Focus and Scope
Worldwide Waste is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal presenting innovative research on waste from around the world. It provides the first scholarly platform for open-access scholarship that critically interrogates the cultural, social, economic and political systems within which waste is created, managed and circulated. Since both the materials of discards and their meanings vary in time and space, research on waste needs to attend to empirical investigation of local contexts.
Devoted to scholarship, the journal privileges no particular theories, debates or trends. Its goal is to actively stimulate publications of innovative scholarship on relatively unexplored topics and/or from geographical areas that have thus far been underrepresented in waste studies. One of the aims of the journal is to counteract the Eurocentric character of much current work about waste.
The scope of Worldwide Waste is not restricted to the present, but welcomes contributions from scholars investigating historical aspects of human relationships with waste. As interdisciplinarity is the central principle, submissions are encouraged from across the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, ecology, geography, politics, sociology, and science and technology studies. Submissions are also welcomed from disciplines in which waste-related research is currently less prominently represented, such as literature, philosophy, and the visual and performing arts.
The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.
Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.
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