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International Journal of Production Research

Resilient, Human-Centric, and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems towards

Industry 5.0



Guest Editors

  • Prof. Jiewu Leng, Guangdong University of Technology, China. Email:

  • Prof. Dimitris Mourtzis, University of Patras, Greece

  • Prof. Lida Xu, Old Dominion University, USA

  • Prof. Andrew Kusiak, University of Iowa, USA

  • Prof. Duc Truong Pham, University of Birmingham, UK


Submission timeline and instructions

Deadline for manuscript submission: 31 December 2024

Tentative publication date: Q1 2026


About the issue

The European Commission has introduced Industry 5.0 to foster a sustainable, human-centric, and resilient industry within Europe in 2021 (Cotta et al., 2021). Similarly, the Japan Cabinet has coined the term Society 5.0 since 2016. Society 5.0 envisions the next stage of societal development, where digital technologies are utilized to address a plethora of social issues and improve quality of life. When the technology-driven Industry 4.0 paradigm is still in full swing, some studies have been conducted on designs, configurations, and manufacturing implementations towards the realization of resilience, human-centricity, and sustainability visions in Industry 5.0 (Dolgui et al., 2020; Grosse et al., 2023; Ivanov, 2023; Leng et al., 2023; Leng et al., 2023; Leng et al., 2023; Mourtzis et al., 2022; Mourtzis, 2020; Rozanec et al., 2023). Furthermore, a significant disparity persists between individualized requirements and the actual implementation outcomes. In order to promote the transition from a technology-driven initiative in Industry 4.0 to the coexistence and interaction of Industry 4.0 and a value-oriented proposition in Industry 5.0, this Special Issue is proposed to present state-of-the-art research on the methods, technologies, and platforms for designing, configuration, and optimization of resilient, sustainable, and human-centric smart manufacturing systems, to demonstrate the benefits, and to anticipate the potential challenges.



We invite papers that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Resilient manufacturing system

  • Human-centric smart manufacturing

  • Sustainable manufacturing

  • Frameworks, reference architectures, and models of Industry 5.0

  • Decentralized autonomous manufacturing

  • Social manufacturing and mass individualization

  • Manufacturing system design towards Industry 5.0

  • Manufacturing system configuration towards Industry 5.0

  • Manufacturing system operation towards Industry 5.0

  • Manufacturing services towards Industry 5.0

  • Product-service system and product lifecycle management towards Industry 5.0

  • Industrial Metaverse platforms for immersive collaboration

  • Reorganizing of enablers (e.g., industrial artificial intelligence, blockchain, digital twin, cognitive computing, knowledge graph, human-robot collaboration) towards Industry 5.0


Submission process

Follow the guidelines in “Instructions for authors” in the International Journal of Production Research. Submissions to this special issue must represent original materials that have been neither submitted to, nor published in, any other journal. Please select the special issue option "Resilient, Human-Centric, and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems towards Industry 5.0" on the submission form.



Cotta, J., Breque, M., De Nul, L. & Petridis, A. (2021) Industry 5.0 - Towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient European industry.

Dolgui, A., Ivanov, D., Potryasaev, S., Sokolov, B., Ivanova, M. & Werner, F. (2020), "Blockchain-oriented dynamic modelling of smart contract design and execution in the supply chain", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 58 No. 7, pp. 2184-2199.

Grosse, E. H., Sgarbossa, F., Berlin, C. & Neumann, W. P. (2023), "Human-centric production and logistics system design and management: transitioning from Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 61 No. 22, pp. 7749-7759.

Ivanov, D. (2023), "The Industry 5.0 framework: viability-based integration of the resilience, sustainability, and human-centricity perspectives", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 61 No. 5, pp. 1683-1695.

Leng, J., Sha, W., Lin, Z., Jing, J., Liu, Q. & Chen, X. (2023), "Blockchained smart contract pyramid-driven multi-agent autonomous process control for resilient individualised manufacturing towards Industry 5.0", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 61 No. 13, pp. 4302-4321.

Leng, J., Zhong, Y., Lin, Z., Xu, K., Mourtzis, D., Zhou, X., Zheng, P., Liu, Q., Zhao, J. L. & Shen, W. (2023), "Towards Resilience in Industry 5.0: A Decentralized Autonomous Manufacturing Paradigm", Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 7195-114.

Leng, J., Zhu, X., Huang, Z., Xu, K., Liu, Z., Liu, Q. & Chen, X. (2023), "ManuChain II: blockchained smart contract system as the digital twin of decentralized autonomous manufacturing towards resilience in Industry 5.0", IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, Vol. 53 No. 8, pp. 4715-4728.

Mourtzis, D. (2020), "Simulation in the design and operation of manufacturing systems: state of the art and new trends", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 58 No. 7, pp. 1927-1949.

Mourtzis, D., Panopoulos, N., Angelopoulos, J., Wang, B. & Wang, L. (2022), "Human centric platforms for personalized value creation in metaverse", Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 65653-659.

Rozanec, J. M., Novalija, I., Zajec, P., Kenda, K., Ghinani, H. T., Suh, S., Veliou, E., Papamartzivanos, D., Giannetsos, T., Menesidou, S. A., Alonso, R., Cauli, N., Meloni, A., Recupero, D. R., Kyriazis, D., Sofianidis, G., Theodoropoulos, S., Fortuna, B., MladeniC, D. & Soldatos, J. (2023), "Human-centric artificial intelligence architecture for industry 5.0 applications", International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 61 No. 20, pp. 6847-6872.

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