Call for Papers of VSI: Eco-industrial development around the globe: recent progress and continuing challenges

Industrial Symbiosis and Eco-industrial Development

There is a call for papers for a Virtual Special Issue in the journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling. Below you will find some excerpts from the call's text. Click here if you want to see the full call.

For more than 25 years, eco-industrial development patterns have been explored around the world. The most representative of this eco-industrial development are eco-industrial parks (EIPs) and regional industrial symbiosis.  [...] Within academia, researchers have been investigating in the field of eco-industrial development from various perspectives such as basic theoretical underpinnings, eco-efficiency, material flow analysis, carbon emissions, optimizing efficiency, and sustainability. However, there is still much left to be explored and learned. In this Virtual Special Issue (VSI), we intend to consider the recent scientific achievements and understanding of eco-industrial development at various scales, especially as they relate to the sustainability of the industrial enterprise. Also, we are looking forward to exploring future research directions in this field. Possible topics in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Optimization of eco-industrial networks
  • Comparative analysis of eco-industrial development
  • Methodologies for assessing the benefits of eco-industrial development
  • Eco-industrial strategies for low-carbon development
  • Eco-industrial strategies linked to regional sustainable development
  • Future trend for eco-industrial research

A Virtual Special Issue (VSI) is an online-only grouping of Special Issue articles traditionally assigned to a single Special Issue. Each article in a VSI is assigned a unique identifier and then published in a regular journal issue as soon as available. The unique identifier allows us to simultaneously add the article to a VSI on ScienceDirect which is gradually built up as individual articles are published online. Articles grouped together in a VSI retain their original citation details. A VSI speeds up the publication of individual articles as, unlike the publication process for conventional Special Issue articles, a VSI does not need to wait for the final article to be ready before publication.

Please follow the “Guide for Authors” of RCR to prepare your manuscripts. Please submit your manuscripts via Elsevier Editorial System at and select “VSI: EID” when asked to indicate the “Article Type.”

Important dates:

Manuscript submission deadline: January 31, 2018 (early submissions are welcome)

Deadline for final decision notification: June 30, 2018

Publication: As soon as accepted (VSI)

Managing Guest Editor:

Dr. Zhe Liu, Killam Researcher, School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada