About the Journal

Aims & Scope

Agrivoltaics combines the agricultural use of land with the production of electric energy by photovoltaics. It provides the chance to establish solutions for production of food crop and, at the same time, electricity generation under consideration of soil protection and water savings. It thus allows a powerful solution to several issues arising with climate change.

The AgriVoltaics Conference series will connect the scientific community and promote international exchange to advance systems and technology. The conference covers all aspects from science to application. The program comprises of scientific presentations, chosen from a reviewing process, and invited high-level keynote talks. An exhibition and a technical tour to installations, from innovative test facilities to best practice, will supplement the program to combine high-level scientific exchange with great networking opportunities.

The conference is held annually, each year on a different country or even continent.

Open-access policy

AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings are an open-access proceedings series. This means all content can be accessed immediately after publication free of charge. Authors retain copyright and all content can be reused unrestrictedly according to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Preprints (pre-review manuscripts), post prints (authors accepted manuscripts, AAM), and the version of record (VoR) can be deposited without restrictions.

Please find further information on license and copyright on the page Submissions.

Peer review

The peer review takes place in two steps. First, abstracts are submitted for the conference and are selected for poster or oral presentation. The review criteria for abstracts are as follows: 

  • Suitability for the topic. Does the abstract fit into the topic? Abstracts with inappropriate contents or commercial advertisements will be rejected.
  • Quality of research goals. Appropriately chosen and documented methods, logical presentation and analysis of results, findings, inferences and conclusions. Novelty and significance of the work, and implications for practices, policies or further research.
  • Considered as oral presentations will be only those contributions where significant results are already documented in the abstract in order to avoid a situation in which the "promises of the abstracts" cannot be fulfilled.
  • Standard of writing, clear and logical presentation, appropriate style, lack of errors, ease of reading, correct grammar and spelling, conformance with specifications for length and format details.

Second, the authors of all accepted abstracts are invited to submit a full paper. The review criteria for papers are (in short):

  • Formatting: The specified paper template must be used. Papers which do not meet the requirements of the template won’t be accepted and cannot be published.
  • Language: Correctness of English language. It is the author’s responsibility to hand in a paper in good English language and if necessary to seek help from a native speaker.
  • Scientific content: Papers for the proceedings must contain new results that are not published before in the same way. The content of the paper has to follow general guidelines of review papers. It is not acceptable to publish papers that are just a collection of slides with some sentences in between. The content must be well presented in a consistent manner, assumptions have to be mentioned, conclusions must be supported by experimental or theoretical results, figures have to be explained in the text, references must be made where appropriate.

The review process for conference papers is taken very seriously, as the conference organizers want the scientific quality of the conference to be as high as possible. In a first round a thorough layout check of the papers collected is performed. Formal errors need to be corrected. Comments with the necessary changes will be sent to the author(s). 

The scientific reviewing of each paper is done by two scientists from the Scientific Committee, taking care of "conflict of interest" and professional competence of the reviewers for the respective field. Reviewers receive a briefing with criteria and instructions on how to conduct the review. The reviewers cannot see the second reviewer's feedback and comments. In addition, comments can be sent to the Conference Chair and Editor. If the two evaluations differ significantly, the Conference Chair is contacted and ask for feedback and, if necessary, a decision. The same applies to papers that are rejected. These will be looked at again by the Conference Chair and given a final evaluation.

If changes to the paper are necessary, the paper will be sent back to the author with detailed feedback from the reviewers and a request to upload a revised paper by a certain deadline. The authors do not know who is reviewing the paper. In a second round, the collected papers are checked to see whether the layout change requests have been implemented.  In the case of a "rejected" paper, the author is informed provided with the chance to make significant improvements in the short term. Papers that were evaluated in the first round with "minor changes" or "major changes" will be reviewed again by the reviewer of the first round, who will make sure that the proposed changes have been incorporated. The reviewing process is conducted using the conference management software.

