At the end of February, Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, launched their newest
journal – Joule. Joule is the second Cell Press journal with an emphasis on the physical sciences (Chem launched in July 2016) and their first with a specific focus on energy research.

Editor-in-Chief, Philip Earis, describes Joule as a “distinctive and forward-looking journal, bridging disciplines and scales of energy research.” His vision for Joule is to provide a publication home for all areas of sustainable energy research, including: scientific, technical, economic, policy, and social. SOFI agrees that in order to realize more sustainable energy solutions, it is essential to have cross-disciplinary collaborations, and we are thrilled that Joule and other new energy journals are making it easier for these academic communities to come together.

Joule is looking to publish research spanning every field related to sustainable energy. From batteries, biofuels, carbon capture, and energy security to solar energy, techno-economic analysis, life-cycle assessment, transportation fuels, and wave energy, Joule is looking to cover it all – and how it is all related. Joule will be granting free access for its first 6 months, commencing with its first issue due out Fall 2017. As with other Cell Press journals, Joule publications will resume free access one year after publication.

Additionally, Joule is placing an emphasis on the aspect of “scale” in energy research. As Philip Earis mentioned in an interview on CrossTalk, the Cell Press blog, “…every Joule research article will be accompanied by a “Context & Scale” box that summarizes how the article fits into the bigger picture of energy research and highlights the challenges and opportunities in scaling the conclusions presented.”

Beyond having another high-quality journal for energy research to be published in, Joule is especially exciting to SOFI because of an industry-first partnership: Joule and SOFI are partnering to ask authors of relevant papers to deposit the salient data and metrics from their accepted papers into the SOFI Knowledge Map.

Currently, research outputs from published articles in the following research areas can be easily deposited using community-developed taxonomies and the user-friendly web interface of the SOFI Knowledge Map:

Catalysis Solar Cells Devices
Electrocatalysis Silicon Electrolyzers
Photocatalysis Metal Thin Film Photoelectrochemical Cells
Photoelectrocatalysis Sensitized Semiconductors Photoanodes
Hydrogenation Organic Photocathodes
Perovskites Membranes
Molecular Light Absorbers

The SOFI Knowledge Map, with its flexibility to grow to include new research thrusts and its encouragement of community involvement, is an excellent addition to the traditional publication process. We envisage other research areas outside of solar fuels, such as batteries, carbon capture, biofuels, fuel cells, and many others, to also be transformed via this platform and welcome collaboration with journals and researchers to develop those taxonomies and portals.

Together with Joule, and the other progressive journals, we will not only massively extend the reach of important research by making it more discoverable, we will also enable scientists and entrepreneurs to innovate faster.

By the way, Joule is accepting submissions! So, put the final touches on that manuscript you are writing and submit it to Joule. You can submit manuscripts to Joule from the “Submit” link on their home page.