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Wind Energy Science The interactive open-access journal of the European Academy of Wind Energy

Aims and scope

Wind Energy Science is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of studies that take an interdisciplinary perspective of fundamental or pioneering research in wind energy.
Wind Energy Science is supported and managed by the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE), which brings together almost all the universities that play a role in wind energy research in Europe. The fields that WES covers have been selected by the EAWE because they represent some "grand challenges" that need to be overcome to provide significant impact on improving the wind energy conversion process and accelerate its development:

  • material science and structural mechanics;
  • wind and turbulence;
  • aerodynamics and hydrodynamics;
  • design methods, reliability, and uncertainty modelling;
  • control and system identification;
  • electricity conversion, forecasting, grid and markets integration;
  • offshore technology;
  • environmental and socio-economic aspects.

Why a new journal?

We believe that the wind energy community previously lacked an open-access journal for rapid communication of high-quality research. The new journal is based on an innovative publication process and will provide a modern, efficient, and interactive forum for the latest research from the wind energy community. EAWE has chosen Interactive Public Peer Review™, which is a two-stage reviewing process provided by Copernicus Publications, in order to foster scientific discussion and to enhance the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance. Publication of papers started early 2016 and WES aspires to get indexed in Web of Science as soon as possible. As the first paper published in the journal EAWE has identified the long-term research challenges which are expected to have significant impact on wind energy and accelerate its development. These challenges are the basis for the scope of the journal.

Interactive Public Peer Review process

Wind Energy Science has an innovative two-stage publication process involving the scientific discussion forum Wind Energy Science Discussions (WESD), which has been designed to do the following:

  • foster scientific discussion;
  • maximize the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid publication;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

In the first stage, papers that pass a rapid access peer-review are immediately published on the Wind Energy Science Discussions (WESD) website. They are then subject to Interactive Public Discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional short comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also published in WESD. In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed and, if accepted, the final revised papers are published in WES. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, WESD and WES are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.
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