Resource Recovery from Waste programme to coordinate a Research Topic in Frontiers journal

The Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) programme is to coordinate a Research Topic in collaboration with the Gold Open Access scientific publishing platform Frontiers and its associated family of journals. We would like to encourage participation from across the research community to raise visibility and drive momentum in the resource recovery from waste area.

The Research Topic will be comprised of a collection of research articles addressing how resource recovery from waste can be achieved as part of a transition towards a circular economy. The Research Topic aims to bring together research works falling under, but not limited to, the following areas:

  1. Waste streams – wastewaters, E-tech, mining, animal, crop, food, urban, nuclear, etc.
  2. RRfW technologies – energy from waste, biorefinery, metal recovery, materials generation from waste, etc.
  3. “Whole system” design and improvement, especially related to Circular Economy – waste management, sustainable production/consumption, business cases, bio-economy, industrial symbiosis, governance, policy-making, etc.
  4. Methodological approaches to resource/waste value appraisal – decision support tools, sustainability assessments, multi- and uni-dimensional values, metrics development, etc.
  5. Waste management/use associated impacts – landfill, application to land, incineration… impacting upon ecosystem services, animal health, human wellbeing, etc.

As distinct from special issues in other journals, Research Topics in Frontiers act to bring together articles published in any one of the participating Frontiers journals via a dedicated webpage. For the resource recovery from waste Research Topic, participating journals  include: Microbiology; Environmental Science; Earth Science; Energy Research; and Ecology and Evolution. Submitted papers should fit within the scope of the selected journal specialty as well as within the resource recovery from waste Research Topic.

Being part of a Research Topic comes with several advantages. Firstly, articles are easier to find and freely accessible, raising the profile of the research work. All papers will be fully Gold Open Access and published immediately online once accepted, while authors retain the copyright to their work via a Creative Commons CC-BY license. In addition, at the end of the process an e-book will be published completely free of charge; this requires a minimum of ten articles but we are confident that with your help we will be able to achieve this.

Please be aware that the advantages of being part of a Research Topic come at a small cost in the form of a publishing fee. However, this shouldn’t be a barrier to participation in the Research Topic as options exist to provide help if needed (e.g. discounts, institutional agreements, waiver etc).

Abstract submissions are due by 14th May, with manuscripts to be submitted by 15th October and publication expected by the end of the year. Further details are available on the Frontiers Research Topic page for resource recovery from wasteIf you are interested in contributing to this Research Topic, please contact us to receive a direct email will the full call for participation details, including guidelines for publishing with Frontiers and details of fees, including the options for help with these.