A call for a special issue on circular economy

Special Issue Title: The transition toward a Circular Economy: the challenge in sustainable development for the Countries

Important dates

Manuscripts due by: 20-01-2023
Notification to authors: 20-03-2023
Final versions due by: 20-04-2023


Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this Special Issue is to explore new circular economy findings and approaches for the achievement of the environment, sustainability and governance goals. We encourage submissions investigating the application of circular economy models in both theoretical and practical approaches to the countries challenge. The common ground of circularity has the potential to cross interdisciplinary approach: the field of renewable energy, agriculture, marine, maritime industries, infrastructure, buildings, digital technologies, as well as the innovation paths for new sustainable products. We welcome articles that address countries behaviour, on the subject of circular design approaches. It is interesting to note that, will be given preference to  the articles that  multidisciplinary in nature, that captures the best practices, to design an evaluation system with particular attention to:

- the state of the art;

- the logic of actions;

- the evaluation of indicators focusing on the relation between countries and circular economy model.

The papers chosen for this Special Issue will be subjected to a rigorous peer review process, with the purpose of ensuring the speedy and widespread dissemination of research findings, advancements, and applications.

The Article Processing Charge (APC) is 1250 Euro. The best 5 articles with the characteristics highlighted above will be published with the entire coverage of the Open Access Journal (OAJ).

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at following link http://esij.site/index.php/esi by registering and logging in to this website. Alternatively, the papers can be sent to the guest editors e-mails provided below. The full manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline (see important dates). All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published together. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page http://jssidoi.org/jesi/instructions-for-authors. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Conference papers are not accepted. Authors can submit an article that is based on a conference paper, so long as it has been substantially revised, expanded and rewritten so that it is significantly different from the conference paper or presentation on which it is based. The article must be sufficiently different to make it a new, original work. As a guideline, the rewritten article can have a similarity index with the original conference paper of no more than 12%.

The topics mentioned above, see also keywords were recently covered in the following articles. The references are not exclusive but intend to indicate only some possible addresses to be given to the special issue:

Marino, A., & Pariso, P. (2022). Performance Evaluation of a Circular Economy: An International Comparison. In Circular Economy and Waste Valorisation (pp. 1-25). Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04725-1_1   

Khadim, N., Agliata, R., Marino, A., Thaheem, M. J., & Mollo, L. (2022). Critical review of nano and micro-level building circularity indicators and frameworks. Journal of Cleaner Production, 131859. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131859

Marino, A., & Pariso, P. (2021). The Comparison of Twenty-eight EU Member States in the Transition toward a Circular Economy, Using a Composite Index. The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, 16 (2), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1077/CGP/v16i02/1-14

Marino, A., & Pariso, P. (2021). The transition towards to the circular economy: European SMEs' trajectories. Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues, 8(4), 431. https://doi.org/10.9770/jesi.2021.8.4(26)

Marino, A., & Pariso, P. (2020). Comparing European countries' performances in the transition towards the Circular Economy. Science of the Total Environment, 729, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138142

Strielkowski, W., Civín, L., Tarkhanova, E., Tvaronavičienė, M., & Petrenko, Y. (2021). Renewable energy in the sustainable development of electrical power sector: A review. Energies, 14(24). https://doi.org/10.3390/en14248240

Subject Coverage

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • circular economy
  • countries
  • green transformation
  • renewable energy
  • critical raw materials
  • resource-intensive sectors
  • sustainability
  • digital innovation
  • agriculture
  • marine
  • infrastructure
  • buildings
  • environmental
  • governance

Guest Editor(s) details

*Title [Prof]:

Circular Economy for the environment and energy


Alfonso Marino


Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania








*Title [Dr]:

Business Economics


Paolo Pariso


Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania