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Time to first decision (all decisions): 10 days*
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 32 days**
Editor-in-Chief: Volker Presser
Gold open access, APCs waived until mid-2024
Energy is an exciting, multidisciplinary research area, bringing together chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, computer science, and techno-economical/ecological evaluation. Energy Advances features cutting-edge science at the forefront of energy technology with particular focus on emerging materials and methods.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Batteries, supercapacitors, hybrid devices and other energy storage technologies
- Bioenergy, biofuels and the biorefinery
- Carbon capture, storage or utilisation
- Catalysis and chemical engineering for energy applications
- Fuel cells
- Hydrogen production and storage
- Modelling, machine learning and characterisation for energy materials & systems
- Solar energy conversion and photovoltaics
See who's on the team
Meet the board members on our Energy Advances journal.
Sarbajit Banerjee, Texas A&M University, USA
Sudip Chakraborty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI) Allahabad, India
Graeme Cooke, University of Glasgow, UK
Benjamin Dietzek, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Liming Ding, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
Baizeng Fang, The University of British Columbia, Canada
John Gordon, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA
Shaojun Guo, Peking University, China
Kui Jiao, Tianjin University, China
Yan Lu, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany
Heather MacLean, University of Toronto, Canada
Hoi Ri Moon, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Petr Nikrityuk, University of Alberta, Canada
Kenneth Ozoemena, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Kristin Persson, University of California, USA, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Jenny Pringle, Deakin University, Australia
Jürgen Steimle, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany
Valeska Ting, University of Bristol, UK
Ajayan Vinu, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Naoaki Yabuuchi, Yokohama National University, Japan
Aldo José Gorgatti Zarbin, Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil
Qiang Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Hongcai Zhou, Texas A&M University, USA
Emma Eley, Executive Editor ORCID: 0000-0002-6379-8502
Jon Ferrier, Deputy Editor
Alex Holiday, Editorial Assistant
Sarah Whitbread, Editorial Production Manager
Aphra Murray, Assistant Editor ORCID: 0000-0001-5469-2960
Jamie Purcell, Assistant Editor
Alexander John, Assistant Editor
Emily Ellison, Assistant Editor
Jack Pitchers, Assistant Editor
Lee Colwill, Publishing Assistant
Neil Hammond, Publisher, ORCID: 0000-0001-6390-8874
Submissions are initially assessed and taken through peer-review by our high-profile, internationally-recognised Associate Editors. The journal operates a single-anonymised peer review model, and a minimum of two reviewer reports are required for all manuscripts accepted for publication.
Embracing research at the nexus of energy science and sustainability
More than ever, collaborations that cross the scientific community are forming to tackle global energy sustainability concerns. Your ideas could be part of the solution.
Energy Advances is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes research across a broad scope of topics, and welcomes work that contributes to developments throughout energy science and related fields.
To ensure your research benefits from maximum exposure, the journal is gold open access, removing the barriers to knowledge and making ideas more easily discoverable, while remaining free of charge until mid-2024.
We offer an inclusive home to advances across the spectrum of energy science – from central concepts to exciting research at the nexus of subdisciplines.
Energy Advances underpins the RSC’s family of dedicated energy science journals – Energy & Environmental Science, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, and Sustainable Energy & Fuels.
Our world is becoming more complex, and transformative changes are being felt at an increased pace and intensity. For me, the journey into the future, this vast undiscovered country, makes it so much more important to support the energy research community with inclusivity and robust scholarly science. The RSC has earned the reputation of being a champion of publishing quality, and I am excited to contribute towards the open access transformation.
Join us in tackling the UN SDGs
We welcome contributions to our cross-journal collections across our energy and environmental science journals showcasing research that advances the following UN SDGs. State the following in your Comments to the Editor when you submit your next paper on these themes:
UN SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation – XXSDG0622
UN SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy – XXSDG0722
UN SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production – XXSDG1222
UN SDG 13: Climate Action – XXSDG1322
UN SDG 14: Life below water – XXSDG1422
All submissions to our Open Calls and themed collections will undergo an initial assessment by the journal Editors and subsequent peer review as per the usual standards of RSC journals.
