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International Journal of Logistics

Research and Applications

Special issue call for papers: 

Integration in global trade transport
Deadline: February, 2021

Overview of Special Issue:

Shipping plays a dominant role in global trade transport. Around 80% of international trade volume and 70% of international trade value are fulfilled by ocean shipping respectively. However, ocean shipping could not provide door-to-door transport, the trip-end transport of global trade commodities has to be completed by rail or road as well. Moreover, with the diversification of trade commodities among countries and the increase in the amount of high value-added trade goods, the volume of global trade commodities completed by rail and air has increased annually, and their mode share has shown an upward trend. In particular, the emergence of China Railway Express (CRE) has impacted the pattern of trade transport between China and Europe, and enriched the internal mode of Sino-European trade transport.


Recently, with the flourishing development of CRE, it has attracted the interests of academia. On one hand, a series of scholars qualitatively analyzed its current situation (Zhang et al., 2019), development strategies (Li, 2017) and organizational modes (Deng et al. 2019) based on a comprehensive cognition of the actual operations. On the other hand, its inception and development will have an impact on the operational, tactical and strategic decision-making levels in the global trade transport. The quantitative research, e.g. the optimization of transportation network (Wu et al., 2019), hub location decision (Sun et al., 2019) and competitiveness analysis (Li et al., 2019), also aroused wide academic concerns. As a matter of fact, the development of global trade transport is greatly affected by the international trade, hinterland economy and governmental policies. Therefore, the integration and cooperation of international trade transport has become a hotspot issue in the context of globalization.


In this context, the cooperative games and integration in global trade transport become an interesting study topic. The aim of this Special Issue is to collect high-quality research approaches or methodologies addressing the identified gaps. The manuscripts are not limited to operational level but also can be extended to tactical and strategic levels. The beneficiaries of this SI include academic researchers, policymakers, shipping companies, railway companies, airline companies, terminal operators and so on.


Subjects covered:

To meet the publication criteria and requirement, the submitted manuscripts should clearly present their incremental contribution against related literature in the areas of the operation, economy, management and policy in global trade transport by clarifying: (a) the importance of the issue addressed and problem solved, (b) the novelty and distinctive features of proposed methodology/models/approaches against published methods, and (c) the important findings/managerial insights drawn from analytical results. The topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Shipping network design with consideration of terminal access transport

  • Economic implication of emerging maritime/railway/aviation/road technology

  • Impact of Coronavirus on international shipping and logistics

  • Impacts of new ECA on Modal splits of global trade transport

  • Alliance among shipping, airline and railway companies

  • Demands of cross-border E-commerce in on international transport

  • Connection between railway access facilities and port terminal

  • Yard cooperation between railway freight terminal and port terminal

  • Market segmentation of CRE and network design

  • Impacts of CRE on economies of Central and Eastern Europe

  • Impacts of CRE on European port and shipping layout

  • Innovation in liner shipping service networks

  • Transport innovation networks

  • Digitization and IT solutions in global shipping and logistics


Important dates:

Manuscripts with high quality and clear global trade transport and shipping logistics focus are welcome to submit to this SI. The following important dates will guide the development of this SI:

  • Submission deadline: 28 February 2021

  • Fully reviewed manuscript ready for production: 31 July 2021

  • Target publication date: 31 December 2021

Important details:

  • Peer review of manuscripts submitted to the special issue is conducted according to agreed and ethical peer review standards (https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/ethics-for-authors/)) for the publication of articles, so as to ensure the integrity of peer review and assure the quality of published articles.

  • All authors, peer reviewers, and referees comply with the Publisher’s guidelines on the ethics of journal publishing (https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/ethics-for-authors/)) and respect the confidentiality of the review process, and that material under review shall be held to be the contributing author's intellectual property unless and until otherwise assigned.

  • Please indicate that your article is for this special issue during the submission process; both in your cover letter and also when asked by the ScholarOne system. You should be able to select the special issue title from a drop-down menu, which will help the Editors to correctly allocate your paper for peer review.


Guest Editors:

This SI consists of six guest editors cover the areas of international transportation, international shipping and logistics, global supply chain, intermodal transport, port and shipping economy, aviation transport and railway and road transport. They not only have rich experience in serving in editorial board of scientific journals and in being guest editors of journal special issues, but also have great publication records in Transportation Research Part A\E, Maritime Policy & Management, Journal of Transport Geography and especially in International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications and also have long history of serving as reviewers in these journals.


  • Zhongzhen YANG, Ph.D. (Co-Guest Editor)

Professor, Faculty of Maritime and Transportation, Ningbo University, China

Email: yangzhongzhen@nbu.edu.cn


  • Theo Notteboom (Co-Guest Editor)

Professor, Shanghai Maritime University, China; University of Antwerp and Ghent University, Belgium

Email: theo.notteboom@ugent.be


  • Ryuichi, SHIBASAKI (Co-Guest Editor)

Associate Professor, Department of Technology Management for Innovation, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Email: shibasaki@tmi.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp


  • Yuhong WANG, Ph.D. (Co-Guest Editor)

Professor, Faculty of Maritime and Transportation, Ningbo University, China

Email: wangyuhong@nbu.edu.cn


  • Hongxiang FENG, Ph.D. (Co-Guest Editor)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Maritime and Transportation, Ningbo University, China

Email: fenghongxiang@nbu.edu.cn


  • Tiantian BAO, Ph.D. (Co-Guest Editor)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Maritime and Transportation, Ningbo University, China

Email: baotiantian@nbu.edu.cn




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