Alternative Energy & Distributed Generation Article Submission Guidelines

The Alternative Energy and Distributed Generation  Journal (AE&DG) is a bimonthly publication of the Association of Energy Engineers, Atlanta, GA, USA. The journal 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: We prefer your copy be produced in MsWord. If this software is not available to you, the text should be saved in rich text format or ASCII format (w/line breaks). Please note the following submission requirements:

  • Use the New Times Roman 12 and Symbols fonts. Use of other fonts (especially Cambria Math) can cause your submission to be rejected.
  • Major subject headers should be in all caps; secondary headers in bold caps & lower case; subsequent headers in medium italics.
  • Indent at the beginning of each new paragraph. Please single space your article.
  • Please do not use an automatic reference or footnote format. When you need to insert a footnote or reference number, just type it in brackets, i.e., [XX], or [X-XX] as applicable.
  • Please do not use an automatic outlining or bullet format. TYPE IN your numbers, bullets, and letters, and just tab after them. Automatic formats “fall out” when the document is moved into a page-layout program such as InDesign, so just don’t use them.
  • Equations must be in perfect order and capable of high resolution when converted to PDF formats. Do not use imported equations from menus in MsWord.
  • When using an acronym such as VSD, spell out its first occurrence in your text; e.g., “variable speed drive (VSD).” Capitalize only the acronym (unless using a proper name).

When submitting your article, also include a PDF copy in your email. All graphics must of high resolution (400-600 dpi).

Title: The title should express the main point of the article and list the full names of all authors below.

Abstract: An abstract at the beginning should summarize the article and highlight significant new information and conclusions.

Introduction: The introduction should outline the issue, its significance, and how it is approached in the main body of the manuscript.

Main Body of Manuscript: 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 appearance in the text. References usually show author name, title of article/book, publishing company, location and date. Do not abbreviate journal names in the references. Remove underscores, hyperlinks, and italics when web addresses are used and note website access dates (e.g., http://www.somewebsite.com, accessed 25 May 2018). Example of reference formatting:

  [1]  Mendis, N. and Perera, N. (2006). Energy audit: a case study. Information and Automation,  pages 45-50.

Appendix: Appendices, if used, should present supporting data not given in the body, or materials which are too detailed to include in the body. For example, spreadsheet calculations require too much space in the body of the manuscript. Alternatively, the author might show one set of calculations in the body and present the spreadsheet in the appendix.

Figures and Tables: All artwork should be in tiff format and of at least 400 dpi resolution, with captions and with numbering when needed. Avoid low-resolution images, such as screen captures. A better strategy would be to make textual reference to the information and let readers check the site. Multi-color charts and graphs are unsuitable as our publications are in black and white.

Verification and Validation: When the published research, design or analysis work entails and includes the development or application of new simulation models of complex or complicated systems, products or processes, we require the Verification and Validation (V&V) of such simulation models. Verification is making sure all data and analyses are numerically correct and accurate. Validation is assuring the underlying simulation model(s) are truly representative of the actual or real system, product or process being modeled, with enough accuracy. A short Verification and Validation section (no more than half of a letter-size or A4 page) must be included at the end of the manuscript, before the Conclusion section, summarizing your simulation model V&V work.

Author Biography: Provide a brief biographical section stating the author’s affiliation and a background description. If there is one author, this section must be less than 75 words. For more than one author, no more than 50 words per author. State how a reader might contact the author (email is preferred).

Peer review means the editor will send the article to two or three reviewers after initial editing and request review and comments. Typically, reviewers ask for changes or responses to questions prior to their approval for publication. Once they give approval, the editor will publish the article and show peer reviewed above the title. This process may add six months or more to the lead time for publication. Peer reviewed author(s) will need to respond to multiple reviews and may need to verify the typeset proof of the article prior to publication.

A statement should be included in your cover letter transferring copyrights for the article to the Association of Energy Engineers. If you have need of a sample article to aid in understanding our formatting requirements please contact the editor and one will be provided.

Any questions should be addressed to:
Dr. Jorge B. Wong
Editor-in-Chief
The Alternative Energy & Distributed Generation Journal
jwong@aeecenter.org