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Steps Journal for Renewable Energy Studies (SJRES)

The “Steps Journal of Renewable Energy Studies (SJRES)” is an interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by Scientific Steps International Publishing Services, Dubai, UAE.

SJRES is a premier scholarly publication dedicated to the latest advancements and discussions in the field of renewable energy and its intersection with sustainability and the environment. As a hub for cutting-edge research, our journal serves as a platform for scientists, engineers, policymakers, and industry professionals to share knowledge, innovate solutions, and foster global conversations on energy technologies and their role in shaping a sustainable future.
Our commitment to quality and comprehensive coverage makes SJRES an essential resource for those looking to keep abreast of the rapid developments in energy technologies, their environmental impacts, and their socio-economic implications.

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Aim and Scope

The aim of "Steps Journal of Renewable Energy Studies" is to publish rigorous research articles, review papers, and case studies that provide insights into the full spectrum of energy disciplines, with a particular focus on renewable sources and their integration into the global energy system. The journal seeks to promote and disseminate research that contributes to the advancement of renewable energy technologies, enhances energy efficiency, and furthers the understanding of sustainability impacts on both local and global scales.

Scope of the Journal includes:

  • Emerging Technologies and Innovations: Covering state-of-the-art developments in renewable energy technologies and novel applications poised to transform energy systems.
  • Energy Storage Technologies: Exploring cutting-edge storage solutions that facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid and enhance grid stability.
  • Smart Grids and Integrated Energy Systems: Discussing the design, implementation, and optimization of smart grid technologies that support the dynamic management of energy production and consumption.
  • Energy Efficiency: Focusing on advances that improve energy use efficiency in industrial, residential, and transportation sectors.
  • Solar, Wind, Bioenergy, and Other Renewable Sources: Detailed examinations of technologies and systems in solar power, wind energy, bioenergy, and other renewable sources, focusing on innovations, system integration, and environmental impacts.
  • Hydro and Ocean Energy: Assessing the potential and technological advancements in hydroelectric, tidal, and wave energy, along with their environmental and economic aspects.
  • Geothermal Energy: Investigating the technologies and strategies for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable and economically feasible manner.
  • Policy, Economics, and Social Impacts: Analyzing the regulatory, economic, and social dimensions of renewable energy, including policy development, market incentives, and community engagement.
  • Sustainable Development and Planning: Addressing the role of renewable energy in sustainable development, including planning, lifecycle assessment, and strategies for mitigating climate change through renewable sources.

Topics commonly include:

  1. Energy (Miscellaneous)
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovations
    • Organic and perovskite solar cells
    • Novel wind energy technologies
    • Advanced materials and technologies for energy applications
  • Energy Storage Technologies
    • Battery innovations and future technologies
    • Thermal and mechanical energy storage solutions
    • Hydrogen production, storage, and fuel cells
  • Smart Grids and Integrated Energy Systems
    • Smart grid infrastructure and technology
    • Energy management systems (EMS)
    • Integration of diverse energy sources
  • Energy Efficiency
    • Industrial and residential energy efficiency improvements
    • Energy-saving technologies in transportation
    • High-efficiency energy conversion systems
  1. Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Solar Energy Technologies
    • Photovoltaic systems and materials
    • Solar thermal applications and concentrated solar power
    • Building-integrated solar technologies
  • Wind Energy
    • Innovations in turbine technology and aerodynamics
    • Design and optimization of onshore and offshore wind farms
    • Environmental impacts of wind energy projects
  • Bioenergy and Biofuels
    • Sustainable biofuel production methods
    • Environmental impact of biomass and waste-to-energy systems
    • Algal biofuels and circular economy models
  • Hydro and Ocean Energy
    • Advances in hydroelectric technology, including pumped storage
    • Wave, tidal, and ocean thermal energy conversion technologies
  • Geothermal Energy
    • Developments in geothermal power generation and heating
    • Environmental and geological aspects of geothermal systems
  • Policy, Economics, and Social Impacts
    • Regulatory and policy frameworks promoting renewable energy
    • Economic assessments and market dynamics of renewables
    • Public perception and social implications of renewable energy projects
  • Sustainable Development and Planning
    • Integration of renewable energy in urban and rural development
    • Lifecycle analysis and sustainability metrics of renewable technologies
    • Renewable energy strategies for climate change mitigation

