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CIGRE Science & Engineering (CSE) - The technical magazine of choice

A review process that enhances your paper

By Rob Stephen, Editor in Chief of CSE

CIGRE provides a premier digital magazine called CIGRE Science and Engineering (CSE), and authors are increasingly interested in publication in this Scopus registered magazine. This Scopus registered (E-ISSN 2426-1335) magazine provides the following benefits:

  1. Free publication – no financial obligation to authors.
  2. Free download – maximum exposure for authors’ work.
  3. Rigorous review – reviewers are selected from the most knowledgeable experts globally by the Study Committee chairpersons.
  4. Rapid publication – the time from submission to publication can be from 4-9 months depending on the revisions required and availability in the CSE edition.

One item that differentiates CSE from other magazines is the review process.  As CSE is part of the CIGRE organisation, it has access to the experts operating within CIGRE. This includes the approximately 3000 international experts participating in working groups as well as the approximate 600 experts who are members of Study Committees. When an author submits their paper, the paper is referred to the SC chairperson in the study committee best aligned to the paper’s topic. The chairperson then selects the experts specifically knowledgeable in the topic at hand.  This ensures the author’s work is reviewed by the experts with in-depth knowledge of the topic and not persons with a general understanding of the topic. For example, a recent paper on explosive joints used in Transmission lines was sent to experts in the utilities that use such devices.  The reviewers therefore had first-hand knowledge of the devices and could advise the authors relating to findings described in the paper.

This is a different approach to other magazines where the reviewers are preselected based on a wide range of topics. For example, if the reviewer is a Transmission line designer all papers relating to the topic of transmission lines will be sent to them. This may be an automatic despatch with a link to the paper. The reviewer may be specialised in towers but is required to review a paper on conductors. The quality of the review may therefore not be as precise as in the case of CSE where the reviewers are personally selected per paper.  As CIGRE is a global organisation, the reviewers are normally from different areas of the globe with experience in different continents and countries.

As a result of this process, authors submitting papers to CSE receive feedback not only on the language, presentation, and general comments on the topic, but on the detailed analysis and research presented in the paper.  Reviewers will ask questions as to the type of tests performed, software models developed, findings and conclusions presented.

Once three reviews are received the authors receive a summary of the comments. They are also required to complete a “comment log” where they can indicate action taken against a reviewer’s suggestion and can indicate whether the suggestion is accepted or rejected and the reason why.

The author’s revised paper is then sent, with the comment log, to the reviewers for a second round of review. Should the paper not require any further revisions, the SC chairperson recommends publication. The author is then informed of the decision and the likely date of publication.

As a result of this process the author’s paper, once published, is enhanced by the input of international experts with expertise in the specific topic of the paper. The paper is therefore greatly enhanced by suggestions from these experts. In addition, the author can rest assured that the quality of the final version as well as the statements and conclusions reached, have been well vetted and can withstand scrutiny from any reader.

Recent positive feedback from authors is given below:

"I would also like to thank You and the Reviewers for the very good and high quality review process."

"Compared to other journals, the review quality was very good and I certainly will submit to CSE again."

In edition CSE 21

In this edition we are pleased to state that there are papers covering component and systems issues. There is a paper which received the CIGRE thesis award entitled “Discrete State Event-Driven Modelling and Simulation for Multi-Time-Scale Power Electronics Systems”. This highlights work being conducted at the Tsinghua University in Beijing China. CSE also encourages Working Groups to share results of their work in development of Technical Brochures.  In this edition we are pleased to publish WG C4.47 “Definition of power system resilience” which is a very pertinent topic at present. The papers are as usual of extremely high quality having passed the rigorous review process. They are also of a high technical standard enabling readers to benefit from the research and development globally

If you would like to publish in this prestigious, Scopus registered, magazine please email rob.stephen(@)


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