Instructions for Authors

Scope of Manuscript


Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society is an international & national journal for publication of original research. Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society is dedicated to experimental technics, especially focused on the application of solar energy and its utilization. Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society encourages submissions in the fields of solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind energy, building energy, geothermal energy, architectural environment and other renewable energy source, if these studies are associated with harness of solar energy or renewable energy related to the solar.


Type of Manuscript


Research Articles: Articles cover full reports of research work that must be written according to the guidelines described with the minimum length for a precise description and clear interpretation of experimental work.


Reviews: Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society publishes focused reviews on important or interdisciplinary topics related to the fields of solar energy and its applications.


Errata: The erratum provides a means of correcting errors that occurred during the writing, typing, or editing.


Submission of Manuscript


A new manuscript should be submitted through the Journal's homepage ( The cover letter should contain contact information for the submitting author (affiliation, address, zip code, telephone and mobile number, and e-mail address). A list of potential suggested and/or excluded reviewers can be included in the cover letter. The text should be prepared using a Microsoft Word file in case of paper written in English. Following acceptance of a manuscript, authors should upload a high quality digital containing the final version of figures through the online submission system. If authors do not provide electronic figure files or necessary materials, publication will be delayed.


Organization of the Manuscript


The manuscript must be typewritten using font 10 and double-spaced throughout, including references, tables, and figure legends. Manuscripts should contain the following sections, and all pages should be numbered consecutively.


Title Page: This should contain an article title of less than 200 characters, the authors' names and complete affiliations, and the name and address for manuscript correspondence including e-mail address. Note that the paper title should not contain any abbreviations. The corresponding author must confirm that the correspondence address in the manuscript coincides with the address in the cover letter.


Running Headline: A running headline, which conveys the characteristic of the full title, should not exceed 60 characters including spaces and punctuation.


Abstract: The abstract should concisely and plain present the major findings mentioned in the manuscript. It must not exceed 250words and not contain abbreviations or specialized terms. At least 6 keywords should be included after the abstract so that it will be useful for searching.


Introduction: This section should present the purpose of the reported studies and their relationship to previous work in the related field. It should not be an extensive review of the materials and not exceed two pages.


Experimental Methods: This section should contain explicit, succinct descriptions of all experimental methods or procedures applied to the research. Descriptions of experimental methods must be sufficiently complete to give a reader to understand the justification of conducted experiments.


Results: This section contains experimental data, but with no deep discussion of their significance. Results are typically presented in figures and tables, with no duplication of information in the text. Magnitudes of reported variables should be expressed in numerals. Sufficient data should be presented to allow for judgment concerning the variability and reliability of the results.


Discussion: This section should focus on interpretation of the results, rather than be a repetition of the results section. It must be as compressed as possible and should not exceed two pages.


Acknowledgment: The acknowledgments section should be brief and precede the references. If there is a financial support for the academic achievements, the informative things are noted here.


References: References are cited in the text by giving the first author’s name and the year of publication. In the reference list, the references should be arranged alphabetically by author. The names of all authors should be given in the reference list. Abbreviations for Journals should conform to the most recent edition. Only papers that have been officially accepted for publication must be cited as “in press” in the reference list. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of references.


Footnotes: Footnotes should be listed on a separate page and used to provide research information and citation of abstracts where the work was previously presented.


Tables: Tables should have titles and sufficient experimental detail in a legend immediately following the title to be understandable without reference to the text. Each column in a table must have a heading, and abbreviations should be defined in the legend, if necessary.


Figures: Figures should have titles and explanatory legends containing sufficient details for interpretation. All legends should be printed consecutively in a separate section of the manuscript. All letters in figures must be uniform in size and style within each figure. Figures should be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals. Symbols and abbreviations must be defined in the figure legends.




The cover letter must state that manuscripts contain original materials, not published and not being considered for publication elsewhere by another journal in whole or in part in any language including publicly accessible web sites. Code of Ethics for Research was established by the Korean Solar Energy Society and attached as a separate annex.


Conflict of Interest


When a corresponding author submits a manuscript to Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society, author will be responsible for disclosing all financial relationships of authors. Also the corresponding author must complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form on behalf of all authors and submit the form to the editorial boarding member. If a potential conflict of interest is declared, a notification concerning the relationship will be published. The research or project supported should be declared in the ‘Acknowledgment’ section of the manuscript.


Editorial Review


All manuscripts are subjected to editorial peer review. Upon submission, each manuscript will be quality checked by the editorial boarding member before being sent for review, usually by two more referees. The paper reviewers shall complete paper review and evaluation within the designated period. Unless a review report is submitted within the evaluation period, the editorial boarding member shall urge the paper reviewers to quicken the review and evaluation process. The referee’s comments and editor’s recommendation will be reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, who will communicate the decision to the author. A paper may be accepted in its original form or accepted subject to revision. The reviewers’ suggestions will be conveyed to the corresponding author without identifying the designated editor and. If a manuscript returned to an author for revision is held longer than two months.


Judgment of Evaluation


The editorial boarding member shall collect the results of the paper review and make a judgment. The results shall be judged as follows:

1) In case of ‘Publishable,’ the paper shall be chosen without revision.

2) In case of ‘Publication after Revision,’ once the paper is revised by the author, the editorial boarding member shall examine revision and decide whether it should be published or not.

3) In case of ‘Reevaluation after Revision,’ the author shall correct the problems indicated by the paper reviewers. Then, the editorial boarding member shall have a contributor’s opinion attached and submit the paper to the paper reviewers for reevaluation.

4) In case of ‘Non-Publishable,’ the papers shall be rejected.


