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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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2017 Impact Factor: 4.215*
5-year Impact Factor (2017): 4.181*

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CiteScore 2017: 4.15
CiteScoreTracker 2018: 6.86 (Updated Monthly)

Journal history

Previously published as International Journal of Physical Distribution & Materials Management which was previously published as International Journal of Physical Distribution
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Alex Ellinger, IJPDLM editor, presenting a State-of-IJPDLM report to participants at the opening session of the NOFOMA Conference at Lund University in Sweden in July.

IJPDLM has a unique association with the NOFOMA Conference and has published an annual special issue of best papers for many years.

Recent Editorials

Familiarise yourself with IJPDLM by reading these editorials:

Unique attributes

Founded in 1970, IJPDLM is now in its fifth decade and was previously published as International Journal of Physical Distribution. The International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management:

  • Provides business practitioners, consultants and academics with leading edge information and discussions of current developments in the field
  • Facilitates the interchange of information among business planners and researchers on a worldwide basis
  • Provides a platform for new thinking on problems and techniques in
    physical distribution and logistics management

IJPDLM'S Mission

The International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management aims to be the principal home the world comes to for leading edge research bridging strategic areas of business-to-business management, physical distribution, business logistics, marketing channels, and supply chain management with a particular emphasis on developments in omni-channel and multi-channel distribution. We strive to achieve this by providing authors with "best in class" service through timeliness and fairness in the review process, inclusiveness, receptivity to different perspectives, and ultimately impact.

Recent Special Issues

Structured literature reviews in SCM and logistics Part 2 (Volume 48, Issue 8) - Guest Editors: Xenophon Koufteros, Alan Mackelprang, Benjamin T. Hazen and Baofeng Huo. Systematic literature reviews can (SLRs) serve a valuable role in current a future research, they can classify and synthesize the extant literature and furnish important directions for future research. This second instalment presents 6 manuscripts, bringing a total of 12 across the 2 parts of the special issue.

NOFOMA 2017 (Volume 48, Issue 5) - Guest Editors: Daniel Hellström, Joakim Hans Kembro, Andreas Norrman and Henrik Palsson. This special issue contains the best papers from the 29th NOFOMA Annual Conference. The Nordic network of researchers in logistics and supply chain management conference was organized by the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden and took place 7-9th June 2017.

Key journal audiences

  • Academics teaching and researching in logistics and supply chain management strategy
  • Logistics and supply chain management professionals
  • Business-to-business marketing and distribution academics and professionals
  • Libraries supplying academics, researchers and practitioners


IJPDLM seeks strategically focused, theoretically grounded, empirical and conceptual, quantitative and qualitative, rigorous and relevant, original research studies in logistics, physical distribution and supply chain management operations and associated strategic issues. Quantitatively oriented mathematical and modelling research papers are not suitable for IJPDLM.

Desired topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Customer service strategy
  • Omni-channel and multi-channel distribution innovations
  • Order processing and inventory management
  • Implementation of supply chain processes
  • Information and communication technology
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Risk management and security
  • Personnel recruitment and training
  • Sustainability and environmental
  • Collaboration and integration
  • Global supply chain management and network complexity
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Legal, financial and public policy
  • Retailing, channels and business-to-business management
  • Organizational and human resource development
  • Logistics and SCM education

The International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management is ranked, indexed and abstracted by:

  • ISI: Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • ISI: Social Science Citation Index
  • Scopus
  • Business Source Premier
  • Academic OneFile
  • Business Insights: Essentials
  • ABI/INFORM Complete
  • Research Library Complete
  • Web of Science
  • CSCMP Online Logistics Bibliography
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management & Marketing
  • Publication Forum
  • Qualis
  • ESSEC Rankings of Journals in 2016
  • 2016 FNEGE Journals Ranking List (France)


International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics 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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* 2017 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2018)

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