Journal of Supply Chain Management

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Edited By: Mark Pagell, Brian Fugate, and Barbara Flynn, Co-Editors-in-Chief; Lutz Kaufmann, European Editor; Xiande Zhao, Asian Co-Editor

Impact Factor: 5.789

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 9/194 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1745-493X

Author Guidelines

Review Process

A submission is initially evaluated by a Co-Editor-in-Chief concerning the appropriateness of the manuscript for JSCM. If the paper does not fit with the Journal's mission, or is deemed as not sufficiently strong in terms of theory or methodology, it will be rejected at this point. If the submission passes this initial review stage, it will then undergo a double blind review process. The first review of every manuscript is performed by a minimum of two, and generally three to four, anonymous referees. An Associate Editor, who is also double blinded, then evaluates the paper and the reviewers' comments, and provides a recommendation to the Co-Editor-in-Chief responsible for the paper. The Co-Editor-in-Chief will then accept, reject or request a revision of the manuscript based on the reviewers' and Associate Editor's recommendations. Revised and resubmitted papers will be returned to the Associate Editor for evaluation. After considering the Associate Editor's evaluation of the revised manuscript, the Co-Editor-in-Chief will accept, reject or request further revision of the paper. A second revision will then be evaluated by the Co-Editor-in-Chief, and possibly the Associate Editor, generally for a final decision.

When an author(s) submits a manuscript to the Journal, there is an implicit quid pro quo: a willingness to review for JSCM. The foundation of the review process at JSCM is the agreement and eagerness of colleagues to provide constructive feedback to each other through the peer review process.

The Journal's manuscript submission and review process is managed via an online platform called “Manuscript Central.” Information regarding the submission of new manuscripts may be found below.

Submission Requirements

Please see the specific Guidelines for Submissions to ensure that manuscripts are in the correct format in terms of contribution-to-length ratio, abstract, references, etc. Reviewers tend to respond unfavorably toward manuscripts which are not formatted according to the style guidelines of the journal to which they are submitted.

Authors who submit a manuscript to JSCM:

  • Agree that their manuscript is not under review at any other journal or outlet, and agree to not submit their paper elsewhere during the review process at JSCM.
  • Declare that their paper does not report results that have been previously published. Earlier or concurrent conference presentation of manuscripts does not disqualify a paper from submission to JSCM. However, if the manuscript is accepted for publication by JSCM, the authors should note in an acknowledgement that an earlier version of the paper was presented at the conference(s).
  • Attest that their paper has not been previously submitted to JSCM for review.
  • Ensure that working papers and/or any similar versions of submitted manuscripts are removed from university or any other Web sites during the review process at JSCM.
  • Inform the Editors if any part of the data in the submission have been published elsewhere. Such publication does not automatically disqualify a paper from submission to JSCM. However, the authors must make this disclosure.

Guidelines for Submissions

Manuscripts will initially be evaluated by a Co-Editor-in-Chief in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. This means that papers that provide strong contributions will be allowed more pages than manuscripts that make more limited contributions. Authors should consider submitting shorter manuscripts (generally 20 or fewer pages of text) as a Note. In general, papers should be no longer than 25 to 30 pages of text. However, exceptions may be made by the Co-Editor-in-Chief for manuscripts which offer very significant contributions or which require additional pages for data presentation (for example, work using multiple data sets). This means that it is in the author's best interest to be judicious concerning manuscript length and cognizant of the ratio of contribution-to-length.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using Times Roman 12-point font and one-inch margins. Pages should be consecutively numbered, beginning with the cover page (page 1). Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Submit manuscripts via Manuscript Central, at: Authors who are submitting a manuscript to the Journal through Manuscript Central for the first time will need to create a user account; click on “Create Account” at the top right of the Journal’s Manuscript Central webpage.

The step-by-step manuscript submission process should be self-explanatory. For specific information or assistance, click on “Get Help Now” at the top of the Journal’s Manuscript Central Web page. From the screen that appears, choose “Author and Reviewer Guides” and download the “Author Quick Start Guide.” You may also contact the Editorial Assistant for the Journal for assistance.

JSCM adheres to the highest ethical standards in terms of plagiarism and publishing original work. Authors who submit manuscripts to JSCM can expect to be screened for plagiarism through the anti-plagiarism software, iThenticate.

