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Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies: Methodological challenges and new opportunities for impact

The Journal of Industrial Ecology invites you to submit articles for a special issue on the Life Cycle Assessment of Emerging Technologies.

Suggested Topics for the Special Issue

This special issue provides a forum for multiple aspects of the application of LCA to emerging technologies with relevance to the diverse audiences involves—academics, policymakers, business people and environmental advocates. It will accommodate a mix of method and case study articles.

The issue’s scope explicitly spans the entire spectrum of methodological issues that pertain the application of LCA to emerging technologies. Appropriate topics include: 

  • Emerging LCA methods for emerging technologies and related governance.
  • Integration of life cycle assessment and techno-economic assessment, market dynamics, technology landscapes and experience curves.
  • Novel scenario analysis and case studies, particularly those that go beyond application of LCA to an emerging technology by incorporating novel methodological aspects.

Submissions should be written with the diverse audience in mind.  Articles from technical specialists should make the implications of their research accessible to non-specialists.  Please contact the editors with any questions about the fit of a contribution for this issue.

Ancillary data relevant to articles can be posted on the journal's web site in the form of supporting information. Reviews of relevant recent books and reports, including policy studies, are also sought to enrich the special issue.


Special Issue Deadline: August 1, 2018 for full submission


Special Issue Editorial Team

Joule Bergerson, University of Calgary, Canada

Stefano Cucurachi, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Jeroen Guineé, Leiden University, the Netherlands

Tom Seager, Arizona State University, USA

Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global, USA

How to Submit

Manuscripts should be original, previously unpublished, in English, and between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length excluding references and tables. 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 ScholarOne at <http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jie>, indicating that they are intended for the special issue on “LCA of emerging technologies.” Details about the preparation of the manuscript can be obtained from the Journal's home page <http://jie.yale.edu/author_resources> or from the editor.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed in a single blind process using at least two reviewers.

Papers completing the review process prior to the release of the special issue will be posted online as soon as they have completed the production process.

Deadline: 1st August, 2018