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Special Issue Journals for ICEC

Electronic Commerce Research (SSCI)

Electronic Commerce Research and Application (SSCI)

Journal of Information Technology Service (KCI)


Special Issue Journals from ICEC 2019

ICEC 2019 conference invited the presentations to the special issues of the world-renowned journals such as Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA), Electronic Commerce Research (ECR), Sustainability, APJIS, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, and Information Technology for Development.


The selected papers from ICEC 2018, edited by Prof. Kai Li (Nankai Univ.,, and the selected papers from ICEC 2019, edited by Prof. Dan J. Kim (University of North Texas,, will compose one forthcoming special issue of ECRA.

Editorial Board

Guide for Authors

Online Submissions at Elsevier Editorial System

ECRA is accredited for SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) and SCIE (Science Citation Index Expanded)


Special Issue Call for Papers of Electronic Commerce Research

“Electronic Commerce in the Asia-Pacific”


Electronic commerce in the Asia-Pacific has been developed rapidly over the past 20 years. The Asia-Pacific Region now hosts many of the world’s largest e-commerce platforms, including Alibaba, Taobao and In the region business models are under renovation, and new innovations in e-commerce are emerging through market players such as Meituan, Pinduoduo and Tencent. Furthermore, new electronic payments systems such as Ant Financial, WeChat Wallet and Alipay become a major player in e-commerce, changing the competitive landscape radically. Softbank and Alibaba investments are funding diverse technological innovations outside of Silicon Valley.

However, e-commerce players in the Asia-Pacific Region are facing many challenges: They must address challenges in cultures, logistics and buyer preferences that are much more diverse and complex compared to Western regions. To cope with these challenges, they have innovated their paths to success in many ways and as a result they could develop capabilities to enter nearly any market in the world. For example, they have accumulated Global data repositories and also have proactively innovated in mobile commerce, social commerce and cross-border e-commerce, which enable them to achieve a unique competitive advantage in competing with global market players.

Our special issue seeks for submissions of high-quality papers on diverse topics addressing such substantial challenges to e-commerce in the Pacific Asia Region. We have listed a number of potential research topics in the following. Submissions are not limited to this list, and we welcome any innovative and novel investigations of all e-commerce topics concerning the Asia-Pacific e-commerce.

Editors. This special issue will be co-edited by:

• Jian Mou (, Xidian University

• TaeHo Hong (, Pusan National University

• Chul Ho Lee(, KAIST

Topics. The special issue will be devoted to the exploration of strategic, managerial, organizational, technical, security, privacy, and policy challenges with regard to information services under e-commerce. We seek for high-quality, unpublished studies addressing electronic commerce on the following and related topics but not limited to:

• Success factors in e-commerce

• Policy issues e-commerce regulation

• Consumer reviews and recommendation systems

• Mobile technologies

• Logistics challenges

• Big data, machine learning and cloud platforms

• Communication and collaboration ib platforms

• Economic and business innovation

• Trust, privacy and security issues

• Service and e-commerce

• Localization based service and e-commerce

• Cross-cultural issues in e-commerce

• Emerging issues in e-commerce under Pacific Asia.

Submission Deadline. The submission deadline for a full paper is November 1, 2019. Authors are encouraged to submit as early as possible to accelerate the review process.

Review Process. The special issue editors will return first reviews and AE reports no later than 60 days from the date of submission. We will adopt a constructive approach with the aim to help submission authors develop high quality papers throughout the review process. Second and third round reviews, as needed, will be completed on an expedited basis, meaning that authors will get review results based on their submission orders, that is, the earlier submission the earlier result. Thus, we will provide authors with an indication of either revision or rejection as early as possible for the special issue, including decisions based on a first reading by the special issue editors. One caution, too immature or out of scope papers will be immediately returned to the authors.

Publication Date: TBD

For Authors: Interested authors may feel free to direct any questions to the special issue editors.

Download the Special Issue CFP_for ECR (PDF)

ECR Homepage:


Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Taeho Hong (

Department of Business Administration, Pusan National University, Busan 46241, Korea

Interests: fintech; AI and machine learning for e-commerce; social commerce

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Hyung Rim Choi (

Department of Management Information Systems, Dong-A University, Busan 13557, Korea

Interests: smart container; smart port; maritime logistics; maritime transportation

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Paul Tae-Woo Lee


Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Center, Ocean College, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan 316021, China

Interests: green port; international logistics; maritime transportation and logistics

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr. Hyunchul Ahn (

School of Management Information Systems, Kookmin University, Seoul 136-702, Korea

