Journal of Industrial Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 20 Issue 2

Edited By: Reid Lifset

Impact Factor: 3.227

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 44/223 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1530-9290

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international, English language, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed bimonthly designed to foster both understanding and practice in the emerging field of industrial ecology. It is the official journal of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Industrial ecology is a rapidly growing field that systematically examines local, regional, and global materials, and energy flows in products, processes, industrial sectors, and economies. It focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle from the extraction of raw materials, to the production of goods, to the use of those goods and to the management of the resulting wastes.

Topics covered by the Journal of Industrial Ecology include:

  • material and energy flows studies (“industrial metabolism”);
  • dematerialization and decarbonization;
  • technological change and the environment;
  • life cycle planning, design, assessment, and management;
  • design for the environment ('eco-design');
  • extended producer responsibility ('product stewardship');
  • eco-industrial parks ('industrial symbiosis');
  • product-oriented environmental policy; and
  • eco-efficiency.

The Journal deliberately seeks to reach both a professional and an academic audience and to cross disciplinary and national boundaries. Articles submitted to the Journal must be written so that they are appropriate for this diverse audience. Authors, reviewers, and readers must remember that norms and conventions for writing, scholarship, and even editorial give-and-take differ across fields and cultures. Patience with these differences will make the process of bringing a manuscript to final publication easier on everyone involved.

The Journal includes the following sections:

  • Forum, including the feature “Policy Prescriptions”;
  • Research and Analysis, including research notes and the feature “State of the Debate”; and
  • Applications and Implementation.


This section publishes papers related to the policy and strategic implications of industrial ecology as well as the conceptual development of the field. These articles are expected to be provocative and further the dialogue that will advance the development of industrial ecology.

Research and Analysis

This section includes articles that report findings from primary research of a more traditional academic nature. Subjects can range from highly analytic to more policy-oriented. Topics can include analyses of material flows; research on life cycle design, impacts or management; assessment of environmental improvement through technological change; development of industrial symbiosis; economic and institutional analysis; organizational studies related to the implementation of industrial ecology; and material choice determinants.

Applications and Implementation

This section contains articles describing practices springing from industrial ecological principles. Examples would include development of material or product loop-closing systems, introduction of industrial ecological principles or eco-efficiency into the product development cycle, competitive and financial opportunities arising out of industrial ecological practice, and the design and operation of eco-industrial parks. Articles describing government programs and policies that use industrial ecology as a basis for decision making or that facilitate environmentally sound practices relevant to industrial ecology are also sought. Articles should be well-documented beyond the mere description of a practice and should be explicitly related to current discussions in industrial ecology in order to provide grounding for others who are interested.


Articles in all of these sections, including solicited papers, are peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers in a single-blind process. Papers submitted to the Research and Analysis section are required to meet the relevant scholarly standards. Forum articles will be reviewed to ensure the coherence and quality of the arguments advanced. In the case where new tools or methods are proposed, novelty is an important criterion. Manuscripts submitted to the Applications and Implementation section are reviewed to ensure that they relate directly to industrial ecology and that the cases they describe provide insights that are generalizable.

In addition to the articles in these sections, the Journal also contains a series of regular columns and reviews of books and other media devoted to industrial ecology topics.

We would ask that authors conform to JIE style as much as possible in the initial submission, especially with regard to (1) the formatting of references and citations, and (2) the use of text section headings (numbered headings do not conform to JIE style and should be removed).  The JIE Style Guide for Authors at provides guidelines.  Note that authors who use Endnote software for formatting references can download a JIE Endnote Style file at

1. Originality: The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a journal of record. All contributions must be original contributions and should not be under consideration for publication by any other publication. Additional details regarding these requirements can be found in the JIE’s Ethical Guidelines at should also not have been posted on any preprint server.

2. Length: Articles should be between 3,500 and 6,000 words excluding references but including a summary of between 200 and 250 words.

3. Writing Style: Initial submissions should follow JIE style as much as possible (especially with regard to references and section headings, as noted above; JIE style is described at If a manuscript is accepted for publication, any further outstanding style issues will be addressed at that time.

4. Editing: The Journal serves a diverse audience including managers, policymakers, professionals, academics and technical researchers. The need for clear writing accessible across disciplinary boundaries and professions is paramount. Authors must be patient with the editorial process which may be more demanding than that found in journals serving a more homogenous readership.

5. Book Reviews: Authors wishing to review current publications or productions related to industrial ecology should contact the book review editors with their suggestions prior to submitting a manuscript. The book review editors can be contacted at:

Arnold Tukker, TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, BU Innovation and Environment, P.O. Box 49, 2600 AA Delft, The Netherlands. Email:


Mak Dehejia, Claridge House Suite 810N, 950 25th Street NW, Washington, DC, USA 20037. Email:

6. Method of Submission: Authors should submit all manuscripts online via the JIE's ScholarOne Manuscripts submission site (formerly known as Manuscript Central) at  To log in, first confirm whether a JIE-Manuscript Central account may have already been created on your behalf by entering your email address in the Password Help feature; if an account in your name is not found, simply click on New User? > Register here at the right of the page and follow the instructions.  To submit a manuscript, first review  JIE's "Tips for using ScholarOne Manuscripts" at ; then, click on "Author Center" & "Click here to submit a new manuscript" and follow the instructions. Authors who are unable to use this system should contact the editors by email at or by telephone at +1-203-432-6949.


