Journal of Industrial Ecology

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on

Extended Producer Responsibility

Deadline: June 1, 2011

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) by June 1, 2011.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), also sometimes called product take-back or product stewardship, emerged as a policy strategy in the early 1990s.  EPR, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD 2000), is


an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility, physical and/or financial, for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle. There are two related features of EPR policy: (1) the shifting of responsibility (physically and/or economically; fully or partially) upstream to the producer and away from municipalities, and (2) 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.  Various forms of EPR have been implemented in Asia, Europe, and in the Americas.

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.

Suggested Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this special issue is to examine how EPR has been implemented, its efficiency and effectiveness, new developments in its use and application and its future. Appropriate topics include

Reviews of relevant recent books and reports, including policy documents, are also sought to enrich the special issue. Reviews of web sites and electronic services will also be considered. 


Ancillary data relevant to articles can be posted on the journal's web site in the form of supporting information.


The special issue is intended to be relevant to diverse audiences—academics, policymakers, business people and environmental advocates—and 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 see the guide for non-academic authors at or contact the editor with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

Industrial Ecology

Industrial ecology is an emerging field that examines local, regional, and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial sectors and economies. It focuses on the potential role of industry in reducing environmental burdens throughout the product life cycle and encompasses:

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. All submissions will be reviewed according to the Journal's standard single-blind peer review process using at least two reviewers. Provide a list of 5 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 "EPR" 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.

Send inquiries to:

Reid Lifset
Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA


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