As editor-in-chief of the Socio-Economic Planning Sciences journal, Rajan Batta aims to enhance the international impact of the journal’s research, preserve its scholarly reputation, and continue the commitment to reviewing submitted papers in a timely fashion. He also looks forward to using the journal’s special issues to confront and connect quantitative research to important, current issues in society, such as the global COVID-19 epidemic.
Many aspects of Dr. Batta’s own research overlap with interests of the journal, including crime modeling applications, modeling risk in transportation of hazardous materials, public facility location modeling, and modeling of various aspects of humanitarian logistics that occur after natural disasters.
He has served as an associate editor of SEPS for the past 10 years. During this time, the journal has grown from a quarterly publication with about 100 submissions per year to a bimonthly journal with 1,000 submissions in 2020. The journal “strongly encourages contributions dealing with applications of quantitative models and techniques to important decision problems in the service and public sector . . . [particularly] to studies carried out in developing countries and economically emerging regions of the world.”
“I am particularly excited at being selected for the role of editor-in-chief of SEPS, as the mission of the journal aligns well with my own personal research interests and I am delighted to be part of accelerating scholarship in the domain of quantitative analysis of public systems,” says Batta.