| 24.02.2022

Free access to research on humanitarian logistics from next year on

The public will be able to read the scientific publication Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management online free of charge from 2023 onwards.

Emerald Publishing has entered into an open-access sponsorship agreement with the non-profit organization HELP Logistics. The founders of the Journal – Rector of Hanken Karen Spens, and Professor Gyöngyi Kovács – are pleased about the decision.

"One of the most important factors in the success of humanitarian logistics is a strong link between research and practice. Now, everyone, both within the academia and outside, will have access to research, resulting in a more profound impact," says Spens.

"Due to the pandemic, the magazine is more topical than ever before. There is so much that other industries can learn from humanitarian logistics, such as flexibility," says Kovács.

The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management was founded at Hanken in 2010. Thanks to the HUMLOG Institute's pioneering research on humanitarian logistics and supply chains, Emerald Publishing gave Karen Spens and Gyöngyi Kovács the prestigious mission of establishing the journal and acting as its editors.

The journal, which is a leader in its field, has always had some form of connection with the HUMLOG Institute. After a break, Gyöngyi Kovács is once again the journal's co-editor, this time with Professor Nezih Altay of DePaul University in Chicago.

"I really want to thank Nezih Altay who actively participated in the negotiations around the open access decision, including during his Fulbright Fellowship at Hanken last spring. I would also like to sincerely thank Sean Rafter from the HELP Logistics of the Kühne Foundation. This would not have been possible without his efforts," Kovács says.