About the Journal

JSESD website Content

      1. About the journal
      2. Benefits to authors
      3. Audience
      4. Topics/ themes
      5. Abstracting and indexing
      6. Guide for authors
      7. Authors' Responsibilities
      8. Submission Guidelines
      9. Peer Review Process
      10. Reviewers’ Responsibilities
      11. Editors Responsibilities
      12. Ethical policy
      13. Charges
      14. Archiving
      15. Copyright

1. About Journal

The Journal of Solar Energy and Sustainability Development (JSESD) is a peer-reviewed, open access, biannual, scientific journal. It aims to propagate state-of-the art and eminence research in the journal themes. It provides a bridge between research and implementation of renewable energy technologies. Its content is available to academics and researchers to support exchange of knowledge on the national and global levels. The journal publishes original research articles, review articles, Case studies and technical reports.

Special subject issues may be published within regular issues and they experience the same reviewing scheme.

The JSESD provides renewable energy issues and promotion of renewable energy-based engineering knowledge and advancement. Priority is given to the development of technical solutions regarding issues of energy sustainability and water desalination that would lead to the development of energy systems and help solve water shortage in the region. Discussion of economic and environmental issues of energy systems are highly and well encouraged. The journal welcomes research articles that deals with: modeling, simulation, optimization, analysis and experimental work with appropriate findings. It encourages all research work that will support UN’s sustainable development goals, especially goal number 7 related to clean and affordable energy (SDG7).  


2. Benefits to Author:

      1. Reliable, easy, transparent and rapid publication process.
      2. All submissions will be checked by iThenticate plagiarism prevention software before being sent to reviewers.
      3. Open access journal data bases for high visibility and promotion of the article.
      4. DOI for each published paper.
      5. NO paper processing charges $0 APC;
      6. Proofreading and editing of accepted papers are free of charge.


3. Audience:

Mechanical, electrical, environmental, building, scientists, researchers, policy and decision makers, consultants in energy systems, environment, renewable energy and energy efficiency including; solar, wind, biomass, etc., energy system modelling and optimization, sustainable energy systems, greenhouse gases mitigation and other environmental pollution reduction.


4. Journal Topics:

 Areas and topics covered by SESD include but are not limited to following broad fields:

      1. Solar energy basic and advanced issues.
      2. Solar energy strategies and programs.
      3. Solar energy related polices
      4. Solar energy environmental issues and associated social impacts.
      5. Solar energy running economics issues.
      6. Solar energy resource assessment.
      7. Solar energy storage techniques.
      8. Solar energy systems; modeling and simulation.
      9. Green hydrogen production, storage, transportation and use.
      10. Solar energy systems in buildings.
      11. Designing and sizing solar energy systems.
      12. Low-energy building architecture associated with solar use.
      13. Standards of solar energy systems.
      14. Testing and evaluation of solar energy systems.
      15. Energy conservation and energy efficiency applications.
      16. Energy management topics.
      17. Water desalination based on solar energy.
      18. Applications of fuel cell technologies.
      19. Nano based solar applications.
      20. Life Cycle Analysis of Energy System.
      21. Green building technologies. 
      22. Energy efficient buildings.

The term "solar energy" in this context includes all other types of renewable energies such as wind energy, geothermal, tidal, biomass, etc.

JSESD welcomes papers on other related topics as long as they are within the context of the wide scope of the journal.


5. Abstracting and indexing:

      • ELSEVIER Scopus
      • Google Scholar
      • DOAJ
      • ROAD
      • Crossref
      • ORCiD
      • AJOL
      • Zenodo
      • Arcif Analytics



6. Guide for author:

      • Introduction:

All articles should be original research papers presented with high quality research work and novel scientific findings. The article should be submitted in as word documents and PDF files.

      • Types of articles:

Original paper: it presents high quality research work showing important and novel scientific findings. Review paper: It should not be a literature survey.  It should include a deep review and analysis in topics related to SESD themes with insight about recent research and where it is heading in the future. It is recommended to send a proposal to the editorial board prior to writing the review article for evaluation of its suitability to the journal publication.  

