Op-Ed is journalism shorthand for Opinion or Editorial piece.
Sometimes they are more commonly seen, in either print or online publications, as:
In some publications (e.g. smaller community newspapers, student newspapers like the Royal Purple), virtually anybody can submit an opinion piece and be almost guaranteed publication. In others (e.g. larger newspapers, specialized trade journals or magazines), the editors are more discerning and are more likely to reject pieces that they feel will not interest their particular readership.
Some examples of student editorials from previous ITSCM 456 students and another SCM class:
Op-eds use a very different writing style than your previous academic papers!
Some characteristics of op-eds include:
Read the articles below for more instructions:
Many publications publish op-eds in some form.
You will need to explore a variety of possible outlets. More specific to your area of interest = more likely the publisher will accept it.
Some of the sources below might not accept external op-ed submissions (i.e., all of their op-eds are either by their paid editorial staff, or by invited contributors). I have not investigated every one -- YOU will need to investigate your publications of interest. Look on their website for a page that says About Us, Contact Us (and look for the Editorial director or a similar title), or Submission Guidelines.
Supply-chain specific trade journals:
If you are looking for a specific trade journal for your area of interest, contact me. The above is only a sampling -- there are hundreds more for every area of the economy -- e.g. automotive, fashion, nutrition, etc. We can discover them through an advanced search in Ulrich's.