Data and other underlying material

Research output is not just text (journal articles, books, or conference papers), but also data, model code, software, etc. All of these outputs deserve acknowledgement and should be as open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) as possible. All materials (data, code, etc.) supporting the findings presented in submitted manuscripts should therefore be deposited in a FAIR-aligned public repository. A registry to find suitable data repositories is re3data.org. Whenever no ethical or legal constrains apply, unrestricted access to all underlying data and other material should be provided. In addition, data (and other material underpinning the findings) need to be cited in the text and the respective reference must be included in the manuscript’s reference list. Please refer to the data citation principles of FORCE11 or the FORCE11 software citation principles, respectively. Every author should include a data availability statement in their manuscript describing how the data underlying the findings of their contribution can be accessed and reused. If the submission is not based on data or the data it is based on is restricted (third-party data, legal or ethical constraints), this should be explained in the data availability statement, too. Reciprocal linking of data and other underlying material and the contribution through persistent identifiers (e.g. DOIs) is best practice.

Long-term archiving

All proceedings volumes in AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings are archived long-term through the TIB.

Publication ethics

Standards on ethics in publishing safeguard that publications are high quality, credible, and that authors receive appropriate credit for their works. For authors, it is therefore crucial to avoid

  • Data fabrication and falsification: Data fabrication means the scientist did not actually do the research, but made up the presented data. Data falsification means the manipulation of data (e.g. removing inconvenient data points) in order to provide a false impression. Data fabrication and falsification is scientific misconduct.
  • Plagiarism: Using the thoughts and works, even small pieces, of another person without providing appropriate credit is fraudulent.
  • Multiple submissions: It is dishonest to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal simultaneously. This practise waste time of editors and reviewers and can harm the reputation of the respective journals.
  • Redundant publications (or 'salami' publications): This means publishing various (often very similar) papers based on the same research.
  • Improper author contribution or attribution: The author list must only contain persons who contributed significantly (in a scientific sense) to the presented work. Likewise, all persons who made such contribution must be included.
  • Citation manipulation: excessive author and journal self-citations, honorary citations, and any form of citation stacking is scientific malpractice.

Not only authors need to adhere to ethical standards, but also editors and reviewers:

  • Editors and reviewers must give unbiased consideration to all submitted manuscripts, review each on its merits without regard to race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).
  • Editors and reviewers must not handle manuscripts they are directly affiliated with.
  • Editors and reviewers must avoid any real or perceived conflict of interests.
  • Editors and reviewers must respect the intellectual independence of authors.
  • Editors and reviewers must respect confidentially of any non-pubic information they see during peer review.

TIB Open Publishing plans to become a COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) member. Therefore, AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings subscribes to the COPE's Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors as well as the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers as best practice.

Plagiarism detection

AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings uses Cossref’s Similarity Check to detect plagiarism in the submitted manuscripts. It is up to the editors to decide whether any manuscript is rejected because of plagiarism.

Competing interests

Competing interest, also known as conflicts of interest (COIs), arise when issues outside research may fairly be viewed as impacting the work's neutrality or the objectivity of it’s assessment. This can happen at any point of the research cycle. Competing interest include

  • Financial: funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work
  • Affiliations: being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work
  • Intellectual property: patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization
  • Personal: friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections
  • Ideology: beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work
  • Academic: competitors or someone whose work is critiqued Competing interests do not necessarily prevent the publication of research, or prohibit the participation of someone in the review process. However, competing interests do need to be recorded. A straightforward explanation of all potential issues – whether they have had an impact or not – helps to make informed judgements about the research and its review.

Handling of misconduct

There are two distinct circumstances to be noted: misconduct (i.e. serious scientific fraud such as data fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism) and honest errors. Errors may be due to inattentiveness (e.g. mistake in methods) and are not to be regarded as misconduct. AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings will follow the COPE flowcharts in cases of suspected or proven misconduct. AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings will take steps to correct the scientific record if it considers clear proof of misconduct.

Please find further information on post-publication corrections on the page Submissions.

Complaints

Any complaints should be directed to the editors of the respective volume.

Disclaimer

Any opinions expressed and information presented in AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings are the views of the contributors and authors and not of the volume editors or TIB Open Publishing. The publication of contributions does not constitute endorsement or approval by the series and/or its publisher. AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings and TIB Open Publishing cannot be held responsible for any errors or for any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this series. While every effort is made by the volume editors to make sure that no erroneous or false data, view, or statement is published in this series, TIB Open Publishing, and the volume editors accept no liability of any kind for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, information, opinion, or statement.

Financing

AgriVoltaics Conference Proceedings are financed through the conference budget without separate costs for the participants.