About the Journal
The purpose of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE) is to publish papers with broad appeal that make significant contributions to one or more of the multiple sub areas of renewable and sustainable energy. JRSE is an interdisciplinary publication concerned with all aspects of renewable and sustainable energy production, transport, storage, efficiency, and use around the globe.
JRSE is published by AIP Publishing(AIP); content is published online daily and collected into a bimonthly online issue (6 issues per year).
AIP is proud to employ Editors and Associate Editors who are working scientists, performing research and analysis on the forefront of their chosen field. Their expertise and judgement provide JRSE with up-to-date outlook for a journal in the ever-evolving renewable energy landscape. The Editors are responsible for the scientific content and other editorial matters pertaining to the Journal.
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* Data from the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® Science Edition (Thomson Reuters, 2016).
The online international standard serial number (ISSN) for JRSE is 1941-7012
The CODEN is JRSEBH.
Focus and Coverage
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of renewable and sustainable energy relevant to the physical science and engineering communities. The interdisciplinary approach of the publication ensures that the editors draw from researchers worldwide in a diverse range of fields.
Topics covered include:
- Renewable Energy Economics and Policy
- Renewable Energy Resource Assessment
- Solar Energy: Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Energy, and Solar Energy for Fuels
- Wind Energy: Wind Farms, Rotors And Blades, On And Offshore Wind Conditions, Aerodynamics, Fluid Dynamics
- Bioenergy: Biofuels, Biomass Conversion, and Artificial Photosynthesis
- Distributed Energy Generation: Rooftop PV, Distributed Fuel Cells, Distributed Wind, Micro Hydrogen Power Generation
- Power Distribution & Systems Modeling: Power Electronics and Controls, Smart Grid
- Energy Efficient Buildings: Smart Windows, PV, Wind, Power Management
- Energy Conversion: Flexoelectric, Piezoelectric, Thermoelectric, Other Technologies
- Energy Storage: Batteries, Supercapacitors, Hydrogen Storage, Other Fuels
- Fuel Cells: Proton Exchange Membrane Cells, Solid Oxide Cells, Hybrid Fuel Cells, Other
- Marine And Hydroelectric Energy : Dams, Tides, Waves, Other
- Transportation: Alternative Vehicle Technologies, Plug-In Technologies, Other
- Geothermal Energy
P. Craig Taylor
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA
John A. Turner
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, USA
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Verónica Bermúdez Benito
Nexcis, Rousset, France
Zhiqun (Daniel) Deng
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA
University of California, Riverside, USA
Shanghai Jiatong University
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Wind Energy - DTU Risø Campus
Toyota Central R&D Laboratories, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
ICUE-CNRS/University, Strasbourg, France
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, USA
Manuscripts submitted to the journal undergo a rigorous peer-review process, overseen by both the Co-Editors and Associate Editors. If the editors judge it to fall within the scope of the Journal, the submitted manuscript is sent to two referees for evaluation. In rare cases decisions will be made with only one review. The identities of all referees remain confidential. On the basis of the referee reports, the Editors will make a decision either to accept the paper for publication, to reject it, or to ask the author for revisions suggested by the referee. Revised versions should be sent to the editorial office in a timely manner, or else the original receipt date may be replaced.
A paper published in JRSE should fit the following criteria:
- English usage is clear and concise
- Mathematics are formulated precisely, in a manner understandable to scientists and engineers.
- Relevant background information is provided when necessary without dominating the paper.
- Content is scientifically sound and logically presented
- The paper will contribute significantly to the existing body of literature and be accessible and of interest to the broad and interdisciplinary community of JRSE readers.
Manuscripts that the editors deem insufficient with regard to the above criteria can be rejected without refereeing. (For further details, see Information for Contributors.)
It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that all authors approve the inclusion of their names on the byline. If the name of a co-author is added or removed, the approval of all original authors is required. A co-author being added must send his or her approval in writing. Papers are not published until the required signatures are received.
