Calls for papers


International Journal of Design Engineering
International Journal of Design Engineering


Special issue on: "From Green Design to Eco-innovation and Sustainable Product Design"

Guest Editor: Professor Dominique Millet, SUPMECA - Toulon, France
Professor A. Aoussat, ENSAM - Paris, France
Dr C. Herrmann, TU Braunschweig, Germany
Professor D. Brissaud, University of Grenoble, France
Professor Chris MacMahon, University of Bath, UK

In recent times, we have seen an increase in raw material costs, opposition to incinerators and discharges, stricter environmental legislation, increased urgency to reduce climate change, increased sensitivity to environmental issues from consumers, etc., all of which place a strong demand on environmentally-friendly product design.

Many research works have been developed worldwide in order to integrate environmental issues into the design process. Resulting from these developments, various tools and methods have been emerging, including design for disassembly, design for recycling, selection of materials for green design, quantitative life cycle related methods such as life cycle assessment, qualitative life cycle related methods such as material energy toxicity matrix and MIPS, environmental quality function deployment such as e-QFD and eco-QFD, and environmental effects analysis (EEA).

The evolution of product design is very positive and the tools and methods have become more complete and robust. However, the existing tools and methods have their weaknesses: they are product-centred rather than service-centred, multiple life cycles are rarely considered, they are generally oriented towards improvement rather than innovation, sustainability criteria are hardly taken into account, and so on.

To overcome these weaknesses, it is necessary to develop a new category of design methods. Many researchers have already started the work concerning more "service-centred", "sustainable" or "eco-innovative" design processes. The research has revealed new knowledge in models, heuristics, methods, tools, learning processes, software, etc.

The purpose of this Call is to get up-to-date knowledge and the most recent developments in this subject and to spread them within our community.

Subject Coverage
Topics of relevance include, but are not limited to:
  • Design for environment, eco-design or eco-efficiency methods and tools
  • Management and strategy of the end of life of products
  • Eco-innovation process and factor X
  • Environmental methods like e-QFD, eco-TRIZ or EEA
  • Dematerialisation and product-service system (PSS) approach
  • Design for sustainability
  • Design for remanufacturing and reuse
  • Life cycle design
  • New life cycle analysis methods
  • Industrial eco-system, eco-supply-chain and eco-packaging
  • 3D concurrent engineering
  • Cradle to cradle approach

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

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

Important Dates

Submission of papers: 1 August, 2008

First decision notification: 1 October 2008

Submission of revised papers: 15 December, 2008

Final decision notification: 15 February, 2009