After Acceptance


Upon acceptance, authors must transfer copyright to the Korean Solar Energy by submitting the Copyright Transfer Agreement. The Copyright Transfer Agreement should be signed by the appropriate person. Unless this agreement is signed, Journal of the Korean Solar Energy Society will not publish the manuscript.


Submission Fee and Page Charges


For each published manuscript, authors will be charged 160,000 WON (150 USD) for the six pages and 35,000 WON for each additional page. If the corresponding author is not a member of the Korean Solar Energy Society, the extra 70,000 WON will be charged as membership dues. Also if author hopes to reprint, 30reprints can be requested with additional charge from the editorial boarding member.




The matters which are not stipulated in the Paper Review Guidelines shall be stipulated by the editorial board.


Code of Ethics for Research


Chapter 1 General


Article 1 (Objectives): This rule is aimed to make a contribution to academic development by stipulating all research-related principles and standards provided that the Korean Solar Energy Society (hereafter referred to as ‘the KSES’)-related research does not disturb human dignity and value and impair public interests and ethics.


Article 2 (Subject and Scope): This rule shall be applied to all people who contribute a paper to the KSES and get financial support (labor cost) through the KSES.


Article 3 (Researchers’ Honesty): Authors shall NOT steal ideas of others, in whole or in part by using them directly or modifying them superficially. Authors shall reveal the source of the ideas in the form of footnotes or references. Besides, the authors shall NOT use ideas learned from research proposals and manuscripts for paper review in their own research. Authors shall NOT copy, modify or manipulate in part or in whole the materials by some else such as the texts, equations, figures, tables, photos without mentioning the original authors of the materials. Authors shall NOT contribute the papers they have already published without mentioning their existence and try to publish them as new papers either. If there is a possibility of unfair practice in accordance with paragraphs 1 through 4 of this article, it shall be asked to the KSES by fax, e-mail or other reasonable means.

If unfair practice in accordance with paragraphs 1 through 4 of this article is found suspicious, a member of the KSES shall report it to the KSES in a reasonable manner.


Article 4 (Allocation of Contribution): The authors published on the paper shall fully understand the detail with responsibility. Those who haven’t made any contribution to the publication shall NOT have the author’s right. Co-researchers and those who have involved in publications both directly and indirectly shall be properly compensated in accordance with the method mentioned in a paper.


Article 5 (Guidelines of Other Organizations): Researchers should be very aware of legal restrictions on their research activities. The KSES may request researchers to follow the research guidelines proposed by a client or related organization in addition to the Code of Ethics for Research.


Chapter 2 Organization and Operation of Research Ethics Committee


Article 6 (Organization): To review the matters associated with research ethics, the KSES shall have the Research Ethics Committee (hereinafter ‘the Committee’) under its control. The members of the Committee shall be composed of less than 10. The Chairman shall be appointed by the incumbent president from among the former presidents. Vice president of editing, Editor-in-Chief, Conference Chair, Editorial director are ex officio members of the committee and the remaining members shall be appointed by the President upon recommendation by the Chairman and approval of the Board of Directors. Secretary of the Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman. The term of the Committee Chairman is two years. The term of the Committee members is one year and may be renewed.


Article 7 (Operation of the Committee): The Committee shall be convened by Chairman four weeks after receipt of the research misconduct. The Committee shall be validly constituted when attended by the majority of its members, and the agenda shall be resolved by the majority of the members present. If the for-against votes are tied, a decision shall be made by the chairman. However, the chairman’s presence shall be valid as attendance in constitution of the Committee, but it has no voting rights. The members who have engaged in a research project which is under the review of the Committee shall NOT be qualified for the review associated with the project. The Committee shall give the members to be reviewed enough chance to express their opinion. The Committee members shall keep the matters associated with the review confidential. The Committee meeting-related records including minutes shall NOT be disclosed in principle. The results of the decision shall be reported to the next Board of Directors


Article 8 (Functions of the Committee): The Committee shall review the followings:

Matters associated with the code of ethics proposed regarding the KSES-related documents such as a paper, proposal and report. Matters associated with the code of ethics and education regarding research & technology development. Matters accused with good faith regarding the honesty of the KSES-related researches, investigation on unfair act in the KSES-related researches. Matters on the code of ethics submitted for discussion by senior researcher or research manager regarding the KSES-related researches. Other matters associated with the code of ethics for research submitted by the chairman for discussion


Article 9 (Handling of Unfair Practice): If an unfair act is reported during the KSES-related research, the Committee shall properly investigate and handle the case. The investigation on the unfair practice shall be kept confidential without causing any harm to the KSES or client. Those who have been on suspicion of the unfair practice shall have a right to reject the result of the investigation conducted by the Committee. The Committee shall properly guarantee this right. The Committee shall make out the entire review process in documents and keep them at the KSES for five (5) years after getting signature on the letter of decision from all review committee members. If necessary, the Committee shall summon a person who is on suspicion on the unfair practice and give him/her a chance to defend himself/herself. If the unfair practice is confirmed according to the result of the investigation, it could be officially announced, and the following corrective actions could be taken. A decision on this action shall be made by the resolution of the Board of the Directors:

1) Send the author of the unfair practice the KSES’s official warning letter.

2) Cancel publication of the related paper.

3) Prohibit the author from submitting papers for the next three years.

4) Notify the unfair act to the institution in which the author is involved.

5) Accuse the author to law enforcement agencies. If it is confirmed that there has been no unfair practice according to the investigation, the Committee shall take a proper action to help the accused or a person who has been on suspicion restore their honor.


Article 10 (Amendment of the Code of Ethics for Research): The Code of Ethics for Research shall be amended in accordance with the revision procedure of the KSES. If the Code of Ethics is revised, it shall be regarded that the members who have vowed to observe the current rules have also agreed to follow the new rules.