Journal of Industrial Ecology

Call for Papers:

Special Issue on

Environmental Applications of Information and Communications Technology 

Deadline: September 15, 2009

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on Environmental Applications of Information and Communications Technology by September 15, 2009. Scott Matthews of Carnegie Mellon University and Eric Masanet of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will serve as co-editors of the special issue.

Innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) continue to emerge at a dizzying pace. Databases, sensors, satellite communications, and mobile communications have been used since their emergence in the marketplace for a wide variety of environmental purposes. This special issue is intended to examine new applications of ICT to environmental management and policy, especially as they relate to the central concerns and methods of industrial ecology.

Industrial ecology is an emerging field that examines the flow of materials and energy at various scales as part of  the study and pursuit of sustainable production and consumption.

Support for this special issue is provided by the Leading Edge Forum of the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia, USA.

Suggested Topics for the Special Issue

The goal of this special issue is to examine applications of ICT that produce environmental gains, especially those involving resource efficiency, loop-closing, design for the environment, and other concepts central to industrial ecology. Appropriate topics include:

Papers can describe generic applications, assess conceptual issues and/or present case studies of specific applications. Papers should comply with the state of the art methodology in life cycle assessment, material flow accounting, and related analytical techniques. Case studies which are rich in detail, forthcoming about both strengths and weaknesses of applications, and which avoid promotional descriptions of companies or technologies are especially welcome.
How to Submit
Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 7,000 words in length. 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. Papers should be submitted electronically via Manuscript Central at <>. 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
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT, 06511-2189  USA


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