Forms of submission

Four different submission formats are available. Once your submission has been accepted, we will provide you with the details regarding the online presentation at ERS 2023.

Full paper:

reports on completed research that is intended for publication in an academic journal

Conference paper:

reports on work-in-progress research

Research idea:

outlines a forward-thinking research idea that the presenters intended to carry out

Discussion forum:

outlines a topic of broad interest that is intended to be discussed in a workshop-type set-up


Full paper

Full papers submitted to the seminar will be reviewed for potential publication in a globally recognized academic journal and will be subjected to a double-blind review process by a board of international reviewers.

The authors can self-select between the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL) and the International Journal of Logistics Management (IJLM) depending on personal preferences and the fit of the manuscript to the mission of the respective journal. The process for JBL will be managed by its European Editors, Professors Wallenburg and Wieland. The process for IJLM will be managed by its Editor, Professor Gammelgaard.

Authors of full papers accepted for ERS will be asked to present the paper at the European Research Seminar. Presentation is a precondition for possible publication in either of the two journals.

Full papers need to be submitted via the online submission platform of JBL or IJLM. Please make sure to specify in your cover letter that the paper is intended for ERS 2023. In addition, you need to submit the title page and the manuscript via our webpage in order for us to make sure that the paper is actually allocated to ERS by the journals.


Conference paper

Conference papers present work-in-progress research. They will be reviewed for their potential to be published in a top logistics/SCM journal eventually. They are papers that report on high-quality research that is not yet finished as certain steps in the research process are still to be carried out (e.g., the data collection is still missing).

The text body of conference papers must not exceed 5,000 words, with special attention given to the contribution–length ratio. The paper should be written according to the JBL style guide/template and needs an abstract of max. 200 words.


Research idea

Research ideas outline forward-thinking research ideas that the presenters plan to carry out. The objective is to receive feedback on novel perspectives in the stages of idea development and idea refinement to create high-impact research. Research ideas are submitted via a 2-3 page outline.


Discussion forum

To facilitate open interaction and discussion, a special feature of the ERS is 60 to 90 minutes time slots dedicated to discussing topics of high relevance.

The aim of these sessions is to focus on topics that are of high relevance for academia and/or the future development of the discipline; these topics should address new academic areas and/or exploit new methods. The content could relate to the future of a current research stream, a new research call, a new hypothesis, and/or an innovative research or teaching approach, etc. In the traditional conference format, these forums would take the form of a workshop, interactive debate, mini-presentations, or any other format that helps to encourage and facilitate interaction and discussions among the participants.

We invite scholars to submit a discussion proposal that includes but is not limited to the following:

Topic description focusing on the way it brings innovative thinking to the discipline (e.g., perspectives, areas, and/or methods)

Large audience appeal, i.e., a topic of broad interest in the area of logistics/SCM

Based on unique insights or data as well as references to papers (including work in progress) or other related material that relates to the topic

A suggestion of a digital format for the session (i.e., your ideas on how you could set up the discussion in the virtual space)

Learning outcomes/insights for the discussion participants

The discussion topic proposal should be a brief description of the above. You are encouraged to coordinate the contents of a discussion topic proposal with other researchers and come up with a joint proposal that includes digital interaction from different scholars. These proposals will be evaluated by the ERS scientific board with the objective of selecting topics and formats that will be highly interesting and valuable for the participants of ERS.

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