The International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management is currently seeking special issue proposals

IJPDLM strives to provide authors and the community with "best in class" service through timeliness and fairness in the review process with an emphasis on inclusivity and fostering meaningful research impact. The Journal provides business practitioners, policy-makers, consultants and academics with leading edge information and discussion of current developments in the field. It facilitates the interchange of information among stakeholders across the globe while providing a platform for new insights on problems and techniques related to all facets of supply chain management.

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

The scope of IJPDLM covers all aspects of supply chain management and includes, but is not limited to, the topics listed below.

  • Social and environmental sustainability
  • Business logistics
  • Omni-channel and multi-channel distribution innovations
  • Customer service strategy
  • Public, government, and international policy
  • Implementation of supply chain processes
  • Information and communication technology
  • Order processing and inventory management
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Risk management
  • Physical and cyber security
  • Marketing channels
  • Global development
  • Personnel recruitment and training
  • Collaboration and integration
  • International trade
  • Network complexity
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Legal and financial issues
  • Retailing
  • Organizational and human resource development

The special issue proposals are open to relevant topic or issue that is still poorly understood, requiring deeper empirical investigation, significantly affecting the society and important for advancing our understanding of physical distribution, logistic and supply chain management. Special issue proposals must be consistent with the journal’s mission to publish 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 original, as well as achieving sustainable development goals that are relevant to both academic and practice.

Proposals should:

  • Introduce the guest editor team, their relevant experience and expertise, and highlights of relevant publications and past special issues edited. The GE team should have at least one member with experience with IJPDLM (as AE, member of the EAB/ERB, reviewer and/or author), while the others should have a demonstrated experience as editors and/or reviewers in leading SCM and Logistics journals. 
  • Propose a tile and explain its topicality, originality and aims   
  • Describe the scope* of the topic and suggest themes and sub-topics within its scope
  • Clearly explain how the topic will benefit the physical distribution, logistics and supply chain management field
  • Explain the why the special issue can be useful to researchers and the potential impacts to practitioners and/or sustainable development goals
  • Suggest key authors who might be submitting to the special issues
  • Suggest timelines for submission, first review, second review and final decision.

Note: *Please note that quantitatively oriented mathematical and modelling research papers are not suitable for the journal.

If you would like to propose a special issue for this journal, please contact Commissioning Editor, Catherine McAteer, for a special issue proposal form (email: [email protected]).