Calls for papers


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


Special Issue on: "Managing Container Operations Effectively"

Guest Editors: Dr. Dongping Song and Professor Michael Roe, University of Plymouth, UK

Containerisation has increasingly facilitated the transportation of goods since 1970s. The average annual growth rate of world container traffic has been around 10% in the last three decades, which is well above the world trade growth rate. The increasing demands drive the development of the supply side. Accordingly, world container fleet and container vessel fleet also maintain around 10% of annual growth. However, in recent years the trade demands are getting more and more imbalanced and volatile, and shippers are becoming more and more demanding to pursue global supply chain management, the container shipping industry is facing challenges of managing container operations more effectively to meet the demands in a dynamic, stochastic, and intermodal environment.

This Special Issue will focus on managerial issues in the container shipping supply chain including inland transportation, depot and seaport operations, seaborne transportation, intermodal transportation, and empty container repositioning. It aims to provide academic and practitioners (including shippers, inland transport companies, freight forwarders, logistics agents, port/terminal operators, ocean carriers) with a collection of innovative research and development in modelling, control, and optimisation of container operations.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Inland container transportation
  • Seaborne container transportation
  • Operations management in container depots and ports
  • Intermodal transportation
  • Empty container repositioning
  • Container leasing and fleet sizing
  • Demand and supply analysis
  • Supply chain network modelling
  • Empirical research on container management
  • Risk mitigation strategies in shipping supply chains
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Operations planning, scheduling and control
  • Optimisation methods incorporating both structural and control design
  • Simulation-optimisation methods
  • Practical applications of innovative techniques

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: 20 December, 2008

Notification of the Initial Decision: 30 March, 2009

Notification of Acceptance: 30 June, 2009