Tom Archibald and Jonathan Crook, the Editors of the Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS) have selected this set of 10 influential articles as a representative sample of the best of the journal's content. These papers, listed in chronological order, are available free to read and download.Palgrave Macmillan and the editorial team have selected this set of papers from the archive of the journal to give a representative sample of the best of our content.