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The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management: first reflections

Gyöngyi Kovács (Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography, Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute), Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland)
Karen M. Spens (Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography, Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Research Institute (HUMLOG Institute), Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 21 October 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the editorial operations underpinning the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management in light of the review process and the quality of articles. It further outlines the articles in the special issue and relates them to the scope of the journal.

Design/methodology/approach

The editorial processes of the journal are analysed and reviewed.

Findings

The journal draws on a variety of research streams in humanitarian logistics; it is concluded that there is a need to stress the importance of research with managerial insights for humanitarians still further.

Research limitations/implications

Humanitarian logistics is an emerging field and, unsurprisingly, there is still a lack of good empirical research and research with rigor as well as relevance. Based on submission statistics it can be concluded that the field has already reached a global dimension.

Practical implications

There is still a lack of empirical studies in humanitarian logistics research regardless of methods. However, an explicit discussion of managerial implications alongside theoretical conclusions would be essential in order to lead to any social and practical implications of the research.

Social implications

These reflections on the editorial processes of JHLSCM as a new journal are used to raise the transparency of these processes.

Originality/value

The article shows how global the field of humanitarian logistics research has become, already, throughout the first year of the journal.

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Citation

Kovács, G. and Spens, K.M. (2011), "The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management: first reflections", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 108-113. https://doi.org/10.1108/20426741111158403

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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