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Open Agriculture: Topical Issue "Towards a Circular Economy using Green Chemistry and Biorefinery"

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Dr. Carol Sze Ki LIN, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong
Dr. Pommeret Aude, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong
Dr. Egid Mubofu, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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

Increasing demand for consumer goods from an increasing world population is placing enormous strain on the resources needed by the worlds manufacturing industries. Traditional resources have often been from non-renewable sources located in relatively accessible regions but these are finite, their exploitation non-sustainable and they are becoming scarce.  At the same time, the wastes generated in manufacturing and in use of the articles of today’s society have been allowed to accumulate in rapidly filling landfill sites or disposed of in other environmentally harmful ways. The Circular Economy seeks a closed loop approach to the twin problems of resource and waste by making the latter the solution to the former – waste is the future resource.  The most interesting of the large volume wastes is bio-wastes including forestry and agricultural by-products, and food supply chain wastage.  To fully exploit the concept and make it widely useful while maintaining environmental advantage, we need to use Green Chemistry and Biorefinery.


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 Towards a Circular Economy using Green Chemistry and Biorefinery.

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, which are located at

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 Dr. Carol Sze Ki LIN at carollin@cityu.edu.hk, Dr. Egid B. Mubofu at ebmubofu@gmail.com and ebmubofu@udsm.ac.tz, Dr. Pommeret Aude at aude.pommeret@cityu.edu.hk 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 Editors;
  • 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.