24 February 2015

Call for papers: "OR and DSS in Agricultural Development and Rural Economy"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Decision Support Systems.

Decision support systems have been successfully used in a variety of applications concerning areas of the agricultural sector, agricultural development and rural economy. Although there have been successful efforts in both theoretical and applied domains, there are still a number of outstanding questions regarding the similarities and differences of operational research modelling approaches and the effectiveness of their solutions in the interrelated areas of agriculture and rural development. In this special issue we invite contributions in both theoretical developments and applications of operational research and decision support systems in areas of agriculture. Suitable topics include applications of OR and DSS in real problem decision making and real case studies.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Territorial economic performance
  • Competitiveness of the agricultural sector
  • Farm/agricultural/rural productivity/efficiency
  • Investment in extension, agricultural R&D and infrastructure
  • Efficiency/effectiveness of public expenditure in agricultural sector/rural areas
  • Consumer preferences
  • Food industry behaviour
  • Rural and regional development
  • Regional and national differences
  • Regulatory issues
  • Management of natural resources, energy and environment
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable development
  • Food safety management systems
  • TQM in agribusiness and food industry
  • Statistical process control, lean six sigma
  • EU agricultural and rural development policy

Important Dates
Deadline for full paper submission: 31 July, 2015
Notice of acceptance/rejection: 30 November, 2015
Revised paper submission: 31 January, 2016
Final decision: 31 March, 2016

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