All articles published in The Steps Journal of Renewable Energy Studies (SJRES) are published in full open access. An article processing charge (APC) of 400 USD applies to papers accepted after peer review.

This article processing charge is to cover the costs of peer review, copyediting, typesetting, long-term archiving, and journal management.
Local VAT or Sales Tax will be added if applicable.
Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use SSG’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
You can read more about Article Processing Charges (APC) of SSG’s Journals.

1.The Steps Journal of Renewable Energy Studies (SJRES) is an internationally recognized publication in the field of civil engineering and infrastructure. This scientific journal features peer-reviewed, open access articles and is published quarterly by SCIENTIFIC STEPS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING SERVICES L.L.C.

2. Determine the type of article you wish to submit:

• Research Article/Original Research: A complete description of original research findings.
• Letters/Short Reports/Communications: Brief descriptions of research findings.
• Review Article: A comprehensive summary of a topic that identifies and summarizes the results of original articles on the topic. Review articles may include, but are not limited to, scoping reviews, systematic reviews, critical reviews, literature reviews, and meta-analyses.
• Case Report: A descriptive, exploratory or explanatory analysis of a person, group, or event.
• Viewpoint/Opinion: An essay presenting an opinion on a specific topic, which may sometimes be controversial.
3. Ensure the originality of your manuscript by checking it for plagiarism using a plagiarism checker. The maximum similarity rate allowed in the SJRES is 20%. Additional information regarding publishing ethics, including plagiarism, can be found in the Publication Ethics.

4. Prepare your manuscript using the Microsoft Word Template

5. Submit your manuscript online through the submission website. The submitting author, who is typically the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must confirm that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and have approved the submitted version of the manuscript. All co-authors can view the manuscript details in the submission system by registering and logging in using the email address provided during manuscript submission.

6. Manuscript presentation:

6.1. Formatting a Manuscript for Submission

a. Writing Style: Manuscripts must be written in clear, concise English and should be typed using a Times New Roman font, size 12 pt. Please use 1.5 line spacing for all materials. The total length of the paper, including text, tables, and figures, should not exceed 25 pages. Tables and figures should be placed within the text.
b. Formatting: Manuscripts should not include headers, footers, line numbers, notes, or footnotes. The final manuscript file size should not exceed 3 MB.
c. Scientific Ethics: The manuscript should follow ethical standards in scientific writing, including:
• Ensuring that all individuals who made significant contributions to the research are included as authors and those without significant contributions are excluded.
• Avoiding plagiarism by properly referencing sources and rephrasing as necessary.
• Taking caution regarding the novelty and copyrights of others.

6.2. Manuscript Structure:

A. Title Page: The title page should include the following elements:
i. Title: The title should be informative, meaningful, specific, and concise. It should avoid unnecessary jargon, abbreviations, and detail.
ii. Author Names: The full names of all authors should be provided.
iii. Author Affiliations: Institutional full addresses for all authors should be included.
iv. Corresponding Author: The name and email address of the corresponding author should be specified and marked with an asterisk (*). The corresponding author is responsible for any disputes arising from publication.
v. Abstract: The abstract should be limited to 250 words and should provide an overview of the research objectives, methodology, results, and conclusions.
vi. Keywords: Five selective and appropriate keywords should be included for indexing purposes. Avoid uncommon abbreviations and general terms.
Note: No other subheadings should be included in the manuscript.

