Between Two Stools


Innovation lies at the interfaces of disconnected fields. Everyone knows that. And you might think that the world of scientific research is the ideal location for such an innovation. Well, from my (young) experience, interdisciplinarity is mainly an empty intergalactic void, far from any of the gigantic clusters of research groups. 

I’m feeling down. My first research paper doesn’t seem to fit anywhere. Operations Research has rejected it, claiming that it should be Games and Economic Behavior paper. But game theorists argue that it belongs to operations research. Meanwhile, Mathematics of OR asserts a lack of mathematics, and Management Science affirms an insufficiency of applications. Weirdly, no one criticizes the quality. But all disapprove the relevancy for their own journals.

So far, I do not feel at the interface of anything. I’m feeling like falling between two stools.