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Newsletter Author Guidelines

IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter:

The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, a monthly online publication that launched in January 2011, features practical and timely technical information and forward-looking commentary on Smart Grid developments and deployments around the world.

Designed to bring clarity to the global Smart Grid industry and to foster greater understanding and collaboration between diverse stakeholders, the newsletter brings together experts, thought-leaders, and decision-makers to exchange information and discuss issues affecting the evolution of the Smart Grid.

The IEEE Smart Grid Web Portal is home to the Newsletter. Each month, the Newsletter readership climbs steadily as readers respond favorably to IEEE consistently providing exclusive information from today’s leading Smart Grid innovators and practitioners.

The Newsletter has realized a 111% growth in subscribers since its first issue. Each month the Newsletter is proactively promoted with a press release announcing the articles and authors and through the broad array of IEEE communications vehicles. The announcement drives a spike in visitors to the IEEE Smart Grid Web Portal each and every month. 39% of all Portal traffic goes to the Newsletter. The Newsletter enjoys an average 36.6% open rate, considerably higher than other non-profit publications that see a 24% average open rate. 50% of the Newsletter readers are from outside of North America

Requirements:

The IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter publishes articles authored by a mix of IEEE and non-IEEE members. When you offer or accept an invitation to submit an article, please provide your IEEE affiliation at the time.

Deadline:

Final articles should be submitted by the seventh (7th) day of the month prior to being published in the following month’s Newsletter.

For example, for an article to appear in the August issue of the Newsletter, we must receive the final manuscript by July 7th.

Article Guidelines:

IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter articles are short advisories – not journal papers – to keep the community up to date on Smart Grid developments around the world.

The articles should be approximately 800 words in length (approximately two pages).

Please make sure your opening paragraphs communicate your main message, and convey why that message is relevant or important for readers to appreciate right now.

Newsletter articles should contain the following:

  1. Statement of the challenge/opportunity: gaps, opportunities, and drivers
  2. Technological innovation/advances with some good simple illustrations. What is the state-of-the-art? What are emerging or pivotal? Why is this novel and important?
  3. Why is this important and high potential (alignment/fit with Smart Grid R&D)?
  4. Process/how to get it deployed/implemented
  5. Anticipated costs/risks and benefits/impacts

Submissions:


Please submit your final manuscript with your bio – including details of your IEEE affiliation – and photo to Mr. Bill Sweet. You can also direct any questions concerning the topic or content of your article to him.

Contacts:

  • Massoud Amin
    Chairman, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
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  • Bill Sweet
    Managing Editor, IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter
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Thank you for contributing to this well regarded and influential thought-leading publication!

Publications

The latest Smart Grid research papers, working group reports and other valuable information is disseminated through the serial publication of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and in the proceedings of conferences sponsored or co-sponsored by IEEE.

IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

A joint publication of Computational Intelligence Society, Communications Society, Computer Society, Control Systems Society, Industry Applications Society, Industrial Electronics Society, Instrumentation and Measurement Society, Power Electronics Society, Power & Energy Society, Signal Processing Society.

IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid a cross-disciplinary and international archival journal aimed at disseminating the results of research on smart grid that relates to energy generation, transmission, distribution and delivery. The journal will publish original research on theories, technologies, design, policies, and implementation of smart grid. The Transactions will welcome manuscripts on design, implementation and evaluation of energy systems that include smart grid technologies and applications. Surveys of existing work on smart grid may also be considered for publication when they propose a challenging perspective on the future of such technologies and systems.

The Transactions welcomes manuscripts on design, implementation and evaluation of energy systems that include smart grid technologies and applications. Surveys of existing work on smart grid may also be considered for publication when they propose a challenging perspective on the future of such technologies and systems. The initial topical issues considered by the Transactions include:

  • Smart sensing, communication and control in energy systems
  • Wireless communications and advanced metering infrastructure
  • Smart grid for energy management in buildings and home automation
  • Phasor measurement unit applications for smart grid
  • Smart grid for plug-in vehicles and low-carbon transportation alternatives
  • Smart grid for cyber and physical security systems
  • Smart grid for distributed energy resources
  • Smart grid for energy savings and financial management
  • Smart grid in interdependent energy infrastructures
  • Smart grid for intelligent monitoring and outage management

IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy

IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy Sponsored by seven IEEE societies: Industrial Applications, Industrial Electronics, Ocean Engineering, Photonics, Power & Energy, Power Electronics and Society for Social Implications of Technology.

The IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy is intended to be a cross disciplinary and internationally archival journal aimed at disseminating results of research on sustainable energy that relates to, arises from, or deliberately influences energy generation, transmission, distribution and delivery. The journal will publish original research on theories and development on principles of sustainable energy technologies and systems. The Transactions will also welcome manuscripts on design, implementation and evaluation of power systems that are affected by sustainable energy. Surveys of existing work on sustainable energy may also be considered for publication when they propose a new viewpoint on history and a challenging perspective on the future of sustainable energy.

Become a Reviewer

The five IEEE PES Transactions (IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid) have initiated electronic reviews of papers submitted to the Power and Energy Society. Reviewers now access papers through the Internet. In order to realize the full potential of this innovation, we are seeking to enlarge the pool of reviewers for the Transactions by inviting all experts in our field to join us if they have regular access to the Internet. Reviewers undertake the reviewing task as a voluntary service to their profession. Join the Pool of Reviewers of PES Transactions Papers.

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