Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications

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Edited By: Martin A. Green, Ryne P. Raffaelle, Tim M. Bruton, Gavin Conibeer, Jean-Francois Guillemoles

Impact Factor: 9.696

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 4/82 (Energy & Fuels); 9/136 (Physics Applied); 15/251 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1099-159X

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Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface.

Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then visit and navigate to the Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications online submission site. IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

All papers must be submitted via the online system.

File types. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that an .eps or .pdf file is provided in addition to the source files. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.


Non LaTeX users. Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.
LaTeX users. For reviewing purposes you should upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box.


Non LaTeX users. Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.
LaTeX users. When submitting your revision you must still upload a single .pdf that you have generated from your revised source files. You must use the File Designation "Main Document" from the dropdown box. Please use “article” class for LaTeX submissions and include any associated packages/files with the submitted LaTeX source files. For all your source files you must use the File Designation "Supplemental Material not for review". Previous versions of uploaded documents must be deleted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication we will use the files you upload to typeset your article within a totally digital workflow.


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

  • Permission grants

    If the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form.


    The language of the journal is English. 12-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.
    • During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.
    • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .
    • Enter an abstract of up to 250 words for all articles (100 words for Short Communications). An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and is understandable without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.
    • Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.
    • Table of contents entries. Progress in Photovoltaics publishes Graphical Table of Contents (GTOC) from 2009. Authors must submit an abstract figure (diagram or illustration selected from the manuscript or an additional "eye-catching" figure) and accompanying text for this abstract with the original manuscript. The GTOC entry should include the paper title, the authors’ names (with the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk) together with the figure and no more than 80 words or 3 sentences of text summarizing the key findings presented in the paper.

    The Journal includes full papers of up to about 10 000 words equivalent (including figures and tables) and Short Communications of up to about 4 000 words equivalent.

    The Journal is divided into three main sections: 'Research', 'Applications' and 'Broader Perspectives'- , each containing full papers. Short Communications and ‘Accelerated Publication’. The refereeing criteria applied to these sections is summarised as follows:

    • 'Research' contributions will be assessed primarily on the originality of technical content, judged by the highest international standards. Review articles may be included provided they make substantial reference to recent research.
    • 'Applications' will be assessed for originality and significance, but with more emphasis on the challenge of successful design and implementation.
    • 'Broader Perspectives' will be assessed primarily in terms of significance and interest to a wide cross-section of the PV community. Contributions of a more general nature including those addressing economic, environmental or educational aspects, will normally appear in this section.

    A further category, Accelerated Publication, offers a unique opportunity and distinction to a select number of papers.  They must meet higher standards in terms of technical or commercial relevance.  Papers submitted as Accelerated Publications should meet one or more of these criteria:  1) Present significant improvement in independently verified efficiency or other critical performance parameter; 2) Contain processing or fabrication innovations that are very likely to impact today's materials selection, processing steps, manufacturing and/or module assembly; 3) Demonstrate clear improvement in reliability or stability and explain the mechanism for this improvement; or 4) Present new theories or explanations for critical solar cell behavior. Acceptance in this category is the Editor's decision. Papers accepted by the reviewers based on quality but rejected as an Accelerated Publication by the Editor will still published according the standard schedule.

    Reference style. References should be cited in the text by number within square brackets and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they appear in the text. All references must be complete and accurate. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. Where possible the DOI * for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. References should be listed in the following style:
    • Jin WG, Cheung YK, Zienkiewicz OC. Trefftz method for Kirchhoff plate bending problems. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 1991; 36 : 765-781.
    • Reismann H. Elastic Plates: Theory and Application . Wiley: New York, 1988;1-10.
    • Oestreicher, N., The cost of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast carcinoma, Cancer 2005; 104(10) , pp. 2054 - 2062, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21464.

    *The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is an identification system for intellectual property in the digital environment. Developed by the International DOI Foundation on behalf of the publishing industry, its goals are to provide a framework for managing intellectual content, link customers with publishers, facilitate electronic commerce, and enable automated copyright management.

    Illustrations. Upload each figure, preferably in a one-column (7.5 cm wide) format, as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the lead author's name, the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend. All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

    • Black and white and colour photos - 300 dpi
    • Graphs, drawings, etc - 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum
    • Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour) - 500 dpi
    Colour policy. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.


    Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format. For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:


    Further Information. For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the corresponding author prior to publication. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Once your article is published online no further amendments can be made. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.

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