      • Check list before article submission:

The following items should be checked before article submission:

      • All names of the authors are included in the manuscript
      • Corresponding author contact address, e- mail, and ORCID no. are provided
      • Manuscript has an abstract followed by keywords
      • Tables and figures are titled and in the right place and cited correctly in the text.
      • Manuscript has been checked for spelling and grammar mistakes.
      • All references are written properly and cited in the text.
      • If any photos or other material has been taken from any sources, permission should be taken from these sources.
      • Competing of interest statement should be provided at end of the manuscript.
      • Fund resource statement should be provided at end of the manuscript.
      • Authors contribution statement according to CRediT roles should be provided at end of the manuscript.
        1. Manuscript Preparation:

4.1. Formatting requirements:The manuscript must contain the essential elements such as; Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions, Figures and Tables. If the article includes any Supplementary material, it should be included in the initial submission for peer review purposes. The article should be divided into sections.4.2. Article structureSections and subsections: the article should be divided into sections and subsections with clearly defined numbers; e.g. 1.1, then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, .. , 1.2, …etc.

      •  Introduction

It should include the work objective, background, previous work, short literature survey and work contribution.

      •  Material and methods

Work methodology should be described in a way to allow work to be reproduced by other researchers.

      •  Results

Work results should be described clearly and discussed concisely indicating the significance of the work.

      • Conclusions:

It should describe the meaning of the results, especially in the framework of the subject. It should include general and specific conclusions but not the summary of the article.

      • Authorship statement

Authors should have substantial contribution to the research work or research article. The contribution can be classified study conception and design, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation. Writing first draft, revision, approval of final version and agreement for all aspects of the work related to its accuracy or integrity.To present author contributions, CRediT statement should be presented prior to acknowledgement. It offers authors chance to give accurate details about their contribution to the published work.  It contains: conceptualization, methodology, software, validation, investigation, resources, writing original draft, review and editing, supervision, funding. Authorship statements should be formatted with the names of authors first followed by CRediT role(s).

      •  Changes of authorship:

Authors are expected to agree on the order of listing their names before the submission of the manuscript. It is not accepted to do any changes such as: addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors’ manes after acceptance of the manuscript for publication by the ejournal Editors.

      • Conflicts of Interest:

The authors have no relevant financial or nonfinancial interest to disclose.

      • Data Availability Statement:

Authors are encouraged to include their data during submission to be available to other readers and researchers as a 'Data Availability' section in their manuscript, and the authors may refer to data hosted in ANY repository. It should be placed before the references statement example:  All data are available in the manuscript.

      • Funding source:

Authors are requested to identify the funding sources for any financial support to conduct the research work that resulted in the article preparation, specifying its role in any stage of the project: providing data, project design, analyzing and interpretation of data, writing the article and decision to submit the article for publication.If there are no funding sources, it should be stated. This research received no external funding.

      • References:

References should be consistent. It should contain: author/s names/s, journal title/ book title/ IEEE referencing style should be considered (attached a copy).

      • Other issues:

a. Title page informationa.1 Title

It should be short, Concise and informative. Author/s should avoid abbreviations as much as possible.

a.2. Author names and affiliations Author/s should indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are spelled correctly. The authors' affiliation addresses should be presented below the names (as indicated in the author’s submission form. Full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, the e-mail address and ORCID no. of each author.

a.3. Corresponding author The corresponding author, who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing, publication and post-publication, should be indicated clearly. He will be responsible for answering any queries about Methodology and Materials. His e-mail address should be given and updated. 

b. Line numbering text: Authors are requested to follow automatic line numbering system.

c. Figures and tables: Figures and tables should be embedded in the text and placed in the relevant text.

d. 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.


7. Authors' responsibilities:

Authors are responsible to submit an original research work and ensure that his work was not published before and is not intended to be published elsewhere if accepted for publication. Authors are requested to cite all references in appropriate way according to the journal requirements. All authors are obliged to significantly contribute to the research work and provide retractions or corrections of misconduct. They are encouraged to provide any related data to their article.Authors are requested to declare any financial funds or other facilities they received for conducting their research work and state any conflict of interest.  