B. Main Text
Original Investigations and Brief Reports typically comprise five sections: Introduction, Materials, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
i) Introduction
• This section provides the necessary context for the research work by presenting background information in three to four paragraphs. The introduction should explain the motivation and objectives of the study based on the type or category of information being presented. It should not include:
• A description of methods, results, or conclusions other than a brief outline of what was done and achieved in the final paragraph.
• Information on data collection and analysis methods.
• Brief terms of what was achieved.
• An extensive review of the field.
• An disproportionate citation of the author’s own work, the work of colleagues, or work that supports their findings while ignoring contradictory studies or work by competitors.

ii) Materials and Methods/Methodology
• This section should provide full details that would allow competent workers to replicate the experiment. The materials section should specify the exact technical specifications, quantities, and sources or methods of preparation. The methods section should describe the chronological order in which the study was carried out and should be brief yet informative. The section should clearly explain the study process and structure, including the materials used, the design of the experiment, the protocol for recording data, and the data analysis methods.
• Subheadings should be provided for each category, method, procedure, study area, or analysis used.
• Most of the section should be written in the past tense using passive voice, and results should not be included.

iii) Results/Case Studies
• This section presents the experimental data to the reader and is the most significant part of a paper. The results should be presented in tables and figures and each group of tables and figures should be introduced in a separate paragraph, noting the overall trends and data points of particular interest. Key statistics, such as the number of samples (n), the index of dispersion (SEM, SD), and the index of central tendency (mean, median, or mode), should be stated without reference for experimental studies. Any statistical analysis performed should be indicated and specific statistical data, such as p-values, should be included.
• The section should be short, clearly presented, and free from discussion.
• Tables and figures should be used to organize the data systematically, with tables showing exact values and figures showing trends or relationship effects.
• Figures and tables should be easy to understand without the need for reference to the text.
• The same information should not be presented in both a table and a figure.
• A textual representation of the key findings should be provided with each table and figure, using different tenses to give different information in the results section.
• Each table and figure presented in the paper should be referred to in the results section without reference.

iv) Discussion
• The discussion section is often the most challenging to write, but it should be straightforward if the previous sections have been properly constructed. The discussion should begin with a brief paragraph that provides an overview of the work and summarizes the most important findings. If the study characterized a phenomenon by studying specific effects, the results should be used to describe each effect in separate paragraphs. If the study presented a hypothesis, the results should be used to construct a logical argument to support or reject the hypothesis. If the study had three main objectives, the results should be used to address each of these objectives.
• The discussion should present the principles, relationships, and generalizations shown by the results, rather than simply reiterating the results.
• Exceptions or lack of correction should be pointed out, and unsettled points should be defined.
• The author’s results and interpretations should be.