Authors publishing in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy will retain copyright and are required to complete an exclusive license to publish agreement. In keeping with the ethical standards and best practices of the publishing industry, submission to the Journal implies that the work has neither been previously copyrighted nor accepted for publication elsewhere. Since completion of the License to Publish Agreement is required before publication, electronic acceptance of the Agreement during the submission process can prevent unnecessary delays. The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy also requires authors to inform the editors if a paper has been previously submitted to another journal, whether or not it is currently active with that journal.
Authors who disagree with the Editors' decision to reject their paper may appeal. If the disagreement cannot be resolved, including by consultation with the original or additional reviewers as appropriate, the arguments of both sides will be presented to an independent third party adjudicator for their judgment. As a final resort, an author may appeal the decision by making a request to the Editors that the case be reviewed by the Publisher of AIP Publishing. The Publisher will not make direct decisions whether or not a paper should be accepted for publication, but rather will assess whether procedures were followed properly. Additional rounds of review or adjudication would be called for at that stage only if proper procedures were not followed.
Format and Content: Manuscripts may be submitted in several formats: Articles, Tutorials, Letters, Comments, and Errata. In addition to the above formats which appear in most issues, JRSE also occasionally publishes, by invitation only, Special Topic Sections, Perspective articles, and Review articles. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal should have some broad interest to workers in more than one subfield of renewable and sustainable energy. Papers on more specialized topics, which will be of interest to a limited number of readers in only one subfield, should be submitted to more specialized journals.
Authors should place their work in context by including references to relevant published literature. While there is no length limit for Articles, authors should make every effort to keep the manuscript as short as possible consistent with a clear description of the research. It is often appropriate to present a piece of work as a single, longer article rather than breaking the work down into several shorter articles. However, in all cases, the editors will have to be satisfied that the length of an article is appropriate for the information that it contains.
Regular Articles: Most manuscripts are submitted as Regular Articles. These articles are intended to be full-length, topically relevant, timely, and important reports of advances in renewable energy research or policy. Articles should not contain previously published material and should have a significant quantity of new material. Authors should avoid spreading related results over several papers when the scientific argument would be made more persuasive by grouping many results in a single paper. The utility of new methods or techniques should be demonstrated, often by a significant example using the new method. Routine experiments or calculations that simply extend previous methods to a new system are not appropriate unless the results are used to significantly advance the solution of an important problem.
Tutorials: The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy is committed to serving the needs of the worldwide renewable energy community, especially those people just starting out in the field. To that end, the journal features a Tutorials section, aimed at the advanced graduate-level to help shape the next generation of renewable energy researchers and consumers as well as to support researchers interested in engaging in specific topics/techniques and/or improving their skills in a particular area. Further information regarding submitting a Tutorial can be found in the Tutorial Instruction link in the left navigation pane.
Letters: The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy maintains a Letters section, devoted to preliminary reports of highly significant work whose rapid publication will be important to a relatively large number of workers in the field. Letters may be complete themselves or may be followed by Regular Articles, which present substantial additional significant information. Letters have a length limit of 3500 words.
Comments and Responses: The purpose of a Comment is to correct significant errors in articles published in the Journal, to take issue with the conclusions reached, or to provide additional insight or corroboration. Comments must be concise, substantive, and free of polemics. They must address scientific issues only. Comments on questions of priority or calling attention to an oversight in a reference list are discouraged. The Editor-in-Chief will decide on the acceptance of Comments and Responses for publication only after the two parties have submitted final versions of their pieces. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to send the pieces to an adjudicator or to reject the pieces for publication.
Errata: Errata are intended to be corrections of errors in previously published papers. These may be either errors introduced in the publication process by either the author or the publisher, or errors in the research that were only discovered after the paper has been published. Errata should be confined to specific errors. Further discussion or additional work that either confirms or denies previous work should be presented as a separate Article, or Comment.
