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Guidelines For Submissions

Journal of Supply Chain Management

Manuscripts will initially be evaluated by a Co-Editor in terms of their contribution-to-length ratio. This means that papers that provide strong contributions will be allowed more pages than manuscripts that make more limited contributions. Authors should consider submitting shorter manuscripts (generally 15 or fewer pages of text) as a Note. In general, papers should be no longer than 25 to 30 pages of text. However, exceptions may be made by the Co-Editor for manuscripts which offer very significant contributions or which require additional pages for data presentation (for example, work using multiple data sets). This means that it is in the author's best interests to be judicious concerning manuscript length and cognizant of the ratio of contribution-to-length.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using Times Roman 12-point font and one-inch margins. Pages should be consecutively numbered, beginning with the cover page (page 1). Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Submit manuscripts via ScholarOne, an online platform, at: Authors who are submitting a manuscript to the Journal through ScholarOne for the first time will need to create a user account; click on "Create Account" at the top right of the Journal's ScholarOne Web page.

The step-by-step manuscript submission process should be self-explanatory. For specific information or assistance, click on "Get Help Now" at the top of the Journal's ScholarOne Web page. From the screen that appears, choose "Author and Reviewer Guides" and download the "Author Quick Start Guide". You may also contact the Editorial Assistant for the Journal, Lynn Marstiller, at, for assistance.

Author Contact Information: The author(s) should submit their full contact information (names, positions, addresses, e-mail addresses, university affiliations, phone and facsimile numbers) as a separate Word document.

Cover Page: A cover page should include the Title of the paper, the paper's Abstract, and Keywords. The author(s)' names and other identification should not appear on the cover page.

Abstract: Manuscripts submitted to JSCM should include an Abstract consisting of approximately 150-300 words, highlighting the following points:

  1. A statement of the background situation that led to the development of the manuscript;
  2. A clear statement of the problem or the basic issues involved;
  3. A brief description of the methodology used;
  4. A brief summary of the key findings or conclusions of the research.

Keywords: The authors should choose keywords from the following lists, which best describe their manuscript:

Subject Areas — minimum of three (3)
Behavioral Supply Management
Business-to-Business Marketing
Capital Equipment Purchasing
Cost Management (Cost/Price Analysis Value Analysis, Total Cost, Target Cost)
Cross Functional Interfaces (e.g., Purchasing/Operations, Purchasing/IS)
Diversity Issues
Electronic Commerce (Process Automation, E-Markets, Decision Support, ERP, EDI)
Electronic Reverse Auctions
Education and Training
Environmental Issues
Evaluating Purchasing Performance
General Management Issues
Human Judgment and Decision-Making
Human Resources
International/Global Purchasing
Inventory Management (Inventory Systems)
Investment Recovery (Scrap/Surplus Disposal)
Legal and Regulatory Issues
Market Intelligence
Materials Management
New Product Development
Outsourcing (Make or Buy)
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Acquisition
Partnering (Alliances)
Performance Measurement
Procurement/Purchasing Processes
Risk/Risk Assessment
Social Responsibility
Strategy Development
Supplier Management (Supplier Development, Relations, Evaluation, Selection)
Supplier Policies and Procedures
Supply Chain Management
Teams (Internal/External Coordination)
Technology Management
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Research Methods and Statistical Methods — minimum of two (2)
Analysis of Variance
Archival Research
Case Studies
Cluster Analysis
Factor Analysis
Field Experiments
Laboratory Studies
Meta Analysis
Nonparametric Statistics

Panel Studies
Partial Least Squares
Qualitative Data Analysis
Regression Analysis
Social Network Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling
Structured Interviewing
Survey Methods
Other (please specify)

Headings and Sections: Up to three levels of headings can be used. All three headings should be bolded. The main heading should be capitalized and centered, with text following on the next line. Second-level headings should be in title case and left-aligned with text following on the next line. Third-level headings should have italicized font with the first letter of the first word capitalized and all other words of lower case text, followed by a colon and the text on the same line. Example:


Four hundred thirty-one usable surveys were received ...


The hypotheses displayed in Figure 1 were tested ...

Path analysis: The results of the path analysis for the U.S. sample ...

