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INFORMS Offers Additional Years' Volumes to Online Journal Subscribers

Apologies for cross-posting. We encourage our customers who will 
be attending the ACRL Conference and Exhibition this week in 
Baltimore to stop by Booth 1155 with any questions or comments 
about the change in policy in the announcement that follows. 
Access to 2001 volumes should be available through our HighWire 
Press site as of today. Please contact INFORMS Marketing and PR 
Director Barry List (barry.list@informs.org) for further 

Hanover, MD, March 26, 2007 - INFORMS today announced that it has 
updated its online subscription policy and is providing 
institutional online subscribers with additional volumes for the 
balance of 2007 and also 2008.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences 
(INFORMS(r)), publisher of 11 highly regarded scholarly journals 
and an online open-access journal today announced that it has 
updated its online subscription policy and is providing 
institutional online subscribers with additional volumes for the 
balance of 2007 and 2008. Under the new policy, INFORMS will 
offer 2007 and 2008 subscribers access to relevant journal 
volumes published back to and including 2001. Previously, 2007 
institutional subscribers had access to INFORMS journals 
published from 2002 forward. The association is modifying its 
rolling wall subscription policy in response to the concerns of 

Patricia Shaffer, Director of Publications for INFORMS, said 
"Some librarians have contacted us about the online subscription 
policy of STM academic publishers like INFORMS. We want them to 
know that we appreciate the financial pressure on librarians and 
that our basic goal has always been to keep INFORMS subscription 
prices reasonable while covering our operational costs, including 
the growing costs of electronic publishing. We modified our 
policy to address these concerns, and to make sure that our 
institutional subscribers have access to online volumes that were 
included with their subscription last year."

INFORMS is also developing an archival product and policy that 
will be compatible with the needs of institutional subscribers 
and the association's business model. The archive will cover 
electronic versions of many volumes not previously available to 
libraries. INFORMS first began publishing in 1952, and the 
archives will include all journal issues published since the 
society's inception. The association expects to make an 
announcement about the new product later this year.

INFORMS publishes 11 print/online scholarly journals: the 
flagships Operations Research and Management Science, as well as 
Decision Analysis, Information Systems Research, INFORMS Journal 
on Computing, Interfaces, Manufacturing & Service Operations 
Management, Marketing Science, Mathematics of Operations 
Research, Organization Science, and Transportation Science. 
INFORMS also publishes the online open-access journal INFORMS 
Transactions on Education.


INFORMS journals are strongly cited in Journal Citation Reports, 
an industry source. In the JCR subject category "operations 
research and management science," Operations Research and 
Management Science ranked in the top 10 along with the INFORMS 
Journal on Computing. The special MBA issue published by Business 
Week includes the INFORMS journals Operations Research, 
Management Science and Information Systems Research in its list 
of 20 top academic journals that are used to evaluate business 
school programs. Financial Times includes Operations Research, 
Management Science, Information Systems Research, and 
Organization Science in its list of academic journals used to 
evaluate MBA programs.

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

(INFORMS(r)) is an international scientific society with 10,000 
members, including Nobel Prize laureates, dedicated to applying 
scientific methods to help improve decision-making, management, 
and operations. Members of INFORMS work in business, government, 
and academia. They are represented in fields as diverse as 
airlines, health care, law enforcement, the military, financial 
engineering, and telecommunications. The INFORMS website is 
<http://www.informs.org/>. More information about operations 
research is at <http://www.scienceofbetter.org/>.

Patricia S. Shaffer
Director of Publications
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 310, Hanover, MD 21076
(443) 757-3500 ext. 570; Direct line: (443) 757-3570
patricia.shaffer@informs.org     <http://www.informs.org>