Calls for papers


International Journal of Environment and Waste Management
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management


Special Issue on: "Vermi-technology for Solid Waste Management"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Vinod Kumar Garg and Ms. Renuka Gupta, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India
Prof. Yung-Tse Hung, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Vermicomposting is the process of decomposition of organic matter in which the mutual actions of earthworms and micro-organisms are used to convert the organic waste into vermicompost, a rich soil fertilizer. Almost any agricultural, urban or industrial organic material can be used for vermicomposting providing that it does not contain any toxic material that can harm the earthworms.

Due to increasing urbanisation, industrial growth and high cost related to waste treatment facilities, solid waste management is done in an unsustainable manner, mainly in developing countries. This leads to serious environmental problems in terms of air, ground/surface water pollution and contribution to global warming in the absence of the leachate and gas collection systems in landfills.

Vermicomposting technology provides a sustainable and low input basis to overcome these problems through the management of organic fraction of solid waste streams. Therefore, we call for papers addressing research on vermi-technology for solid waste management and the related areas.

Subject Coverage
Original research paper or reviews are invited in the following and related areas:
  • Vermicomposting of solid wastes from different origins
  • Earthworm and microbial activity during vermicomposting
  • Growth and reproduction of earthworms
  • Fate of different parameters during organic matter transformations
  • Role of enzymes in vermicomposting
  • Assessment of maturity of vermicompost
  • Recovery of nutrients during vermicomposting
  • Optimization of conditions for different types of vermicomposting (batch, continuous, in field, etc.)
  • Vermicomposting and soil fertility
  • Effect of vermicompost on microbial populations in soils

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: 31 December 2009

First turn of papers review: 28 February 2010

Second turn of papers review: 30 April 2010

Final papers submission: 30 June 2010