This Special Issue aims to contribute to the management literature with theoretically strong, methodologically robust, and innovative research that has the potential to significantly advance the investigation of the Transition to The Circular Economy. The Scope of the Special Issue will also cover the micro, meso and macro level of analysis and theoretical and policy investigations about the challenges for businesses, Government, and society in the transition to the Circular Economy. This call invites, namely, but not restricted to, contributions from management and business economics research. The Editorial team welcomes quality scholarly research that can either be conceptual, theoretical, or empirical (quantitatively and/or qualitatively approached). For this RAE Special Issue, we accept original research from interested scholars seeking to explore any of the following research strands:

  • Circular economy business models applied in different sectors.
  • Innovation as a support for the transition of businesses to the circular economy.
  • Industry 4.0 as a driver of the circular economy, and the role of Industry 4.0 innovation to support the social and business impact of the transition to the circular economy.
  • Digital transformation and its potential contribution to the success of the circular economy.
  • The social and business impact generated by the circular economy.
  • Theorization of the transition to the circular economy
  • Human side and soft skills capacity building to pursue a circular economy transition.
  • Circular Economy and Stakeholder Engagement: Businesses, Government, and society partnerships and collective efforts in transitioning to the Circular Economy.
  • Implications of the circular economy transition on supply chain management practices (including sustainable sourcing, reverse logistics, closed-loop systems, and collaboration among supply chain partners to enable circularity).
  • Circular economy transition and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We encourage researchers to submit their original work that aligns with the abovementioned themes. Submissions should offer new insights, advance theoretical frameworks, and present robust empirical evidence to enhance understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to the Circular Economy.

Guest Editors

  • Susana Carla Farias Pereira – FGV EAESP, Brazil
  • Simone Sehnem – UNOESC and UNISUL, Brazil
  • Ana Beatriz Lopes de Sousa Jabbour – EM Normandie Business School, France
  • Valentina Gomes Haensel Schmitt, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Fanny Saruchera, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

About the Journal

RAE was launched in 1961 and is one of the most prestigious journals published in Latin America. The journal is currently ranked as level 1 in AJG ABS and indexed by several indexers and databases such as Elsevier’s Scopus, SciELO, IBSS, HAPI, Spell, and JCR/Clarivate (WoS). Accepted articles are published in English and Portuguese or Spanish to reach a wide global audience. RAE is an open-access journal and does not charge publication fees.


Deadline: March 31st, 2024
1st Round Revisions Due: June 30th, 2024
2nd Round Revisions Due: August 30th, 2024
Final Decision/Acceptance: October 31st, 2024

Submission of papers

Papers submitted must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. To be eligible for review, the manuscript must follow the RAE’s guidelines. The submission must be made through the ScholarOne system. For more information, write to:

The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
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