Journal of Supply Chain Management

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Edited By: Lisa Ellram, Craig Carter, and Chad Autry, Co-Editors-in-Chief; Lutz Kaufmann, European Editor; Thomas Callarman and Xiande Zhao, Asian Co-Editors

Impact Factor: 3.857

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/185 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1745-493X


JSCM is in its 51st year of publication. The Journal has made rapid advances in the past eight years, as evidenced by a quadrupling of submissions since 2007, and an ever increasing number of high quality, unsolicited submissions. More tangibly, JSCM has…

> Been ranked either first or second for the past five years among supply chain and operations management journals, based on its Thomson-Reuters ISI Impact Factor

> Published papers by thought leaders and top scholars in the field of supply chain management, as well as related disciplines including marketing channels and strategy (Gary Frazier, Shelby Hunt, and Bob Lusch), transaction cost economics (Oliver Williamson), strategic management (Mike Hitt, Jay Barney, Richard Priem, and Greg Dess), operations management (Aleda Roth, Barb Flynn, Yossi Sheffi, Jack Meredith, and Hau Lee), and social network analysis (Steve Borgatti and Joe Galaskiewicz)

> Engaged the top scholars in our field, as evidenced by our Advisory, Associate Editor, and Review Boards. These scholars also represent the top universities worldwide

> Had an 8% or lower acceptance rate since 2008

> Received multiple Emerald Citations of Excellence Awards, which are given to the 50 most outstanding and highest impact articles out of the 15,000 articles published in the top 300 management journals.

Aims and Scope


The mission of the Journal of Supply Chain Management is to be THE journal of choice among supply chain management scholars across disciplines, by attracting high-quality, high-impact behavioral research focusing on theory building and empirical methodologies. Research should…

> Extend or test existing theoretical bases in supply management or contribute to theory building in supply chain management;

> Use rigorous empirical methodologies and analyses which address the multiple dimensions of validity; and

> Clarify and enhance understanding of the role of various aspects of supply chain management in the global competitiveness of organizations.
An article published in the Journal of Supply Chain Management must make a strong contribution to supply chain management theory. This contribution can occur through an inductive, theory-building process or a deductive, theory-testing approach, both of which may occur in a variety of ways (for example, falsification of conventional understanding, theory-building through conceptual development or inductive or qualitative research, initial empirical testing of a theory, theoretically based meta analysis or constructive replication that clarifies the boundaries or range of a theory). Manuscripts should explicitly convey the theoretical contribution relative to the existing supply chain management literature and, where appropriate, the existing literature outside of supply chain management (for example, management theory, psychology, economics).
Manuscripts published in JSCM must also make strong empirical contributions. While purely conceptual manuscripts are welcomed, these papers must significantly advance theory in the field of supply chain management and need to be strongly grounded in extant theory and relevant literature. For most empirical manuscripts, whether quantitative or qualitative, authors must adequately assess validity, the sine qua non of empirical research. Appropriate research techniques include:
> Statistical analysis of survey research, including, but not limited to:
> Structural equation modeling;
> Cluster analysis;
> Regression analysis.
> High-quality case study, structured interview or ethnographic research that is used to augment other empirical data from the same study or is used as the primary methodology to test hypotheses or build grounded theory;
> Laboratory and field experiments;
> Secondary data analysis, including archival studies, meta analysis and content analysis;
> Conceptual theory-building;
> Social network analysis;
> Other techniques as appropriate.
Finally, articles published in JSCM must also have practical relevance, although the editorial team recognizes that relevance to practice might be comparatively indirect for some manuscripts. However, manuscripts that are primarily practitioner-focused and that have managers as their primary audience should be submitted to a practitioner-oriented journal.

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