JRSE Style Files | Sample Manuscript
Submit manuscripts via Peer X-Press®, the journal's online manuscript submission system, located at http://jrse.peerx-press.org.
Author instructions are available through a link after you successfully log into Peer X-Press®. After registering and submitting information and files, you may use Peer X-Press® to check on the status of your manuscript throughout the peer review process.
Submission Mode: Manuscript materials should be submitted to the journal only in the following manner. Alternatives cannot be routinely accommodated. At least a cover-letter file must be uploaded; no more than one manuscript or article-text file should be uploaded. Via Peer X-Press, upload separate, individual files for the cover letter, article text (including title, byline, abstract, main text, appendices, references, tables, and list of figure captions), and each figure.
A cover letter should specify authors, title, Journal, the corresponding author's e-mail address, and any special requests. Unless otherwise stated, submission of a manuscript will be understood to mean that the paper has been neither copyrighted, classified, published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.
Agreement to the terms of AIP Publishing's Transfer of Copyright Agreement form is required for publication in this journal. No claim is made to original U.S. Government works. When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal's online submission site (http://jrse.peerx-press.org), you will be able to provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement.
We welcome suggestions of possible reviewers. To help protect the reviewer's anonymity, we ask for at least four names, with full information on postal and e-mail addresses, telephone number, and fax number. The referee selected by the Editor may, of course, not necessarily be from the list.
The Editor strongly prefers to correspond directly with the author, rather than through the reports division or through executives of the author's laboratory. Manuscripts sent to authors for revision should be returned to the Editor within two months. A manuscript returned later than this will generally be regarded as newly submitted and will receive a new receipt date.
Contact the Editorial Office for Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy at:
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Editorial Office
AIP Publishing LLC
2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747-4502
Tel.: +1 516-576-2403
Fax: +1 516-576-2223
This journal is published as part of the charter of its publisher, the AIP Publishing LLC (AIPP), to advance and diffuse knowledge of the science of physics and its applications to human welfare. To that end, it is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards.
A detailed statement of what this journal expects is available here.
By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards.
Authors whose manuscripts have been accepted for publication will receive correspondence informing them of the issue for which it is tentatively scheduled. Date of publication may be before the cover date of the issue. Authors may access publication data for their manuscripts online through AIP Publishing's AMSIS service.
Proofs and all subsequent correspondence pertaining to papers in the production process should be addressed to:
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
AIP Publishing LLC
2 Huntington Quadrangle
Melville, NY 11747-4502, USA
Telephone: +1 516-576-2640
Fax: +1 516-576-2233
Reference must be made to the AIP Publishing identification number (e.g., 001201RSE), title, author, and scheduled issue date. A limited number of alterations in proof are unavoidable, but the cost of making extensive alterations after the article has been typeset may be charged to the author. Please do not address correspondence about proofs, reprints, artwork, etc., to the Editor. To do so simply delays the appropriate action and response.
Through AIP Publishing's Accepted Manuscript Status Inquiry System (AMSIS), authors may access information about significant milestones for their accepted manuscript during the production process at AIP Publishing. AMSIS can be used only by authors of accepted manuscripts; authors will use Peer X-Press® to monitor their submitted manuscripts during peer review.
AIP recommends Edanz for authors who wish to have the language in their manuscripts edited by a native-English-speaking language editor who is also a scientific expert. Edanz is a global editing service with offices in Japan and China. Use of an editing service is neither a requirement nor a guarantee of acceptance for publication. Please contact Edanz directly to make arrangements for editing and to receive a quotation regarding price and time.
For general format and style, consult recent issues of the journal. Link to the journal's General Editorial Policies here.
Acceptable manuscript file types include Word, LaTeX, and PDF. PDF is acceptable for the review process only and a source Word or LaTex file is required for production. For authors who use LaTeX, REVTeX 4.1 is now available and includes style files for AIP journals and associated instructions. REVTeX 4.1 is available here.
Note for TeX users:
Please note that AIP does not compose/typeset pages in TeX. Instead we use the generic markup language XML (Extensible Markup Language). As a result, the format and layout, especially math, may look somewhat different to what was originally created in TeX.
While we appreciate the benefits to authors of preparing manuscripts in TeX, especially for math-intensive manuscripts, it is neither a cost-effective composition tool (for the volume of pages AIP currently produces) nor is it a format that can be used effectively for online publishing.
