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Benchmarking leading supply chain management and logistics strategy journals

Alexander E. Ellinger (Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)
Karen Chapman (Angelo Bruno Business Library, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 1 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare the performance of the supply chain management and logistics (SCML) strategy journals recently added to the Web of Science database to the performance of journals from other business disciplines also recently admitted to the Web of Science database on the Thomson Reuters selection process criteria.

Design/methodology/approach

A benchmarking approach is used to examine the relative performance of SCML journals over a two‐year period.

Findings

The two sets of journals' publishing standards and the number of citations for authors from the two groups are quite similar. Journals in the benchmark group had greater international diversity and balance among their authors, editors and editorial boards, while the SCML journals were cited more often in Web of Science and had lower self‐citation rates.

Research limitations/implications

This study required a great deal of counting, and some of the data were collected multiple times to check for accuracy. Still, it is possible that mistakes were made. Data from different years and different authors may have yielded different results.

Practical implications

The recent addition of six journals to the Web of Science database allows leading SCML journals to compete on a level playing field with other top‐tier business journals and can therefore be regarded as a major step forward in the maturation of the discipline, as well as recognition of the quality of the journals.

Originality/value

The authors' benchmarking study extends previous examinations of SCML journals relative to leading journals in other business fields, and offers direction for how SCML researchers and journal editors can continue to contribute to the maturation of the discipline.

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Citation

Ellinger, A.E. and Chapman, K. (2011), "Benchmarking leading supply chain management and logistics strategy journals", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 403-419. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574091111181390

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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