International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences

ISSN: 2455-7749

The International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences
seeks submissions for a

Special Issue on
Sustainable Practices of Circular Economy in Operations Management (SPCEOM)

Growing environmental awareness, environmental legislation and the need for social responsibility has led organizations to look for new ways to do their business (Kumar et al., 2018). Now all kind of businesses have stated to think to adopt sustainable practices in their operations so that they can show their commitment toward environment and society (Murray et al., 2017) and make their business long time sustainable (Garza-Reyes et al., 2018). This adoption leads to switch from our current industrial “linear” model to a circular economy (CE), contributing to a more environmentally responsible and socially equal society (Mangla et al., 2018). Sustainable practices of circular economy in operations management can contribute to achieve the sustainability in the business holistically (Bressanelli et al., 2018; Batista et al., 2018). Both developing and developed nations are paying attention on this direction; however, still lots of research efforts are required even China initially passed a law on CE, which was followed by the European Union (Su et al., 2013; Kirchherr et al., 2017; Esposito et al., 2018; Ali et al., 2018; Reike et al., 2018).

The objective of this SI is to understand holistically the concept of CE and related principles/practices/techniques in various area of operations management. This Special Issue (SI) seeks to advance the understanding about sustainable practices of circular economy in operations management is the way to achieve the sustainability; to explore how CE can be implemented; and the clarification on the implications (i.e. theoretical and practical) for sustainable business development.

The main objective of this SI is to encourage the scholars, academicians, and industries experts to contribute their latest research knowledge and experience in improving sustainability in their respective working sector through CE, principles, practices and strategies.

The potential topics for the SI include (but not limited):
  • To find the drivers/enablers/critical success factors and problems/barriers/challenges of adopting sustainability practices for circular economy in operation management.
  • To identify the intensity of influence of sustainability indicators by multi criteria decision making approaches.
  • To evaluate the external/internal forces adopting sustainability practices for circular economy in operation management.
  • To analyze the interaction of quality management tools/techniques and sustainability for effective execution of circular economy.
  • To determine the role of human capital in effective adoption of sustainability practices for circular economy in operation management.
  • To develop sustainability orientated framework for enhancing circular economy adoption.
  • To identify the performance indicators for adopting sustainability practices in operation management.
  • To measure the impact of organization performance after adopting circular economy operational practices.
  • To measure the role of circular economy operational practices for achieving holistic sustainability of the organization.

Manuscript Submission

Articles must be written in higher Standard English. Please follow the “Guide for Authors” of International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences (IJMEMS) to prepare your manuscripts. Please submit your manuscripts via email to guest editors on their email addresses: and/or

Authors should note that all articles submitted should be original and should not have been submitted anywhere else for consideration for publication. All articles will first be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and then passed on to the special issue editors for another screening to ensure suitability within the scope of both the special issue and the IJMEMS. After the first two screenings, suitable papers will go through a blind, double-peer review process according to the standards of the IJMEMS.

Publication Schedule

  • Manuscript submission deadline: October 30, 2019
  • Reviews/Decision return to the authors: Number 30, 2019
  • Final manuscript submissions: December 30, 2019
  • Publications: In the staring issue of 2020

Guest Editors

Dr. Anil Kumar
Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
University of Derby, United Kingdom (UK)

Dr. Gunjan Yadav
Production Engineering Department,
Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai, India

Advisory Board Members
Dr. Sachin Kumar Mangla, University of Plymouth, UK
Dr. Sunil Luthra, State Institute of Engineering & Technology, Nilokheri, India
Prof. Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, University of Derby, UK


Ali, M., Kennedy, C. M., Kiesecker, J., & Geng, Y. (2018). Integrating biodiversity offsets within Circular Economy policy in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 185, 32-43.

Batista, L., Gong, Y., Pereira, S., Jia, F., & Bittar, A. (2018). Circular supply chains in emerging economies–a comparative study of packaging recovery ecosystems in China and Brazil. International Journal of Production Research, 1-21.

Bressanelli, G., Perona, M., & Saccani, N. (2018). Challenges in supply chain redesign for the Circular Economy: a literature review and a multiple case study. International Journal of Production Research, 1-21.

Esposito, M., Tse, T., & Soufani, K. (2018). Introducing a Circular Economy: New Thinking with New Managerial and Policy Implications. California Management Review, 60(3), 5-19.

Garza-Reyes, J. A., Salomé Valls, A., Peter Nadeem, S., Anosike, A., & Kumar, V. (2018). A circularity measurement toolkit for manufacturing SMEs. International Journal of Production Research, 1-25.

Kirchherr, J., Reike, D., & Hekkert, M. (2017). Conceptualizing the circular economy: An analysis of 114 definitions. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 127, 221-232.

Kumar, V., Sezersan, I., Garza-Reyes, J. A., & AL-Shboul, M. A. (2018). Circular economy in the manufacturing sector: Benefits, opportunities and barriers. Management Decision. (In press)

Mangla, S. K., Luthra, S., Mishra, N., Singh, A., Rana, N. P., Dora, M., & Dwivedi, Y. (2018). Barriers to effective circular supply chain management in a developing country context. Production Planning & Control, 29(6), 551-569.

Murray, A., Skene, K., & Haynes, K. (2017). The circular economy: An interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and application in a global context. Journal of Business Ethics, 140(3), 369-380.

Reike, D., Vermeulen, W. J., & Witjes, S. (2018). The circular economy: New or Refurbished as CE 3.0? - Exploring Controversies in the Conceptualization of the Circular Economy through a Focus on History and Resource Value Retention Options. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 135, 246-264.

Su, B., Heshmati, A., Geng, Y., & Yu, X. (2013). A review of the circular economy in China: moving from rhetoric to implementation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 42, 215-227.

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