JSCM submissions must explicitly cite works of others or their own. Works include text, ideas, creative works, and data, etc. This standard applies even when works are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased, and whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available.

JSCM follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines when plagiarism is suspected and in dealing with allegations of research misconduct. According to COPES Guidelines on Good Publication Practice, possible responses to research misconduct are as follows (ranked in order of severity):

  1. A letter of explanation (and education) to the authors, where there appears to be a genuine misunderstanding of principles.
  2. A letter of reprimand and warning as to future conduct.
  3. A formal letter to the relevant head of institution or funding body
  4. Publication of a notice of redundant publication or plagiarism.
  5. An editorial giving full details of the misconduct.
  6. Refusal to accept future submissions from the individual, unit, or institution responsible for the misconduct, for a stated period.
  7. Formal withdrawal or retraction of the paper from the literature, informing other editors and the indexing authorities.
  8. Reporting the case to the authority or organization which can investigate and act with due process.

Author Contact Information: The author(s) should submit their full contact information (names, positions, addresses, e-mail addresses, university affiliations, phone and facsimile numbers) as a separate Word document.

Cover Page: A cover page should include the Title of the paper, the paper's Abstract, and Keywords. The author(s)' names and other identification should not appear on the cover page.

Abstract: Manuscripts submitted to JSCM should include an Abstract consisting of approximately 150-300 words, highlighting the following points:

  1. A statement of the background situation that led to the development of the manuscript;
  2. A clear statement of the problem or the basic issues involved;
  3. A brief description of the methodology used;
  4. A brief summary of the key findings or conclusions of the research.

Keywords: The authors should choose between two and five keywords, from the following list, which best describe their manuscript:

Subject Areas 

Behavioral Supply Management
Business-to-Business Marketing
Capital Equipment Purchasing
ContractingCost Management (Cost/Price Analysis Value Analysis, Total Cost, Target Cost)
Cross Functional Interfaces (e.g., Purchasing/Operations, Purchasing/IS)
Diversity Issues
Electronic Commerce (Process Automation, E-Markets, Decision Support, ERP, EDI)
Electronic Reverse Auctions
Education and Training
Environmental Issues
Evaluating Purchasing Performance
General Management Issues
Human Judgment and Decision-Making
Human Resources
International/Global Purchasing
Just-in-Time Inventory Management (Inventory Systems)
Investment Recovery (Scrap/Surplus Disposal)
Legal and Regulatory Issues

Market Intelligence
Materials Management
New Product Development
Organization Outsourcing (Make or Buy)
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Acquisition
Partnering (Alliances)
Performance Measurement
Procurement/Purchasing Processes
QualityRisk/Risk Assessment
Social Responsibility
Strategy Development
Supplier Management (Supplier Development, Relations, Evaluation, Selection)
Supplier Policies and Procedures
Teams (Internal/External Coordination)
Technology Management
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Other (please specify)

Research Methods 

Archival Research
Case Studies
Field Experiments
Laboratory Studies
Meta Analysis

Panel Studies
Social Network Analysis
Structured Interviewing
Survey Methods
Other (please specify)
Statistical Methods 

Analysis of Variance
Cluster Analysis
Econometric Modeling
Factor Analysis
Multilevel Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics

Partial Least Squares
Qualitative Data Analysis
Regression Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling
Other (please specify)

Headings and Sections: Up to three levels of headings can be used. All three headings should be bolded. The main heading should be capitalized and centered, with text following on the next line. Second-level headings should be in title case and left-aligned with text following on the next line. Third-level headings should be in title case with italicized font, followed by a period and the text on the same line. Example:


Four hundred thirty-one usable surveys were received...
he hypotheses displayed in Figure 1 were tested...
Path Analysis. The results of the path analysis for the U.S. sample...

