Solar Energy

Solar Energy, the official journal of the International Solar Energy Society is devoted exclusively to the science and technology of solar energy applications. With participation encompassing 100 countries, ISES serves as a center for information on research and development in solar energy utilization. Through its publications and its sponsorship of technical conferences, the Society provides a world forum for the active consideration of solar energy. Solar Energy welcomes manuscripts presenting information on any aspect of solar energy measurement, research, development, application, or policy.

 

News from the journal - Call for Applications

ISES Solar Energy - Call for Applications: Editor-in-Chief

Solar Energy, the official journal of the International Solar Energy Society, is devoted exclusively to the science and technology of solar energy applications. Solar Energy has been in publication since 1957, it has a long tradition of being a leading publication in the field of solar energy research and technology.

After nearly two decades of outstanding leadership of Solar Energy as Editor-in-Chief, Prof Yogi Goswami (University of South Florida, Tampa, United States) is retiring as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal. ISES and Elsevier are now undertaking a search for a successor to Prof. Goswami.

Solar Energy has grown over the years to be a true leader in the field. In 2019 the journal published over 1,000 articles, this year gained a CiteScore of 8.1, and an Impact Factor of 4.608. The Journal enjoys strong support from communities across the subject fields it covers, as well as an engaged international Editorial Board.

Solar Energy welcomes manuscripts presenting information not previously published in journals on any aspect of solar energy research, development, application, measurement or policy. The term "solar energy" in this context includes the indirect uses such as wind energy and biomass. Because of the international character of Solar Energy, articles that deal solely with the solar radiation or wind data base of a specific country are not normally considered suitable for Solar Energy. Submitted manuscripts may take the form of reports of original studies or reviews of significant prior work in a given area. All manuscripts are subject to reviews to assure accuracy, clarity, and long-term value.

 

Editor-In-Chief Role

The role of the Editor-in-Chief, together with the Editorial Board of the Journal and Elsevier, manages the peer review process for manuscripts submitted to the journal using the online journal system. The Editor-in-Chief is empowered to make decisions autonomously on manuscripts but is also welcome (and expected) to seek the opinion of the wider editorial team.

The Editor-in-Chief, with the Editorial Board, ensures the Journal stays relevant to developments in the field. The Editor-in-Chief will also identify topics, organise and commission invited articles on these topics and improve the performance (i.e. key performance indicators) of the Journal in coordination with the Editorial Board, to ensure the Journal continues to publish impactful, interesting, and novel work. A key part of this strategy is the ongoing “Progress in Solar Energy” series of special issues, where the Editor-in-Chief invites field-leading researchers to work with them on commissioning, reviewing, and publishing articles on hot topics in the field (the “Progress in…” special issues and others can be seen here).

All manuscripts submitted to Solar Energy will initially be assessed by the Editor-in-Chief and the relevant Subject Area Editors for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent, either directly by the Editor-in-Chief or by a Subject Editor or Associate Editor, to a minimum of two, but generally three, independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper.

Along with the review process and commissioning of invited articles, the Editor-in-Chief, with the support of the Editorial Board is asked to participate in ongoing discussions with ISES and Elsevier about the Journal’s development and potential new initiatives. The team of Editors, together with ISES and Elsevier, will hold meetings approximately once per quarter via video call, as well as in-person meetings in conjunction with certain events or training sessions, as required. For example, the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board will meet biannually at the ISES Solar World Congresses to review the journal’s progress.

The Editor-in-Chief will also be asked to prepare and present an annual report on the Journal at an ISES Board of Directors meeting.

There is a modest honorarium and travel grant available to the Editor-in-Chief. It is foreseen that the Editor-in-Chief will serve for a term of 5 years, with a possibility to extend.

The Editor-in-Chief needs to uphold the highest ethical standards and be prepared to resolve issues of research and publishing misconduct that are very likely to arise. These cases can be difficult to address and require a careful and sensitive approach, but are handled with strong support from Elsevier’s publishing representative, in line with industry best practices.

All applicants:

  • Must have a PhD in a field of study relevant to the scope of this journal
  • Must have demonstrated broad expertise in solar energy
  • Be a member of ISES
  • Be knowledgeable in research publishing, managing a journal publication, the peer review process and in building a new journal
  • Demonstrate skills as a good collaborator with ability to lead a team effectively

ISES and Elsevier are committed to inclusion and diversity in our work and want the Journal to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. We are therefore committed to ensuring that the Editorial Board is representative, and that the Editor-in-Chief shares in this commitment.

Interested candidates are asked to provide a complete CV, including publication record, as well as a one-page summary of their relevant experience and motivation in applying for this Editor-in-Chief position. Please include up to three references that can be contacted by ISES.

Applications and relevant supporting documents must be sent to Jennifer McIntosh, ISES Executive Director to publications [at] ises [dot] org by 27 November 2020.

