Journal of Business Logistics

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Edited By: Matthew Waller of the University of Arkansas, and Stanley Fawcett of Weber State University

Impact Factor: 2.02

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 41/174 (Management)

Online ISSN: 2158-1592

Author Guidelines

The mission of the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) is to become your journal of choice for original, high-quality, thought-provoking supply chain research that will make a valuable contribution to supply chain theory and practice. We encourage you to submit your best research that is 1) theoretically grounded, 2) methodologically rigorous, 3) managerially relevant, and 4) written in a clear, concise, and compelling style.

The journal takes a multifunctional, multidisciplinary approach to understanding decision-making related to value-creation processes. Topics of interest include alliance management, collaboration, customer service, forecasting, inventory management, global issues in SCM, logistics planning and control, operations management, performance measurement/management, product development, supply chain costing, sourcing management, supply chain design, sustainability, technology’s role in SCM, transportation management, and warehouse management. The journal is also interested in various methods, including archival, case study/structured interview, econometric modeling, ethnography, experimental design, optimization, simulation, and survey.

The journal invites innovative and provocative viewpoints that will stimulate discussion and advance the management of value-creation processes and networks.

Manuscript Submission

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Manuscript Type

Three types of manuscripts that can be submitted to Journal of Business Logistics: 1) research manuscripts, 2) Forward Thinking manuscripts, and 3) Special Topics Forums manuscripts. Manuscripts titles should not exceed 25 words and abstracts should be 200 words or less. During submission, select one or more methodology and one or more topical keyword(s). The editors pay close attention to the contribution to length ratio.

Forward Thinking Articles:

We are actively promoting more rapid dialogue, with the goal to capture the spirit of open innovation and bring insightful research to print faster. Manuscripts should meet two of the following criteria:

1. Timely. “Forward Thinking” articles should address hot topics and provoke discussion.

2. Large-audience Appeal. “Forward Thinking” articles should motivate additional research across a large cross section of researchers.

3. Unique Data. “Forward Thinking” articles will often rely on unique data that informs and future research, but may not be extensive enough to write a traditional research manuscript.

“Forward Thinking” articles should be 3,500 words or fewer--excluding references--and will go through a fast-track, double-blind review and appear in print in the first issue after acceptance. Although the ideas may be exploratory, “Forward Thinking” manuscripts should express fully developed thinking, appropriate analysis, and excellent writing. Revision opportunities will be developmental

Manuscript Review

All reviews are ‘‘double blind’’—reviewers do notknow whose manuscripts they are reviewing, and authors do not know who their reviewers are. To preserve anonymity, authors must avoid revealing their identity in any. One Associate Editor along with three members of the Editorial Review Board are invited to review each submission and to make publication recommendations to the Editors-in-Chief.


References are indicated in the text by author name and publication date. The date always is enclosed in parentheses. When authors names are not used in the sentence, they too are inside parentheses (author, date). Footnotes should be used sparingly and are indicated by superior numbers. Footnotes will appear at the bottom of the page on which they are cited. The Journal of Business Logistics employs the Chicago Style for references as follows:

Eisenhardt, K. M. 1989. ‘‘Building Theories from Case Study Research.’’ Academy of Management Review 14 (4):532–50.

Leahy, S..E., Murphy, P.R., and Poist, R.F. 1995. ‘‘Determinants of Successful Logistics Relationships: A Third Party Provider Perspective.’’ Transportation Journal 35 (2): 5–13.

Teece, D.J. 1987. ‘‘Profiting from Technological Innovation: Implications for Integration, Collaboration, Licensing and Public Policy.’’ In The Competitive Challenge, edited by D. J. Teece, 185–220. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger.


Authors will be required to sign a copyright assignment form upon submission. Copyright assignment is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been assigned. To assist authors, an appropriate copyright assignment form will be supplied by the editorial office.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign.  The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements.  For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: