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Aims and scope

Sustainable Energy Research (formerly Renewables: Wind, Water, and Solar) provides a multidisciplinary and international forum for research in the basic science, technologies, industrial R&D, products and system implementation that accelerate the transition to sustainable energy on a local and global scale. Sustainable Energy Research welcomes contributions on all sources of energy that support a sustainable approach to energy transformation, including renewable energy, energy efficient systems, and innovative and green systems that contribute to reducing energy poverty and the use of polluting and inefficient energy systems.   
 
While focusing primarily on basic science and technological aspects, Sustainable Energy Research considers reviews and policy issue articles on themes that affect sustainable energy technologies and their implementation. Furthermore, articles are welcome as they contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 ‘Affordable and Clean Energy’, particularly in increasing substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
 
Sustainable Energy Research serves as a forum for specialists from both academic institutions, research laboratories and industries involved in R&D projects, system implementation and policy formulations in this field.

Topics in scope include:

  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Wave energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Energy harvesting devices
  • Hydrogen energy
  • Low carbon energy generation
  • Biofuels
  • Batteries and energy storage
  • Supercapacitors
  • Electrocatalysis and photocatalysis
  • Carbon capture and utilization
  • Energy systems, processes, planning and policy
  • Energy grids and networks
  • Energy economics

 

Benefits of publishing with SpringerOpen

High visibility

Sustainable Energy Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Sustainable Energy Research offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Sustainable Energy Research and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Sustainable Energy Research gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Sustainable Energy Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Sustainable Energy Research may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Sustainable Energy Research

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Sustainable Energy Research retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by the Sustainable Energy Research are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in the Sustainable Energy Research you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article processing charges (APC)

Authors who publish open access in Sustainable Energy Research are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication.

The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £1140.00/$1490.00/€1290.00

Visit our open access support portal and our Journal Pricing FAQs for further information.

Open access funding

Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

Springer Nature offers APC waivers and discounts for articles published in our fully open access journals whose corresponding authors are based in the world’s lowest income countries (see our APC waivers and discounts policy for further information). Requests for APC waivers and discounts from other authors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need (see our open access policies for journals for more information). All applications for discretionary APC waivers and discounts should be made at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unable to be considered.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Sustainable Energy Research will be available in their databases when appropriate.

All articles published in Sustainable Energy Research are included in:

  • CNKI
  • DOAJ
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EI Compendex
  • Gale
  • Geobase
  • Google Scholar
  • INIS Atomindex
  • INSPEC
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  • Naver
  • OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  • ProQuest Agricultural & Environmental Science Database
  • ProQuest Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database
  • ProQuest Engineering
  • ProQuest Environmental Science
  • ProQuest Materials Science and Engineering Database
  • ProQuest Natural Science Collection
  • ProQuest Oceanic Abstracts
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Technology Collection
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • TD Net Discovery Service

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Sustainable Energy Research operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Sustainable Energy Research also publishes special issues. The peer review process of any submission associated with a special issue is handled by Guest Editors who are responsible for assigning at least two referees to each article and evaluating the reviews. Like our Associate Editors, Guest Editors make recommendations and request and evaluate revisions, but only the Editors-in-Chief can make final decisions of accept or reject on any special issue article. Any articles submitted to a special issue by Guest Editors are also handled confidentially by Associate Editors outside of the normal refereeing process of the special issue to ensure that the evaluation of these articles is completely objective.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Sustainable Energy Research should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Once your article is accepted, it will be processed by production and published shortly afterwards. In some cases, articles may be held for a short period of time prior to publication. If you have any concerns or particular requirements please contact the Journal.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Sustainable Energy Research

Articles in Sustainable Energy Research  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Renew Wind Water Sol [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Renew Wind Water Sol 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Article Types

The journal offers the following article types:

- Original Research Articles 
- Reviews
- Policy Issue Articles
- Case Studies 
- Letters to the Editor
- Design and simulation studies


Annual journal metrics

  • 2022 Speed
    48 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    426 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    96,249 downloads
    163 Altmetric mentions 

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