General Editorial Policies
The purpose of Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE) is to publish papers dealing with one or more of the multiple sub areas of renewable and sustainable energy. The sub areas covered by the journal are, solar power, including photovoltaics and solar cooling technologies; fuel cells; energy storage devices, such as batteries, supercapacitors; biofuels, including sources like ethanol, biodiesel, and anaerobic digestion and gasification of biomaterials; nuclear power, including fusion and fission research; wind energy; geothermal energy; mechanical and thermal energy from the ocean; and hydropower.
JRSE is published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP); content is published online daily, collected into a bimonthly online issue (6 issues per year). The Editors are responsible for the scientific content and other editorial matters pertaining to the Journal.
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 such referees remain confidential. On the basis of the report, the Editors 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 be written in clear and standard English and its mathematics formulated precisely, in a manner understandable to scientists and engineers. It should be concise, though not to the point of being incomprehensible; relevant background information should be provided when necessary without dominating the paper. Its content has to be not only scientifically and logically correct, as well as novel, but of interest at least to the appropriate community of specialists rather than to the author(s) alone. Papers the editors deem of insufficient interest to the renewable energy community will be rejected without refereeing. (For further details, see Information for Contributors.)
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy requires that copyright be assigned to the American Institute of Physics. It is a tradition of long standing that submission to the Journal implies that the work has neither been copyrighted, nor accepted for publication elsewhere. Since copyright transfer is required before publication, electronic acceptance of the Transfer of Copyright Agreement during the submission process can prevent unnecessary delays. 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 the Editorial Board 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 Executive Director of AIP. The Executive Director 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.
AIP takes its responsibility to maintain the integrity and completeness of the scholarly record of our content for all end users very seriously. AIP 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's Retraction and Correction Policies which can be accessed here.
It is possible to transfer a rejected manuscript to another AIP journal for consideration. A list and descriptions can be found here: http://journals.aip.org. If you feel that your manuscript would be appropriate for publication in another of AIP’s journals you may request a transfer by email to the Journal that rejected the article. This is exclusively for AIP journal on the list at: http://journals.aip.org. 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.