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Open Agriculture: Topical Issue on Beyond biofuel: bio-based products at the gateway of the European bioeconomy

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Prof. Piergiuseppe Morone, Unitelma-Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy


New Open Agriculture journal, launched by De Gruyter Open, is currently seeking submissions for Topical Issue.

Biofuels production has long attracted attention of researchers, analysts and policy makers, dominating the debate on the needed transition from a fossil-fuel economy to a bioeconomy. However, the mere production of bioenergy does not exploit biomass components efficiently.

Bio-based products are likely to be the most valuable option both in economic and environmental terms. For instance bio-based products can be grown and processed close to their point of use, thus reducing significantly transportation costs and associated pollution. Moreover, the use of biomass in the chemical industry generates about 8 times more employment than the use of biomass for biofuels (Piotrowski and Carus, 2015). In spite of all this, the current framework of action of the European bioeconomy is still disfavouring the material applications, preventing European bioeconomy from tapping into its full potential (Carus et al., 2014).

We call for papers that broadly address the issue of bio-based products, focusing on the economic, environmental, technological, political or regulatory aspects associated with this new and promising sector.


The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Beyond biofuel: bio-based products at the gateway of the European bioeconomy.

Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors.

All papers will go through the Open Agriculture high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure.

We are looking forward to your submission up to September 30th 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Piergiuseppe Morone at Piergiuseppe.morone@unitelma.it, or Agnieszka Topolska at Agnieszka.Topolska@degruyteropen.com

As an author of Open Agriculture you will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review managed by our esteemed Guest Editor;
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open e-technology;
  • no publication fees;
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.