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International Journal of Operations & Production Management

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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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: 4.03 (Updated Monthly)

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Unique Attributes

The International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) investigates opportunities, challenges and frontiers of developing and implementing strategies, systems, processes and practices in operations and supply chain 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 and Supply Chain Management, theoretically and practically. Drawing on the experiences of both manufacturing and service 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 and supply chain management. IJOPM does not categorically exclude certain empirical methodologies, except however purely mathematical modeling pieces. Irrespective of the mode of enquiry or methods used, the key issues are appropriateness of methodology, clarity in how the study has been carried out and rigor in the application of methods. Please note that any contribution should be explicitly contributing to theory. The journal encourages mixed methods of enquiry where appropriate and valuable in generating research insights.

Important for each submission to the journal is that there is a direct focus on operations and supply chain management topics. Even though IJOPM encourages submissions that borrow theory from adjacent disciplines (e.g. strategy, sociology, psychology), the majority of the contribution must lie within the operations and supply chain management field. 

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 par with other published articles in IJOPM in terms of rigor and potential contribution to operations and supply chain 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 operations and supply chain management field, research approaches, developments in pedagogy, emerging issues, and analysis of historical publication patterns.
  6. Occasional Notes section, which could be used for: 
    • Methodological papers that are of interest 
    • Discipline exploratory papers, 
    • 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 welcomes new and innovative Special Issue proposals. 

Key Benefits

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

Key journal audiences

IJOPM is an academic journal where unique and original research is published. Therefore, our prime field of readership are academic researchers and students in the field. However, we also aim that research published in the journal is practically relevant, so that managers whose roles include operations and supply chain management topics derive valuable insights as well. 


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

  •  Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Management, Quality Management & Operations Excellence
  • Innovation & New Product Development
  • Operations & Supply Chain Strategy
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing & Strategic Sourcing 
  • Global Operations & Supply Chains
  • Service Operations
  • Big Data & New Technologies
  • Behavioral Operations Management
  • Risk Management and Resilience
  • Performance Measurement

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

  • 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)

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 collections@emeraldinsight.com or visit the Emerald Operations, Logistics & Quality eJournals Collection page.

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This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. More on Emerald's approach is available in our Publication Ethics guidelines.

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

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