Journal of Industrial Ecology

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Edited By: Reid Lifset

Impact Factor: 2.276

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 76/210 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1530-9290

Overview


The Journal of Industrial Ecology addresses a series of related topics:

  • material and energy flows studies ('industrial metabolism') 

  • technological change 

  • dematerialization and decarbonization 

  • life cycle planning, design and assessment 

  • design for the environment 

  • extended producer responsibility ('product stewardship') 

  • eco-industrial parks ('industrial symbiosis') 

  • product-oriented environmental policy 

  • eco-efficiency


Aims and Scope


What is Industrial Ecology?

Industrial ecology is a rapidly growing field that systematically examines local, regional and global materials and energy uses and 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. Industrial ecology is ecological in that it (1) places human activity -- industry in the very broadest sense -- in the larger context of the biophysical environment from which we obtain resources and into which we place our wastes, and (2) looks to the natural world for models of highly efficient use of resources, energy and byproducts. By selectively applying these models, the environmental performance of industry can be improved. Industrial ecology sees corporate entities as key players in the protection of the environment, particularly where technological innovation is an avenue for environmental improvement. As repositories of technological expertise in our society, corporations provide crucial leverage in attacking environmental problems through product and process design.

About the Journal

The Journal of Industrial Ecology addresses a series of related topics:

  • material and energy flows studies ('industrial metabolism') 

  • technological change 

  • dematerialization and decarbonization 

  • life cycle planning, design and assessment 

  • design for the environment 

  • extended producer responsibility ('product stewardship') 

  • eco-industrial parks ('industrial symbiosis') 

  • product-oriented environmental policy 

  • eco-efficiency

Journal of Industrial Ecology is open to and encourages submissions that are interdisciplinary in approach. In addition to more formal academic papers, the journal seeks to provide a forum for continuing exchange of information and opinions through contributions from scholars, environmental managers, policymakers, advocates and others involved in environmental science, management and policy. The journal welcomes submissions for any of the following editorial departments: 

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

Research and Analysis
This section include articles that report findings from primary research of a more traditional academic nature. Subjects can range from highly analytic to more policy-oriented. Topics would include analyses of materials flows, assessment of environmental improvement through technological change, development of eco-industrial parks, 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 decisionmaking or that facilitate environmentally sound practices relevant to industrial ecology are also sought. Articles should be well-documented beyond 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.

Reviews
Authors wishing to review current publications related to industrial ecology should contact the book review editor with their suggestions prior to submitting a manuscript. 


Keywords


journal, industrial, ecology, environment, environmental science, waste, resource management, recycling, pollution, energy, by-products, corporate, biophysics, eco-efficiency, sustainability, closed loop, product life cycle


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