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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
IISE Transactions

For a Special Issue on
Analytical Methods for Detecting, Disrupting, and Dismantling Illicit Operations

Abstract deadline
31 October 2021

Manuscript deadline
31 January 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Thomas Sharkey, Clemson University
[email protected]

Renata Konrad, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
[email protected]

Burcu B. Keskin, University of Alabama
[email protected]

Maria E. Mayorga, North Carolina State University
[email protected]

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Analytical Methods for Detecting, Disrupting, and Dismantling Illicit Operations

IISE Transactions: Focused Issue on Operations Engineering and Analytics

Illicit operations, which operate outside of the boundaries of law, are a significant global issue, with some estimates valuing their economic value as upwards of $1.6 trillion each year.  Categories of illicit operations include, but are not limited to: drug trafficking; human trafficking; illegal mining, logging, and fishing; wildlife trafficking; money laundering; supply chains producing counterfeit goods; organ trafficking; identity theft; and weapons trafficking. This special issue will highlight analytical approaches that can help detect, disrupt, and ultimately dismantle illicit operations. Its goal is to showcase the role of analytical methods in the fight against illicit operations by bringing together those within the industrial and systems engineering (ISE) community and domain experts in distinct areas of fighting illicit operations. We are especially interested in papers that integrate domain expertise and/or stakeholder engagement in their model formulation, analysis, and validation.

Each type of illicit operation has its own nuances, which should be carefully considered as analytical approaches are created to help detect, disrupt, and dismantle the operation. These nuances motivate the need for methods that integrate research across disciplines to create analytical approaches to help the fight against illicit operations, along with broad activities for this fight, including socio-economic approaches or interventions from non-profits that decrease vulnerabilities and/or demand. Further, because illicit operations are hidden, data to populate analytical methods may be difficult to gather. This special issue encourages papers that (i) pull in perspectives from multiple disciplines in demonstrating the impact of the approach on a specific type of illicit operation, (ii) explore broad approaches to detect, disrupt, and dismantle illicit operations, and/or (iii) address issues around data on illicit operations and its role in analytical approaches. Submissions bringing together ISE and expertise from disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, economics, geography, public policy, and sociology are encouraged. Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Models to help understand the behavior of specific types of illicit operations
  • Predictive methods to understand how illicit operations evolve and adapt over time
  • Models that help understand the interactions of multiple types of illicit operations
  • Models and methods that can examine how policy shapes illicit markets
  • Analytical methods to identify, gather, and analyze data on illicit operations
  • Analytical frameworks to structure human judgement in illicit contexts
  • Prescriptive methods to identify effective strategies that disrupt illicit operations, as opposed to simply displacing them
  • Models which account for a socio-economic perspective reflective of the environment giving rise to the illicit operation
  • Models and methods that examine and reduce the demand patterns for illicit goods
  • Methods to evaluate the role of culture and environment in facilitating illicit operations

Important Dates

  • (Encouraged) Abstract Submission: Oct 31, 2021
  • Manuscript submission: Jan 31, 2022
  • Completion of 1st round review: April 30, 2022
  • Completion of 2nd round review: Sep 30, 2022
  • Final manuscript submission: Nov 30, 2022
  • Tentative publication date: Dec, 2022

Focus Issue Editor
Dr. J. Cole Smith
Syracuse University
[email protected]

Submission Instructions

Papers must be submitted through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/iietransactions and prepared according to the journal’s Instructions for authors. Select “Special Issue” for the question “Please select the Focus Issue to which the paper is most related” at Step 1 in the submission process, and select the specific special issue at Step 6.

We highly encourage authors to submit abstracts to the lead editor ([email protected]) in order for the editorial team to provide feedback on the submission and to facilitate a timely review of the full paper.

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