Focus and Scope

The journal is an international interdisciplinary journal in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management combining engineering and social science within Energy System Analysis, Feasibility Studies and Public Regulation. 

The journal especially welcomes papers within the following three focus areas:

  • Energy System analysis including theories, methodologies, data handling and software tools as well as specific models and analyses at local, regional, country and/or global level.
  • Economics, Socio economics and Feasibility studies including theories and methodologies of institutional economics as well as specific feasibility studies and analyses.
  • Public Regulation and management including theories and methodologies as well as specific analyses and proposals in the light of the implementation and transition into sustainable energy systems.

The journal is approved by the Norwegian bibliometric Kanalregister as well as its Danish counterpart BFI

The journal is registered/indexed in/by Scopus (Press link to see all published articles in IJSEPM),  Ulrichs WebDirectory of Open-Access JournalsSherpa/Romeo and DataCite .

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to IJSEPM are subject to blind peer review for originality and scientific quality in the context of related research. Reviews generally are completed in 30-50 days with publication in the next available issue.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Articles published in International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management are following the license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License: Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivs (by-nc-nd). Further information about Creative Commons

Authors can archive post-print (final draft post-refereering) on personal websites or institutional repositories under these conditions:

  • Publishers version cannot be stored elsewhere but on publishers homepage
  • Published source must be acknowledged
  • Must link to publisher version


Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice

Please see

  • Reviewers' Ethics
  • Retraction policy
  • General duties and responsibilities of editors 

Reviewers' ethics

The IJSEPM firmly supports these basic principles to which peer reviewers should adhere

Peer reviewers should:

• only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required tocarry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner

• respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or itsreview, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by thejournal

• not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any otherperson’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others

• declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsurewhether something constitutes a relevant interest

• not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality,religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercialconsiderations

• be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatoryand from making libellous or derogatory personal comments

• acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavour and undertake to carry outtheir fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner

• provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a truerepresentation of their expertise

• recognize that impersonation of another individual during the review process is consideredserious misconduct

All bullet point are copied verbatim from COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers by Irene Hames on behalf of COPE CouncilMarch 2013, v.1

Retraction policy

The IJSEPM firmly supports these basic principles regarding retraction of articles:

Journal editors should consider retracting a publication if:

• they have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error)

• the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)

• it constitutes plagiarism

• it reports unethical research

Journal editors should consider issuing an expression of concern if:

• they receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors

• there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case

• they believe that an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive

• an investigation is underway but a judgement will not be available for a considerable time

Journal editors should consider issuing a correction if:

• a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error)

• the author / contributor list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included)

Retractions are not usually appropriate if:

• a change of authorship is required but there is no reason to doubt the validity of the findingsNotices of retraction should:

• be linked to the retracted article wherever possible (i.e. in all electronic versions)

• clearly identify the retracted article (e.g. by including the title and authors in the retraction heading)

• be clearly identified as a retraction (i.e. distinct from other types of correction or comment)

• be published promptly to minimize harmful effects from misleading publications

• be freely available to all readers (i.e. not behind access barriers or available only to subscribers)

• state who is retracting the article

• state the reason(s) for retraction (to distinguish misconduct from honest error)

• avoid statements that are potentially defamatory or libellous

Copied verbatim from the Retraction Guidelines by COPE


General duties and responsibilities of editors

The IJSEPM firmly supports these basic principles regarding editors:

1.1. Editors should be accountable for everything published in their journals.This means the editors should

1.2. strive to meet the needs of readers and authors;

1.3. strive to constantly improve their journal;

1.4. have processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish;

1.5. champion freedom of expression;

1.6. maintain the integrity of the academic record;

1.7. preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;

1.8. always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Copied verbatim from the Code of Conduct and Best Practise Guidelines for Journal Editors Version 4 Approved 7th March 2011 Published March 2011 by COPE

Digital Preservation Policy

Aalborg University Library, hosting IJSEPM, strives to preserve the digital contents of all hosted open access journals. For short term preservation, contents is daily backed-up to on- and off-site locations. For long term preservation, all hosted material is archived in the Danish Netarchive as required by the Danish Legal Deposit Law.