7. Cover Information: The JIE-ScholarOne Manuscripts site provides a user-friendly interface for the provision of all basic information related to the submission including the name, affiliation, address, telephone, fax and email address of all authors, the designation of the corresponding author and for suggesting preferred and non-preferred reviewers. A cover letter can also be entered containing additional information, including details regarding any prior publication or other special aspects of the submission.

8. Copyright: Before publication, authors must sign and return a copyright assignment form (see This document describes the rights retained by authors and the allowed use of the article. If you post an electronic version of the manuscript, you must include a link to the published version of the article together with the following text: “The definitive version is available at”

9. Permissions: The authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to re-print any illustration, figure, lengthy quotation, or in certain cases a table that has been previously published elsewhere.

10. Artwork, figures and tables: The number of figures and tables should not total more than eight (i.e. figures + tables 8) unless permission to exceed that number has been obtained from the editor. Additional figures and tables are welcome as supplementary material posted on the Journal’s Web site. Please be prepared to provide, upon acceptance of the article for publication, electronic files of each figure as separate files in any of the preferred file formats: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), or Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. Please note that figures will either print at a one- or two-column size. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at


If your figure contains elements that should be in subscript or superscript (e.g., as in "m³" or "CO"), please ensure that these elements appear properly subscripted or superscripted in the final figure. If you are using MS Excel to create your chart, Unicode characters can be used to achieve this result (see below). Simply find the needed Unicode character in the table below, copy and paste it into your Excel spreadsheet, and create your chart; the subscripted or superscripted characters should appear properly in the resulting chart. The table below includes the following Unicode (sub- and superscripted) characters that can be copied and pasted: numerals 0 through 9, plus sign, minus sign, equals sign, and left & right parentheses.


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For a more complete set of Unicode subscript and superscript characters from which to copy and paste (including most roman letters), see the Wikipedia article "Subscript and Superscript" ("Unicode" section at If you are encountering any trouble with this process, requests for assistance can be made to

11. Color Figures: To cover the manufacturing costs, we charge a fee of US $500.00 per figure to reproduce figures in color in print. If you would like to have your color figure printed in color, please contact the Editor and fill out a color charge form; otherwise, your figure will be printed in black-and-white. In addition, we offer a service online-only called Color on the Web (CoW). Authors have the option of reproducing their color figures in color in the online version of the article (PDF and full text) even if the figures will be reproduced in black and white in the print version. Please note that the PDF offprints will match the online version of the article; however, the print offprints will match the printed version of the article. If you choose to submit a color figure please let us know how we should proceed. Please also note that color figures to be used as CoW must be suitable for black-and-white reproduction; e.g., the legend must not refer to a color bar and must print in black-and-white in a satisfactory manner

12. Supporting Information: In addition to article content, the Journal offers the opportunity to publish supporting information such as appendices, figures, tables, large data sets, and video as supplementary online material. Supporting information provides additional information that enhances the main text. However, the print version of the paper must be self-contained, and stand on its own merits. Supporting information is reviewed along with the paper and must be approved by the editors, and only material referred to directly in the main text should be included. Explanatory material should be prepared with the same care as the main text, and should be kept to the minimum that is necessary. Please find full instructions on the preparation of supporting information at Please be sure to appropriately entitle your supporting information file and provide an appropriate legend or title within the file..

13. eProofs: After the article has been submitted to Wiley-Blackwell, copyedited, and typeset, the article’s corresponding author will receive an e-mailed notification that a PDF proof of the article is available to download and review. Please note that significant changes cannot be made at this time. Please check your figures and tables carefully in the proofs. Additional instructions will be provided with the eProof in the Proof Instruction letter.

14. Hardcopy Offprints: Authors can purchase article offprints at any time after the proofs stage. At the proofs stage, the Proof Instructions letter will contain a link to an order form.

15. Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services: Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services enables authors to track their article—once it has been accepted—through the production process to online and print publication. Once an article has been received at Wiley-Blackwell, authors may register for Author Services to receive free access to their article PDF offprint and to enjoy the many other benefits the service offers.  For instance, authors may check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated emails at key stages of production. Please ensure that a complete email address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

16. EarlyView: The Journal of Industrial Ecology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s EarlyView service. EarlyView articles are complete, full-text articles published Online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue.  This is considered the publication date, and the article will be citable as published according to this date. Because this is the final published article, no changes can be made after Online publication in EarlyView. 

The nature of EarlyView articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. When you cite an article that is not yet published in print but is Online published on EarlyView, you may do so by citing the DOI. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

17: OnlineOpen: The Wiley-Blackwell OnlineOpen service is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen the author, the author’s funding agency, or the author’s institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency’s preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to set their paper as OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform the Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the Journal’s standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit. However, please notify the Editorial Office of the desire to publish the paper OnlineOpen as soon after the article’s acceptance as possible.