Invitation to submit to special issue "Mining Resources from Water" in Resour. Conserv. Recycl. (IF:10.2)

Monday, February 21, 2022

The journal Resource, Conservation & Recycling (2020 IF 10.2) would like to invite you to submit your work to our special issue on “Mining Resources from Water”.


Enhancing the long-term resource sustainability requires improving the circularity of resource utilization and reducing the environmental impacts of resource mining. Water, being an indispensable resource itself, is also a carrier of many other valuable resources with growing importance in today’s world. From recovering energy, water, and nutrients from municipal wastewater, to extracting critical minerals from seawater and brines, to reusing chemicals in industrial wastewater, there exist growing opportunities for more sustainable extraction, recovery, and reuse of resources from various types of waters. Tapping these opportunities requires the development of novel and effective technologies as well as in-depth understanding of the economics and life cycle impacts of such technologies.

This special issue covers the development and/or analysis of innovative technologies, materials, and engineering practice to extract, recover, or reuse valuable resources from aqueous streams, with both resources and aqueous streams broadly defined. Example topics that are of interest to this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Recovery of water, energy, nutrients from wastewater
  • Extraction of valuable minerals (e.g., lithium, uranium, rare earth metals) from (relatively) low-concentration aqueous sources such as seawater, geothermal brine, and oil/gas produced water
  • Reuse of valuable chemicals recovered from industrial wastewater

We are interested in studies on process development, optimization, and integration, on designing functional materials, and on performing technoeconomic analysis and life cycle assessment to understand and quantify the sustainability benefits of technological developments in this area. Both original research articles and reviews are considered

Special issue editors:

Shihong Lin (Vanderbilt, Managing Editor), Marta Hatzell (Georgia Tech), Ruiping Liu (Tsinghua), George Wells (Northwestern), and Xing Xie (Georgia Tech).

Important Dates

  • Full paper submission deadline: June 1, 2022 (Extended)
  • Publication: As soon as accepted (VSI)

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

A Virtual Special Issue (VSI) is an online-only grouping of Special Issue articles traditionally assigned to a single Special Issue. The articles in a VSI will be assigned a unique identifier and published in a regular journal issue. The unique identifier allows to simultaneously add the article to a VSI in Articles grouped together in a VSI retain their original citation details. A VSI speeds up the publication of individual articles as, unlike the publication process for conventional Special Issue articles, a VSI does not need to wait for the final article to be ready before publication.

A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide for Authors” at: All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the online editorial system ( The authors must select “VSI: Mining Resource From Water” in the submission process.