Call for papers for the special issue from Energy and AI: Inclusion and Diversity Approach to Energy and AI
Background and Rationale:
Energy and AI provides an authoritative platform to disseminate the latest research progress in the cross-disciplinary area of energy and artificial intelligence.
Since its launch in January 2020, Energy and AI has grown successfully, recently reaching a milestone with the publication of the first inaugural volume. Given that Energy and AI is a new journal, we do not have historical data to analyse; nevertheless, it is evident, by looking at the scarce data available so far and by analysing the data that Elsevier collects on journals in cognate areas, it is evident that “In every country, on average, women researchers author fewer publications than men, regardless of authorship position.” (e.g. see the report The Researcher Journey Through a Gender Lens, 2020: https://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence/resource-library/gender-report-2020).
The Editorial Board of Energy and AI feels that actions should be taken to ensure balance; the special issue that we propose is aimed at tackling inclusion and diversity (I&D). High publication quality is the journal’s priority that will never be compromised. However, positive actions are envisaged as necessary to make publications accessible to sectors which are underrepresented. Although we recognise that gender is a sector that deserves attention, we are convinced that that is not the sole one.
With this special issue, we aim at encouraging manuscripts that come from women, from diverse regional areas and diverse ethnic groups, just to cite a few examples. Our purpose is to celebrate diversity in full and to show that science, engineering and technology do not know barriers and can only progress through diversity and inclusion.
Submission that falls into the categories reported below are welcome:
- Research works that directly address and advance any aspects of I&D in Energy and AI;
- Research works that are not related to I&D, but were conducted by researchers in underrepresented groups, or from a team of researchers where the value of I&D is promoted;
- Perspectives on how to improve I&D in Energy and AI research community.
We would particularly encourage submissions from researchers from underrepresented groups or regions, early in their research career or returning from career breaks. The invited submissions will be processed and reviewed in the same way as open submissions.
Each submission must be accompanied by a 100-word justification explaining why the authors believe that their submission falls in one (or more) of the categories above.
Open access and APC
Energy and AI is an open access journal. All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy and distribute. For all accepted papers for this special issue, the gold open access publication fee will be waived.
All submissions will undergo very rigorous peer review and we aim for three reviews per submission. We will also promote the value of I&D when inviting reviewers.
Open for submissions 15 October 2020
Submission deadline: 15 February 2021
Special issue online publication: 1 July 2021
Prof Raffaella Ocone, Heriot-Watt University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Nada Zamel, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, email@example.com
Prof Jin Xuan, Loughborough University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Christine Hrenya, University of Colorado at Boulder, US
Prof Daniele Marchisio, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Prof Nilay Shah, Imperial College London, UK