International Journal of Operations & Production Management

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

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2016 Impact Factor: 3.339*
5-year Impact Factor (2016): 4.211*

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CiteScore 2016: 4.41
CiteScoreTracker 2017: 2.51 (Updated Monthly)

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Unique Attributes

The International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) investigates opportunities and problems of developing and implementing strategies,  systems, and practice in operations management.

Mission and Scope

IJOPM’s mission is to publish leading-edge, innovative research that has the potential to significantly advance the field of Operations Management, theoretically and/or practically.  Drawing on the experiences of both service and manufacturing industry sectors, in both private and public settings, the journal has become a widely respected resource in a complex and increasingly important field in business management.

Methodologically, IJOPM covers the full range of empirically-based modes of enquiry using appropriate research frameworks, provided they demonstrate generic insights of significant value to the management of operations.  Work that is purely algorithmic in nature is unlikely to meet this criterion and is likely to be more suitable to a journal in the management sciences or operational research. The journal encourages mixed methods of enquiry where appropriate and valuable in generating research insights. Irrespective of the mode of enquiry or methods used, the key issues are clarity in how the study has been carried out and rigor in the application of methods. Please note that any contribution should be based on good theoretical grounded framework as well be explicitly contributing to theory.

Operations Management is defined broadly and includes the fields of supply chain and distribution management. Research studies in other topics including Product Design, Innovation, Technology Management, Information Systems, Business Strategy, Organizational Behaviour and Marketing, which have a strong operations focus and/or clear relevance and potential impact on the management of operations, may also be considered for publication in some instances.

IJOPM articles can include:

  1. Empirical research articles
  2. Literature reviews, surveys and critiques of published articles
  3. Expert opinion papers  – these will always be led by  outstanding scholars.
  4. Occasional purely conceptual research – this is often a challenge for academics and the quality of content must be on a par with other published articles in IJOPM in terms of rigor and potential contribution to operations management.
  5. Occasional panel contributions –  these are similar to panel sessions at the annual conferences of EurOMA on general importance and interest. Examples could include articles about the development of the OM field, research approaches, developments in delivery of teaching, emerging issues, and analysis of historical publication patterns.
  6. Occasional Notes section, which could be used for:
        a)  Methodological papers that were of interest 
        b)  Discipline exploratory papers, 
        c)  Early research (short papers, small sample sizes, preliminary results).

Focused Special Issues are published on topics that are particularly relevant to current issues, research themes, practice or wider socio-economic issues. The Special Issue Editor should be consulted in the first instance regarding a Special Issue proposal. It is worth noting that IJOPM greatly welcomes new and innovative Special Issue proposals.

Key Benefits

The international team of editorial advisers insists that material published in the journal is of value to the practicing manager as well as the academic community. With contributions from both academics and professionals working in the field, the journal's content is relevant to current needs, offering specific guidance and problem-solving in key areas.

Key journal audiences

  • Academic researchers in the field
  • Corporate and academic libraries 
  • Managers whose roles include supply chain management and managing within networks
  • Operations practitioners in manufacturing and service 
  • Operations practitioners in private and public settings
  • Production and operations directors 
  • Production planners and project managers


The scope of the Journal covers all aspects of operations management: manufacturing and service, profit and non-for-profit, including, but not limited to, the topics listed below.

  • Capacity planning and control
  • E-business and operations
  • Global operations management 
  • Human resource management in operations
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Lean/agile operations
  • Logistics, order fulfilment and distribution
  • Management of technology for operations
  • Managing technological/organisational change 
  • Mass customisation
  • Materials and inventory management
  • New product and service design/development
  • Operations planning, scheduling and control
  • Operations strategy
  • Performance measurement and management
  • Plant location, design and layout
  • Project management in operations
  • Quality management in operations
  • Role of operations in sustainability
  • Supplier/customer relationship management
  • Supply chain management

International Journal of Operations & Production Management is indexed and abstracted in:

  • Emerald Management Reviews
  • Business Index
  • BFI (Denmark)
  • Cabell's Dictionary of Publishing Opportunities in Management and Marketing
  • Contents pages in Management
  • 2016 FNEGE Journals Ranking List (France)
  • International Abstracts in Operations Research
  • ISI: Alerting Services
  • ISI: Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • ISI: Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • Science Abstracts
  • ISI: Social Science Citation Index
  • ISI: Social Scisearch
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Research Alert®
  • Scopus

and ranked by:

  • The Publication Forum (Finland)
  • Qualis (Brazil)


We were delighted to present a number of awards at EurOMA2017. For the full list of winners, please see the Literati Awards page 


International Journal of Operations & Production Management is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Operations, Logistics & Quality eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald Operations, Logistics & Quality eJournals Collection page.

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* 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

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