• For speaker applications for the non-academic & research track General Sessions, please click here.

  • All papers will be double-blind peer reviewed. Registration fee applicable for all presenters (fee to be advised).


Since its foundation in 1966, SAPICS has become the leading provider of knowledge in supply chain management in Southern Africa.

Annually, professionals with a passion for supply chain management meet at the leading event in Africa for supply chain management to discuss topics and explore resources relevant to the supply chain profession and benefit from valuable networking opportunities.  The 2019 SAPICS Conference will be held in Cape Town from 9 – 12 June 2019 and will include a selection of academic research papers which will have been peer reviewed by representatives from the POMS community.  The theme of the event being “Thrive and Survive”.


Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional organization representing the interests of POM professionals from around the world.   The purposes of the Society are:

  • to extend and integrate knowledge that contributes to the improved understanding and practice of production and operations management (POM)

  • to disseminate information on POM to managers, scientists, educators, students, public and private organizations, national and local governments, and the general public

  • to promote the improvement of POM and its teaching in public and private manufacturing and service organizations throughout the world



Authors are kindly invited to submit their formatted full papers including results, tables, figures and references.

All paper submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, research content, correctness, relevance to conference and readability. Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting your paper.

  • Online Submission: Paper Submission can be completed online at “NEW PAPER SUBMISSION” button at the top of this page.

  • Email Submission: If you are unable to submit your manuscript using the online system, you may download the form here and submit it with complete details via email to clearly marked “POMS ACADEMIC submission”.


  • We accept manuscript files in MS Word or Portable Document Format (pdf) formats only.

  • Please do not enter in author details, university or other institution, country information or any other author related information in the manuscript to comply with the double blind peer review process. This information should be supplied using the manuscript submission online form or cover letter in case of email submission.

  • Articles should be thoroughly checked and proof read before submission. After you have submitted your article you will be unable to make any changes to it during the refereeing process—although if accepted, you will have a chance to make minor revisions after refereeing and before the final submission of your article.


  • Authors must submit their papers in English of up to 10 pages, presenting the results of original research or innovative practical applications relevant to the conference.

  • Authors must ensure the accuracy of citations, quotations, diagrams, tables and maps.

  • Figures and images must be clear and easy to view.

  • Figures and tables need to be placed where they are to appear in the text. If preferred, you can also place images and tables at the end of your article. Please do not submit figures or tables as a separate document.

  • Papers must be formatted according to the white paper template that is available online or by email.


The review process will be double-blind. Therefore, please anonymise your submission. This means that submissions may not contain any information identifying the author(s) or their institution(s): do not enter the author(s) names or affiliation(s) at the start of the paper, anonymize citations and mentions of your own prior work that are directly related to your present work, and do not include funding or other acknowledgements.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least two members of the POMS SAPICS 2019 review committee.   The acceptance decisions will take into account paper novelty, technical depth, elegance, practical or theoretic impact, and presentation.

Accepted papers are to be finalised by inserting those details removed for the purpose of blind review and re-submitted before the final paper submission deadline (above). Authors of the selected papers are encouraged to submit the papers to Production and Operations Management Journal (POM-J). The information about POM-J can be found at The papers will be reviewed as per the journal’s review process. However, the journal will provide an expedited review to the SAPICS papers.


Accepted papers will be presented in the Conference programme track by the author(s), who must register for the Conference and make themselves available on either day, 10 or 11 June 2019. In the case of multi-author papers, only one author need present.  Presentations are to be of not more than 30 minutes duration, including question time, and must be supplied before the specified deadline (above). The required format is Microsoft Powerpoint, using the prescribed template which will be sent to the successful applicants.

Presenters will be entitled to a discounted Conference registration fee of R6 525,00 excluding VAT, which will allow them full access to all Conference activities.


Applicants will be required to accept the terms of the POMS-J if accepted and confirm, acknowledge and agree expressly to the terms and conditions of this copyright agreement. This copyright agreement prevails and is binding to the contributing author(s).


For all enquiries please contact the Event Secretariat (Upavon Management) at +27 11 023 6701 or email