Solar Energy Journal - Editor-in-Chief - Position Description

Solar Energy welcomes manuscripts presenting information not previously published in journals on any aspect of solar energy research, development, application, measurement or policy. The term "solar energy" in this context includes the indirect uses such as wind energy and biomass. Because of the international character of Solar Energy, articles that deal solely with the solar radiation or wind data base of a specific country are not normally considered suitable for Solar Energy. Submitted manuscripts may take the form of reports of original studies or reviews of significant prior work in a given area. All manuscripts are subject to reviews to assure accuracy, clarity, and long-term value.

Please see the Editorial BoardPublisher Elsevier for further information.

Solar Energy covers topics such as:

  • Solar Buildings
  • Solar Thermal Energy Conversion
  • Photovoltaic Systems
  • Solar Thermal Power Plants
  • Materials, Optics, Energy Storage
  • Solar Chemistry
  • Resources and Radiation
  • Economics and Policy

 

Solar Energy Audience: Researchers, academics, architects and technicians involved in the research, design, construction and utilisation of photovoltaics and solar energy systems.

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Solar Energy is available to members of ISES at the following prices:

Solar Energy Journal - paper version (18 issues/year) € 55

Solar Energy Online* - electronic version (18 issues/year) € 48

*not available for Corporate members

 

The online version includes access to 18 regular volumes for the current year and access to back files up to 4 years from start of subscription, plus access to full archive of abstracts.

Not a member of ISES yet? If you are not yet a member, you will be offered the opportunity of purchasing a subscription to Solar Energy during your registration process. Please join ISES here.

For libraries, the Journal is available directly from the publisher (journals.elsevier.com/solar-energy/). Prices vary from region to region.

All subscriptions are for personal use only and may not be shared or placed in institutional or university libraries or other libraries, nor may any personal subscriptions be used for library purposes.

                                       

                                                               

 

Special Issues and Best Paper Awards

Solar Energy Special Issues:

Within the Solar Energy journal, special issues are published. These special issues cover solar energy technologies as well as certain ISES conferences.

Recent special issues of Solar Energy are:

See the full list of past Solar Energy special issues here.

Solar Energy Best Paper Awards:

This award was initiated in 1981, at that time it was called the Löf/Duffie Best Paper Award, and since 2007 has been called the "Solar Energy Journal Best Paper Award". The award is presented to authors of papers considered to be outstanding contributions published in the ISES scientific journal, "Solar Energy". The award is presented to papers that demonstrate significant pioneering contributions to the solar energy literature, for innovative concepts or approaches, and whose quality and presentation have a lasting impact. The papers chosen for this award are selected by the the Editor-in-Chief, Subject Area Editors and Associate Editors of the Solar Energy Journal.  The award consists of a certificate and a small cash prize funded by Elsevier.

Best Paper Awards are presented in the categories of:

  • Solar Heating and Cooling, Buildings and Other
  • Photovoltaics
  • Resources and Meteorology
  • Solar Environmental, Photocatalytic, and New Areas
  • Concentrating Solar Power and High Temperature Processes

See the past Best Paper Award winner here.

2018/19 Best Papers

The 2018/2019 Solar Energy Best Paper Awards were presented at the ISES Solar World Congress 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

The following Best Paper Awards were presented:

Best Paper on the topic of Solar Heating and Cooling, Buildings and Other

“Solar assisted heat pump system for multifamily buildings: Towards a seasonal performance factor of 5? Numerical sensitivity analysis based
on a monitored case study”

Carolina Fraga, Pierre Hollmuller, Floriane Mermoud, and Bernard Lachal
 
Best Paper on the topic of Photovoltaics

“Relevance of PV with single-axis tracking for energy scenarios"

Svetlana Afanasyeva, Dmitrii Bogdanov, and Christian Breyer

Best Paper on the topic of Resources and Meteorology (Co-winners--tie)

1) “Surface albedo and reflectance: Review of definitions, angular and spectral effects, and intercomparison of major data sources in support of advanced solar irradiance modeling over the Americas”
Christian A. Gueymard, Vicente Lara-Fanego, Manajit Sengupta, and Yu Xie

2) “Surface solar radiation forecasts by advecting cloud physical properties derived from Meteosat Second Generation observations”
Ping Wang, Rudolf van Westrhenen, Jan Fokke Meirink, Sibbo van der Veen, and Wouter Knap
 
Best Paper on the topic of Solar Environmental, Photocatalytic, and New Areas

“Cobalt-doped nickel oxide nanoparticles as efficient hole transport materials for low-temperature processed perovskite solar cells,”
Ryuji Kaneko, Towhid H. Chowdhury, Guohua Wu, Md. Emrul Kayesh, Said Kazaoui, Kosuke Sugawa, Jae-Joon Lee, Takeshi Noda, Ashraful Islam, and Joe Otsuki.

Best Paper on the topic of  Concentrating Solar Power and High Temperature Processes

No nomination this year.

 

*Image to the rigth: Dr. David Renné, ISES Immediate Past President, presents the Solar Energy Best Paper Award certificates to Ping Wang and Carolina Fraga (from right to left)

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