Call for papers for RTBM Special issue on Port co-operation

Call for papers
Special issue on “Port co-operation”
Research in Transportation Business and Management (RTBM)

Guest editors:
Theo Notteboom – Shanghai Maritime University/University of Antwerp/Ghent University
Geraldine Knatz – USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Francesco Parola – University of Genoa

Co-operation, integration and co-ordination are much researched themes in mainstream economic and management literature. The port industry has witnessed a multiplication of port co-operation/integration schemes in recent years partly driven by governance reforms, public policy, political forces and market pressures. The cooperation among ports comes in various forms: port authority mergers (Ningbo-Zhoushan, Copenhagen-Malmo, Port Metro Vancouver, Genoa-Savona), port alliances (Seattle/Tacoma), far-reaching coordination (Haropa, Kobe-Osaka), etc.

While port co-operation is a hot topic in public and business circles, bibliometric studies on port-related academic research show that port co-operation/ integration is an emerging theme, but that the number of published papers is still quite limited. This volume is aimed at complementing earlier edited volumes on port competition and port governance, so to enrich academic insights on the theme. The edited volume will contain contributions specifically focusing on port co-operation schemes, strategies and policies. Papers ideally combine novel methodological approaches to port (authority) co-operation with extensive empirical (regional) insights.

Potential contributors are asked to submit an abstract indicating their paper idea to the journal editors before April 15, 2017.

Upon acceptance of the abstract, contributors are asked to develop a full paper by September 15, 2017. You are invited to concisely follow the author guidelines of RTBM which can be found online.

The full publication schedule is as follows:
April 15, 2017 – Deadline for author commitments to Volume Editors
September 15, 2017 – Deadline for original paper submissions to EVISE
January 15, 2018 – Deadline for revised paper submissions to EVISE
March 15, 2018 – Deadline for final, formatted paper submissions to EVISE
April 30, 2018 – Editorial and order of papers from volume editors to journal manager
June 15, 2018 – final versions of all author-approved proofs submitted to production
September, 2018 – hard-copy volume published and papers available online

The volume editors can be reached at:
Theo Notteboom –
Geraldine Knatz –
Francesco Parola –

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