8. Submission Guidelines:

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed through an appropriate evaluation process. A manuscript write template is provided here.

        • The manuscripts should be an original work and not considered for publication elsewhere. Papers published in conferences may be considered for publication in the journal after they go through some changes in the title and revision of the content (with similarity check not more than 25%). Also, they will go into the regular journal evaluation process and if they do not conflict with the copyright statements of the conference proceedings.

        • All manuscripts are subject to evaluation and will not be published unless all the required corrections are met and the author’s guideline for publication is followed.

        • The JSESD accepts manuscripts with either Arabic or English language. All scientific terms and abbreviations should be well defined.

        • The authors should submit an electronic copy of the manuscript as a word document and a PDF copy to the journal corresponding address or through the journal submission system.

        • After the acceptance of the paper for publication in the journal, it should not be considered for publication in another journal site.

        • The author should include the consent of the coauthors and the related institutions involved in the research work.

        • Authors are invited to submit their manuscripts through email at e_wedad@csers.ly, and info-jsesd@csers.ly.

        • Authors should receive a confirmation receiving letter for their submission within a two-day period.

        • The paper will be sent to peer reviewers as soon the editorial board made its first review and made its decision that the article has a potential for publication in the journal.
        • The reviewers’ evaluation results and the editorial board decision will be sent to the authors as soon as it is ready. They will get their acceptance/rejection notification accordingly within a period of two months from first article submission.

        • Authors will receive their letter of notification to their article publication within a week after the article has been published at the journal website (2-4 weeks from article acceptance).        


9. Peer Review Process:

Peer review is an essential process to maintain high standards of papers publication at JSESD. All manuscripts are subject to the evaluation according to the peer review procedure and cannot be published unless all the required corrections are met and the author’s guideline for publication is followed. The manuscript must comply with the journal’s scope and aim, it must be of acceptable quality, and it is written correctly to the peer-reviewing level. Publication process takes 3 months since paper submission. The peer review process takes 2 months followed by the editing process and other publishing issues of about a month.   JSESD use double-blinded Peer review process. All articles will be initially assessed by the editor-in-chief and editorial board for suitability to the journal. Suitable articles will be sent to three reviewers to evaluate the scientific content and quality of the article. Final decision of acceptance or rejection of the article is done by the editorial board. The decision is final and will be reported to the author. Manuscripts written by editors or any of their relatives or colleagues in which editors have an interest are subject to all the journal usual procedures of peer review and are handled by the relevant editor in the editorial board.  The cleared manuscripts are sent to at least three peer reviewers. They should follow the instructions requested by the editorial board, including points on how to prepare a reviewer report, and how to evaluate the technical quality of the manuscript (as instructed in the evaluation form). They must provide the editors with their recommendation to accept or reject the manuscript.The reviewers’ comments are highly considered in the editorial final decision of the article. Their decision is considered as two out of three.  Also, in case a reviewer did not respond in time, the editorial board will assign another reviewer. This could prolong the evaluation process. The reviewers are asked to perform their review and submit their reports within 3-4 weeks. The whole process should not exceed 2-3 months. Peer reviewers are selected according to their experience in the field from different nationality in order to widen the data base of the journal and maintain high quality standards of articles. After the peer review process is finalized, the editors (editor in chief and associate editors) will give their final decision in the light of the referee recommendation and their own evaluation and judgment to either (as attached flowchart Click here):

        • Accepted for Publication Without Revision.
        • Accepted for Publication with Revision.
        • Not Accepted for Publication.


10. Reviewers’ Responsibilities:

Reviewers are responsible for effectively reviewing manuscripts and making logically their evaluation to the best of their knowledge and giving clear constructive comments and providing editors with an appropriate impartial evaluation. They should keep all information associated with the manuscript confidential and return their reviewing report. They should adhere to the time frame decided by the editor. They should be responsible for the following issues:

        • Respond to the editor’s peer review invitation.
        • Provide a quick, detailed, systematic and fair review of the article.
        • Give constructive, productive feedback to the author including professional suggestions.
        • Contribute to the editor and editorial board decision by providing comprehensive report and give recommendations.
        • Help author improve the quality of the article.
        • Submit review report on time.
        • Avoid suggesting of irrelevant or unnecessary references to the article.
        • Avoid suggesting citation of the reviewer’s or his associate’s publications to the article.
        • Alert the editor and editorial board to any suspected ethical issues such as plagiarism, fraud or fake data.
        • Maintain confidentiality of the author’s work.


