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Special Issue on Reviewing Literature in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

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

The objective of this special issue is to highlight extant literature review on a hot topic in the field of logistics and supply chain management, connecting it with relevant theories to develop research agendas. Robust, structured methodologies for literature review (Denyer and Tranfield, 2009; Rousseau et al., 2008; Smithey, 2012) are preferred 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. Submissions without sufficient methodological rigor or poor quality writing that is purely narrative in nature will be directly 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.

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

Contracts and coordination
Governance mechanisms
Humanitarian relief
Integration (internal or external)
International/global issues
Inter-organizational learning
Performance and metrics
Product development
Relationships between supply chain parties
Risk management

In preparing manuscripts, authors are asked to follow the Author Guidelines of the International Journal of Physical Distribution Logistics Management. In addition, considering the nature of this call for literature review papers, the final version of the manuscripts can be a maximum of 8,000 words in length, including references, figures and tables.

Submission deadline

Full paper submissions are due 15 May 2013

Submission guidelines

To submit your paper online you must first create an author account at 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 Distribution Logistics 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

To submit your paper online you must create an author account:

Log on to:

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 e-mail address and you have to input a password of at least eight characters in length and containing two or more numbers. Click ``Finish'' and your account has been created.

Submitting an article on ScholarOne Manuscripts

Once registered, go to: 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 e-mail indicating that your paper has been received together with its unique identity number.

Please contact: [email protected] if you require any assistance.

Guest Editors
Professor Maria Jesus Saenz
MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program
Zaragoza Logistics Center, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]

Professor Xenophon Koufteros
Mays Business School
Texas AM University, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

References and useful reading
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.

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.

Smithey, I. (2012), ``The craft of writing theory articles: variety and similarity in AMR'', Academy of Management Review, Vol. 37 No. 3, 327-31.