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World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research


Special Issue on: "Sustainability and Ethics in Global Transportation Logistics Networks"

Guest Editors:
Per Hilletofth, Jönköping University, Sweden
Olli-Pekka Hilmola, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Harri Lorentz, University of Turku, Finland

Transportation logistics networks are enablers of globalised trade and, if functioning properly, act as facilitators of trade and economic growth.

However, the coin always has two sides, and business and environmental sustainability, shadow economies, labour treatment and compensation, ethical (e.g. use of middlemen in questionable purchases) and moral (e.g. individual choices in daily managerial decisions) issues pose challenges for corporations and societies. As a further technical issue, the age of used transportation fleets together with aging infrastructure pose great challenges not only for environmental sustainability, but for business sustainability too.

In this special issue we welcome transportation logistics research studies regarding these rarely-addressed issues. We are interested in studies covering different transportation modes, customs, infrastructure conditions/planning of new infrastructure, actors in transportation logistics processes, inland/sea port terminals, sea ports, airports and warehouses.

As assembly operations are today also incorporated in the warehousing business, studies taking into account simple manufacturing and sourcing operations are also invited for the special issue. We are extremely interested in case studies and emerging markets. Both positive and negative studies of high quality into sustainability and ethics are welcome.

Subject Coverage
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Transportation modes and sustainability
  • Transportation fleet management
  • Condition of infrastructure and planning approaches for new infrastructure
  • Labour practices
  • Ethics in purchasing and supply management
  • Ethics of subcontracting of transportation logistics
  • Control practices in transportation logistics networks
  • Morals of decision makers in transportation logistics
  • Assembly operations in terminals and/or warehouses
  • Customs
  • Shadow economies and transportation logistics

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 was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

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

Full paper due: 31 March, 2013

Notification of acceptance: 31 May, 2013

Final version of the paper due: 15 July, 2013