Interests: fintech; AI and machine learning for e-commerce; e-customer relationship management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The topic of this Special Issue is “Sustainability Issues in Fintech and Logistics for e-Commerce in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era”. Electronic commerce has been developed rapidly over the last few decades. The world’s largest platforms including Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and Taobao are causing a revolution, especially in the areas of fintech and logistics, and new innovations in e-commerce are emerging through 4th industrial revolution with AI and big data. Furthermore, AI and machine learning built on big data have become an essential driving force for e-commerce market players such as Amazon’s Alexa, WeChat, Alipay, and Netflix, to name a few, who are radically changing the competitive landscape. Blockchain technologies are emerging with a great potential to change extant business processes, for example in transportation and logistics, which will improve efficiency, transparency and security in global transactions and trade as well as greatly reduce bureaucracy and paperwork. Softbank and Alibaba have invested in diverse start-ups in technological innovations outside of Silicon Valley. However, notwithstanding such a promising future, the stakeholders in e-commerce and fintech in tandem with the logistics industry are facing a critical issue of sustainability with a competitive advantage based on emerging technologies. To cope with this, they should address several key challenges to building trust and good relationships with their customers with these new technologies. To the best of our knowledge, a number of papers related to the sustainability issue in fintech and logistics for e-commerce have already appeared in international journals in diverse fields. However, we find there is great potential to make further contributions to the e-commerce and sustainability literature by expanding the research coverage and adopting new methodologies that reflect emerging digital technologies and techniques, including AI and machine learning. Having said that, we have tried to fill the gap, aiming to open chances to discuss the increasing importance of sustainability and the great potential to make contributions in the areas of, but not limited to, fintech and logistics.

This Special Issue comprises selected papers from “21st International Conference on Electronic Commerce” to be held in Haeundae Grand Hotel, Busan, Korea on 3–5 July 2019. The conference website is

Prof. Dr. Taeho Hong

Prof. Dr. Hyung Rim Choi

Prof. Dr. Paul Tae-Woo Lee

Prof. Dr. Hyunchul Ahn

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • The impacts of fintech on logistics

  • Roles of fintech in the fourth industrial revolution era

  • Sustainability issues in developing fintech in the fourth industrial revolution era

  • Current situation and challenges in e-commerce development in the Asia Pacific region

  • Obstacles and challenges that cross-border e-commerce is facing

  • Mobile and social commerce

  • AI for e-commerce

  • Big data and machine learning in e-commerce

  • Smart connected services

  • Block chain, cryptocurrency, and token economy

  • Country case studies of applying fintech to logistics


Theme of the ICEC 2019 Special Issue: “Business analytics for e-business in 4th industrial revolution era”

Guest Editors:

– Prof. Dr. Hyunchul Ahn (, Kookmin University

– Prof. Dr. Taeho Hong (, Pusan National University

APJIS Homepage:


Call for papers for the Special issue:

Smart Supply Chains and Intelligent Logistics Services

The rapid development of technologies such as big data, cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and artificial intelligence have led to supply chain innovation, and smart supply chains (SSCs) emerge. The SSC is an organizational form that relies on the internet and big data, aims to enhance customer value, and realizes efficient coordination of product design, procurement, production, sales and service through collaborative sharing, innovation mode and advanced technology. Besides SSCs, the intelligent logistics services (ILSs) also have been widely used in global enterprises, which emphasize on the integration of the IoT, the sensor network and the Internet.

In recent years, the emergence of SSCs and ILSs has changed the way supply chain operates. Not only large manufacturing companies but also many platform companies, such as Amazon, Alibaba, Cainiao Logistics, JD Logistics, are vigorously promoting the construction of SSCs and ILSs. Compared to the traditional supply chain and logistics systems, the SSCs and ILSs need a comprehensive application of technologies. These characteristics make the management process more complicated and deserve deeper explorations. This SI on “Smart Supply Chains and Intelligent Logistics Services” focuses on the theories and applications of SSCs and ILSs. The SI accepts scientific research based on various methods, such as optimization models, algorithms, quantitative case analysis and second-hand public data analysis. This SI will contribute to the expanding literature in SSCs and ILSs, and provides academics and the operations managers with a better understanding these important areas.

This SI will cover the following topics:

  • Operations mechanisms of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Transformations from traditional supply chains to smart supply chains

  • Systems development from traditional logistics services to intelligent logistics services

  • Technological innovation mode of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Research on related technologies supporting smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Typical applications and multi-case quantitative analyses of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services from platform perspectives

  • Sustainable development of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Smart supply chain and intelligent logistics service management considering social/ environmental benefits

  • Sustainable operations methods of smart supply chain platforms with mobile devices

  • Policy research to promote the development of smart supply chains and intelligent logistics services

  • Data driven research on operations and supply chain management

  • Application of artificial intelligence and block chain technology in logistics and supply chain management

We, guest editors, will select the best papers through two tracks: An open track on the TRE Evise system, and an invited track for extended papers submitted to 2019 POMS International Conference in China (POMS-China) in Tianjin, China, and the 21st International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC 2019) in Busan, Korea.

Key dates:

  • Announcement of SI on the TRE website: 1 April 2019

  • Open EVISE site on 1 June 2019

  • Close submission of manuscript 31 December 2019

  • Deliver Editorial to Co-EIC of TRE by 1 June 2020

Submission and review process

Submission process and papers must adhere to the normal author guidelines of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, which can be found at

Submission must be made via with clear selection indicating that the submission is for this Special Issue. All submissions to the Journal TRE: should be submitted via the Transportation Research Part E online submission system. When you submit your paper to the special section, please choose article type “SSCs and ILSs” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.

