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International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

International Journal of Lean Six Sigma

ISSN: 2040-4166

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Editorial Objective

Lean and Six Sigma are the two most powerful strategies for achieving operational and service excellence in any organisation today. Although these two methodologies have been around for several years, there are no peer-reviewed international journals covering both aspects in research terms. The purpose of The International Journal of Lean Six Sigma is to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of Lean Six Sigma (an integrated approach of Lean and Six Sigma) and to publish the latest trends and research developments in both fields.


Launched in 2010, International Journal of Lean Six Sigma publishes original, empirical and review papers, case studies and theoretical frameworks or models related to Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. High quality submissions are sought from academics, researchers, practitioners and leading management consultants from around the world. Research, case studies and examples can be cited from manufacturing, service and public sectors. This includes manufacturing, health, financial services, local government, education, professional services, IT Services, transport, etc.

Recent Special Issues:

Seeing Green: Achieving Environmental Sustainability through Lean and Six Sigma (Volume 8, Issue 1) - Guest Editors: Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Vikas Kumar, F. Frank Chen and Yi-Chi Wang. This special issue intends to explore the synergies between the Lean/Six Sigma and green paradigms by presenting the latest research and developments in lean and six sigma, with particular interest in their combination with the green paradigm and their contribution and impact upon creating environmentally sustainable supply chains, processes, services and products.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Six Sigma and its link to other quality management initiatives (e.g. ISO 9001:2000)
  • Development of new Six Sigma tools and techniques
  • Design for Lean Six Sigma
  • Lean Production System
  • Statistical Thinking
  • Application of tools and techniques of Six Sigma
  • Application of tools and techniques of Design for Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma case studies
  • Lean case studies
  • Six Sigma in Supply Chain
  • Lean Thinking in Supply Chain
  • Statistical Thinking and its link to Six Sigma
  • Leadership for Six Sigma
  • Strategic Six Sigma
  • Project Selection and Prioritisation in Six Sigma


  • This journal aims to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of Six Sigma
  • This is the only refereed journal in the field of Six Sigma which can cover strategic, operational and tactical aspects.
  • It provides a great platform for further research development of Six Sigma from its current status in organisations, publishing the latest issues and challenges associated with Six Sigma implementation.
  • This is the only journal in the field of Lean Six Sigma that appeal to both academics and practitioners alike.

Key Journal Audiences

  • Doctoral students
  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Practitioners of Six Sigma and Lean methodologies
  • Six Sigma and Lean management consultants
  • Business executives
  • Lean Six Sigma champion, etc.


IJLSS is highly distinguished within the field of Lean Six Sigma management and is at the forefront of evolving and refining both Lean Six Sigma theory and practice. The Journal has an excellent academic review process that ensures that publications are of a very high standard and demonstrate international relevance and impact.”

Howard Gitlow, Ph.D.
Professor, Management Science
University of Miami

 International Journal of Lean Six Sigma is Indexed and Abstracted in:

  • British Library
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Scopus
  • Publication Forum (Finland)
  • Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index
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