Call for papers

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites submission of articles for a special issue on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) by June 1, 2011.  A more detailed version of this call for papers can be found at

Extended producer responsibility (EPR)

EPR, also sometimes called product take-back or product stewardship, emerged as a policy strategy in the early 1990s.  In EPR, a producer’s responsibility, physical and/or financial, for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle.  EPR shifts responsibility upstream to the producer and away from municipalities and is intended to provide incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the design of their products. EPR has been applied principally to packaging, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end of life vehicles (ELVs), batteries and household hazardous wastes.

The Special Issue

Naoko Tojo, of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and Atalay Atasu, of the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Reid Lifset of the Center for Industrial Ecology at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University will serve as co-editors of the special issue.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology is an international peer-reviewed bimonthly, owned by Yale University, headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and published by Wiley-Blackwell.  Support for this special issue is provided by Nestle Waters North America.

The special issue is intended to be relevant to diverse audiences­academics, policymakers, business people and environmental advocates­and submissions should be written with that in mind.  Articles from technical specialists should make the implications of their research accessible to non-specialists.  Non-academic contributors should keep in mind that the Journal of Industrial Ecology is a scholarly publication and all submissions will be expected to follow the norms, tone and practices of academic publishing. Please contact the editor with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology is an emerging field that addresses ways in which human production and consumption can be made more sustainable through an emphasis on analyses of the flows and uses of materials and energy.  It encompasses concepts and tools such as loop-closing, life cycle assessment (LCA) and management, material flow analysis (MFA), design for environment and industrial symbiosis.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length including references. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and that it will not be submitted elsewhere while the review process is underway. Papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at <>, indicating that they are intended for the special issue on EPR. Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal’s home page < /jie> or from the editor.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a single blind process using at least two single reviewers.

Send inquiries to:
Reid Lifset
Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA /jie


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