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Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Editorial objectives

The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM) is targeted at academics and practitioners in humanitarian public and private sector organizations working on all aspects of humanitarian logistics and supply chain management. The journal promotes the exchange of knowledge, experience and new ideas between researchers and practitioners and encourages a multi-disciplinary and cross-functional approach to the resolution of problems and exploitations of opportunities within humanitarian supply chains. Contributions are encouraged from diverse disciplines (logistics, operations management, process engineering, health care, geography, management science, information technology, ethics, corporate social responsibility, disaster management, development aid, public policy) but need to have a logistics and/or supply chain focus.

Editorial criteria

JHLSCM publishes state of the art research, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative approaches, in the field of humanitarian and development aid logistics and supply chain management.

Short book reviews and research notes are welcomed.  Research notes accepted for publication fulfill the following criteria:

  • Focus on problems in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management
  • Research rigor
  • Managerial relevance


  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Emergency logistics
  • Disaster relief operations
  • Supply chain management in disaster relief
  • Development aid logistics and supply chain management
  • Assessing and managing supply chain vulnerability
  • Managing supply chain disruptions
  • Measuring performance in humanitarian supply chains
  • Decision-making in humanitarian supply chains
  • Knowledge management and transfer in humanitarian supply chains
  • Information and communication technology for humanitarian logistics
  • Supply chain cooperation, integration and collaboration in the humanitarian setting
  • Relationship management in humanitarian supply chains
  • Public-private partnerships in humanitarian logistics
  • Inter-organizational coordination across humanitarian supply chains
  • Crisis management
  • Civil-military cooperation in disaster relief
  • Humanitarian health care supply chains
  • Principles and theory of relief supply chain management
  • The role of donors and volunteers in humanitarian logistics
  • Not-for-profit supply chains.

Recent Special Issues:

Logistics and SCM in the context of relief for refugees and internally displaced persons - (Volume 8, Issue 3). Guest Editor: Richard Oloruntoba. Given the magnitude of forced displacement and the global refugee crisis, the six papers collected in this special issue are exclusively focused on the logistics of caring for internationally displaced persons and refugees.

Key benefits

The distinct emphasis of the journal lies on humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.  Double-blind refereed articles advance science in this field and provide practitioners with insights that have been obtained with scientific rigor.  The journal thus creates a lively and valuable forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas so that greater effectiveness of humanitarian operations can be achieved to the value of beneficiaries.

Key journal audiences

The primary audience includes researchers who are interested in advancing the field and practitioners who have a concern for keeping abreast of the state of the art in humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.  Thus the research audience includes researchers from business, defence, and humanitarian logistics and supply chain management.  The journal is also targeted at practitioners from humanitarian organizations as well as commercial actors that cooperate with these.

JHLSCM is ranked, indexed and abstracted in:

  • Publication Forum (Finland)
  • Academic Research Library (Proquest)
  • Proquest Central
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Research Library (Proquest)
  • Scopus
  • Australian Business Deans Council
  • Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Operations, Logistics & Quality eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Operations, Logistics & Quality eJournals Collection page.

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