Special volumes in Academic Journals

Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME)

June 25th – 28th, 2019
Athens University of Economics and Business

Full papers submitted for review in the IAME2019 Conference are eligible, if accepted, for publication in Special volumes of Academic Journals.

Please note that each journal has different requirements for publication so, in some cases, further edits or a new review process will have to be completed before publication.

Please, find below the Calls for Papers for the IAME2019 Special Volumes in Academic Journals (more Calls will be added in the next few days):

1. Journal of Shipping and Trade 

The Journal of Shipping and Trade (JST) aims to advance knowledge on current and emerging issues in shipping and trade. The JST will publish contributions for the annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists 2019 (IAME2019) in the areas covering shipping economics, trade and economic development, transportation management, global port management, regional studies, environmental management in shipping and trade, maritime business model development, as well as other related topics. For authors of IAME2019 intending for their work published in JST, please contact the Editor Prof. Kee-hung Lai at email mike.lai@polyu.edu.hk for arrangements. Papers accepted for presentation at IAME2019 will be granted waiver for the article-processing charges by the journal. Further details of JST can be found at https://jshippingandtrade.springeropen.com/

2. Maritime Business Review

Special Issue on

"International Maritime Commodity Markets, Trends and Interactions"

Open to selected papers from IAME2019 Conference

Guest Editors:

Professor Manolis G. Kavussanos
Athens University of Economics and Business
Email: mkavus@aueb.gr

Dr. Dimitris A. Tsouknidis
Cyprus University of Technology
Email: dimitris.tsouknidis@cut.ac.cy

Τhe international seaborne trade has almost doubled within 17 years, from 6.2 billion metric tons in 2000 to 11.5 billion metric tons in 2017, and currently accounts for over 80% of global trade in volume terms (see Clarksons Shipping Intelligence Network and UNCTAD’s Review of Maritime Transport Report, 2018). The interactions between the markets for the main commodities transported by sea and the shipping markets themselves are of key interest to academics and industry practitioners.

This call for papers is on the thematic area of international maritime commodity markets, exploring all relevant markets, their trends over time and their interactions. Of special importance are the effects of changing trade patterns on the global shipping industry. Therefore, we seek full paper contributions that will increase our understanding, but not limited to, of the following topics:

Econometric models for commodity and shipping markets; Trading patterns and the evolution of the global maritime trade; Market interactions between commodity and shipping markets; Returns and volatility spillovers across commodity and shipping markets; Supply and demand shocks and their effects on prices for commodity and shipping markets; High frequency data and their use in volatility modeling of commodity prices; AIS data and the construction of accurate supply and demand measures for the shipping markets; Port infrastructure facilitating specific commodities and port development based on trading patterns; The institutional, political and market/commercial dynamics behind trading patterns; Changes in shipping network dynamics such as direct calls and transshipment.

Notes for Prospective Authors

We are looking for original contributions that are well grounded in theory and/or containing novel analysis that will provide new perspectives on the proposed thematic areas. Submitted papers should not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are refereed through a peer review process, according to the guidelines of MBR. For papers’ submission guidelines please visit:


Please send papers to be considered for publication to mkavus@aueb.gr and to dimitris.tsouknidis@cut.ac.cy

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 20 July 2019
Notification to authors: 30 October 2019
Final versions due: 31 January 2020

3. Maritime Economics and Logistics

Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) will publish an IAME2019 Special Issue under the title “State-of-the-Art in Port Economics and Management Research”. Presenters to the IAME Athens conference, interested in having their paper considered for inclusion in the Special Issue, can inform the conference organizers with cc to: haralambides@tamu.edu

Selection of a paper for this special issue does not automatically guarantee publication, and additional refereeing may be required at the discretion of the MEL editors. The special issue will be published only if a sufficient number (> 6) of top papers has been identified and passed the screening of IAME/MEL referees. In this case, the Special Issue will appear as  MEL 22.1, i.e. February 2020.

4. Maritime Policy and Management 


The flagship journal of international shipping and port research (MPM) is a multi-disciplinary, international refereed journal with a history spanning more than 4 decades.

Under the editorship of Manolis Kavussanos, Siri Pettersen-Strandenes and Helen Thanopoulou, Maritime Policy & Management will publish contributions from, but not limited to, the special IAME2019 session(s) on 21st century shipping markets: from Building to Scrapping and beyond in a special dedicated volume of the same theme. Manuscripts eligible for inclusion are papers on freight markets, newbuilding and second-hand markets for ships, as well as papers on markets for inputs, such as bunkers, labour and other relevant to shipping markets. Authors of IAME2019 contributions are invited to contact the editors of the special issue mkavus@aueb.gr, siri.strandenes@nhh.no and hethan@aegean.gr. Authors of high-quality papers presented in the session will be invited to submit their full papers for the special volume according to the journal’s editorial instructions.