vii) References
• All references cited in the text should be included in the References section. Careful consideration should be given to the selection of references, ensuring that they include relevant and key sources within the field as well as previous studies that support or provide context for the present work. References should not be included for the purpose of merely citing specific authors or journals, unless they are relevant to the current study. Previous publications from the author’s laboratory may be appropriate to cite. The references should be formatted according to the APA (7th edition) style.
• Examples of different reference types include:
Journal Articles: Afrianto (2018) “Being a Professional Teacher in the Era of Industrial Revolution 4.0: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Innovative Classroom Practices,” English Language Teaching and Research, 2(1), 1-13.
Albantani, A. M., & Madkur, A. (2017) “Musyahadat Al Fidyu: Youtube-Based Teaching and Learning of Arabic as Foreign Language (AFL),” Dinamika Ilmu, 17(2), 291-308.
Books: McKibbin, B. (2007) Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and The Durable Future, New York: Times Book/Henry Hold and Co.
Panitch, L., & Gindin, S. (2012) The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire, London: Verso.
Book Chapters: Pigg, K. E., & Bradshaw, T. K. (2003) “Catalytic Community Development: A Theory of Practice for Changing Rural Society,” In Challenges for Rural America in The Twenty-First Century, edited by D. L. Brown & L. E. Swanson, Pennsylvania State University Press.
Regulations and Laws: Law Number 23 of 2011 concerning Zakat Management (2011, November 25), State Gazette of the Republic of Indonesia Year 2011 Number 115, Jakarta.
Law Number 5 of 1984 concerning Industry (1984, June 29), State Gazette of the Republic of Indonesia Year 1984 Number 22, Jakarta.
Theses: Choiri, A. (2021) Pemberdayaan Pemulung Melalui Pengelolaan Sampah Plastik di Medayu Utara Rungkut Surabaya [Thesis], UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya, Surabaya.
Erizal, Y. (2011) Analisa Pelaksanaan Kemitraan Anak Angkat Bapak Angkat (ABA) dalam Usaha Agribisnis Kelapa Sawit di PT. GMP Kec. Pasaman Kabupaten Pasaman Barat [Thesis], University if Andalas, Padang.
Internet Sources: Jenkins, R. (2018, January 7) “Generation Z vs. Millennials: The 8 Differences You Need to Know,” HR Daily Advisor. Retrieved from https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2017/09/25/generation-z-vs-millennials-8-differences-need-know/.
Maritime Security Agency of the Republic of Indonesia. (2021, June 25) “Amerika Serikat dan Indonesia Bangun Pusat Pelatihan Maritim,” Maritime Security Agency of the Republic of Indonesia. Retrieved from https://bakamla.go.id/publication/detail_news/amerika-serikat-dan-indonesia-bangun-pusat-pelatihan-maritim.

 

Final checklist for submission
Before submitting the manuscript for publication, it is imperative for the authors to confirm the following details have been meticulously considered:
• The title page must accurately reflect the full title, as well as the names, designations, and institutional affiliations of all authors, along with a valid email address for future correspondence.
• The abstract must be succinct and structured, not exceeding 250 words.
• References must be cited in accordance with the APA (7th edition) style guidelines as stated in the Instruction to Authors section.
• Ensure that the headings of tables, their numbers, and captions for illustrations are present, with no repetition of information.
• Ensure that all photographs and illustrations are of high resolution, along with their respective captions.

Publication Ethics Statement

  • The Steps Journal of Renewable Energy Studies (SJRES), published by SCIENTIFIC STEPS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING SERVICES L.L.C, upholds high ethical standards in scholarly publication, aligning with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Rigorous peer-review processes and stringent ethical policies are enforced to maintain the integrity and excellence of scientific contributions.
  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest: Authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest that could influence their work.
  • Accurate Presentation of Findings: Authors must present their research truthfully and objectively discuss the significance of their findings.
  • Transparency in Research Methodology and Data: Detailed descriptions of research methods and data are necessary for replication. Authors are encouraged to deposit raw data publicly before manuscript submission.
  • Exclusivity of Submissions: Manuscripts submitted to SJRES should not be under consideration by other journals simultaneously.
  • Translation Standards and Proper Citations: Translations of content must adhere to journal policies, and proper citations of original sources are necessary.
  • Prompt Error Reporting: Authors are responsible for promptly informing SJRES of any errors discovered in their published papers.
  • Originality and Permissions: Manuscripts should contain original content, and permissions are needed for previously published figures or images.
  • Prohibition of Plagiarism and Misconduct: Instances of plagiarism, data falsification, improper authorship attribution, and related ethical concerns are taken extremely seriously by SJRES journal. Editors are trained to handle such issues with a zero-tolerance policy, ensuring the highest level of publishing ethics.
  • To guarantee the authenticity and originality of submitted content, SJRES journal employs iThenticate, a tool used to verify submissions against existing publications, preventing instances of duplicate or unethical content from being published. This commitment to maintaining publication ethics is integral to ensuring the integrity of scholarly works within the journal.
  • Image Integrity and Misrepresentation: Manipulation of images that could mislead interpretation is strictly prohibited.
  • Thorough Misconduct Investigations: Allegations of publication misconduct are thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action is taken if misconduct is confirmed.
  • SJRES commits to upholding these ethical guidelines to maintain the integrity of scholarly work and ensure transparency in the publication process. These standards are enforced through a rigorous editorial process, including checks for plagiarism and image manipulation. The journal takes any allegations of misconduct seriously, conducting thorough investigations and taking necessary actions to maintain publication integrity.

