Journal of Industrial Ecology

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on

Sustainability in Manufacturing:

The Role of Life Cycle Engineering

Deadline: December 1, 2012   Deadline Extended - New Deadline: January 15, 2013

Pressure from the public, policymakers, and especially suppliers and customers have prompted manufacturing firms to extend their traditional environmental efforts to encompass a life cycle perspective—giving rise to the emerging discipline of life cycle engineering. As energy and resource efficiency have become a major research focus within the last decade, a comprehensive foundation in terms of technologies, methods and tools for reducing the energy and resource consumption of manufacturing processes has begun to develop. However, there are important unanswered questions such as whether reducing energy and resource consumption compromises the quality performance of the process, and how best to manage the dynamic interdependencies between process parameters, machine design, manufacturing process chains and factory design, and environmental impacts.

The special issue is concerned with technologies, methods, and tools that can support companies in their efforts towards sustainability in manufacturing while embracing the life cycle perspective.

Suggested Topics

Issues addressed may include (but are not limited to):

Papers addressing the above topics are invited from industrial ecologists, manufacturing and design engineers, production and operations researchers, economists, and environmental scientists with an interest in sustainable manufacturing. Papers can address fundamental research, development of cross-cutting conceptual frameworks, applied tools, field work case studies, and inter-disciplinary curricula, but must include a life cycle perspective. Contributions from practitioners are encouraged. 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 see the guide for non-academic authors at or contact the editor with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length excluding references. Ancillary data relevant to articles can be posted on the journal's web site in the form of supporting information.  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. All submissions will be reviewed according to the Journal's standard single-blind peer review process. Provide a list of 4 recommended reviewers and a list of any potential reviewers that you would prefer that we not use (e.g., with conflict of interest). Papers should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly called Manuscript Central) at Please indicate that this is a submission for the “Sustainable Manufacturing” issue on the author checklist during the submission process. Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal's Web page or from the editor.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for this special issue by December 1, 2012.The Guest Editors for this issue are Christoph Herrmann (Technische Universität Braunschweig), Sami Kara (University of New South Wales), Michael Hauschild (Denmark Technical University), and Timothy Gutowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

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


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