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 (J-PV). The PV science base 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 IEEE J. Photovoltaics 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-film solar cell materials, including PV structures and solar cells based on II-VI, chalcopyrite, Si and other thin film 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.  Tutorial 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: Assistance with English grammar and usage prior to submitting a manuscript for review or during the review process is available at The SPi copy editors will edit for grammar, usage, organization and clarity, querying potentially substantive revisions as necessary. An author can use the service at their own expense, as often as desired.  Cost estimates are available immediately online. Edited manuscripts will generally be returned to the author within two weeks.


Plagiarism: 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.


Submission Format:  Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts in the two column format using the IEEE Template style.  However, manuscripts submitted in the one column format are also acceptable for peer review.   The font sizes and line spacing must not be altered when using the template.  The template and further guidelines on the preparation of manuscripts can be obtained from the IEEE Tools for Authors website at


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, PV Systems

Manuscript Length:  The standard length for regular papers is six published pages manuscripts longer than six pages (up to eight pages) will be considered, but have a proportionately lower probability of acceptance unless the quality of the manuscript is above average. Hence, author(s) are encouraged to provide the most value per page by presenting their work as compactly as possible without being telegraphic or incomplete. Each paper must include an abstract of no more than 200 words.


Briefs: Are short reports of preliminary results on completed work that are of current interest to many workers in the field.  The standard length of a Brief is 3 published pages excluding references, bios and photos.


Correspondence: Includes comments on material previously published in the Transactions, suggestions for new work and errata.


Review Papers: The purpose of a review paper is to succinctly review progress in a particular topic. Overall, the paper summarizes the current state of knowledge of the topic. It creates an understanding of the topic for the reader by discussing the findings presented in research papers.  A review paper synthesizes the results from several primary literature papers to produce a coherent argument about a topic or focused description of a field.  A large focus should be a description of the data, and the experimental techniques used to generate it, that support or refute a point of view.   A good review paper should educate a technically trained reader who is not an expert on the topic on the current understanding of the subject, including key experimental results, competing theories, unanswered questions and areas for further investigation.

It is not a place for presenting new data, although new insights taken from published data are welcomed.  It is not a place for one investigator to showcase only his/her own work.  The standard length of a review paper is twelve to sixteen pages.

Guidelines for Submission of an Enhanced Manuscript:

This guideline is for submitting a J-PV manuscript that has been published, in part, in another IEEE venue, typically in a conference proceedings. The submission process is simple.  The enhanced manuscript can be submitted via the online system ScholarOne Manuscripts at  Since IEEE holds copyright to your initial paper (e.g. proceedings), no reprint permissions are required.   IEEE publications policy has two relevant requirements for publishing enhancements of papers to ensure clarity in the literature.  First, the initial paper must be cited in the enhanced version.  Second, the author(s) must explain in the introduction specifically how the initial paper has been enhanced.  It is anticipated that at least a third of the enhanced manuscripts contain relevant material that was not in the initial paper. This is not meant to be a rigid quantitative requirement but rather a guideline for editors and reviewers.  There is no deadline for submitting an enhanced manuscript. 

Suggestions for Manuscript Enhancement:  The following comments are only pointers and not intended to be comprehensive, but should improve the likelihood that an editor will recommend a conference paper for publication.  The most obvious enhancement is that new results have been generated, for example, by additional experiments or modeling.  Furthermore, the interpretation of the results may also be expanded.  Questions posed by conference attendees at the time of presentation can often give clues to weaknesses in the presentation, pointing out areas of ambiguity, critical gaps in the data, or questionable conclusions. It may also be appropriate to expand the discussion portion to explain subtleties or clarify the domain of validity of the conclusions.  Other areas for enhancement include providing a more complete list of references and expanding the introduction to explain better why the study was needed or why a particular model was chosen to simulate an application. Figure labels and captions may be able to be improved, or new figures may be necessary to better illustrate a point. Removing redundant figures may also be useful. Details of an experimental setup, including sample preparation, equipment used and measurement method may have been missed. However, methods and equipment that are not unique should be referenced only. Authors may find these useful as pointers to areas that need additional attention.

References: Each reference cited must have a complete list of authors (no et al.), complete titles, first and last pages numbers, month and year. Authors should provide supporting documentation for cited references not yet published.


Review Process: The review process averages eight to ten weeks. The author will be notified of the editor’s decision based on the reviewers’ recommendations.  The reviewers’ comments are confidential and must not be reproduced, published or distributed.

Final Manuscript: Upon acceptance for publication, the corresponding author will be provided with the final requirements for publication.  Detailed instructions for preparing electronic files are available at:


Page Charges: Upon acceptance for publication, the author’s company or institution will be requested to pay a charge of $110 per printed page to cover part of the cost of publication. Page charges for this journal, like those for journals of other professional societies, are not obligatory, nor a prerequisite for publication. There has been a significant decrease in authors’ willingness to pay voluntary page charges. The outstanding reputation and high quality of J-PV depends in part on the collection of these charges. The author will receive 100 free reprints without covers if the charge is honored. Detailed payment instructions will accompany the page proof request.


Color Figures: Color figures will automatically be posted in color on the IEEE Xplore website free of charge.  However, due to the different material and processing techniques used, if you prefer your figures to appear in color in the printed version, there will be a charge of $1045 for every 4 pages or less containing color figures plus an additional cost of $62.50 for each color figure.


Illustrations: Previously published illustrations (figures, graphs, tables, drawings, etc.) must be so indicated by the line ‚ÄúReprinted from (name of author, title of paper, journal or source, vol., page no., and date)‚ÄĚ below the figure caption. It is the author‚Äôs responsibility to secure permission from the previous publisher to reprint the material.


Photos and Bios: All papers submitted for publication should include a brief biography and photograph of the author(s).


Clearance and Copyright: It is the policy of the IEEE to own the copyright to the technical contributions it publishes on behalf of the interests of the IEEE, its authors, and their employers, and to facilitate the appropriate reuse of this material by others. To comply with the United States Copyright Law, authors are required to sign a digital version of the IEEE Copyright Form with their original submission. This form is available online at

Please note, that if accepted, your manuscript will not be published if a copyright form is not received by the publication office.