Special Issue "Digital Transformation in the Transport Sector: A Sustainable Approach"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Edvard Tijan
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
Interests: maritime transport; logistics; ICT; blockchain; port community systems
Prof. Dr. Andreja Pucihar
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Kranj, Slovenia
Interests: IS innovation; digital transformation; e-business models
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Marija Jović
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Guest Editor Assistant
Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics, Bremen, Germany
Interests: digital transformation; transport; logistics; disruptive technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The main goal of this Special Issue is to contribute to the research of digital transformation in the transport sector, from a sustainable point of view. Stakeholders in the transport sector operate in a very unstable and demanding environment due to the growing demands of costumers, complex changes in regulatory frameworks, technological progress, etc. Accordingly, stakeholders need to develop appropriate business strategies to achieve and maintain a competitive position in the market and to operate sustainably. Traditional methods of operation are no longer sufficient, and in addition to striving for profit, an increased awareness of the sustainable aspects of transport business (environmental and social) is present.

Achieving sustainable business is one of the main reasons for digital transformation in many industries, including the transport sector. Digital transformation refers to the use of new digital technologies (such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, Internet of Things) for the purpose of improving business sustainability, for example, by reducing costs and reducing harmful emissions or relieving employees. In addition, digital transformation offers the opportunities to develop new business models.

This Special Issue will examine the link between digital transformation and sustainability in the transport sector and will focus on the rise in new digital trends and the importance of digital transformation to support more sustainable operations in the transport sector.

The motivation for this Special issue stems from the lack of existing research focused on digital transformation and sustainability in the transport sector. Authors are invited to submit theoretical or empirical papers dealing with this topic. All types of articles—literature-based, empirical research, case studies containing methodologies, frameworks, and best practices for embarking on the digital transformation process in the transport sector—are very welcome.

Submissions should focus on the following topics:

  • Digital transformation of the transport sector;
  • Digital transformation of road transport;
  • Digital transformation of rail transport;
  • Digital transformation of shipping;
  • Digital transformation of seaports;
  • Direct and indirect effects of digital transformation in transport;
  • Disruptive digital technologies in transport (blockchain, artificial intelligence, cloud, big data, Internet of Things, mobile connectivity and analytics, augmented and virtual reality, etc.);
  • Security issues of digital transformation in transport;
  • Digital strategies and sustainable business models in transport;
  • Analysis, design, evaluation, launch, growth, and management of sustainable business models enabled by digital transformation;
  • Business value of digital transformation for sustainable business models.

Prof. Dr. Edvard Tijan
Prof. Dr. Andreja Pucihar
Marija Jović
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • digital transformation
  • transport sector
  • sustainability
  • new business models
  • digital transformation strategies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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