Innovative Products and Services for Sustainable Societal Development – Journal of Cleaner Production – Elsevier

Sustainable development is a broad field that needs innovation. The challenges facing sustainable development are complex and no single innovation will be sufficient for societies to make the necessary transitions to equitable, post-fossil carbon societies. Therefore, societies require a wide diversity of innovations in order to make real progress. Therefore, multi-disciplinary thinking, research and practice are needed. The best way to ‘solve’ the complex challenges presented by climate changes and numerous other problems is to search for innovative solutions in a multi-disciplinary manner. This is essential in order to break away from the old stagnant ways of thinking to create sustainable and equitable solutions. The objectives of this Special Volume (SV) of the Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLP) are based on this common sense reasoning.


The first objective of the SV is to explore new innovations and their management in several thematic areas, which in different ways can contribute to sustainable societal development. The second objective of the SV is to explore holistic and innovative ways to combine advancements in different fields, and to develop overarching sustainable solutions.


In order to meet these objectives several thematic areas will need to be addressed. The themes cover products and services as well as their production, operations and supply chains. Parallel to these themes, Innovation management, Knowledge management and Information technology must be investigated. These themes cover tangible and intangible elements that are needed to develop, test and implement sustainable solutions.


The papers of the ICIM2014 – International Conference on Innovation and Management – are potential candidates for this SV. Between 15-20% of the ICIM2014 papers will be selected as candidates for this SV, and the authors of the selected papers will be invited to develop full peer review-ready documents according to the attached schedule. The authors of the selected papers will have about three months to improve and upgrade their conference papers to a high quality journal article, which is peer review ready, according to the guidelines of the Journal of Cleaner Production. This Call for papers (CfPs) is also open to our colleagues who did not attend the ICIM2014 conference.


Once your article has been accepted you will receive an email from Author Services. This email contains a link to check the status of your article. Track your accepted paper



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