JOS Africa Focus Initiative

The Journal of Simulation (JOS) Africa Focus initiative aims to increase the volume of modelling and simulation (M&S) research from authors affiliated with African institutions. It will increase the visibility of African research and promote studies unique to African contexts. A further aim is to establish JOS as a key conduit for this dissemination! JOS Africa Focus is a three-year initiative (January 2024-December 2026) supported by the OR Society. Beyond 2026, the initiative is expected to have brought about sufficient momentum for the natural follow-through of its core aims and objectives.



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Why is this initiative so important?

An analysis of journal demographics between 2018-2023 for M&S journals, including JOS, identified a low representation of authors affiliated with African institutions. The analysis considered the first authors and co-authors.

The Africa Focus initiative was started to bring about a more balanced representation in JOS and, through a snowball effect, contribute towards bringing a more transformative change in our field. Africa Focus has outlined several tasks that will take place concurrently. This includes proactive work towards a better representation balance among authors and case study contexts, editorial board members and peer reviewers, plenary speakers, etc. The Africa Focus initiative also contributes to capacity building through elements like paper development workshops, active networking realised by first identifying and then engaging with peer networks, invitations to academic workshops and seminar series, developing JOS special issues focusing on Africa, and approaching our network of colleagues (including Associate Editors of JOS) to request their time as volunteers to shepherd JOS Africa Focus papers.

The Africa Focus initiative is a two-way learning process. We gain from learning about research and practice developed in the African continent, using novel methods and case studies that are particularly suited to addressing the problems and challenges in Africa. Through increased dissemination, such approaches will benefit from a more international dimension, work referenced and evaluated for deployment outside the core case study context, and new hybrid methods and unique solutions developed. On its part, Africa Focus will support authors and early career researchers by providing a platform for wider recognition of their research and practice.


Current Africa Focus Activities

Initiative activities currently underway include:

  • A special session delivered by African researchers as part of the University of Exeter Business School and Arizona State University (UEBS-ASU) joint workshop on Supply Chain Resilience (11-13 June 2024, Exeter)
  • A paper development workshop at AFROS 2024 (3-5 November 2024, Algeria)
  • The launch of the call for paper for the first JOS Africa special issue (April 2024)
  • Establishing networks with peer-groups, e.g., Global Research and Education Partnership (GREP) through Professor Mamadou Traore (member of the Africa Focus Leadership Committee) and the Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA) – through Professor Thomas Choi (Arizona State University, USA)
  • An Africa Focus session at the 12th Annual Simulation Workshop (31 March – 2 April 2025, Exeter).

JOS Africa Special Issue Call for Papers

The special issue will present a collection of research and practitioner papers relevant to the African context that are carried out by African teams, including their international collaborators.

Submit a paper

Simulation Workshop Call for Papers

The workshop will include special sessions on modelling and simulation research conducted in or related to the African region. Papers, posters and presentations are sought that advance simulation theory, methodology, and practice within the unique contexts, challenges, and opportunities of the African region.

Submit a paper

Africa Focus leadership committee members 

To provide leadership and to steer the various inclusion, capacity building and dissemination activities around the initiative, the Africa Focus Leadership Committee was formally set up in December 2023 (following ratification by the OR Society). It includes academics from the OR Society and other international scholarly societies who have a strong connection with African research networks or have worked in African institutions or projects.

Committee Member Affiliation
Professor Nav Mustafee (Chair) University of Exeter Business School, UK
Emeritus Professor John Powell University of Exeter, UK
Dr Gilbert Owusu BT
Dr Sahnoun M’hammed CESI, France
Richlove Frimpong King's College London, UK
Dr Saikou Diallo Old Dominion University, USA
Professor Mamadou Kaba Traore University of Bordeaux, France
Professor Simon Taylor Brunel University London, UK
Dr Lateef Jolaoso University of Southampton, UK
Richard Goodman (supporting data analysis) Taylor & Francis

Africa Focus JOS shepherding committee

The shepherding committee consist of volunteers who will be involved in shepherding papers for the JOS AFROS Special Issue and regular submission.

Committee Member Affiliation
Professor Nav Mustafee (Chair) University of Exeter Business School, UK
Dr Alison Harper University of Exeter Business School, UK
Dr Varun Ramamohan Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, India
Professor Mamadou Kaba Traore University of Bordeaux, France
Dr Laura Boyle Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Dr Anastasia Anagnostou Brunel University London, UK
Dr Saikou Diallo Old Dominion University, USA
Dr Sajadi Seyedmojtaba Aston Business School, UK