CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
March 28, 2020

Guidelines for Editorial Proposals and Submissions

CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly is interested in receiving proposals for articles on supply chain-related topics.

Articles for this publication cover all facets of the global supply chain: manufacturing, procurement, logistics, finance, information technology, general management, and strategy. In particular, we look for articles that present fresh, original ideas for managing and transforming supply chains that are supported by clear, persuasive arguments, facts, and/or research. We will consider a number of different story approaches, including but not limited to:

  • "How-to" articles explaining methods and processes
  • Analysis of supply chain trends and developments
  • Case studies of companies that are pioneers or leaders in the field
  • Reports on ground-breaking research
  • "Think" pieces that advance new ideas for improving supply chain practices

We ask all contributors to follow these steps:

1. Submit a proposal via e-mail to the editor, Susan Lacefield. Your proposal should include the following:

  • Your name, title, company or organization, and a brief description of your qualifications to write on the proposed subject.
  • A thesis statement that tells: what the article will be about, what argument you will make, and why it's important to supply chain professionals. This thesis statement should be concise—ideally, just a paragraph or two. Do not send entire manuscripts unless specifically requested.

If your proposal is accepted for publication:

2. We may ask you to submit an outline of the article's structure. This outline should state your thesis, the supporting points for that thesis, and a conclusion. If needed, we will respond with suggestions for improving your article's focus and structure.

3. Submit the draft article via e-mail as a Word document to the Editor. Articles should be between 1,500 and 3,500 words in length.

4. We encourage you to submit charts, graphs, and/or tables that support key points in your article. Please break them out of the text and submit them in a separate file. Be sure to also provide the underlying data points.

Nearly all articles for The Quarterly undergo extensive editing, and The Quarterly typically will hold copyright on the finished product. Authors continue to own the underlying ideas in their articles.

We appreciate the time and effort required to prepare a proposal for our publication, and we thank you for making that investment. We do read all proposals closely and will do our best to respond within 30 days. Please keep in mind, however, that we typically receive more than 100 article proposals annually but can only accept and publish a very small number each year. As a result, we must decline many proposals that we otherwise would like to accept.

Thank you again for your interest.

The Editors of CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly