The Journal of Solar Energy is an open-access, peer-reviewed international journal that publishes articles on all aspects of solar energy including photovoltaics (PV), solar thermoelectrics (ST), solar heat (SH), solar inorganic chemistry (SI), and solar photonics (SP). The journal is fully open access and a copy of any paper published in it is freely available on-line for all to read and build on.
All papers published in The Journal of Solar Energy will be open access and, therefore, freely available online. This means that you, as a reader, will be able to read articles for free. The journal also publishes articles that are peer-reviewed, which means that they are reviewed by recognized individuals or groups of independently reviewing scientists, post-graduates, or research students from recognized universities.
To make a contribution to The Journal of Solar Energy, submit a manuscript no more than 5 pages, including figures, to any of our staff [editor, reviewers, layout co-ordinator] for consideration. The acceptance of a manuscript is judged on its suitability for the journal and, therefore, it is a fair assumption that all or most of the articles will be published in the journal. If your paper is accepted, you will be instructed on how to set up a confidential login and password for use when accessing the published version of your article via the journal’s [open access] articles page. Upon logging in, you will see that your paper is made available for viewing and downloading, including refreshments of images and figures. In addition, authors of accepted papers will also receive a free copy of the journal.
To ensure as true open access as possible, all manuscripts submitted for consideration to The Journal of Solar Energy will be published under a Creative Commons license [CC BY 4.0]. This means that anyone is free to download and share your work, as long as you credit the original creator. In most cases, authors will be asked to sign a copyright declaration, which is then sent to the Creative Commons license office. From there, the declaration will be processed and, within a few days, the CC BY 4.0 license will be available for download on the author’s website.
An open-access journal like The Journal of Solar Energy is important because it provides an opportunity for authors to publish their work and, for the public, to access important news and research on solar energy.
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Where Can I Read Further
The Journal of Solar Energy is listed in the [Index of International Open Access Journals] of the International Association of Energy Journal Worlwide. This index, kept by Thompson Reuters, is a searchable, online database that lists the most important open-access journals worldwide. It is important to note that this list is just a fraction of the total number of journals available online.
Anyone is eligible to contribute to The Journal of Solar Energy. In general, authors will publish under the guidelines set forth in the journal. Based on a decision by the Board of Editors, authors will be required to provide some level of contribution, which usually involves one of the following:
- Submission of manuscripts,
- Investigation of theories, or
- Proposal of new methods or applications.
Innovation is encouraged, particularly in research that involves new technologies or concepts, which is why the journal publishes articles on PV and ST, amongst others.
To become a full member of The Journal of Solar Energy, submission of manuscripts is needed. An investigator becomes a member by proposing an idea for a research paper or by investigating a theory, which is then published in a formatted manuscript that is eligible for membership. New membership is granted on a case-by-case basis and, for ideas submitted for consideration, affiliation to a society, such as the Institute of Solar Energy, is also needed.
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