Perspective Articles: An invited-only section, Perspectives are intended as overviews of significant emerging areas or areas of increasing importance to readers of the Journal. These articles are intended to provide an introduction of the subject to scientists and/or policymakers who have not themselves worked on the problem, and also to provide a summary of the state-of-the-art to experts in the field. Unlike a Review Article, the authors of Perspectives are encouraged to comment on the future of the field. Perspective Articles will be published infrequently on no fixed schedule, and will be commissioned by the Editors.
Special Topic Sections: Special Topic sections will be published occasionally and on no fixed schedule. These are intended to be collections of articles connected by a single topical thread, containing reports of new research results or policy analyses that significantly advance our understanding of the field, and they will be reviewed using the usual criteria for Articles in the Journal. Special Topic sections may be assembled by the regular Editors or by a guest Editor. In all cases, the final decision regarding acceptance of a manuscript will be with the regular Editors.
Supplementary Material: The Editors and AIP encourage authors to submit supplemental material that may only be of interest to a few readers who are working on the problem for example, for publication alongside their manuscript. Long data tables, large numbers of figures, and long and detailed portions of text not necessary for an overall understanding of the scientific argument of the paper are appropriate. Supplemental material is linked to the electronic version of the journal and is immediately available to the interested reader. Long data sets are more useful to the reader when published this way as there is at least the possibility of electronic manipulation by the reader. There is no restriction on the format of supplemental files, but the Editors strongly encourage the use of ASCII text for the presentation of data. Word processing packages change in time, and ASCII text files are more likely to be readable in the future. Formats such as PDF and PostScript that cannot be edited are less useful to the reader who wishes to manipulate the data.
Retraction and Correction Policies
AIP Publishing takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP Publishing places great importance on the authority of articles after they have been published and our policy is based on best practice in the academic publishing community. Changes to articles after they have been published online may only be made under the circumstances outlined in AIP Publishing's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here
It is possible to transfer a rejected manuscript to another AIP Publishing journal for consideration. A list and descriptions can be found here. If you feel that your manuscript would be appropriate for publication in another of AIP Publishing’s journals you may request a transfer by email to the Journal that rejected the article. This is exclusively for AIP Publishing journals on the list. Please note that transferring manuscript files does not guarantee that the manuscript will be considered by the receiving journal. It is only meant to offer the technical facility to allow transfer of manuscript files and correspondence without the inconvenience of having to resubmit from journal to journal.
The Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy publishes Tutorials to further its mission of serving the renewable energy community. Tutorials will be a regular feature and will retain the high standards of the journal.
Tutorials are intended as educational tools (at the advanced graduate-level) to help shape the next generation of researchers in renewable energy as well as to support researchers interested in engaging in specific topics/techniques and/or improving their skills in particular areas.
Tutorials are not required to provide original research content, but should be aimed at explaining – with an educational perspective - principles and/or techniques in a particular research area. They are also expected to communicate a broad overview of the objectives, results and open questions for that area. Tutorials can be extended papers of length 10 – 15 journal pages, but also shorter contributions (3-5 pages, called mini-Tutorials) on more specialized topics. Submitted Tutorials will be screened by the Editor-in-Chief, aided by the appropriate Associate Editor. Once accepted for review, the Tutorial paper will go through the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy’s rigorous peer-review process, and must meet the same high standards as regularly published papers.
It is important to note that, considering the purpose of the Tutorial papers, referees will be asked to address the following points when writing their reviews:
- Is the Tutorial aimed at the appropriate level for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy readership?
- Is the topical research area covered with sufficient depth and broad perspective (for extended Tutorials)? Can the style of presentation be improved?
- Is the topic of the Tutorial timely?
- Does the reference list appear to be appropriate? Are the references too one-dimensional, i.e., directed only towards the authors' research or research at the authors' institutions? Do the references provide sufficient background to allow the reader to place the paper in context with previous and current work?
- Has the paper been written in clear and acceptable English?
- For mini-Tutorials: Is the topic specialized enough to be covered in a mini-tutorial without loss of clarity?
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