More details on MPM are included in the journal’s site: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=tmpm20


Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence & Big Data in Shipping
Maritime Policy & Management's Special Call for Papers


Papers from IAME2019 may be submitted to this Special Issue

Guest Editors

Kum Fai Yuen, Department of International Logistics, Chung-Ang University (yuenkf@cau.ac.kr)
Gangyan Xu, School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China (gangyan@hit.edu.cn)
Jasmine Siu Lee Lam, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (sllam@ntu.edu.sg)

Technology is advancing rapidly nowadays and leading the transformation of the shipping industry. A huge amount of data regarding every aspect of shipping could be collected that provide rich avenues and vast opportunities to improve the business and operation processes of shipping. Meanwhile, the booming of Artificial Intelligence (AI) makes it possible to effectively reap the benefits of big data and create huge impacts to the industry. It has been widely acknowledged that AI and big data play an ever more important role in driving efficiency and coping with upcoming regulations as well as mounting market pressure in the shipping industry.

The application of AI or big data is gaining grounds in various segments of the shipping industry and has pushed the productive efficiency boundaries of maritime firms. Nevertheless, new challenges and concerns over their wide usage have also surfaced. It changes the ways in which shipping firms make decisions and challenges their traditional management strategies and operation modes. More importantly, it demands new AI methods, big data analytics algorithms, and optimisationmodels to facilitate the decision-making processes at each phase of the shipping industry.

This special issue at Maritime Policy & Management aims to bring together recent technological and methodological advancements concerning AI and big data in the shipping industry. It also welcomes submissions related to improving human-AI interface or AI-ergonomics in the shipping industry. Both research and review papers are welcomed.

The topics that will be considered in this special issue include (but not limited to):

Data-driven optimisationfor operations management in shipping
Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications
Maritime network optimisation
Autonomous ships: technologies and applications
Predictive modellingand analysis using big data
Large-scale multi-dimensional maritime data mining
Data-driven maritime risk management
Data security and privacy issues in shipping
Human-AI interface and AI-ergonomics in shipping
Critical success factors of AI and big data in shipping
Sustainability in Shipping
Inland transportation optimisation


Submission guidelines
All submissions have to be made via the journal's online submission system: here.

Read the full instructions for authors: here.

For any further enquiries, please contact Co-Editor, Kum Fai Yuen.

Important dates:

31-Oct 2019: Deadline of manuscript submission (first submission)
30-Nov 2019: Return of review reports to authors for revisions
29-Feb 2020: Submission of revised manuscript
31-Mar 2020: Deadline of submitting final manuscript
Early 2020: Publication of the special issue

5. Sustainability

Special Section-Volume on

"Sustainable Maritime Transportation Management and Policies"

Papers from IAME2019 Conference  that are relevant to the theme of the special issue are invited to be submitted

Guest Editors

Dr. Kum Fai Yuen, Department of International Logistics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea (yuenkf@cau.ac.kr)

Dr. Yiik Diew Wong, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (cydwong@ntu.edu.sg)

Sustainable maritime transportation management is defined as the integration of social and environmental concerns of stakeholders in the business operations of maritime firms, such as shipping companies and port operators. It is recognized as one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, which is reflected in the increasing number of international regulations such as MARPOL 2020, Energy Efficiency Design Index, Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan, and Ballast Water Management System to curb greenhouse gas emissions or reduce the impact of invasive marine biological species from ship. In addition, self-regulated or market-driven initiatives, technologies, and measures, for instance, ISO 14000, ISO 26000, slow-steaming, cold-ironing, scrubbers, biocide-free paints, and renewable fuel alternatives are increasingly being adopted by shipping companies to lower operating cost, differentiate their services, and reduce the impact of their operations on society and the environment.

Research on sustainable maritime transportation is gaining ground in all aspects and sectors of the industry. Nevertheless, the ever-tightening of environmental and social criteria prescribed by international regulations has called for innovative, scientific or data-driven approaches to manage maritime transportation activities. This Special Issue at Sustainability aims to bring together recent theoretical, applied or methodological advances concerning sustainable maritime transportation management and policies. Both research and review papers are welcomed.

Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subjected to a rigorous peer review with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019

More information about the special issue can be assessed in the link: 


6. Transportation Research Part E 

Special Section-Volume on

“Finance, Investments and Risk Management in Maritime Transportation and the Impact of Digital Disruptions”

Professors Manolis G. Kavussanos and Ilias D. Visvikis will co-edit a Special Section – Volume - for Transportation Research Part E with the above title, for which, papers presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME), Athens, Greece, June 25th – 28th, 2019 (https://www.dept.aueb.gr/en/iame2019) will be selected.

Following the 2008 financial crisis and the collapse of the shipping market (both in freight rates and vessel values), banks have been partially reluctant to finance this global industry. As such, the industry had to find other ways and new markets in order to attract the much-needed capital to sustain and grow operations. In turn, alternative sources of ship finance, such as private and public equity & debt markets, ship leasing, export credit finance, sale & lease back, among others, have appeared to cover this financing gap. Moreover, risk management solutions for the minimization (hedging) of the excessive volatility of freight rates, vessel values, bunker fuel prices, foreign exchange rates, and interest rates have become a necessity in order for companies to stabilize their cash flows and to survive the downturn of the market. At the same time, there are several technological disruptions/developments (such as, Big Data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cybersecurity issues, Blockchain, and Autonomous Vessels, among others), and regulatory pressures (such as the Global Sulphur limits in 2020 and Ballast Water Treatment Convention of 2017), all affecting the financial performance and increasing the operating expenses of the market participants, and hence create a need for further capital.

