CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
October 21, 2018

Calling all practitioners

If your experience as a supply chain manager has led you to form a strong position on a supply chain topic, then consider writing an article for this magazine.

"Beyond carbon counting," our article on the topic of sustainability in this issue, was authored by Tyrone Glover of Avon Products Inc. In his article, he argues that if companies are to be truly sustainable over the long term, then they need to take a broader view of their relationship to the environment and not focus strictly on greenhouse gas emissions.

Glover brings a unique perspective as a writer: He's a practitioner in the field, with extensive experience in the areas of supply chain management, project and facilities management, and sustainability.

And that is something we at CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly would like to see more of. We receive and publish many fine articles by consultants and academics, but as a journal of thought leadership, it's important that The Quarterly also include the views of individuals who work in the field on a daily basis.

That's why I would like to extend this invitation to all practitioners out there. If your experience as a supply chain manager has led you to form a strong position on a supply chain topic, then consider writing an article for this magazine. If you have an idea for an article and are willing to spend the time writing down your thoughts and shaping them into a wellorganized composition, then I'd like to hear from you.

The process for submitting an article begins by sending me a well-crafted thesis statement—a two- or three-sentence summary of the statement and make a compelling the editorial team an opportunity to This first step is critical want to make in the article. key argument or point you because it helps prospective authors crystallize their thoughts and clarify their arguments. If the thesis is strong, then it's easy to build an article around it with supporting information. If we accept your thesis, then we will ask for an outline of your proposed article. This gives the work with you to ensure that your article adequately covers points needed to buttress the thesis argument.

Finally, once we receive the manuscript, the editors will make suggestions for improvement and edit for structure, clarity, and style. Articles typically range in length from 2,000 to 4,000 words. By the way, although most of the proposals we accept are essays and thought pieces, we'll also consider a practitioner's story about how he or she solved a supply chain problem or a stepby- step guide to solving a common problem. Reading previous articles in The Quarterly will give you an idea of what we are looking for.

So, if you would like to share your thoughts, as Mr. Glover did, feel free to contact me by sending an e-mail to

James A. Cooke is a supply chain software analyst. He was previously the editor of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly and a staff writer for DC Velocity.

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