Tables: Tables should be consecutively numbered, using Arabic numerals. The word "TABLE" should be capitalized, bolded and centered. The table's title should appear on the next line, and should be bolded and in title case. The approximate placement of a table should be indicated in the text, on a separate line, using the verbiage "Insert Table 1 Approximately Here". The actual table(s) should appear at the end of a submitted manuscript, after the references and any appendices. Example:

Insert Table 1 Approximately Here

Figures: Figures should be consecutively numbered, using Arabic numerals. The word "FIGURE" should be capitalized, bolded, and centered. The figure's title should appear on the next line, and should be bolded and in title case. The approximate placement of a figure should be indicated in the text, on a separate line, using the verbiage "Insert Figure 1 Approximately Here." The actual figure(s) should appear at the end of a submitted manuscript, after the references and any appendices. If the paper is accepted for publication, each Figure should be sent as a separate file along with the final version of the manuscript, as a PDF or JPEG document with a resolution of 600 dpi or more.

Footnotes: The use of footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Instead, messages should be conveyed within the text whenever possible.

Hypotheses: Each hypothesis should be fully and separately stated, and denoted by a distinct number (for example, "Hypothesis 1") or number-letter ("Hypothesis 1a") label. Set hypotheses off in indented blocks, in italic type. Example:

Hypothesis 1a. The initial bargaining stance taken by the purchaser and the seller moderates the relationship between the purchaser's reservation price and the settlement price.

Hypothesis 1b. The initial bargaining stance taken by the purchaser and the seller moderates the relationship between the purchaser's aspiration price and the settlement price.

Formulae: Equations should be placed in the running text unless they include oversized symbols or division and/or are very important to the author's research. Separate equations should be consecutively numbered, with each term defined below the equation. Example:

Running text We used Everett's (2005: 810) performance formula (p = xy).

Separate equation Equation Sample

    Where    Iij = the index for ...


Citations: Citations should include the name(s) of the author(s) and the year of publication. Do not use a comma to separate the author(s)' name and year. In the case of four or more authors, the words "et al." should follow the first author's last name. In the case of multiple papers within a single set of parentheses, citations should be listed in chronological order; a semi-colon should separate citations. Example:

Several studies have found a positive relationship between conformance to submission guidelines and the probability of manuscript acceptance (Easton 1992; Lois and Everett 1993, 1994; Moe, Cat, and Carter 2004; Marmot et al. 2005).

References: The references section should provide readers with sufficient information to locate the works cited. Complete citations should include the following information:

  • Author(s) name (first initial and last name),
  • Title of work,
  • Journal, serial, proceedings or book in which the work was published,
  • Volume and number of the issue,
  • Date the work was published,
  • Page numbers (in the case of journals, serials and proceedings).


Scholarly Journal — Clemons, E.K. and P.R. Kleindorfer. "An Economic Analysis of Interorganizational Information Technology," Decision Support Systems, (8:5), September 1992, pp. 431-446.

Trade Press — Browning, E.S. "Stocks Rise on ISM Report," The Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2007, pp. C1.

Book — Wetherbe, J.C. and N.P. Vitalari. Systems Analysis and Design: Best Practices, West Publishing, St. Paul, MN, 1994.

Book Chapter/Compiled Work — Fornell, C. "A Second Generation of Multivariate Analysis: Classification of Methods and Implications for Marketing Research." In M. Houston (Ed.), Review of Marketing, American Marketing Association, Chicago, IL, 1987.

Unpublished Dissertation — Hult, G.T.M. "An International Organizational Learning Study of the Internal Marketing System," unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Memphis, 1995.

Corporate Publication Reference — Levinson, N.S. and R. Meier. Toward the 1990s: Information Management Trends, Xerox Corporation, 1988.

Software Reference — Mohler, P. and C. Zuell. TEXTPACK V, Release 3.0, Zentrum fuer Umfragen Methoden and Analysen e.V., Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987.

Presented Works References — Bozarth, C. and C. McDermott. Applying the Configurational Approach to Develop a Typology of Manufacturing Units, presented at the Academy of Management National Conference, Dallas, TX, 1994.

Conference/Symposium Proceedings Reference — Pannesi, R. "Promoting Manufacturing Strategy Implementation through the Right Measurements," National Conference Proceedings, American Production & Inventory Control Society, 1989, pp. 263-266.

Funded Research Reference — Roth, A., C. Giffi, D. Shinsato and M. Fradette. Vision in Manufacturing: Planning for the Future, funded research for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, 1993.

Web Site Reference — Frost, H.R., Java Agent Template,, Accessed November 23, 1996.

Publication: Accepted manuscripts will be copy edited and reformatted. It is the author's responsibility to review the edited proof which will be sent to the author from Wiley-Blackwell Publishing and to promptly respond to any queries.