Special Issue Sustainability in Synchromodal Logistics and Transportation

Posted by: An CARIS
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Dear colleague,

We are currently guest editing a Special Issue for the journal Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050; IF 2.592), entitled "Sustainability in Synchromodal Logistics and Transportation".

Synchromodal logistics and transportation has recently emerged as a paradigm able to improve flexibility in long-haul supply-chains, cooperation among stakeholders, and efficient utilization of resources. In fact, as supply-chain management is becoming strongly demand driven, logistics service providers (LSPs) are forced to use real-time information efficiently and integrate new technologies into their business.

Synchromodality is an evolution of other well-known transportation paradigms such as intermodality, multimodality, and co-modality, mainly developed and established in the Benelux region during the last decade. Synchromodality can be seen as the provision of efficient, reliable, flexible, and sustainable services through the coordination and cooperation of stakeholders and the synchronization of operations within one or more supply-chains driven by information and communication technologies (ICT) and intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies.

Since the environmental, social, and economic sustainability is a strong driver for the development and implementation of synchromodal solutions, all the business strategies, the planification and the optimization of classical logistics operations should all be redefined and studied under this perspective.  Hence, this Special Issue mainly focuses on presenting new developments and scientific works from different fields (e.g., operations research, operations management, transportation engineering, ICT) that can provide innovative contributions in the sustainable adoption of logistics solutions taking into account specific aspects regarding synchromodality (e.g., flow synchronization, dynamic and real-time optimization, LSP integration and cooperation, a-modal booking, etc.).

We kindly invite you to submit a manuscript for this Special Issue. Covered topics include (but are not limited to) business and operational models, ports and inter-ports management, planning and design problems, real-time optimization, physical internet, ICT solutions and decision support systems in synchromodal logistics and transportation environments. Research papers, short communications, and reviews are all taken into consideration. Moreover, scientific articles reporting on the results of research projects or real-case implementations concerning synchromodality are also welcome. 

For further reading, see the call in attachment or follow the link to the Special Issue Website at: 

The submission deadline is 31 December 2020. You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. I also encourage authors to send a short abstract or tentative title the Guest Editors in advance ([email protected][email protected]).
All articles published in Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050) are published in full open access. In order to provide free access to readers, and to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management, an article processing charge (APC) of 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs) applies to papers accepted after peer review. Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases publicity and promotes more frequent citations as indicated by several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and their institutes. You may be entitled to a discount if you have previously received a discount code or if your institute is participating in the MDPI Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), for more information see: http://www.mdpi.com/about/ioap.
For further details on the submission process, see the instructions for authors at the journal website ( https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/instructions ).

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Dr. Daniele Manerba, Ph.D. (University of Brescia)
Prof. Dr. An Caris (Hasselt University)

Guest Editors