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Author Information for the Journal of Photonics for Energy

The Journal of Photonics for Energy (JPE) covers fundamental and applied research areas focused on the applications of photonics for renewable energy harvesting, conversion, storage, distribution, monitoring, consumption, and efficient usage. Contributions ranging from materials and concepts to devices and applications are within the scope of the journal.

The journal publishes regular research papers, as well as special sections in key areas of technology. See the editorial schedule for a list of forthcoming special section topics and submission dates.

Guidelines for Authors

Authors should read the General Guidelines and Policies for Journal Authors for details about journal policies, manuscript preparation, submission, and publication in SPIE journals.

Types of Manuscripts

Letter: A short technical communication of significant interest intended for rapid publication in the JPE Letters section of the journal. The manuscript length may not exceed eight typeset pages. This corresponds to approximately 4000 words (excluding title, abstract, and author information); figures will further reduce the maximum word content. A page length template can help determine final typeset page length.

Regular Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended as a regular contribution to the journal.

Special Section Paper: A full-length manuscript presenting original work intended for submission to a special topical section organized by a guest editor.

Review Paper: An article reviewing a particular topic or field. Review papers are typically invited papers written by a highly regarded expert in the field. Review articles summarize progress made in a particular research or development area during a specified period and summarize the current state of the art. Short "mini-review" articles highlighting recent advances in the last 2-3 years are also accepted. Mini-reviews, which are briefer and more focused than full review articles, cover new and exciting areas of photonics technology applied to solving energy-related problems and needs.

Why publish in this journal?

Launched in 2011, JPE offers a destination for cutting-edge research on the use of photonics in energy applications. JPE is published online as part of the SPIE Digital Library, accessible by researchers at many of the world's leading universities, laboratories, and corporations as well as thousands of individual subscribers. Read the full scope.

Author benefits:

  • Rapid publication of articles 
  • Professional copyediting and typesetting
  • Rigorous peer review
  • Free online color figures
  • Multimedia 
  • 5 free downloads for authors from the SPIE Digital Library
  • Open access publication at a low cost
  • Abstracting and indexing in leading scientific databases, including Science Citation Index Expanded; Current Contents/Physical, Chemical, & Earth Sciences; Current Contents /Engineering, Computing, & Technology; Ei Compendex; Inspec; Scopus; and Astrophysics Data System.

Page Charges

JPE offers the option of open access publication for a flat rate of $960 for standard articles and $660 for Letters. SPIE open access fees are kept low in recognition of the fact that many authors have limited funding available to cover publication expenses. Open access papers are published under a Creative Commons CC-BY license. Read more about our open access program.

There are no mandatory page charge fees. If you do not choose to pay for open access, your paper will be published under subscription access control with the standard SPIE transfer of copyright agreement. Read more about the rights and restrictions of these publication licenses.

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