Papers submitted to the Special Issue will be subjected to normal thorough double-blind review process.

For any queries please contact the Guest Editors

Professor Weihua Liu (Managing Guest Editor)

Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management,

College of Management and Economics, Tianjin University, China


Professor J. George Shanthikumar

Richard E. Dauch Chair of Manufacturing and Operations Management and Distinguished Professor of Management, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. USA.


Professor Paul Tae-Woo Lee

Director of Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Center,

Zhejiang University, China.


Professor Xiang Li

College of Economic and Social Development, Nankai University, China


Dr Li Zhou

Reader in Operations Management

Systems Management and Strategy Department, Business School,

University of Greenwich, SE10 9LS, UK



Call for Papers: Information Technology for Development

Special issue on Sharing Economy Enabled Digital Platform for Development

Special Issue co-editor(s)

Xusen Cheng

Professor, School of Information Technology and Management

University of International Business and Economics, China


Jian Mou

Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management

Xidian University, China


Xiangbin Yan

Professor, School of Economics and Management

University of Science & Technology Beijing, China


Aims and Scope

The theme of this special issue will focus on the exploration of an emerging and rapidly developing form of collaborative consumption, popularly known as the “sharing economy”. This special issue aims to provide a forum for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers of sharing economy enabled digital platform to discuss the development strategies and prospects. Sharing economy relates closely to what is currently “hot” in the world of practice (e.g., Airbnb, Lending club, Uber, Didi, Mobike) and provides a convenient way of ‘sharing’ goods, services and other resources with the help of digital technology to achieve effective resource allocation and cost saving. The development of sharing economy in online communities suggests significant changes for the form of transportation, tourism, work location, etc. Previously unknown individuals acquired a unique way to meet new people, thus improve the social contacts and grow online communities. These broad impacts give rise to novel and important research questions and analytical approaches.

The aim of the special issue is to address these issues concerned with novel and important research questions, analytical approaches and make contributions on how emerging innovations like sharing economy can be used to bring about socioeconomic development (i.e., the process of social and economic development). In particular, the scope of the special issue includes perspective of quantitative and computational studies involving big data set, case studies, interpretive work, design science and action research related to sharing economy, creative conceptual or theoretical work on the effect of sharing economy, sharing economy enabled digital platforms in developing regions, and sharing economy with ICT for development etc. This special issue emphasizes the sharing economy in the context of developing parts of the world. We welcome papers that contribute to how digital platforms enable a sharing economy that may or may not bring about socioeconomic development. It is open to theoretical and empirical studies deploying a range of methodologies.

Topics addressed

We would like to invite the authors to submit their research on sharing economy enabled digital platform for development from theoretical, technological, social, psychological, econometric, behavioral, and design science perspectives. Research deploying different theoretical lenses could focus on behavioral study and system design, methods, modeling, and techniques in addressing various aspects of sharing economy enabled digital platform for development. The special issue will focus on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

1. The impact of sharing economy on socioeconomic development 2. The strategies and success factors of sharing economy enabled digital platform.

3. Case studies of sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development.

4. Emerging issues in sharing economy for development.

5. Trust, privacy, security and ethical issues in sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development.

6. Social, behavioral, economical, psychological and technical factors influencing sharing economy enabled digital platforms for developing world.

7. User behavior and modelling in sharing economy.

8. System design of sharing economy enabled digital platforms.

9. Sharing economy related information systems, technologies, theories, methods, or models that could be transferred and applied from developed regions to developing regions.

10. Artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and cloud computing technologies for sharing economy.

11. ICTs and sharing economy for development.

12. Design science and action research related to sharing economy.

13. Online collaboration in the sharing economy.

14. Business strategy and practice for sharing economy.

15. Policy making, public management and governance for sharing economy.

Paper Submission Instructions and review process

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original papers using the journal submission and reviewing web site Detailed submission guidelines can be found at

Submitted papers should follow the instructions for authors and indicate “Sharing economy enabled digital platforms for development” special issue when uploading their papers. Submissions to the special issue should be full research papers or practice papers. Each submitted paper will be peer-reviewed in the same manner as other submissions to the Information Technology for Development. Relevance, quality and originality of the contribution are the major acceptance criteria for each submission.

After initial screening, papers are reviewed by selected members of the editorial board and peers from an international pool for quality, consistency and research contribution. Authors are welcome to nominate one of the special issue editors or preferred reviewers when submitting their paper where no conflict of interest exist (an existing business or professional partnership, past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student, and/or collaboration on a project or on a book/article/report/paper or co-editing of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings constitutes a conflict of interest). Papers submitted to this journal must contain original results and must not be submitted elsewhere while being evaluated. If a duplication is found, papers are subject to being rejected for that reason alone.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: January 31, 2020

Notification of initial acceptance: March 31, 2020

Deadline for revised papers: May 31, 2020

Notification of final acceptance: June 30, 2020

Tentative publication date: July, 2020

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