Copyright / Open Access

The SJRES journal, under SSG’s publication, follows an Open-Access model for articles published within it. These articles are disseminated in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). Authors retain the copyright for their published work.

Upon publication, SJRES will include the following statement at the conclusion of the article:

Copyright: © 2023 by the authors. Licensee SSG, Dubai, UAE.

This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).“

This note signifies that the published article is open access and governed by the CC BY license, allowing readers to access, distribute, and build upon the content while acknowledging the original authors.

 

Research Ethics

Research Involving Human Subjects:

  • Declaration of Helsinki: Access the Declaration of Helsinki for guidelines on ethical research involving human subjects.
  • Ethics Committee Approval: Obtaining approval from a local institutional review board (IRB) or an appropriate ethics committee is essential, with specific details required in the ‘Institutional Review Board Statement’.
  • Informed Consent: Participants must provide written informed consent for inclusion and publication.
  • Non-interventional Studies: Full disclosure to participants regarding anonymity, research purpose, data use, and associated risks is required.
  • Ethical Approval Exemption: If not required, authors should provide exemption details or cite relevant legislation.
  • Protection of Patient Information: Anonymization of patient details is necessary, and authors need signed informed consent for publication of case details, personal information, or images.
  • Vulnerable Groups and Categorization: Additional scrutiny may occur for studies involving vulnerable groups, and justification for categorization by race, ethnicity, gender, etc., should be explained.

Ethical Guidelines for Animal Research:

Research Involving Cell Lines:

  • Cell Line Origin and Approval: Find guidance on cell line origin and approvals from institutional review boards or ethics committees through specific journals, institutions, or published papers in the field of cell biology.

Research Involving Plants:

  • Compliance with Guidelines: Explore information related to plant research guidelines from institutions, national bodies, or international conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Clinical Trials Registration:

Dual Use Research of Concern:

  • Indication and Explanation: Seek information on dual-use research concerns from sources related to biosecurity, national security, and relevant international laws or guidelines.

Sex and Gender in Research:

  • SAGER Guidelines: Refer to the ‘Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines‘ for guidance on incorporating sex and gender considerations in research.

Borders and Territories:

  • Editorial Neutrality: Editorial policies of journals often reflect a neutral stance on disputes over borders and territories. These principles guide content decisions and dispute resolution processes within the journal’s framework.

 

Citation Policy

Authors are required to adhere to strict guidelines regarding citation practices to ensure academic integrity and proper attribution of sources.

  • Clear and Appropriate Citation: All sources used, including the author’s own previously published work, must be cited clearly and accurately. Obtaining appropriate permissions, when necessary, is imperative.
  • Avoidance of Excessive Self-Citation: Authors should refrain from excessive self-citation, maintaining a balanced and unbiased citation practice.
  • Read-before-Citing Policy: Authors are expected to have read and comprehended the content of the references they cite. Copying references without reviewing the content is unacceptable.
  • Impartial Citation Practices: Authors should not show bias by preferentially citing their own, friends’, peers’, or institution’s publications.
  • Avoidance of Advertisement Citations: Citations of advertisements or advertorial material are not permitted in scholarly works.

In line with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines, direct quotations from other researchers’ work, including the author’s own, should be appropriately marked within quotation marks and cited. COPE has issued a discussion document on citation manipulation, offering recommendations for best practices.

SJRES expects authors to strictly adhere to these citation policies to maintain the scholarly integrity of published work. These guidelines aim to promote fairness, transparency, and ethical citation practices within academic research and publishing.

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