IOP Publishing expands OA environmental portfolio

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Responding to the increasing demand for sustainable energy research, IOP Publishing is launching a new open access (OA) environmental research journal. Environmental Research: Energy (EREN) will openly publish the latest findings around clean and sustainable energy for all. Aligned with a number of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the journal launch comes at a time when research output around renewable energy and sustainability has seen a 600% increase compared to 10 years ago. 

Environmental Research: Energy is the latest addition to IOP Publishing's expanding Environmental Research series of open access journals. The series builds on the established reputation of Environmental Research Letters (ERL) and shares the same outstanding levels of author service, inclusive editorial policies, and strict quality assurance with open science principles at its core.

Multidisciplinary in nature, Environmental Research: Energy will appeal to research scientists, economists, engineers, and social scientists who are working towards discoveries and sustainable solutions in energy consumption and supply. The journal will open for submissions later in 2023. In the spirit of transparency and reproducibility, authors publishing in the journal are encouraged to share data and code where appropriate for the benefit of the research community. Authors also have the option to submit their papers for double anonymous and transparent peer review. In addition, IOP Publishing will waive all OA article publication charges for articles submitted to the journal before 2025.  

Newly-appointed Editor in Chief, Professor Emily Grubert from the University of Notre Dame in the USA, said: “Energy is crucial to the continued advancement of human civilisation. Simultaneously, our energy system has driven massive environmental and social challenges, including climate change. Transitioning the fossil fuel-based energy system we have to the clean energy system we need is a major and urgent interdisciplinary challenge. Environmental Research: Energy brings disciplines together to address system-level energy challenges, with an open access, society-owned publishing model dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge to the global energy research community.”  

Dr Tim Smith, Head of Portfolio Development at IOP Publishing, added: “Our continued development of the Environmental Research series reflects the increasing demand for high-quality research journals and outstanding publishing service across environmental science, and the role IOP Publishing has in serving this community worldwide. We’re looking forward to establishing Environmental Research: Energy as an essential open access platform for researchers to publish work that addresses the world’s energy crisis and accelerates scientific breakthroughs in support of identified long-term Sustainable Developments Goals in the energy sector.”