24 January 2008

Call for papers: Methods, Tools and Applications in Transport and Logistic Services

Call for papers: Methods, Tools and Applications in Transport and Logistic Services

A special issue of International Journal of Services Sciences

Planning, management and control of transport and logistic services for passengers and freight are generally complex or large-scale problems. They present economic, social, organisational and environmental aspects that need to be addressed. This special issue solicits original research papers, both theoretical and practical, and in both strategic and tactical aspects of operations management.

Papers addressing the all the stages in providing service support to transport and logistics at different territorial scale using analytical approaches are highly welcome. While the special issue focuses on service management and evaluation, analytical and practical papers (pilot projects and case studies specially with real data) dealing with service planning and innovation technologies are also most welcome, as are papers addressing all types of modal transport and logistic networks worldwide.

The topics we are interested in include, but are not limited to
  • Urban public transport
  • Multimodal passenger transport
  • ICT services
  • Intermodal transport systems
  • Logistics networks
  • Global logistics systems
  • City logistics
  • Urban freight transport
  • Logistic outsourcing
  • Third-parties logistics providers
  • Logistics platforms
  • Sustainable transport systems
All analytical approaches such as welcome, including, but not only:
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Multi-objective programming
  • Optimisation techniques
  • Heuristic algorithms
  • Decision support systems
  • Data mining
  • Performance evaluation
  • Customer satisfaction evaluation
  • Duality control
  • Benchmark analysis
  • Soft-OR approaches
  • Statistical analysis
Due to multi-disciplinary nature of transport and logistic services, papers from different disciplines and from different cultural background in different countries are also desirable.

Important Dates
Full paper due: 30 April 2008
Notification of status of paper: 30 June 2008
Notification of acceptance: 30 July 2008
Final version of paper due: 30 September 2008

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