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International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM) was established in 1970.
IJPDLM is a leading research journal bridging strategic areas of supply chain management, business logistics, marketing, sustainability, global trade and development in a way that builds knowledge on solving critical production and consumption problems.

ISSN: 0960-0035
eISSN: 0960-0035

Aims and scope

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (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, policymakers, 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 into 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. 

This means that papers published in IJPDLM need to rely on a rigorous empirical methodology with a strong theoretical basis and contributions. A clear discussion of the results' implications, generalizability, and contribution to knowledge, with a clear connection to the SCM/Logistics literature, is also essential.

IJPDLM encourages conceptual papers or literature reviews to advance theoretical concepts or theories. However, IJPDLM does not usually publish descriptive literature reviews or bibliometric analyses that focus solely on telling who or what topics are cited and describing past studies without adding any new knowledge.

Quantitatively oriented mathematical and modeling research papers are considered out of scope and not suitable for IJPDLM. However, a quantitative model can be included as a part of an empirical study, action research, or design science paper. 

For a better understanding of the journal expectations and the most common reasons for rejection at IJPDLM, please consider reading the following editorial before submitting: Editorial: Navigating excellence: understanding and overcoming common causes of manuscript rejections in logistics and supply chain management research | Emerald Insight

IJPDLM has an article section named “Innovators and transformers - lessons, opportunities and co-creations in logistics and supply chain management” This section aims to gain a deeper understanding of supply chain innovation and transformation in real-world scenarios. The journal encourages both academics and practitioners to collaborate on research and co-create knowledge and innovation. For more information, please visit: 
New Section: Innovators and transformers - lessons, opportunities and co-creations in logistics and supply chain management 

For additional guidance, please refer to this editorial that elucidates the recent advancements in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management within IJPDLM while also outlining the future directions it aims to pursue.

Wong, C. Y. (2021). Celebrating IJPDLM's 50th anniversary: a reflection on its contributions and future directions. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 51(10), 1049-1064.

The scope of IJPDM 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

This journal is aligned with our responsible management goal

We aim to champion researchers, practitioners, policymakers and organisations who share our goals of contributing to a more ethical, responsible and sustainable way of working.

SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 9 Industry, innovation & infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable cities & communities
SDG 12 Responsible consumption & production
SDG 13 Climate action
Find out about our responsible management goal