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International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics


Y-RIB 2019/5th Belt and Road Initiative Conference 2020: Special Issue on: "Structural Changes in Global Transport and Logistics Since the Inception of the Belt and Road Initiative"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Zhejiang University, China
Associate Prof. Victor Gekara, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Sanjoy Paul, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Since its inception in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been associated with the launching of 695 infrastructure projects in 98 countries. Among those, 217 projects are related to transport infrastructure, such as land transport, airport and seaports. In addition, BRI research in transportation, supply chain management and logistics fields has grown significantly, with many papers available in SSCI/SCI/SCIE journals already.

The BRI topic has not only gained significance in academic research but also among industry practitioners, commentators and policy makers across many countries. Nevertheless, the literature is yet to have effective impact in the important areas of transport infrastructure and specifically on structural changes in maritime transport, global supply chains and international logistics, taking into account national and regional differences. Another significant omission from the growing BRI literature is the question of sustainability. There does not appear to have been a special issue published with reference to BRI subjects in any of the sea, intermodal transport or logistics fields. This special issue aims at filling this gap.

The Guest Editors will be inviting substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the Yangtze-River Research Innovation and Belt (Y-RIB) 2019 and Belt and Road Initiative Conference 2020 for review and potential publication, but are also inviting other experts to submit articles for this call.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on international logistics
  • Impacts of the BRI on structural changes in transportation
  • Impact of BRI economic and transport corridors on intermodal transportation and trade
  • Sustainability issues related to BRI international transport infrastructure development
  • The impact of BRI-related transport infrastructure development on global/national and regional supply chain networks
  • Obstacles and challenges in implementing the BRI
  • Port chain development along the Maritime Silk Road
  • Connectivity development of transport in the context of the BRI
  • Role of dry ports in developing sea-railway transport
  • Country case studies on the implementation of the BRI
  • Policy implications of the BRI in transport infrastructure, structural changes in transport networks, and regional economic development

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editor Prof. Paul Tae-Woo Lee at

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 August, 2020

Notification to authors: 30 November, 2020

Final versions due by: 20 December, 2020