The process to propose a presentation at the WCPEC along with a paper in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (J-PV) is simple. First, an extended abstract is submitted to the WCPEC that describes the research (by January 22, 2018). This abstract is then reviewed by the WCPEC program committee. If it is accepted as a high quality abstract, you will be asked to submit the required final paper to the IEEE J-PV by June 10, 2018.
The majority of manuscripts will be published in the Proceedings of the 2018 WCPEC-7 with only final review for adherence to style requirements. A small number of papers will be invited to directly submit to the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics for possible publication in this archival, peer-reviewed journal (Impact Factor = 3.74). Each submitted paper will be processed through the normal J-PV review process as if it were an unsolicited manuscript. 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 accepted, then it will be published in the Proceedings of the WCPEC-7, hopefully improved by the review process. It is believed that providing the opportunity to publish either a proceedings paper or a full journal manuscript will encourage the community to present their very best work at the conference. It is also believed that this policy will ensure the continued technical excellence of the WCPEC and PVSC.
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 recommendation for submission. 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, for those papers that might be better suited in that way. J-PV is a peer-reviewed, archival publication reporting original and significant research results that advance the field of photovoltaics (see the J-PV website for further details on the scope). In past years approximately 10 % of the submitted papers have had sufficiently significant research results to warrant publication in the journal, although the % varied considerably by area. 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 conference website.Timothy Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics