The SCM Journal ListTM ranking is an annual ranking of universities’ supply chain management research output in the leading supply chain management journals. The ranking is based on publications during the prior five years (non-peer reviewed manuscripts, such as book reviews and editorials, are omitted). University output is based on the proportion of authorship for each article (1/n, where n=the number of authors for an article). In cases where an author lists multiple affiliations, the first listed university affiliation is credited.

The journals encompassed within the SCM Journal ListTM were selected based on existing lists such as the Financial Times and UT-Dallas journal lists, as well as a recognition that those lists included a set of journals that predominantly focused on analytical methodologies and also underrepresented journals that encompassed logistics and supply management. The eight journals encompassed within the SCM Journal ListTM ranking include the journals from the Financial Times and UT-Dallas lists (Management Science, Operations Research, MSOM, and POMJ) as well as journals from the leading supply chain management professional associations: APICS (Journal of Operations Management), CSCMP (Journal of Business Logistics), Decision Sciences Institute (Decision Sciences Journal), and ISM (Journal of Supply Chain Management). Unlike existing lists, the SCM Journal ListTM ranking uses output from the top-tier journals which publish research across a broad spectrum of areas across the supply chain, in both the analytical and empirical arenas.

Two annual rankings are provided – one based on output in primarily empirically-focused journals (Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, and Journal of Supply Chain Management) and one based on primarily analytically-focused journals (Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management). In addition, users can create customized rankings across different combinations of journals and time periods.

With a recognition that journal quality and focus might change over time, the journals that comprise the SCM Journal ListTM will be revisited every four years, beginning in 2020.

The SCM Journal ListTM diligently attempts to ensure the validity of these data. Due to potential ambiguities that can occur when authors list their affiliations in journal publications, errors are possible. If you observe an error, or would like to provide other feedback, please contact us at SCM Journal ListTM.


Back-end data support is generously provided by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.