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International Journal of Engineering Business Management

International Journal of Engineering Business Management

Massimiliano Schiraldi "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, Italy
Founding Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Andrew W.H.Ip Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China & University of Saskatchetwan, Canada

eISSN: 18479790 | ISSN: 18479790 | Current volume: 10 | Current issue: 1

Journal Highlights

  • Indexed using Clarivate Analytics: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE), Scopus, and EBSCO.
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)

International Journal of Engineering Business Management (IJEBM) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on the design, development and implementation of new methodologies and technologies in engineering, business and management. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Submission information

Submissions should be made online at
Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information
Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently an introductory rate of 600 USD* discounted from the full rate of 1,200 USD. This introductory rate is available for a limited time.


Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Engineering Business Management editorial office as follows:


* The article processing charge (APC) is payable when the manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

The International Journal of Engineering Business Management (IJEBM) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal that aims to promote an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to engineering, business and management. The journal focuses on issues related to the design, development and implementation of new methodologies and technologies that contribute to strategic and operational improvements of organizations within the contemporary global business environment.

IJEBM encourages a systematic and holistic view in order to ensure an integrated and economically, socially and environmentally friendly approach to management of new technologies in business. It aims to be a world-class research platform for academics, managers, and professionals to publish scholarly research in the global arena.

All submitted articles considered suitable for the International Journal of Engineering Business Management are subjected to rigorous peer review to ensure the highest levels of quality. The review process is carried out as quickly as possible to minimize any delays in the online publication of articles.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive product design and innovation
  • Operations and manufacturing strategy
  • Knowledge management and knowledge innovation
  • Information and decision support systems
  • Radio Frequency Identification
  • Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Industrial engineering for business improvement
  • Logistics engineering and transportation
  • Modeling and simulation of industrial and business systems
  • Quality management and Six Sigma
  • Automation of industrial processes and systems
  • Manufacturing performance and productivity measurement
  • Supply Chain Management and the virtual enterprise network
  • Environmental, legal and social aspects
  • Technology Capital and Financial Modelling
  • Engineering Economics and Investment Theory
  • Behavioural, Social and Political factors in Engineering
Associate Editors
Dr. Sian Chan City University of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Vincent Cho The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. George T. S. Ho The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Raffaele Iannone University of Salerno, Italy
Prof. Zhong-Zhong Jiang Northeastern University, China
Dr. Kris M. Y. Law Deakin University, Australia
Dr. Carmen K.H. Lee Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore
Dr. Nathan Levialdi "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, Italy
Prof. Mirjana Pejic-Bach University of Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. Charlie Rho Sejong University, Korea
Dr. Mike Y. K. Tse University of York, UK
Dr. Kuo-Kun Tseng Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China
Prof. Cristina Turcu Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava, Romania
Dr. C. H. Wu The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong, China
Editorial Board
Prof. Sunday S. Babalola University of Venda, South Africa
Prof. Andrzej Bartoszewicz Technical University of Lodz, Poland
Prof. Peggy Chaudhry Villanova University, USA
Dr. Sohail S. Chaudhry Villanova University, USA
Prof. Zengqiang Chen Nankai University, China
Dr. Samuel Cheng University of Oklahoma, USA
Dr. H. H. Cheung University of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Wingyan Chung University of Central Florida, USA
Dr. Narottam Das Curtin University, Australia
Dr. Burak Eksioglu Clemson University, USA
Dr. Wei Fan Civil Aviation University of China, China
Dr. Regina Fang-Ying Lin Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, China
Dr. Giuseppe Fenza Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy
Dr. Giovanna Ferraro "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, Italy
Dr. Andrea Fronzetti Colladon "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, Italy
Prof. James Gao University of Greenwich, UK
Dr. Antonio Ghezzi Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dr. Brij B. Gupta National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India
Prof. Ning He Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China
Dr. Srichand Hinduja University of Manchester, UK
Dr. William Ho The University of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Bernard K. K. Hon Liverpool University, UK
Prof. George Huang The University of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Robert Hung The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Omar Khadeer Hussain School of Business, UNSW Canberra, Australia
Dr. Yoo Hwan Lee Daejeon University, Korea
Dr. Antonio Iovanella Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Dr. Francisco J. Duarte University of New Mexico, USA
Prof. Michael R. Jackson Loughborough University, UK
Dr. Vipul Jain Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Hui Min Jiang Shenzhen University, China
Dr. Ahmed A. Kishk Concordia University, Canada
Dr. Florian Kongoli Flogen Technologies Inc., USA
Dr. Natalia Kryvinska University of Vienna, Austria
Dr. Isabel L. Nunes Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Dr. C. Y. Lam Hiroshima University, Japan
Dr. Henry Lau University of Western Sydney, Australia
Dr. Carman K.M. Lee The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Prof. Lin Li University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Ling Li Old Dominion University, USA
Dr. Magdi S. Mahmoud King Fahd University, Saudi Arabia
Prof. Vladimir Matveenko National Research University Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg, Russia
Dr. Merter Mert Gazi University, Turkey
Dr. Ulrich Meyer Technical University of Munich, Germany
Prof. Oleg V. Minin Novosibirsk State Technical University, Russia
Prof. John Mo RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Srikanta Patnaik SOA University, India
Dr. Z. J. Pei Kansas State University, USA
Dr. Teh Pei-Lee Monash University, Malaysia
Dr. Xavier Perpiñà Spanish National Research Council, Spain
Dr. Serafeim Polyzos Thessaly University, Greece
Dr. Xilong Qu Hunan University of Finance and Economics, China
Dr. Lara Christina Roll The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Gregorio Romero Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Prof. Mohammed Sarwar Northumbria University, UK
Prof. Matteo M. Savino University of Sannio, Italy
Prof. Mehmet Savsar Kuwait University, Kuwait
Dr. Eric Seeto Lingnan University, China
Dr. Paul Shum Australian Institute of Business, Australia
Prof. Edward Sweeney Aston University, UK
Dr. Jackson Tang Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong
Prof. Jiafu Tang Northeastern University, China
Dr. Y. M. Tang The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Jacky Ting The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Manoj Kumar Tiwari Tiwari Indian Institute of Technology, India
Prof. Sang-Bing Tsai University of Electronic Science and Technology, China
Dr. Leandro Valim de Freitas Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-PETROBRAS, Brazil
Dr. Fotis Vouzas University of Macedonia, Greece
Dr. Alfred Wong University of Macau, Macau
Prof. Jin-wen Wu South China Normal University, China
Prof. Fatos Xhafa Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Engineering Business Management