XML is critical to ensure that online content is discoverable, searchable, and accessible well into the future. It is a W3C standard that has been adopted by many publishers as well as by many software industry market leaders. Information in XML can be processed easily by computers and is both hardware and software independent. Tagged XML data is an ideal archive format as identification and extraction of specific content for reuse is relatively easy. A single XML source file is generated from authors’ TeX or Word files and feeds our entire process. All end-products and deliverables, whether print or electronic, are derived from this single XML file, reducing the chance of errors or inconsistencies.
Eight types of manuscripts are acceptable: Perspectives, Review Articles, Commentaries, Tutorials, Regular Articles, Letters, Comments, and Errata.
Perspectives are short articles that highlight recent exciting research on topics covered by the journal but do not primarily discuss the author’s own work. They may provide context for the findings within a field or explain potential interdisciplinary significance. Perspectives commenting on articles published in the journal or elsewhere should add a dimension to the current understanding and not merely be a summary of the results presented in those articles.
Review Articles describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight unresolved questions and future directions. A review article critically discusses recent published results within the scope of the chosen topic. Most Review Articles are solicited by the editors, but unsolicited submissions may also be considered.
Commentaries discuss nonscientific issues relating to renewable and sustainable energy, such as resources and resource management, energy policies, and environmental impacts. Commentaries should be well-reasoned, critical descriptions that do not merely publicize a specific agenda.
Tutorials guide readers into rapidly evolving topics and allow interested researchers and students from more distant fields to gain an insight into what they see as a new subject. Tutorials must contain considerable illustrations, cover the basics, and should serve as a learning tool for a wider community of researchers and students. Tutorials can also be based on an outstanding lecture series.
Regular Articles describe original research on a topic within the scope of the journal. While there is no limitation on the length of these articles, they are expected to be of reasonable length and referees are asked to comment explicitly on the concision of the presentation.
The Letters section provides rapid dissemination of important new results in the field. Timeliness and current importance of the subject matter, and brevity and clarity of presentation determine the acceptibility of contributions. When submitting a manuscript, inclusion of a brief statement justifying rapid publication in the Letters section is recommended. Each Letter should be self-contained and may on occasion be followed by a comprehensive article in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy or elsewhere. Letters are limited to four (4) published pages in length. Letters do not have section headings.
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. The Editors reserve the right to seek an appropriate Response and will decide on the acceptance of Comments for publication only after the two parties have submitted final versions of their pieces.
The journal publishes Errata, in which authors correct significant errors of substance in their published material. Errata should be as short as is consistent with clarity.
For all manuscript types, the Manuscript, including the abstract, references, and captions, should be set up for 21.6 × 28 cm (8-1/2 × 11 in. or A4) pages with ample margins. It should be carefully proofread by the author. The manuscript must be in good scientific American English; this is the author's responsibility. Number all pages in single sequence. The title page should contain the title of the article, the names of the authors, a suitable byline, and a short abstract. Parts of the manuscript should be arranged in the following order: title, author, affiliation, abstract, text, acknowledgments, appendices, and references. Figures, with figure captions, may be embedded within the manuscript to assist the reviewers. Papers should not be lengthened by unnecessary descriptions and repetitions, but neither should authors use a telegraphic style detrimental to the clarity and understanding of the paper.
The title of a paper should be as concise as possible but informative enough to facilitate information retrieval. For series publications of closely related papers, the descriptor “Part I,” or simply “I,” will not be included as part of the title of an article unless Part II has already been submitted for publication in the Journal. Part III, IV, etc., are likewise unacceptable unless the prior parts have already been accepted or have appeared in this Journal, and are properly identified in the references.
The Abstract should be self-contained (contain no footnotes). One should not have to read the paper to understand the abstract. It should be about 5% of the length of the article, but less than 500 words. The abstract should be written as one paragraph and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
Authors' names should preferably be written in a standard form for all publications to facilitate indexing and avoid ambiguities.
Authors with Chinese, Japanese, or Korean names may choose to have their names published in their own language alongside the English versions of their names in the author list of their publications. For Chinese, authors may use either Simplified or Traditional characters. Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters must be included within the author list of the manuscript when submitting or resubmitting. The manuscript must be prepared using Microsoft Word or using the CJK LaTeX package. Specific guidelines for each authoring tool are given here. To ensure that we have processed the manuscript files correctly, you must proof the PDF of the manuscript as produced by the Peer X-Press system on first submission. In addition, it is essential that you check carefully any production proofs you receive prior to the publication of your paper.
The manuscript should have an Introduction that places the work in a context, beginning with the general physical or mathematical problem to which it is directed, following with the motivation for the particular approach taken, and summarizing the principal results.
