The 45th Anniversary of the Journal of Supply Chain Management: Progress to Date and Continued Excellence Moving Forward

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The 45th Anniversary of the Journal of Supply Chain Management: Progress to Date and Continued Excellence Moving Forward


Carter, Craig R., Ellram, Lisa M., Journal of Supply Chain Management


This issue marks the start of the 45th year of publication for the journal. At the time that we wrote this comment, we were also 18 months into our editorship and our repositioning of JSCM. We outlined the many steps associated with this repositioning in Carter, Ellram and Kaufmann (2008). Briefly, these actions have included creating world class Advisory, Associate Editor and Review Boards comprised of the best and brightest researchers in the core supply chain management arena along with related fields including marketing channels, relationship marketing, and strategic management; publishing articles from leading scholars in supply chain management as well as related disciplines including marketing strategy (Shelby Hunt), operations management (Aleda Roth, Jack Wacker and Tom Choi), strategic management (CurtGrimm) and transaction cost economics (Oliver Williamson); introducing Special Topic Forums (STFs) to help stimulate original research in developing areas of supply chain management and to help guide future research in these areas; and engaging in major marketing campaigns via our publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, and through the efforts of our editorial team.

We have also promoted the expanded substantive domain of JSCM, an effort which was begun by our predecessors Phil Carter and Alvin Williams. The Journal encompasses not only purchasing, but also the multiple dimensions of supply chain management including the inbound supply chain, logistics, and physical distribution. And the Journal views behavioral, empirical research that has traditionally been conducted and published in other fields of business as being a part of this rubric of supply management, including marketing channels, alliances, and networks in the strategic management field, and the application of information systems to the management of supply chains.

For this reason, our masthead continues to grow, with the leading scholars from not only the "core" supply chain discipline, but also the top researchers from complementary areas including marketing channels, strategic management, and organizational behavior. This is a diverse but very interrelated group of scholars who are deeply committed to JSCM's mission and development.

Just as importantly, we continue to reach out to scholars beyond the United States. Lutz Kaufmann has now assumed the role of the Journal's European Editor, and we have been very fortunate to add Tom Callarman (China Europe International Business School) as our Asian Editor. Lutz and Tom will serve largely in the capacity of advancing JSCM within these two regions of the world. This will include promoting the Journal at conferences, soliciting top quality manuscripts from the best scholars in Europe and Asia, and advocating for JSCM concerning the ranking lists of individual universities and broader country-and regional-level journal ranking lists.

While we knew that these were the right initial strategies, we have been very pleasantly surprised at how quickly and positively these actions have affected the Journal. One leading indicator of the rapid ascendency of JSCM is the Age-Weighted Citation Rate per Article (AWCRpA). This metric provides a common denominator by normalizing the number of published articles and the age of the article. This metric increased from 3.00 for articles published in 2007 to 10.91 for articles published in 2008 (generated on October 7', 2008 using Harzing's Publish or Perish software [http://www.harzing.com])--a 264 percent increase! The rate of 10.91 is also closely in line with other high quality journals in related fields, such as the Academy of Management Journal with an AWCRpA of 11.53 for articles published in 2008 (generated on October 7, 2008 using Harzing's Publish or Perish software). While this is essentially only one data point and only one of many metrics on our dashboard, it is nonetheless encouraging evidence of JSCM's progress.

Another piece of evidence is the rapidly increasing number of submissions that we are receiving. …

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