In such an uncertain environment, a new business model is emerging for the international maritime transportation industry, where market players need to evolve and learn to react quickly to change and market disruptions, while at the same time transparent corporate structures, better corporate governance and the development of new financing sources and diversification of existing capital structures are factors for successful commercial operation (for a complete survey of existing maritime transportation finance and risk management literature see Alexandridis et al. 2018).[1]

As such, the above commercial business developments and digital disruptions have all created a plethora of unanswered scientific research questions and unresearched topics in the areas of maritime transportation finance and risk management that inspired the proposed Special Section.

The aim of the Special Section is twofold: firstly, to bring together all the latest research advancements in the domain of shipping finance and risk management in a single volume, and secondly, to provide a reference for the best practices and applications of the impact of digital disruptions in commercial activities in the maritime industry.

The market of the Special Section is extensive, while its attractiveness is high, due to the wide range and current importance of topics included in the Section, covering several research interests of readers and scholars. More specifically, the following indicative research topics are expected to be covered by the submitted papers:

  • Financial risk management in maritime transportation
  • Use of derivatives to hedge risks in the maritime industry
  • Shipbuilding finance
  • Debt financing in shipping
  • Public debt markets for shipping
  • Public and private equity markets for shipping
  • Maritime investment appraisal
  • Financial Analysis of Ship Investments
  • Corporate Finance in Shipping
  • Mergers & Acquisitions in Shipping
  • Impact of new maritime regulations on Financial Performance
  • Impact of new environmental regulations on the operating expenses and financial performances of shipping companies
  • The impact of Blockchain and AI in commercial maritime operations
  • New financial and risk management strategies in an era of digital disruptions
  • Big data analysis for maritime investment appraisals
  • Machine learning and AI in forecasting maritime variables
  • Unmanned and Autonomous vessels and operating expenses

For the Special Section, both empirical (quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical papers will be accepted, satisfying the criteria for high quality research framework and strong contributions to their research domain. Cross-disciplinary papers are also welcome.

Important Dates:

July 25th 2019:       Deadline submission of full papers, meeting TRE’s requirements (papers submitted via TRE EVISE and sent to reviewers)

Sept 25th 2019:       Notification of acceptance of full papers

Oct 25th 2019:         Submission of revised papers

Nov 25th 2019:         Final manuscripts decision

Early 2020:               Planned publication

Following presentation at the IAME 2019 Annual Conference, the papers will need to be extended and improved to meet TRE’s publication criteria and requirements, before submitted (via the Journal’s EVISE) for the paper review process.

Final papers should follow “Guide for Authors” instructions of the Journal:


Guest Editors:

Prof. Manolis Kavussanos

Director, MSc in International Shipping, Finance and Management

Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

Email: mkavus@aueb.gr, Tel. +30 2108203167

Prof. Ilias Visvikis

Director, Center for Executive and Professional Education

American University of Sharjah, School of Business Administration, United Arab Emirates

Email: ivisvikis@aus.edu, Tel: +971 6 515 4717  

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 “IAME2019” otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.  All submissions will be subject to the journal’s standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, and scientific merit. For author guidelines, please visit the Journal’s home page to learn more.

About TRE

Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review publishes informative articles drawn from across the spectrum of logistics and transportation research. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Transport economics including cost and production functions, capacity, demand, pricing, externalities, modal studies
  • Transport infrastructure and investment appraisal
  • Evaluation of public policies
  • Empirical studies of management practices and performance
  • Logistics and operations models, especially with application
  • Logistics and supply-chain management topics

Part E's aims and scope are complementary to Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Part B: Methodological, Part C: Emerging Technologies, Part D: Transport and Environment and Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. The complete set forms the most cohesive and comprehensive reference of current research in transportation science.

About IAME (http://www.mar-economists.org)

The International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) was founded in the early 1990s. IAME currently has a membership of over 500 individual members from all continents and more than 20 corporate members. IAME organizes annual conferences hosted by different institutions each year and occasionally also endorses other conferences that are in line with the aims of the Association. IAME publishes a Newsletter at regular intervals for its members containing a wide range of news items related to upcoming events, publications, ongoing research, etc. The Association and its members have good contacts with a large number of public organizations such as the United Nations and IMO, other associations and private companies in the maritime field. The IAME Constitution guides the internal working of the organization with the Council, the Permanent Secretariat and the General and Extraordinary General Meetings playing a key role.

[1] Alexandridis, G, Kavussanos, M.G., Kim, C.Y., Tsouknidis, D.A. and Visvikis, I.D. (2018), A Survey of Shipping Finance Research: Setting the Future Research Agenda, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Vol. 115, pp. 164-212, April.