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Structured Literature Reviews and Meta Analyses in Supply Chain Management and Logistics


Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Submission deadline: 31 January 2017 (Revised to February 15) (All papers should be submitted to the Structured Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses option on ScholarOne between 1st January and 15th February 2017)

The objective of this special issue is to highlight the evolution and creation of knowledge in the field of supply chain management and logistics. Robust, structured methodologies for literature review (Denyer and Tranfield, 2009; Rousseau et al., 2008; Saenz and Koufteros, 2015; Smithey 2012) and meta-analyses (Damanpour, 1991; Mackelprang and Nair, 2010; Nair, 2006) are sought to ensure document quality and reliability.

We request articles focused on developing a better understanding of phenomena within the supply chain management and logistics field. Hot topics and topics of strategic importance that have yet to be investigated are preferred. Submissions without sufficient methodological rigor or poor quality writing that is purely narrative in nature will be desk-rejected by the Editors. The articles are expected to identify new gaps in the literature, raise new research questions or develop propositions for further investigation. Towards that end, authors are advised to examine Saenz and Koufteros (2015) in order to be informed about the level of methodological rigor and structure expectations as well as to minimize overlap.

Potential topics include supply chain management and logistics concepts related to:

  • Contracts and Coordination
  • Supplier Selection & Development
  • Outsourcing
  • Governance Mechanisms
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Relationships between Supply Chain Parties
  • Inter-organizational Learning
  • International/Global Issues
  • Performance, Performance Measurement, and Metrics
  • Product Innovation and Product Development
  • Risk Management
  • Humanitarian Operations, Logistics, and Supply Chains
  • Disruption Management
  • Supply Chain Resilience
  • Supply Chain Security
  • Sustainability and the Circular Economy
  • Data Analytics and Large Data
  • Customer Service Strategy
  • Human Resource Development in the Supply Chain
  • Urban Logistics

In preparing manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the Author Guidelines here:  http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=IJPDLM.

Prospective authors are also encouraged to submit abstracts of their papers to the Guest Editors in advance of full submission to assure proper fit. All articles should be submitted in English. We strongly advise that non-native English speakers have their manuscripts proofread prior to submission.

In addition, considering the nature of this call for literature review papers, the final version of the manuscripts can be approximately 10000 words in length, including references, figures and tables.

Submission guidelines

To submit your paper online you must first create an author account at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpdlm then follow the on-screen guidance which takes you through the submission process. If you do not have an author account on International Journal of Physical Logistics and Distribution Management then you will need to create yourself an account, even if you have an account on a different journal. Please see the instructions below explaining how to register.

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts

  • Log on to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpdlm
  • Click on the create account link at the top right of the screen.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding.
  • Your username will be your email address and you have to input a password.
  • Click 'Finish' and your account has been created.

Submitting an article

  • Once Registered go to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijpdlm with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page.
  • Click on the Author Centre button.
  • Click on the “click here to submit a new manuscript” link.
  • Complete all fields and browse to upload your article. Please include your structured abstract in your article file.
  • At the 'please select the type of issue' highlight “Reviewing literature in supply chain management and logistics” in the dropdown list.
  • You must upload a minimum of 2 files: your article file (with no author details), a separate title page (with all author contact details).
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your .PDF proof.
  • Submit your manuscript.
  • You will receive an email indicating that your paper has been received together with its unique identity number.


Please contact Dr. Xenophon Koufteros (see below) if you require any assistance.

Guest Editors

Dr. Xenophon Koufteros
Information & Operations Management
Mays Business School
Texas A&M University, USA
Email: xkoufteros@mays.tamu.edu

Dr. Alan Mackelprang
Department of Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Georgia Southern University, USA
Email: amackelprang@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. Daniel Ekwall
Faculty of Textile, Engineering and Business
University of Borås (Sweden), Europe
Email: Daniel.Ekwall@hb.se

Dr. Baofeng Huo
Department of Business Administration, School of Management
Zhejiang University, China
Email: baofeng@zju.edu.cn

References and useful reading

  • Damanpour, F. (1991), “Organizational innovation: a meta-analysis of effects of determinants and moderators”, Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 34 No. 3, pp. 555-590.
  • Denyer, D. and Tranfield, D. (2009), "Producing a systematic review", Ch. 39, in Buchanan, D. and Bryman, A. (Eds), The Sage Handbook of Organizational Research Methods, Sage Publications Ltd, London, pp. 671-89.
  • Mackelprang, A. W. and Nair, A. (2010), “Relationship between just-in-time manufacturing practices and performance: a meta-analytic investigation”, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp.283-302.
  • Nair, A. (2006), “Meta-analysis of the relationship between quality management practices and firm performance—implications for quality management theory development”, Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 948–975.
  • Rousseau, D.M., Manning, J. and Denyer, D. (2008), “Evidence in management and organizational science: assembling the field's full weight of scientific knowledge through syntheses'', The Academy of Management Annals, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 475-515.
  • Saenz, M. and Koufteros, X. (2015), “Literature Reviews in Supply Chain Management and Logistics”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 45 No. 1/2.
  • Smithey, I. (2012), “The craft of writing theory articles: variety and similarity in AMR”, Academy of Management Review, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 327-331.

Submission deadline

Full paper submissions are due 31 January 2017 (Revised to February 15) (All papers should be submitted to the Structured Literature Reviews and Meta-Analyses option on ScholarOne between 1st January 15th February, 2017).