J-PV Information for Authors


IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (J-PV) is a peer-reviewed, archival publication reporting original and significant research results that advance the field of photovoltaics.  PV is diverse in its science base ranging from semiconductor and PV device physics to optics and the materials sciences.  The journal publishes articles that connect this science base to PV science and technology. The intent is to publish original research results that are of primary interest to the photovoltaic specialist.

The scope of the J-PV incorporates: fundamentals and new concepts of PV conversion, including those based on nanostructured materials, low-dimensional physics, multiple charge generation, up/down converters, thermophotovoltaics, hot-carrier effects, plasmonics, metamorphic materials, luminescent concentrators, and rectennas; Si-based PV, including new cell designs, crystalline and non-crystalline Si, passivation, characterization and Si crystal growth; polycrystalline, amorphous and crystalline thin-fi lm solar cell materials, including PV structures and solar cells based on II-VI, chalcopyrite, Si and other thin fi lm absorbers; III-V PV materials, heterostructures, multijunction devices and concentrator PV; optics for light trapping, reflection control and concentration; organic PV including polymer, hybrid and dye sensitized solar cells; space PV including cell materials and PV devices, defects and reliability, environmental effects and protective materials; PV modeling and characterization methods; and other aspects of PV, including modules, power conditioning, inverters, balance-of-systems components, monitoring, analyses and simulations, and supporting PV module standards and measurements. Tutorials and review papers on these subjects are also published and occasionally special issues are published to treat particular areas in more depth and breadth.

Submission of a manuscript amounts to the assurance that it has received proper clearance from all authors listed, from the authors’ companies or institutions, that it has not been copyrighted, published, or accepted for archival publication elsewhere while under consideration by the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. In cases where there is even a potential for significant overlap between the manuscript and previous work, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to provide references to pertinent previous publication and copies/preprints of manuscripts undergoing pre-publication review elsewhere. Failure to do so will compromise the peer review process and render such papers ineligible for publication.

Pre-submission Editorial Services: It is the authors’ responsibility to prepare a publication-quality manuscript. Manuscripts with improper use of language, symbols, or units may not be sent out for review to conserve limited volunteer reviewer resources needed to evaluate the technical merits of a submission. English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review.  IEEE authors are eligible for a 10% discount at American Journal Experts; visit to learn more. Please note these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Plagiarism: All submissions will be checked for originality using the plagiarism detection software CrossCheck. Manuscripts that are found to have plagiarized others; copying someone else’s work without appropriate credit, that contain a significant crossover with another manuscript by the same authors or other author(s); copying or reusing of one’s own prior work without appropriate citation, or that do not specifically cite prior work, are subject to penalty under the IEEE policies governing publications. For more information on these policies please visit:

Submission Procedure: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically using IEEE’s web based Author Submission and Peer Review System, ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please do not send manuscripts directly to the Editor-in-Chief or the Publications Office. Manuscripts must be uploaded to the J-PV web site at A user account is required to submit a manuscript, before creating a new account please check to ensure that you do not have an existing account which is based on your e-mail address. Instructions for establishing an author’s account and for uploading your paper are available on the submission web site. Once the list and order of authors has been established, it should not be altered without permission of all living authors. If an author is added or removed from any paper, a signed acknowledgement by all authors, stating that they are aware of and agree to the change, must be submitted to the editorial office. This includes new authors as well as authors no longer on the byline.

A cover letter stating explicitly that the manuscript is being submitted for publication in  the Journal of Photovoltaics must accompany the manuscript. The author should indicate which category in the Table of Contents would be most suitable for the paper. These categories are: Fundamentals and New Concepts, Organic PV, Crystalline Silicon PV, Amorphous, Nanostructured, and Film Si PV, Thin Film PV, III-V and Concentrator PV, Space PV, PV Characterization, and PV Systems.

Supplementary Material: Supplementary data is not permitted and will not be included in the review process. Any supplementary files submitted will be removed by the editorial administrator.

Submission Requirement: All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.