With the rapid development of global economy and emerging information technologies, e-commerce has entered into a new era. Cross-border e-commerce, which is a new type of trading, has developed rapidly integrating the global economy. Globally, both suppliers and consumers from all over the world could trade online across time and space to satisfy the demand from each other. Meanwhile, sellers get the opportunity to expand their businesses outside their often-saturated home market and tap into newer markets. According to iiMedia Research, global e-commerce will become a $800 billion market by 2019, with an increase of 27% in 2018.
Two factors have contributed to the rapid growth of global e-commerce. The first is globalization. Countries nowadays are more integrated with each other than before. For instance, with recent initiation of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road initiative for short, from Asia to Europe and Africa), many countries will tighten the economical relationships with countries on the paths of “Belt and Road.” The second is information technology innovations. Infrastructures and platforms conducive to e-commerce have been significantly improved, international logistics are more efficient, and international payment has become more secure than ever before.
The rapid growth of global e-commerce, however, is not without its roadblocks. In fact, there have been many barriers and challenges in such areas as logistics, customs clearance, international payment, customer services, product frauds, global e-commerce talents training and education, culture and social adaption. Common problems reported by buyers in global e-commerce are product frauds and counterfeits, limitation of delivery methods, failed deliveries, contract termination, unauthorized charges, defective products, and inconvenient returns. Solving these problems is not easy because more than one country is involved and international cooperation is often required. In addition, global strategic factors, government-imposed factors, market factors, and transaction-specific factors jointly impact the development of global e-commerce, making it more difficult to solve those problems.
We thus organize this special issue and encourage authors to submit topics addressing the many substantial challenges of global issue in e-commerce. We believe these topics can provide enormous potential benefits for both researchers and practitioners in e-commerce and international trade industry from all over the world.
Aims and Scope
The special issue of JGITM will be devoted to the exploration of the many substantial challenges of global issue in e-commerce. It will provide a forum for academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Papers of all theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Consistent with the focus of JGITM, all submitted papers must address global issues associated with electronic commerce in globalization era.
Possible contributions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- The success of e-commerce in globalization era (focusing on both buyers and seller’s perspectives)
- International online marketing related issues
- The policies and e-commerce in globalization era
- Mobile technologies and e-commerce in globalization era
- Logistics and global e-commerce
- Education and training models for e-commerce in globalization era
- Communication and collaboration for e-commerce in globalization era
- Economic and business innovation for e-commerce in globalization era
- Trust, privacy and security related issues in global e-commerce
- Service and cross-border e-commerce
- Localization related issues in global e-commerce
- Cross-cultural issues in global e-commerce
- Artificial intelligence and Fin-tech in global e-commerce
- Other emerging issues in global e-commerce.
All papers will go through a blind-review process. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers and the guest editor. The guest editor will make acceptance recommendations to the Editor in Chief, Dr. Prashant Palvia, who will make the final decision.
Submissions to the special issue should be full research papers. Each submitted paper will be peer double blind review in the same manner as other submissions to the journal. Relevance, quality and originality of the contribution are the major acceptance criteria for each submission. After initial screening, papers are reviewed by selected members of the editorial board and peers from an international pool for quality, consistency and research contribution. Authors are welcome to nominate one of the special issue editors or preferred reviewers when submitting their paper where no conflict of interest exist (an existing business or professional partnership, past or present association as thesis advisor or thesis student, and/or collaboration on a project or on a book/article/report/paper or co-editing of a journal, compendium, or conference proceedings constitutes a conflict of interest). Papers submitted to this journal must contain original results and must not be submitted elsewhere while being evaluated. If a duplication is found, papers are subject to being rejected for that reason alone.
Two-page proposal by authors (optional): July 1, 2020
Proposal feedback to authors: July 15, 2020
Deadline for submission: September 1, 2020
Initial decision and revisions sent to authors: November 1, 2020
Deadline for revised papers: January 1, 2021
Notification of final acceptances: March 1, 2021
Deadline for final versions: May 1, 2021
Tentative publication date: July 1, 2021