All papers presented at the WCPEC-7 / PVSC-45 conference must be accompanied by a mandatory final proceeding manuscript, due May 21, 2018. The majority of the manuscripts will be published in the Proceedings of the 2018 WCPEC-7 (PVSC-45), with only final conference review for adherence to IEEE style and formatting requirements.
A small number of papers with sufficiently high review scores will be invited to submit their papers directly to the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (J-PV) instead of a standard proceeding. J-PV is a peer-reviewed, archival publication (Impact Factor = 3.71) that focuses on original and significant research results that advance the field of photovoltaics; see the J-PV website for further details on the scope. At the time of submitting your extended abstract you will have the opportunity to indicate if you wish your paper to be considered for publishing in IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. If you indicate as such, the program committee will evaluate your abstract on its suitability for J-PV and provide a recommendation for or against submission. Historically, approximately 10% of the papers submitted to the PVSC have had sufficiently significant research results to warrant publication in J-PV. The list of recommended papers will also undergo a review by the editorial board, which could include suggestion of submission to a related IEEE journal if more appropriate. If you are invited to submit a J-PV paper and choose to do so, you will submit the same paper BOTH directly to the J-PV website and to the WCPEC / PVSC website.
Each paper submitted in this manner will be processed through the normal J-PV review process as if it were a typical journal submission. If accepted, the paper will appear in the next available issue of the journal. Note: both the review process and the final published paper will not have any stated affiliation with the conference. If the paper is not ultimately accepted for publication in J-PV, then it will still be published in the standard proceedings volume, hopefully improved by the review process. We believe that providing the opportunity to publish either a proceedings paper or a full journal manuscript helps encourage the community to present their very best work at the WCPEC / PVSC, which ensures the continued technical excellence of the conference.Timothy Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics