International Journal of Photoenergy
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Acceptance rate46%
Submission to final decision64 days
Acceptance to publication34 days
CiteScore3.800
Journal Citation Indicator0.430
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Estimation of the Uncertainty due to Each Step of Simulating the Photovoltaic Conversion under Real Operating Conditions

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International Journal of Photoenergy publishes original research and review articles focused on all areas of photoenergy, including photochemistry and solar energy utilization.

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Chief Editor, Giulia Grancini, is based at the University of Pavia, Italy. Her current research work aims at solving the stability and toxicity issues of developing multi-dimensional hybrid interfaces as lego-bricks for a new efficient, stable, and environmentally-friendly solar technology.

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International Journal of Photoenergy
 Journal metrics
Acceptance rate46%
Submission to final decision64 days
Acceptance to publication34 days
CiteScore3.800
Journal Citation Indicator0.430
Impact Factor2.113
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