International Journal of Production Research Contribute to our special issue on Blockchain in Transport and Logistics

International Journal of Production Research

Blockchain (also known as Distributed Ledger Technology) is set to revolutionalise the ways in which data and business processes are managed and transacted. The adoption of blockchain, pioneered through fintech then in supply chain, has expanded to public administration and transport and logistics. Use cases in the former have been reported, but little is understood on its disruption in transport and logistics (including freight and passenger).

With the rising importance of the need for a frictionless process where mobility of goods and services flow seamlessly between borders, closer alignment between transport infrastructure (including custom, airport, port, rail, road) and digital infrastructure (including Cloud, intelligence management, payment system, pass-porting) is paramount. Such integration will not only enhance trade relations, but will transform the global supply chain and how their resources and capability are shared in the machine economy.  

This Special Issue aims to collect cutting edge leading cases in transport and logistics blockchain adoption and chart the next wave of its transformational role. We welcome industry, government or academic led papers that demonstrate novel contribution and transformational impact in addressing challenge-led problems in public and private manufacturing and services. For instance:

  • Cross border cargo and passenger efficiency and flow management
  • Supply chain transparency
  • Adulteration of goods
  • Record validity and document management
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Single version of the truth
  • Smart contract and process transaction
  • Proof of work and chain of custody
  • Cryptography monetary token
  • Autonomy
  • Technology singularity
  • Cyber security
  • Trust and business value
  • Big data analytics energy and power
  • Cloud and enterprise platform service
  • Blockchain as a service
  • Digital Mobility as a service

Papers that involve a multi-modal transport and logistics environments are welcome, especially those that consider hybrids of current and future systems such as UAV delivery. Papers that consider major infrastructural revolutions such as One Belt One Road, Airport resilience and operational efficiency, Brexit / Global Britain, Shift2Rail and so on are within scope. We welcome papers that report empirical research as well as new theoretical grounding, concepts, models, and methods. We also welcome papers that demonstrate blockchain adoption in related supply chain, manufacturing and service sectors for transport and logistics such as automotive, aviation, shipping, rail network, taxi hailing service, forwarding, delivery service, travel etc.  

Dates for your diary

  • Manuscript to be submitted to the journal by: 5/11/2018
  • First review outcome by: 25/12/2018
  • First revised manuscript to be submitted to the journal by: 31/01/2019
  • Second review outcome by: 25/2/2019
  • Second revised manuscript to be submitted to the journal by: 15/03/2019
  • Final decision outcome by: 15/04/2019
  • Expected publication date of this Special Issue: 30/09/2019

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