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International Journal of Automation and Logistics
International Journal of Automation and Logistics


Special Issue on: "Sustainable Supply Chain Network Design"

Guest Editor:
Dr Rameshwar Dubey, Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, India

Due to rapid changes in climate and increased awareness among customers, along with institutional pressures such as coercive pressure, peer pressure or mimetic pressure, many firms have now embraced sustainability as one of their goals. The benefits of a sustainability programme revolve around innovation, collaboration and transparency. However, the objective is not only to improve environmental performance. Carter and Rogers (2008), in one of their seminal papers, extended the “green supply chain management” concept to “sustainable supply chain management (SSCM)”. Sustainability can only be achieved by optimising between three objectives: “profit, planet and people”.

Sustainable supply chain network design has attracted a lot of attention from academia and practitioners due to supply chain risk resulting from market volatility and natural disasters. Corominas (2013), argued in one article that supply chain or SCM needs to be replaced with a more comprehensive term, “supply chain network” or “supply chain network management”.

Melnyk et al., 2009 and Melnyk et al., 2013, argued that there is lack of method or tools to design sustainable supply chain networks. Hence, there is lack of consistencies among approaches adopted by researchers in past to design supply chain networks. Furthermore, the most important issue which makes supply chain network design a difficult puzzle which most of the time remains unresolved is “uncertainty”. Hence, through this special issue, we would like to invite original contributions on SSCND. Researchers can submit recent research manuscripts that contribute to theory and practice.


Carter, C. R., & Rogers, D. S. (2008). A framework of sustainable supply chain management: moving toward new theory. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics management, 38(5), 360-387.

Melnyk, S. A., Lummus, R. R., Vokurka, R. J., Burns, L. J., & Sandor, J. (2009). Mapping the future of supply chain management: a Delphi study. International Journal of Production Research, 47(16), 4629-4653.

Melnyk, S. A., Narasimhan, R., & DeCampos, H. A. (2013). Supply chain design: issues, challenges, frameworks and solutions. International Journal of Production Research, 52(7), 1887-1896.

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

  • Robust optimisation (RO)
  • Standard optimisation (SO)
  • Analytic hierarchy process (AHP)
  • Genetic algorithm applied to mixed integer linear programming(MILP)
  • Use of graph theory and matrix approach (GTMA)
  • Developing model using interpretive structural modeling (ISM) and fuzzy MICMAC.
  • Total interpretive structural equation modeling
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Reliability modelling

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.

Important Dates

Manuscript submission: 30 August, 2014

Reviewer reports: 16 November, 2014

Revised paper submission: 16 December, 2014

Final paper submission: 23 December, 2014