Tables: Tables should be consecutively numbered, using Arabic numerals. The word 'TABLE' should be capitalized, bolded and centered. The table's title should appear on the next line, and should be bolded and in title case. The approximate placement of a table should be indicated in the text, on a separate line, using the verbiage 'Insert Table 1 Approximately Here'. The actual table(s) should appear at the end of a submitted manuscript, after the references and any appendices. Example:

------------------------------------------Insert Table 1 Approximately Here------------------------------------------

Figures: Figures should be consecutively numbered, using Arabic numerals. The word 'FIGURE' should be capitalized, bolded, and centered. The figure's title should appear on the next line, and should be bolded and in title case. The approximate placement of a figure should be indicated in the text, on a separate line, using the verbiage 'Insert Figure 1 Approximately Here.' The actual figure(s) should appear at the end of a submitted manuscript, after the references and any appendices.

Footnotes: The use of footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Instead, messages should be conveyed within the text whenever possible.

Hypotheses: Each hypothesis should be fully and separately stated, and denoted by a distinct number (for example, 'H1') or number-letter ('H1a') label. Set hypotheses off in indented blocks, in italic type. Example:

H1a: The initial bargaining stance taken by the purchaser and the seller moderates the relationship between the purchaser's reservation price and the settlement price.

H1b: The initial bargaining stance taken by the purchaser and the seller moderates the relationship between the purchaser's aspiration price and the settlement price.

Formulae: Equations should be placed in the running text unless they include oversized symbols or division and/or are very important to the author's research. Separate equations should be consecutively numbered, with each term defined below the equation. Example:

Running text We used Everett's (2005: 810) performance formula (p = xy).

Separate equation Equation Sample     Where Iij = the index for ...        (1)

Citations: Citations should follow the APA style guidelines. include the name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication. Use a comma to separate the author(s)' name and year. In the case of four or more authors, the words 'et al.' should follow the first author's last name. In the case of multiple papers within a single set of parentheses, citations should be listed in chronological order; a semi-colon should separate citations. Example:

Several studies have found a positive relationship between conformance to submission guidelines and the probability of manuscript acceptance (Easton, 1992; Lois & Everett, 1993, 1994; Moe, Cat, & Carter, 2004; Marmot et al., 2005).

References: The references section should provide readers with sufficient information to locate the works cited. References should be in the Journal's APA-style formant, and include:

  • Author(s) name (last name and initial(s)),
  • Year the work was published (in parentheses),
  • Title of work (in sentence case),
  • Journal, serial, proceedings or book in which the work was published (italicized),
  • Volume and number of the issue,
  • Page numbers (in the case of journals, serials and proceedings).


Scholarly Journal — Clemons, E.K., & Kleindorfer, P.R. (1992). An economic analysis of interorganizational information technology. Decision Support Systems, 8 (5), 431-446.

Trade Press — Sasha, E.S. (2007). Stocks Rise on ISM Report. The Wall Street Journal, April 3, C1.

Book — Wetherbe, J.C., & Vitalari, N.P. (1994). Systems analysis and design: Best practices. St. Paul, MN, West Publishing.

Book Chapter/Compiled Work — Jenna, C. (1987). A second generation of multivariate analysis: classification of methods and implications for marketing research. in M. Houston (Ed.), Review of Marketing, Chicago, IL, American Marketing Association.

Unpublished Dissertation — Hult, G.T.M. (1995). An international organizational learning study of the internal marketing system. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Memphis.

Corporate Publication Reference — Levinson, N.S., & Meier, R. (1988). Toward the 1990s: information management trends, Xerox Corporation.

Software Reference — Mohler, P., & Zuell, C. (1987). TEXTPACK V, Release 3.0, Zentrum fuer Umfragen Methoden and Analysen e.V., Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany.

Presented Works References — Samuel, C., & McDermott, C. (1994). Applying the configurational approach to develop a typology of manufacturing units. Presented at the Academy of Management National Conference, Dallas, TX.

Conference/Symposium Proceedings Reference — Pannesi, R. (1989). Promoting manufacturing strategy implementation through the right measurements. National Conference Proceedings, American Production & Inventory Control Society, 263-266.

Funded Research Reference — Roth, A., Giffi, C., Shinsato, D., & Fradette, M. (1993). Vision in manufacturing: Planning for the future. Funded research for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International.

Web Site Reference — Frost, H.R., Java Agent Template,, Accessed November 23, 1996.

Publication: Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited and reformatted. It is the author's responsibility to review the edited proof which will be sent to the author from Wiley-Blackwell and to promptly respond to any queries.

NEW: OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.