AUTHORS GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Authors should submit their contributions electronically through the Journal website submission system to the Editorial Office:

Website: https://www.jree.ir/

Telefax:  (+9826) 36280033 (External no. 381)

Email:      jree@merc.ac.ir

 

INTRODUCTION 

The “Journal of Renewable Energy and Environment is published quarterly by ‘Materials and Energy Research Center’ and ‘Iranian Association of Chemical Engineering’. The journal considers original contributions ranging from theoretical, experimental, and state-of-the-art research works to review articles as well as experts’ field of expertise.

The journal welcomes articles from scientists all around the world. All submissions are peer reviewed. Short communications should be concise and not exceed 4-5 printed pages but must include complete descriptions of any investigation.

Four types of article papers can be accepted: Research articles, Review articles, Short research note, and Short technical note. In the case of 'review articles',  it is mandatory for authors to send an abstract of their article (~ 500 words) and CV of the corresponding author containing a list of their publications to Editor-in-Chief. In this list, the corresponding author should highlight at least three articles that bear relevance to the journal field of research and have been previously published in reputable and peer- reviewed journals.

 

SUBMISSION OF PAPER

Requirement for new/ revised submissions

Authors may choose to submit a manuscript as a single word file for use in the refereeing process. At the revision stage, authors will be requested to readjust their paper in a 'correct format' for acceptance and provide the items required for manuscript publication.

Contact details for submission

If authors submit a manuscript for publication in a special issue, please contact the Editor-in-Chief or Guest Editor for submission instructions. Please do not submit it through your portal online unless authors are specifically instructed to do so.

Authorship Guidelines

Authorship credit should be based on (i) Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (ii) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (iii) Final approval of the version to be submitted for publication.  All of these conditions should be met by all authors. Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone do not constitute authorship. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. All authors must agree on the sequence of authors listed before submitting the article. They must agree to designate one author as the corresponding author for the submission. It is the responsibility of corresponding author to arrange the whole manuscript upon requirements and to keep dialogue open with the co-authors during the peer-reviewing and proofing stages and also, to act on their behalf.

To more information, please visit the Preparation section below.

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Ethics in Publishing

The ethical policy of JREE is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and complies with International Committee of JREE Editorial Board codes of conduct. Readers, authors, reviewers and editors should follow these ethical policies once working with JREE. The ethical policy of JREE is liable to determine which of the typical research papers or articles submitted to the journal should be published in the concerned issue. The publishing decision is made based on the suggestion of the journal reviewers and editorial board members. The ethical policy insists that the Editor-in-Chief may confer with other editors or reviewers in making the decision. The reviewers are required to evaluate the research papers based on the submitted content in a confidential manner. They also make suggestions to the authors so that they would improve the quality of research paper based on reviewers’ comments.  Authors should ensure that their submitted research work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions should be followed by the authors. Any kind of plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. For more information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines, please visit http://publicationethics.org.

Peer-Review Process

Submitted articles are primarily evaluated by the journal technical editor for any methodological flaws, format, and compliance with the Journal’s instructions and plagiarism policy. Once they pass the technical check stage, the editor-in-chief with the help of editorial board members will check the quality of the paper and decide whether it is eligible for peer-review/rejection or revision. Then, a submission code will be allocated based on which all future contacts will take place. Through a single-blind review, the articles will be reviewed by at least two external (peer) reviewers. Their comments will be passed to the authors and their responses to the comments along with the reviewers’ comments will then be evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and a final reviewer who can also be a member of the Editorial Board. The final review process will be discussed in regular editorial board sessions and on the basis of the comments and the Journal’s standards. The Editor-in-Chief and editorial board members will decide which articles should be published. It should be noted that articles submitted by the editorial board members of JREE will also be subjected to peer-review.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and written in sound grammar and proper terminology. Manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman with font size 10 and in MS-Word format in one column with 2.5 cm margin on each side. Manuscript submission must be applied once in order to obtain only one submission ID number. More than one submission for a single manuscript can lose the chance of manuscript consideration. Please insert line numbers to the whole article. It is easier for the reviewers to insert their comments on your article.