Energy Advances authors, editors, reviewers and published works are required to uphold the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ethical standards. The Royal Society of Chemistry is a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and our ethical standards follow COPE’s core practices and best practice guidelines. In cases where these guidelines are breached or appear to be so, the Royal Society of Chemistry will consult with COPE guidelines and act accordingly.
For further guidance on author responsibilities and code of conduct, which apply to Energy Advances and to all manuscripts submitted to Royal Society of Chemistry journals, please visit our author hub.
As a not-for profit organisation and society publisher, the Royal Society of Chemistry works within the global scientific community to support research and discovery.
High quality peer review
All manuscripts published in Energy Advances undergo a rigorous peer review process, with the reputation, standards, commitment and expertise that you would expect from a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.
Open to all
When it comes to sustainability, it’s important that research is widely available and easily accessible – which is why Energy Advances is gold open access, with APCs waived until mid-2024.
Interaction and cooperation
Going beyond chemistry, we encourage collaboration and welcome original thinking from all fields relating to energy science.
Peer review and editorial process
All articles published in Energy Advances are subject to external peer review by experts in the field and all manuscripts submitted are handled by a team of internationally recognised Associate Editors, who are all practicing scientists in the field.
Energy Advances operates a single-anonymised peer review model, where reviewers are anonymous and author names and affiliations are known to reviewers.
The peer review for all articles submitted to the journal consists of the following stages:
- Phase 1: Your manuscript is initially assessed by an associate editor to determine its suitability for peer review
- Phase 2: If the manuscript passes the initial assessment process, the associate editor solicits recommendations from at least two reviewers who are experts in the field. They will provide a report along with their recommendation.
- Phase 3: The associate editor handling your manuscript makes a decision based on the reviewer reports received. In the event that no clear decision can be made, another reviewer will be consulted.
Energy Advances is committed to a rigorous peer review process and expert editorial oversight for all published content. Please refer to our processes and policies for full details including our appeals procedure.
There are no submission charges for Energy Advances, and no article processing charges until mid-2024. As part of the submission process, authors will be asked to agree to the Energy Advances open access terms & conditions.
We offer Energy Advances authors a choice of two Creative Commons licences: CC BY or CC BY NC. Publication under these licences means that authors retain copyright of their article, but users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Read our open access statement for further information.
All published articles are deposited with LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, Portico and the British Library for archiving.
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Energy Advances publishes:
- Full papers
Our Communication format is ideally suited to short studies - which can be preliminary in nature - that are of such importance that they require accelerated publication.
Communications must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the Energy Advances readership and high novelty warrants rapid publication. Authors should supply with their submission a justification of why the work merits urgent publication as a Communication. Referees will be asked to judge the work on these grounds.
Communications are given high visibility within the journal as they are published at the front of an issue. Communications will not normally exceed the length of five printed journal pages.
Full papers contain original, high-quality, scientific work that is of interest to energy researchers and has not been published previously. There are no restrictions on the length of a paper. Authors should include a brief discussion in the Introduction that sets the context for the novel work and gives their motivation for carrying out the study.
Reviews & Perspectives
These are normally commissioned by the editorial board and editorial office, although suggestions from readers for topics and authors are most welcome and should be directed to the editor.
All review content should consist of original text and interpretation, avoiding any direct reproduction. If a significant amount of other people's material is to be used, either textual or image-based, permission must be sought by the author in accordance with copyright law and must be made clear in the manuscript.
Reviews and perspectives must be high quality, authoritative, state-of-the-art accounts of the selected research field. They should be timely and add to the existing literature, rather than duplicate existing articles, and should be of general interest to the journal's wide readership.
All reviews and perspectives undergo a rigorous and full peer review procedure in the same way as regular research papers.
Review articles report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of a particular facet of energy science. They should be timely, provide insights based on existing literature, and be of general interest to the journal's wide readership. Authors are encouraged to identify areas in the field where further developments are imminent or of urgent need, and any areas that may be of significance to the community in general. Reviews should not contain any unpublished original research.