11. Editors Responsibilities:

Editors ensure fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted articles for publication. They ensure the confidentiality of all information concerning reviewing process of all manuscripts submitted to the journal. They attempt to avoided conflict of interest between authors and reviewers as well as with editorial board.The editorial board does not allow any type of research misconduct. It takes appropriate steps to deal with any misconduct. The publisher and the editorial board will publish any corrections, retractions and clarifications whenever needed. Editors are responsible for the following issues:

        • Select, invite, and manage reviewers.
        • Guarantee a reasonable and quick peer review process.
        • Prepare incongruent peer review reports and reach to a final decision of each article.
        • Respond promptly to authors with the final decision of the article.
        • Maintain confidentiality of both reviewers and authors by preserving the reviewer’s names and by preservation of the author’s work.
        • Sustain all publication’s ethical policies.


12. Ethical Policy:

The JSESD maintains and adheres high standards of publication ethics, adapting all stick ethical rules to maintain high level of adjective, proper, original research activities, as listed in authors’ responsibility, reviewers’ responsibility and editors’ responsibility. The editorial board does not allow any type of research misconduct and publication malpractice such as:

        • Plagiarism: this is when author/s take substantial parts of others research work as their own work without referring to the original work.
        • Data fabrication: this is when the author/s provide data and findings without conducting the research work. Data availability statement is requested in Guide for Authors.
        • Concurrent submission: this when author/s the article is submitted to more than one journal at a time.
        • Duplicate submission: this is when the author submits the almost same (more or less) study to two different journals at same time or years later.
        • Adding names of authors who did not contribute to the work. Author contribution should be stated as in Guide for Authors (CRediT statement).

The editorial bord takes appropriate steps to deal with any misconduct. The publisher and the editorial board will publish any corrections, retractions and clarifications whenever needed.


13. Charges:

All manuscripts published are made available online for viewing and downloading free of charge. The journal is open access with no charges for article submission and processing. It is free of charge for authors and readers. Its content is freely available to researchers and academics to support the exchange of knowledge.


14. Archiving:

The journal is planning for preserving the journal content and providing electronic backup in case of the journal is not published in the future.



15. Copyright:

The Journal of Solar Energy and Sustainable Development (JSESD) is committed to real and immediate open access for academic work. All of the JSESD’s articles and reviews are free to access immediately from the date of publication. There are no author charges (commonly known as APCs) prior to publication, and no charge for any reader to download articles and reviews for their own scholarly use. The JSESD is free to all at any time and in perpetuity. To facilitate this, the JSESD depends upon the financial underwriting provided by the Centre for Solar Energy Research and Studies, the goodwill of its editorial team and advisory board, and the continuing support of its network of peer reviewers.A Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0) license applies to all contents published in JSESD. While articles published on JSESD can be copied by anyone for non-commercial purposes if proper credit and cite is given, all materials are published under an open-access license with authors retaining full and permanent ownership of their work. JSESD retains a perpetual, non-exclusive right to publish the work and to include it in other aggregations and indexes to achieve broader impact and visibility.Authors are responsible for and required to ascertain that they are in possession of image rights for any and all photographs, illustrations, and figures included in their work or to obtain publication or reproduction rights from the rights holders. In submitting their work for publication in JSESD, authors agree to the terms set above. Authors are free and encouraged to store their work elsewhere, for instance in institutional repositories or websites to increase circulation (see The Effects of Open Access). Authors are also able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. JSESD does not charge any reprint fees and it is not necessary to contact JSESD for permission.The journal may advertise contents related to scientific conferences and workshops beside announcements of call for papers. It will not accept advertising for products or services that are not related to its core work.