The Alternative Energy and Distributed Generation Journal is an official quarterly publication for members of the Association of Energy Engineers. AEE Members subscribed to the Alternative and Renewable Energy Development Institute or the Cogeneration and Distributed Generation Institute (AEE Divisions) receive an electronic version (pdf) of the journal. The journal publishes original articles and papers addressing state-of-the-art technological advances in cogeneration and distributed generation, solar, wind, biomass, and other green, renewable, and alternative energy sources.

Editor and Submission Contact: Stephen A. Roosa, PhD, CEM, BEP, REP, CSDP


Submission and Editorial Guidelines

The editor invites original manuscripts involving analytical engineering, management, strategy and/or policy approaches to distributed generation, cogeneration, combined heat and power, alternative energy (from renewable and non-renewable sources) and related systems. We accept both original research and development work, novel case studies and significant design/analysis efforts. Generally, design work is that which specifies a new system, process or product. Analysis highlights modifications, retrofit or improvements carried out on an existing system, process or product.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should contain a title, list of authors, abstract, body, conclusions, text acknowledgments when appropriate, and references. The following are guidelines for organizing articles.

  • Articles must be submitted in electronic format via an email to the Editor-in-Chief.
  • We prefer your copy be produced in a Microsoft Word document. If this software is not available to you, the text should be saved in rich text format (RTF) or ASCII format (with line breaks). Copy should be input with single spacing and indented one tab for each paragraph.
  • Do not use automatic reference or footnote formats. When inserting footnotes or reference numbers, please TYPE THEM IN, in brackets, i.e., [23].
  • Do not use automatic outlining or bullet format. TYPE IN your numbers, bullets, and letters, and simply once tab after them.
  • Automatic formats “fall out” when the document is moved into a page-layout program such as Adobe InDesign, so please do not use them.
  • All graphics should be submitted using high resolution file formats. High resolution (400 dpi or greater) makes for a better end product. Images inserted into Word files typically lose resolution when saved. We recommend images also be sent as separate high-resolution TIFF files.
  • If file sizes are too large for your email, please follow up using a file sharing service, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Hightail, or similar cloud service.
  • When submitting your article, also include a PDF copy in your email.

Article Details

Title The title should express the main point of the article and include the full names and company affiliations for all authors. Abstract An abstract at the beginning should summarize the article and highlight significant new information and conclusions. Introduction The introduction should outline the problem, its significance, and how it is being approached in the main body of the text. Main Body This section develops the thought of the article. A good article normally presents the results with text, tables, and perhaps illustrations. Conclusions A summary should state conclusions, final comments, and any necessary qualifications. Suggestions for further research might be appropriate here. References A bibliography should list all references in order of their use in the text or in alphabetical order. Almost any professional presentation would be fine, but the references should show author name, title of article, title of book (if appropriate), publishing company, location, and date. Website addresses are acceptable for publicly-available information. Appendix Appendices should present supporting data not given in the body, or materials which are too detailed to include in the body. For example, spreadsheet calculations take too much room in the body. Alternatively, the author could show one set of calculations in the body and present the spreadsheet in the appendix. Figures and Tables All artwork should be camera ready or electronic and at a resolution of 400 dpi or better, with clear titles and numbering. Screen captures do not produce well; avoid these low-resolution images when possible. Probably, a better strategy would be to make textual reference to the information and let readers check the site. Biographical Sketch A biographical sketch should state the author’s affiliation and a very brief background sketch. Most importantly, it should state how a reader may contact the author. (Email is preferable.) Readers will follow up on many articles.

Review (Optional)

The Alternative Energy & Distributed Generation Journal offers “editor review” or “peer review.” The choice is entirely up to the author, but if neither is requested, the editor (Jorge Wong) will assume that editor review is desired. Editor review means the editor will review the article and make a decision. This is the fastest and simplest route to publication. Peer review means the editor will send the article to two or three reviewers and ask their opinion. Typically, reviewers will ask for some changes before they approve publication. Once they give approval, the editor will publish the article and show “peer reviewed” after the title. This adds at least six months to the lead time and is more work for the author. However, peer-reviewed (referred) publications carry more weight on a résumé.


A statement should be included in your cover letter transferring copyrights for the article to the Journal Publisher for Association of Energy Engineers.



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Additional Information

Authors are not obligated to any manuscript processing fees.

ISSN (Print): 2643-6973
ISSN (Online): 2643-6981

The journal will be accessed through AEE's LMS and is available for all AEE members digitally. Request a printed copy. Journals will be archived in AEE's LMS. 

In the event that research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, please contact [email protected].


Any questions and electronic submissions should be addressed to: Stephen A. Roosa, PhD, CEM, BEP, REP, CSDP Editor-in-Chief The Alternative Energy & Distributed Generation Journal [email protected]