Perspectives may take the form of a personal account of research, a critical analysis of a topic of current interest, or a philosophical look at a topic of relevance. In either form, some new unpublished research may be included.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Energy Advances.
For publication, a Comment should present an alternative analysis of and/or new insight into the previously published material. Any Reply should further the discussion presented in the original article and the Comment. Comments and Replies that contain any form of personal attack are not suitable for publication.
Comments that are acceptable for publication will be forwarded to the authors of the work being discussed, and these authors will be given the opportunity to submit a Reply. The Comment and Reply will both be subject to rigorous peer review in consultation with the journal’s Editorial Board where appropriate. The Comment and Reply will be published together.
For general guidance on preparing an article please visit our Prepare your article page, the content of which is relevant to all our journals.
To learn more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's policies and processes, including licensing, publishing ethics, peer review, and formatting, please refer to our Resources for authors page.Reporting efficiencies of solar conversion devices
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting the efficiency of solar conversion devices. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
Efficiencies should be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with a standard deviation. This also includes presenting error bars on graphs.
A sufficient number of samples should be tested, and a sufficient number of trials performed.
The 1 Sun AM 1.5G reference spectrum should be used as standard for testing power conversion efficiency and a justification provided where this is not used.
Full experimental conditions under which the efficiency is measured should be declared. Special attention should be paid to documenting the active area of the device, the calibration protocol and properties of the illumination, including spectral irradiance and intensity. This may also include as appropriate, but is not limited to: air temperature; use of a glove box; properties and characteristics of the test cell and standardized cell used for calibration, including dimensions and spatial non-uniformity; and calibration and measurement protocols.
Independent certification of the photovoltaic performance of the device being reported is encouraged when the main claims rely on the absolute efficiency value being reported.
If incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE), also referred to as external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements, are performed, the results should be integrated to a resulting short circuit current that can be compared with 1 Sun AM 1.5G power conversion efficiency data. The details of how this calculation is done and any correction factors should be clearly defined.
If hysteresis is observed, details on timescale and stability of the efficiency should be provided.
Authors and referees should note the following guidelines for articles reporting electrochemical data and setup of batteries. Authors should ensure the following information is provided in the main manuscript or supplementary information as appropriate.
The setup used for electrochemical testing (full or half cells, reference electrode [if used], testing temperature, etc.) must be clearly specified in the Experimental Information.
When reporting electrochemical performance data, the authors must clearly state on how many experimental runs these data are based off (one-time measurement? n-time measurement?). The electrochemical performance value calculations must be clearly explained (including information on using charging or discharging values). Thereby, all electrochemical data must be reported to an appropriate number of significant figures, along with standard deviation and error bars on graphs.
When reporting electrode performance values, the thickness of the electrode and the mass percentage of all electrode components (active material, additive, binder, etc.), the total mass of the electrode, and the geometric area of the electrode must be provided.
When reporting device-level performance values, the mass percentage of all battery components (active material, additive, binder, casing, current collector, electrolyte, separator, etc.), the total mass of the battery, and the geometric area of the electrode must be reported.
The mass percent and theoretical capacity of the active material should be provided if the theoretical capacity of the studied material is known. The theoretical capacity should be used to calculate C-rate. Alternatively, rigorous use of A g-1 is recommended.
Pre-cycling and/or first cycle data should be reported.
Calculations of battery capacity must report the capacity obtained (in mAh g-1; if appropriate, volumetric values can be added in the unit of mAh cm-3) with the cycling rate and at what cycle number this capacity was obtained clearly stated. Average capacities for ≥3 cells with standard deviation are preferred.
Energy Advances is fully gold open access – articles can be downloaded free from the website with no barriers to access.
Online only: ISSN 2753-1457
Copyright is retained by authors when an open access licence is accepted, as with our standard licence to publish agreement. Full and accurate attribution to the original author is required for any re-use of the work. Find out more about copyright, licences and re-use permission.
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