Equations should be well aligned and should not be crowded; only the more important ones should be numbered on the right-hand side of the manuscript. Equations should be numbered consecutively throughout, i.e., (1), (2), (3), etc. [The form (1.1), (1.2), etc., in Sec. I, (2.1), (2.2), etc., in Sec. II, and so on is acceptable, but not preferred.] Several equations grouped together may be given letters to distinguish them [for example, (2a), (2b), (2c)]. A later, somewhat changed version of an earlier equation may be labeled with a prime [for example, (1), (2), (3), (1'), (4), etc.]. Other numbering schemes are unacceptable and will be changed. Use center dot only to indicate dot products and a boldfaced cross (×) to indicate a cross product. Use a lightface cross product (×) to indicate multiplication which is continued to the next line. The solidus (/) should be used instead of built-up fractions in running text, and in display wherever clarity would not be jeopardized. Use "exp" for complicated exponents. Avoid repetition of a complicated expression by representing it with a standard, commonly used symbol.
Notation must be legible, clear, compact, and consistent with standard usage. All unusual symbols whose identity may not be obvious must be identified the first time they appear, and at all subsequent times when confusion might arise. Superscripts are normally set directly over subscripts; authors should note where readability or the meaning requires a special order.
References and footnotes are treated alike. They must be numbered consecutively in order of first appearance in the text and should be given in a separate double-spaced list at the end of the text material. Reference should be made to the full list of authors, rather than to first author followed by an abbreviation such as et al. References within tables should be designated by lowercase Roman letter superscripts and given at the end of the table. For the proper form, see recent issues of this journal. Preprints of cited unpublished work by the authors should be sent with the manuscript.
Separate Tables (numbered with Roman numerals in the order of their appearance in the text) should be used for all but the simplest tabular material; they should have captions that make the tables intelligible without reference to the text. The structure should be clear, with simple column headings giving all units. Unaltered computer output and notation are generally unacceptable.
Multimedia files can be included in the online version of published papers. These multimedia files can be viewed by simply clicking on a link in the paper, provided the reader has a video player, such as Windows Media PlayerTM, QuickTime PlayerTM, or RealOne PlayerTM installed.
Please adhere to the following guidelines when preparing multimedia files for submission:
- When incorporating multimedia, note that the paper should be written so that the print version can be understood on its own.
- Submit all multimedia files initially with the manuscript.
- Treat all multimedia files as figures, numbered in sequence as they are referred to in text. (Multimedia files will not have a numbering scheme separate from the figures.)
- All multimedia files must be cited in the text, referred to by their figure number.
- For each multimedia file, provide a figure, which is a static representation of the multimedia file. Also provide an accompanying caption. At the end of the caption, include the phrase, "(enhanced online)."
- Video and other enhanced files should be in a format that the majority of readers can view without too much difficulty. See the multimedia guidelines here for specific submission requirements.
Supplemental files may be of two types:
|•||Files to aid the reviewer and not for publication.|
|•||Supplementary information for publication alongside the manuscript.|
Appropriate items for deposit include multimedia (e.g., movie files, audio files, 3D rendering files), data tables, and text (e.g., appendices) that are too lengthy or of too limited interest for inclusion in the article. Links (URLs) in the online journal article allow users to navigate directly to the associated files. Note that subdirectories (folders) are not acceptable. Name files appropriately, so that all files can reside at the root directory, allowing successful linking between the published paper and its associated supplemental material.
All supplemental material must be approved by the Journal Editor as part of a manuscript's normal review cycle, and must be listed in the reference section as follows: "See supplementary material at [URL will be inserted by AIP] for [give brief description of material]."
For additional information about depositing or retrieving supplemental files, see the Supplemental Material homepage.
How to Prepare Your Illustrations
For best results, please adhere to these guidelines when preparing your illustrations for submission.
Use this checklist to avoid the most common mechanical errors in submitted manuscripts:
1. The manuscript must be double-spaced throughout. 2. Number all pages in single sequence. 3. Type references in the style used by this journal. 4. Submit cover letter, manuscript file, illustration files, and any supplemental files via Peer X-Press, the journal's online submission system, located at http://jrse.peerx-press.org. 5. The original figures must be in the final published size, not oversized. 6. When submitting your original or revised manuscript to the journal’s online submission site (http://jrse.peerx-press.org), please provide electronic consent to the Transfer of Copyright Agreement. 7. Obtain permission for reuse of any previously published material and include proper citation information within manuscript. For guidelines and blank form click here.