English Language Writing

All publications in the JREE are in English language. Authors whose first language is not English should make sure their manuscript is written in Standard English before submission. Please write your text in good English (American usage is accepted). No language and copy-editing services are provided by the JREE; hence, authors who feel their manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors are encouraged to obtain such services prior to submission. Authors are responsible for all costs associated with such services.

New Submissions

Submission to JREE journal proceeds totally online and authors will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the manuscript files. As for the manuscript, authors may choose to submit the manuscript as a single file to be used in the refereeing process. This can be a Word document (*.doc or *.docx) to be used by referees to evaluate the manuscript.

References

References must be set and provided in accordance with the formatting of JREE references in a consistent style. Where applicable, authors' full names, Journal's complete title/ book title, chapter title/article title, sources (including complete titles which should be bold and italics), Vol, No, (numbers/book chapters/and the pagination), year of publication, and page numbers must be presented. In addition, consider adding a hyperlink Doi or link with blue color to each reference in your list of references. All references must be mentioned and accompanied by cardinal numbers. If a references cited in the text is in Farsi, please mention it at the end of the reference section by typing “(in Farsi)". References should be numbered and listed in the reference section. References should be numbered as they appear in the text. If authors intend to make a reference to JREE journal in the form of citation, they should cite only 1 or at most 2 journal papers.

Formatting requirements

All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your manuscript, e.g., Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, and Conflict of Interest. Artwork and Tables with Captions as required as well. Please ensure all figures, tables and supplementary data should be embedded and included in the main manuscript file.

Revised Submissions Requirements

Regardless of the format of the originally submitted manuscript, at the revision stage, authors are instructed to submit their manuscript in JREE format and also, it may be editable. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. To avoid unnecessary errors, authors are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' for the submitted manuscript.

Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it would not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service available on the internet. 

Title Page

Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae, where possible.

Author names and affiliations. Complete names of the authors are requested. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation including country name, e-mail address, and ORCID number of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication and also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code or preferably a mobile phone) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

Abstract

A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided; yet, if essential, they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Authors from Iran should include a Farsi abstract of their paper after English abstract.

Keywords

Immediately after the abstract, provide 4 to 6 keywords using American spelling and avoid general and plural terms or multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Introduction

State the objectives of the work, provide an adequate background, and avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

 Materials and Methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

 Theory/calculation

A theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further research. In contrast, the calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.

 Results and Discussion

Results should be clear and concise. The Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

 Footnotes

Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many

Word processors build footnotes into the text and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.

 Figures

All figures must be clear with high quality and resolution (400-600 dpi), which are uploaded in separate files at the submission time.

Tables

Careful thought should be given to the layout of tables (and figures) so that the significance of the results may be quickly grasped by the busy reader. It should also be remembered that the length of a printed page is always larger than its width. Tables with only two or three headings are best printed horizontally. The words "Table" and "Figure" are to be provided in the heading and legend of tables and figures, respectively. Tables are to be numbered serially with Arabic numerals, and should have headings which make their general meaning understandable without reference to the text. The units in which results are expressed should be given in parentheses at the top of each column and should not be repeated on each line of the table. Footnotes should be indicated by the use of lower case letters (a, b, c, etc.) as superscripts without parentheses.

Symbols, formula and equations

Symbols, formula and equations should be written with great care, capital and lower case letters being distinguished where necessary.
Greek letters and unusual symbols employed for the first time should be defined by name in the left-hand margin.
The multiplication sign should be used in floating point numbers to avoid confusion, i.e., 4.25×105, not 4.25.105. The decimal point should always be denoted by a full stop.
The word "equation" should be written completely. The equation has been copied and pasted is not accepted. Equations should not be written in Italic font. The font of math formulae is Times New Romans, 9.

For further details, please see the published papers.

Conclusions

The main conclusions of the study may be presented in the Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of Results and Discussion section.

Glossary

Please supply, as a separate list, the definitions of field-specific terms used in your article.

 Appendices

If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

 Acknowledgements

An acknowledgements section is required before the references section.

Nomenclature and units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI. You are urged to consult IUPAC: Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry: http://www.iupac.org/ for further information.

