Information for Authors


No Charge

JAES is an open-access journal supported by the HKBU Library, the Asian Energy Studies Centre, and volunteer editors. We do not charge Article Processing Charges (APCs), nor do we charge library subscriptions. Please contact Editor Kevin Lo at lokevin@hkbu.edu.hk if you have any question.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Asian Energy Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at JAES. If you have concerns about the submission terms for JAES, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Please adhere to the following requirements when preparing your article to expedite the publication process.

  1. Manuscripts must be submitted through the online submission.
  2. A title of the work, an abstract of less than 250 words, and not more than 6 keywords are needed.
  3. Submit the manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single MS Word file.
  4. To permit anonymity for refereeing, the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  5. All submissions must be in English.
  6. There is no length limit, but authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.
  7. Footnotes should be avoided.
  8. All diagrams and graphs should be referred to as Figures and be numbered consecutively followed by a title.
  9. Tables should be numbered consecutively followed by a title.
  10. Equations should be editable and not appear in a picture format.
  11. Please follow the referencing style specified below.

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Reference Style

It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. References should appear right after the end of the document.
Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text.
Reference list: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.
Journal articles
[1] Tang CF, Tan BW, Ozturk I. Energy consumption and economic growth in Vietnam. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2016;54:1506-1514.
Journal articles not yet assigned an issue
[2] Hepburn C, O’Callaghan B, Stern N, Stiglitz J, Zenghelis D. Will COVID-19 fiscal recovery packages accelerate or retard progress on climate change? Oxford Review of Economic Policy 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/graa015
[3] Bulkeley H. Cities and Climate Change. Routledge, Oxon, 2013.
Book chapters
[4] Lo K. Grassroots environmentalism and low-carbon cities. In: Dhakal S, Ruth M (eds). Creating Low Carbon Cities. Springer, Cham, 2017, p. 43-50.
[5] International Energy Agency. Tracking clean energy progress. 2019. https://www.iea.org/topics/tracking-clean-energy-progress

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Open Access Policy

All articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Copyright on any article is retained by the author(s).

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the HKBU Institutional Repository website and/or software agree not to misuse the HKBU Institutional Repository service or software in any way.

The failure of HKBU Institutional Repository to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between HKBU Institutional Repository and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

JAES follows the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible procedures against any publication misconduct. This journal follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. JAES does not accept any type of plagiarism, which means that any author replicating a significant part of another’s work without acknowledging him/her or passing another’s work off as his/her own are not tolerated and not published. Each submission is anonymously reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, to ensure the final high standard and quality of each accepted submission.
Editors’ Duties:
  • Publication Decisions: The editor is responsible for deciding on accepting, rejecting or requesting modifications to the manuscript. In some instances, the editors may require multiple rounds of reviews and modifications. The editors communicate review result in a timely fashion. The editor reserves the right to edit, clarify or shorten the manuscript as deemed necessary.
  • Fair Review: The editor must ensure that each manuscript submitted to Architecture_MPS is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to the author’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship or political philosophy. The decisions will be based on the paper’s importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to the journal’s scope.
  • Confidentiality: The editor and editorial staff must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editor and members of the editorial board of this journal shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research without the author’s explicit written consent.

  • Authors’ Duties: Publication guidelines: Authors must follow the submission guidelines of the journal.
  • Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement: Authors must ensure that the work they are submitting as theirs is entirely original. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere. Authors will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Authors sign a declaration stating that the manuscript and the illustrations within are original, or that he/she has taken all the necessary steps to avoid breach of copyright.
  • Multiple Submissions: Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior.
  • Authorship of the Paper: All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research. The author submitting the manuscript to the journal ensures that all contributing co- authors and no uninvolved person(s) are included in the author list.
  • Conflict of Interest: Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the manuscript.
  • Fundamental Errors: Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes at any point in time if the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in submitted manuscript.

  • Reviewers’ Duties:
  • Confidentiality: Reviewers must keep all manuscripts received confidential.
  • Acknowledgement of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have cited all relevant published work referred to in the paper in the endnotes and bibliography. Reviewers will bring to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript and any other published paper they are aware of.
  • Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.
  • Supporting Argument: Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships, or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the paper(s).
  • Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of manuscript within the stipulated time he/she should notify the editor in a timely manner and withdraw from the review process.
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