Call for Papers: Recent Advances of Agri-Food 4.0 in Sustainable Agriculture Supply Chain

In the last few years, the fourth industrial revolution around the world has attracted a lot of attention. At its heart, the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents an unprecedented combination of digital, physical, biological, and other technologies, and a foreshadowed evolution in how products are made and used. The fourth industrial revolution, known as “Industry 4.0”, is a novel materiality of the modern economy where innovation and technological development play critical role in any organization. Industry 4.0 is remarkably able to reform products and manufacturing systems in terms of design, processes, operations and services. It is ongoing and is distinguished by a fusion of emerging and efficient technologies such as Machine Intelligence (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analysis (BDA), robotics, and blockchain technology.

Due to the above issues, industrial production operations and supply chains have gone well with a more autonomous and intelligent environment. Correspondingly, integrating Industry 4.0 and agriculture builds up the opportunity to remodel industrial agriculture for the next generation, namely, “Agri-Food 4.0”. In this context, sustainable and intelligent industrial agriculture is tackled through real-time fine-grained collection-processing-analyzing of big data in all facets of the agricultural industry, from food production, processing, and distribution to consumers. Moreover, changes in food preferences and lifestyle and also health issues should be considered in agriculture processes. With the help of such an industrial agriculture ecosystem integrated with instantaneous farm management, extreme automation, and data-driven expert decision support system would significantly enhance productivity, food safety, environmental effect, agri-food supply chain responsiveness/efficiency, and finally, the use of natural resources.

Guest Editors:
Dr. Alireza Goli, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran; Email:
Dr. Erfan Babaee Tirkolaee, Department of Industrial Engineering, Istinye University, Istanbul, Turkey; Email:
Prof. Dr. Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber, Faculty of Engineering Management, Poznan University of Technology, Poland; Email:

Special issue information:
The special issue on “Agri-Food 4.0 in Sustainable Agriculture Supply Chain” invites research papers related to the application and challenges of big data methods for modern agriculture supply chains. It is identified that the present shape of Agri-Food 4.0 is not fully matured and is keeps evolving day by day. There is a need for its base architecture framework to be standardized. In this regard, using big data analysis is suggested. This issue aims to provide an opportunity to all researchers, scholars, and scientists working in the area of big data analysis to share their results and outputs to the research fraternity to frame guidelines and build a roadmap for developing novel applications on the following potential topics and their applications, but are not limited to:

· Intelligence farming and distribution in agriculture supply chain,
· Circular economy for application of Agri-Food 4.0,
· Application of IoT technology in agriculture supply chain,
· Application of blockchain technology in agriculture supply chain,
· Application of big data in agriculture supply chain management,
· Agriculture supply chain network design optimization,
· The role of Agri-Food 4.0. in controlling carbon emission,
· The role of Agri-Food 4.0. in chaining food preference and lifestyle,
· Machine learning for Agri-Food 4.0 development,
· Artificial neural networks for Agri-Food 4.0 analysis,
· Fuzzy interface systems in agriculture supply chain,
· Novel meta-heuristics methods for Agriculture supply chain optimization.

Manuscript submission information:

The journal’s submission platform Editorial Manager:
will be available for receiving submissions to this Special Issue from 30 July 2022. Please refer to the Guide for Authors to prepare your manuscript and select the article type of “VSI: Agri4SASC” when submitting your manuscript online. Both the Guide for Authors and the submission portal could be found on the Journal Homepage here:

Full Paper Submission will start on 30 July 2022
Full Paper Submission will close on 30 March 2023

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