, and not just supporting, role.
Peer Review Process
Papers are refereed in the usual way. We aim to return editorial decisions to authors within 3 months of submission.
Articles are published shortly after being accepted, usually within a week.
Open Access Policy
Stochastic Systems provides open access to all of its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information see the Public Knowledge Project https://pkp.sfu.ca, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.
Stochastic Systems utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archive among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. For more information see http://lockss.org