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Journal spotlight: Wireless Power Transfer

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Journal Spotlight: Wireless Power Transfer

Wireless power transfer (WPT) is not only a compelling area of research, it’s an integral part of everyday life. Topics range from harvesting solar energy to medical implant devices, and everything in between.

In September 2020, the journal Wireless Power Transfer became part of a collaboration between Hindawi and Cambridge University Press, making the switch to fully open access. Under this partnership, CUP retains ownership while Hindawi supports the submission, publication, and development of the journal. 

Wireless Power Transfer is an exciting journal covering topics across all aspects of WPT, including RF technology, near-field energy transfer, energy transfer and management, and more. The journal prides itself on maintaining a global editorial board active in the community they serve, including professors associated with institutions such as Ton Duc Thang University (Vietnam), Charotar University of Science and Technology (India), the University of Liverpool (UK), and Universities of Bologna and L’Aquila (Italy).

Going behind the scenes of Wireless Power Transfer

To find out what the future looks like for wireless power and the effect it has in today’s world, we spoke to the editorial board of Wireless Power Transfer. Read on to find out their thoughts on the research field, the advice they’d offer authors, and guidance they’d give their younger selves if they could revisit the start of their academic career.

Meet our editors:

Dr. Arpan Desai, Charotar University of Science and Technology, India

Dr. Jiafeng Zhou, University of Liverpool, UK

Dr. Diego Masotti, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Mauro Feliziani, University of L’Aquila, Italy

Wireless power is an innovative field. The research and technological advancements have a widespread impact on the general public as well as the scientific community (5G and 6G developments are already overtaking 4G). Dr. Zhou refers to it as ‘game-changing technology’, referring to the diverse applications in both research areas and industrial developments. 

These fast developments account for this ever-changing field, where staying up to date is paramount. While Dr. Desai stresses this as one reason to be involved with the journal, it is not the only motivation for our editors: Dr. Masotti refers to his genuine love for WPT as being behind his decision to join the editorial board.

Wireless Power Transfer publishes articles from across the full scope of wireless power research. The journal’s scope was a recurring answer from our editorial board about what they like best about the journal. Dr. Desai, however, goes further and mentions the appeal of the journal being open access, allowing institutions and researchers access to research without the barrier of a paywall. Dr. Feliziani also highlights that ‘open access journals reach far more readers than traditional journals’ and Dr. Zhou supports the notion that research can be shared quickly and effectively by the community when publishing open access. All articles published in Wireless Power Transfer are made available online immediately upon publication and are free to access, share and cite.

Authors always take center stage

As part of Hindawi, Wireless Power Transfer puts the researcher at the heart of everything we do. Through our open source publishing platform, Phenom, the journal became fully open access in 2020. We aim to make the submission process as easy as possible, including no manuscript formatting requirements and access to a free language editing service, Writefull. Publishing with the journal means joining an active community of researchers and sharing your research with a relevant global audience.

To offer insight into setting up a manuscript submission for success, we asked our editors what advice they would give authors. All reiterated the importance of checking the scope and ensuring it is the best fit for your research. Dr. Masotti takes this further, highlighting the importance of detailed explanations behind the obtained result while Dr. Desai focuses on the readability of the article, saying that ‘the work should be explained like a story with a smooth transition.’

Our editors are all active experts in their field. But they - just like every other author - started out as an early career researcher. Their advice is not limited to just the submission process. Dr. Feliziani recommends ‘publishing a lot on current topics’ while Dr. Zhou mentions ‘making your own network’ for those starting their academic careers. Dr. Desai reiterates the importance of presentation and technical writing, and supports Dr. Feliziani’s statement about focusing on new and current topics.

Spotlight on wireless power transfer

As previously mentioned, WPT is not just a research field: it’s part of everyday life. Industrial developments, as well as other research fields, benefit from the findings. Dr. Desai praises researchers, saying they ‘pour their heart into writing a manuscript where they work day and night to come up with new findings.’ As a final comment,  Dr. Zhou sums up the entire research field quite simply by saying: ‘when a vehicle can drive itself, why should it be plugged in to charge?’ The implications of this technology are far-reaching, and the future of both wireless power transfer, the research field, and Wireless Power Transfer, our journal, is bright. 

We hope you have enjoyed finding out more about Wireless Power Transfer and the views of our editors. Special thanks to the editorial board for their participation.

If you would like to learn more about the journal, including its full scope, please visit the journal website.

This blog post is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). Illustration by David Jury.

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