References

The references should be numbered consecutively throughout the text and should be collected in a reference list (headed References) at the end of the paper.
The references list should not include material that could appear more appropriately as a footnote. Authors should ensure that every reference appearing in the text is in the list of references, and vice versa. Numerals for references are enclosed in square brackets in the text, e.g., [1].
In the reference list, references should be cited in accordance with the following examples: 

[1] Periodicals:

Amani, N., "Building energy conservation in atrium spaces based on ECOTECT simulation software in hot summer and cold winter zone in Iran", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 122, (2018), 98-313. (https://doi.org/10.1108/IJESM-05-2016-0003).

 

Omidi Avaj, M. and Bagheri, Z., "Use of new technologies in the management of building energy with an emphasis on solar energy", Proceedings of 1st Annual Conference on Architecture and Urban Planning in Iran, (2015). (In Farsi). (https://www.civilica.com/Paper-AAUC01-AAUC01_095.html).

 

[2] books:

Duffie, J.A. and Beckman, W.A., Solar engineering of thermal processes, Fourth Edition, Wiley, (2013). (https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118671603).

Smets, A., Jäger, K., Isabella, O., van Swaaij, R. and Zeman, M., Solar energy: The physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion technologies and systems, UIT Cambridge Ltd., Cambridge, (2016). (https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Energy-Engineering-Photovoltaic-Technologies/dp/1906860327)

[3] Thesis:

Stoddard, I., "Communal polyethylene biogas systems: Experiences from on-farm research in rural West Java", Student Thesis, (2010). (http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-131203).

[4] online wesites:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Statistics Division (ESS), (2021). (Available at: http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/QC/visualize), 

[5] Report:

James, T., Goodrich, A., Woodhouse, M., Margolis, R. and Ong, S., "Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) in the residential sector: An analysis of installed rooftop system prices", National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Technical Report, NREL/TP-6A20-53103, (2011). (https://https://doi.org/10.2172/1029857).

[6] Proceddings:

Harimi, M., Harimi, D., Kurian, V.J. and Nurmin, B., "Evaluation of the thermal performance of metal roofing under tropical climatic conditions", Proceedings of The 2005 World Sustainable Building Conference, Tokyo, (2005). 709-716. (https://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB3434.pdf). 

 Authorship

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:  

Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue, the requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Editor-in-Chief from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name

should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author to be added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Editor-in-Chief to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed upon.

After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in delay for removing the suspension.  

Submission checklist

The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please keep the ‘Guide for Authors’ in mind for further details of any item.

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author be designated as the corresponding author with contact details. Only faculty members of educational institutions and industrial experts can submit articles. Therefore, for speedy response, it is strictly requested that students should not submit their dissertation research output:

  • Full authors names
  • E-mail address
  • Full postal address
  • Telephone, especially Mobile phone
  • ORCID Numbers
  • Keywords
  • All figure captions (figures with 300-600 dpi)
  • All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
  • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar-checked'
  • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)
  • Manuscripts must have line numbers
  • A Farsi abstract is needed after English abstracts (for Iranian authors)
  • A similarity (plagiarism) check with published literature is performed for the quality of all pages submitted to JREE. This will be done before review processing of an article starts. For any submitted manuscripts, the similarity level greater than 20% including author name, affiliation and references is rejected. To avoid late review processing, authors can perform similarity check and send the report file to JREE@merc.ac.ir at the time of submission.

 AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Proof correction

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail for final check and correction of proofs.

All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to corresponding author.  

Journal office will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately - please upload all of your corrections within 48 hours. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility. Note that publisher may proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.  

Offprints

The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail (the PDF file.  

Copyright

The JREE is made available to the public under the open access policy. The accepted submissions are free to read, reuse, download, copy, distribute, and share as long as the author(s) of the manuscript are credited.  JREE will ask all authors of the acceptance article to sign a Copyright Agreement Form for granting the necessary publishing rights once the manuscript has been accepted. The accepted manuscript is moved into production after the copyright agreement form from the relevant author of the manuscript is received. Because the author(s) publish their manuscript as open access, the author(s) retain(s) certain rights such as patents, trademarks, and designs, while other copyright is transferred to the JREE. The conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License are incorporated into the author(s) contract, dictating what others can do with the author(s) manuscript after it is published. Furthermore, after being properly attributed, the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License allows for unrestricted use, distribution, modification, and reproduction in any medium.