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. Article Types
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research Data
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 ORCID
      7.2 Information required for completing your submission
      7.3 Corresponding author contact details
      7.4 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process. 

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Journal of Engineering Business Management will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. Open Access

    International Journal of Engineering Business Management is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

    An introductory article processing charge (APC) of $600 (+VAT where applicable*),discounted from the full rate of $1,200 is available for a limited time.

    *If the paying party is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, value added tax (VAT) must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to be exempt from paying this tax, except for UK institutions.

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    3. Article types

    Research Article
    Article describing original research. Research articles should be 6 to 12 pages in length, including references.

    Review Article
    Article presenting an original overview of recent research and advances in a given area. Review articles should be 6-12 pages in length, including references.

    Invited Feature Article
    Article intended to provide readers with in-depth analysis and discussion around new advances, usually commissioned from an expert in the field.

    Invited Review Article
    Article written upon invitation of the Editors, intended to cover significant published work in a given research area. Depending on the scope of the article, these may exceed 12 pages in length.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for International Journal of Engineering Business Management all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why. The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. International Journal of Engineering Business Management utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision. As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    International Journal of Engineering Business Managementis committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for International Journal of Engineering Business Management can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    4.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    4.4 Funding

    International Journal of Engineering Business Management requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of International Journal of Engineering Business Management to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research Data

    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, International Journal of Engineering Business Management encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Research Data Sharing Policies, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Journal of Engineering Business Management and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. International Journal of Engineering Business Management publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard  license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution (CC BY), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    6.4 Reference style

    International Journal of Engineering Business Management adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Please review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here.

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    International Journal of Engineering Business Management is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit ttp:// to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    7.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    7.2 Informtion required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    7.4 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of  30 working days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

    8.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    8.2 Continuous publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Engineering Business Management editorial office as follows:

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