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About Journal of Remanufacturing

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Journal of Remanufacturing, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

The Journal of Remanufacturing aims to establish an effective channel of communication between academic and research institutions, industry and persons concerned with the challenges and significance of remanufacturing. The international dimension is emphasized in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of global sustainability given the significant adverse ecological impacts of accelerating global industrialization.

The journal's focus is to propose and foster discussion that would assist:

  • The establishment of the intellectual foundation and direction for the longer-term development of remanufacturing research.
  • Step changes in remanufacturing knowledge via holistic, interdisciplinary research that fuses academic and industrial expertise.
  • Communication of practice and research developments to enable industry to use remanufacturing to address competitive, environmental and legislative pressures.

The journal will seek remanufacturing research within the broad engineering (product and process design) and business (operations, supply chain, marketing, and economics) fields. This will include practices and concepts with regards to remanufacturing in, for example, the following areas:

Remanufacturing Strategy

  • nbsp;Marketing and branding of end-of-Life products
  • nbsp;New business models and new consumption modes
  • nbsp;End of life strategy
  • nbsp;General strategy and business development
  • nbsp;End of life economics

Remanufacturing Operations

  • nbsp;Product development and management
  • nbsp;Production and operations management
  • nbsp;Reverse logistics and closed-loop supply chain
  • nbsp;Lean remanufacturing

Remanufacturing Engineering

  • nbsp;Design and manufacture including customization
  • nbsp;Disassembly including non-destructive disassembly mechanisms (e.g. active disassembly)
  • nbsp;Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • nbsp;Tools and techniques
  • nbsp;Inspection and testing
  • nbsp;Cleaning processes and technology
  • nbsp;Materials

Why is remanufacturing important?

The significance of remanufacturing is that it is a critical strategy in waste management, material recovery and sustainable manufacturing and can help producers address the environmental, legislative and competitive pressures of modern manufacture.

Conventional manufacturing is unsustainable because of its significant adverse environmental impacts. Manufacturing generates more than 60% of annual non-hazardous waste (Nasr and Varel 1996) and causes problems including pollution and shortages and therefore high cost of landfill space and virgin materials.

International legislation now aim to force manufactures to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and manufacturing process and to penalize them depending on the amount of waste they produce. Also, global competition requires organizations to reduce product price whilst maintaining quality.

Remanufacturing can help companies address these competitive, legislative and environmental pressures. For example it simultaneously improves competitiveness and limits environmental damage due to production by reducing production costs via reductions in processing and raw material usage. By integrating waste back into the production cycle it limits landfill and cost of waste disposal.

Open access

All articles published by Journal of Remanufacturing are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Remanufacturing therefore levies an article-processing charge of £695/$1185/€880 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication:

Research articles: reports of data from exceptional original research. These articles will form the major content of the journal.

Reviews: provide a factual account of recent developments within an area of research. Most are commissioned, though suggestions of topics are always welcome. In-depth reviews provide substantial coverage of a subject in a single longer article, and multi-author thematic series explore a subject in a series of concise, narrowly focused review articles coordinated by a leading authority in the field.

Case Studies: descriptions of major studies relevant to the journal field. Case study articles should include a rigorous assessment of the processes and the impact of the study, as well as recommendations for the future.

Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles of contemporary interest on any subject within the journal's scope. Most are commissioned, although unsolicited commentaries are welcome and are routinely peer reviewed.

Letters to the Editor: may discuss material published in the Journal of Remanufacturing or particular issues of general interest to the readership. They may also present a community announcement within the field.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Journal of Remanufacturing, a personalized section of the site.

Portability of peer review

In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Journal of Remanufacturing, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Journal of Remanufacturing and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.

Reprints

Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.

Supplements

Journal of Remanufacturing will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Correspondence concerning articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Journal of Remanufacturing. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.

Editorial standards

SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.

We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:

  • Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
  • A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
  • Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
  • Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
  • Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.

Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.

Data and materials release

Submission of a manuscript to Journal of Remanufacturing implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences, and atomic coordinates should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.

Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Competing interests

Journal of Remanufacturing requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.

Plagiarism detection

Journal of Remanufacturing's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Journal of Remanufacturing to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

Citing articles in Journal of Remanufacturing

Articles in Journal of Remanufacturing should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. J Reman [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. J Reman 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Journal of Remanufacturing?

High visibility

Journal of Remanufacturing's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Remanufacturing offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Remanufacturing and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Journal of Remanufacturing gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Journal of Remanufacturing's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.

In addition, articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing.

Authors of articles published in Journal of Remanufacturing retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement).

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