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Sustainable Energy & Fuels is a Transformative Journal, and Plan S compliant
Impact factor: 6.813*
Time to first decision (all decisions): 7.0 days**
Time to first decision (peer reviewed only): 28.0 days***
Editor-in-Chief: Garry Rumbles
Open access publishing options available
Sustainable Energy & Fuels publishes high quality scientific research that will drive the development of sustainable energy technologies, with a particular emphasis on innovative concepts and approaches.
The journal is an essential resource for energy researchers and cuts across chemistry and its interfaces with materials science, physics and biology – covering evolving and emerging areas such as the following:
- Solar energy conversion including photovoltaics and artificial photosynthesis
- Energy storage including batteries, flow batteries and supercapacitors
- Catalysis for energy technologies, including the sustainable synthesis of fuels and chemicals, and molecular/bioinspired catalysis
- Electrocatalysis, photocatalysis and thermal catalysis
- Fuel cells
- Hydrogen production, storage and distribution
- Carbon dioxide utilisation, including fuels and chemicals from carbon dioxide
- Biorefining and Biofuels
- Capacitive desalination and desalination batteries
- Other sustainable energy conversion technologies including thermochemical, piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials and devices
Energy science and technologies that avoid the use of critical raw elements or detrimental environmental effects during preparation, manufacture and end-of-life are particularly encouraged.
Why publish in Sustainable Energy & Fuels?
Sustainable Energy & Fuels publishes high quality articles in energy research.
Sustainable Energy & Fuels authors will benefit from the following:
- Rapid publication times
- Simple and user-friendly online submission process
- Free use of colour
- No page charges
- No page limits
- Open access publishing options
- Free electronic reprints (PDF) of own paper
Meet the team
Find out who is on the editorial and advisory boards for the Sustainable Energy & Fuels journal.
Garry Rumbles, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Ryu Abe, Kyoto University, Japan
Francesca Brunetti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
David Mitlin, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Marta Sevilla, Instituto Nacional del Carbón - CSIC, Spain
Carsten Streb, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Xinchen Wang, Fuzhou University, China
Karen Wilson, Griffith University, Australia
Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle, Australia
Vincent Artero, Université Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, CEA, France
Chunmei Ban, University of Colorado, USA
Christoph Brabec, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
Jaephil Cho, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea
Cyrille Costentin, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
Seth Darling, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Benjamin Dietzek, Jena Institute of photonics, Germany
Gordana Dukovic, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
James Durrant, Imperial College London and Swansea University, UK
Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
Elizabeth Gibson, University of Newcastle, UK
Susan Habas, NREL, USA
Anders Hagfeldt, Uppsala University, Sweden
Justin Hodgkiss, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Libai Huang, Purdue University, USA
Osamu Ishitani, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Anne Jones, Arizona State University, USA
Kisuk Kang, Seoul National University, Korea
Lieve Laurens, NREL, USA
Frédéric Laquai, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
Xianfeng Li, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Doug MacFarlane, Monash University, Australia
Chris McNeill, Monash University, Australia
Shirley Meng, University of Chicago, USA
Johannes Messinger, Uppsala University, Sweden
Robert Mokaya, University of Nottingham, UK
Annamma Odaneth, Institute of Chemical Technology, India
Satishchandra Ogale, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
Jude Onwudili, Aston University, UK
Martin Oschatz, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
Emilio Palomares, Catalan Institute of Chemical Research, Spain
Xiulian Pan, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Alissa Park, Columbia University, USA
Nam-Gyu Park, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
Volker Presser,Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Germany
Amy Prieto, Colorado State University, USA
Liangti Qu, Tsinghua University, China
Erin Ratcliff, University of Arizona, USA
Srinivasan Sampath, Indian Institute of Science, India
Kimberley See, California Institute of Technology, USA
Uwe Schroder, TU-Braunschweig, Germany
Wendy Shaw, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Adalgisa Sinicropi, University of Siena, Italy
Junwang Tang, University College London, UK
Roel van de Krol, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Germany
Koen Vandewal, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Aron Walsh, Imperial College London, UK
Aiqin Wang, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Michael Wasielewski, Northwestern University, USA
Yan Yao, University of Houston, USA
Neil Scriven, Executive Editor
Sarah Holmes, Deputy Editor
Lily Newton, Development Editor
Claire Darby, Editorial Production Manager ORCID 0000-0003-3059-6020
Sam Keltie, Publisher
Emma Carlisle, Publishing Editor
Hannah Hamilton, Publishing Editor
Claire Hedgecott, Publishing Editor
Irene Sanchez Molina Santos, Publishing Editor
Michael Spencelayh, Publishing Editor
Callum Woof, Publishing Editor
Lauren Yarrow-Wright, Publishing Editor
Kate Bandoo, Editorial Assistant
Linda Warncke, Publishing Assistant
Sustainable Energy & Fuels will publish:
- Full papers
These contain either a complete study or a preliminary report, but in either case must contain original and highly significant work whose interest to the Sustainable Energy & Fuels 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 four printed journal pages.
Full papers contain original scientific work that 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
Reviews and Perspectives are normally commissioned by the editorial board and editorial office. Suggestions from authors are also welcome, and enquiries should be directed to the editorial office at email@example.com.
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. Notes on the preparation of these articles are available from the editor, and will be provided to referees.
Review articles report a detailed, balanced and authoritative current account of the selected research field. Review articles normally comprise 10,000 or more words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
Perspectives present an authoritative state-of-the-art account of a research field. A Perspective may take the form of a personal account of research, or a critical analysis of a topic of current interest. In either form, some new unpublished research may be included. Perspectives normally comprise 5,000 to 10,000 words of text, together with supporting figures and tables.
Comments and Replies are a medium for the discussion and exchange of scientific opinions between authors and readers concerning material published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels.
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.
Journal specific guidelines
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.
Open access publishing options
Sustainable Energy & Fuels is a hybrid (transformative) journal and gives authors the choice of publishing their research either via the traditional subscription-based model or instead by choosing our gold open access option. Find out more about our Transformative Journals. which are Plan S compliant.
Gold open access
For authors who want to publish their article gold open access, Sustainable Energy & Fuels charges an article processing charge (APC) of £2,500 (+ any applicable tax). Our APC is all-inclusive and makes your article freely available online immediately, permanently, and includes your choice of Creative Commons licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC) at no extra cost. It is not a submission charge, so you only pay if your article is accepted for publication.
Learn more about publishing open access.
Read & Publish
If your institution has a Read & Publish agreement in place with the Royal Society of Chemistry, APCs for gold open access publishing in Sustainable Energy & Fuels may already be covered.
Check if your institution is already part of our Read & Publish community.
Please use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript; this helps us to identify if you are eligible for Read & Publish or other APC discounts.
Traditional subscription model
Authors can also publish in Sustainable Energy & Fuels via the traditional subscription model without needing to pay an APC. Articles published via this route are available to institutions and individuals who subscribe to the journal. Our standard licence allows you to make the accepted manuscript of your article freely available after a 12-month embargo period. This is known as the green route to open access.
The journal appeals to a broad international readership spanning many communities, including all academic and industrial scientists interested in the development of alternative sustainable energy technologies.
Online only 2023: ISSN 2398-4902, £3,218 / $5,447
*2021 Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
**The median time from submission to first decision including manuscripts rejected without peer review from the previous calendar year
***The median time from submission to first decision for peer-reviewed manuscripts rejected from the previous calendar year
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