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Lighting Research & Technology

2016 Impact Factor: 1.784
2016 Ranking: 44/92 in Optics | 20/61 in Construction & Building Technology
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with The Society of Light and Lighting

Chairman
Technical Editor
Peter Boyce PhD FIESNA Independent Consultant FSLL, UK


eISSN: 14770938 | ISSN: 14771535 | Current volume: 49 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Published in association with The Society of Light and Lighting, which is part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Lighting Research & Technology is the leading international peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on the subject of light and lighting.

Lighting Research & Technology publishes papers by authors from around the world on all aspects of the subject of light and lighting. These range from the human response to light to all aspects of the science of light generation, light control and measurement. It also covers all aspects of lighting design including equipment for both interior and exterior environments, as well as daylighting, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The journal publishes eight issues a year with around 80 peer reviewed papers published annually.

The journal has been published continuously since 1969, and is approaching its 50th anniversary. It is recommended by the CIE, International Commission on Illumination, and has recently been accepted for inclusion into the ISI Science Certification Index Expanded. Both of these awards indicate the quality and authority of the journal.

The Editorial Board is keen to consider works dealing with research studies, in-depth reviews, case-studies describing innovative design and discussion papers concerned with all aspects of light and lighting and its related topics.

The overall aim is to help improve our knowledge of the subject and hence the quality of the lit environment.

LR&T is essential reading for everyone involved with the subject of light and lighting from the new student to the experienced practitioner, from the university academic to the industry technologist as well as specialist designers.

If you are not already a subscriber and are involved with some aspect of the subject and its associated elements then you should subscribe now.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Lighting Research & Technology is the leading international peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research on the subject of light and lighting and is published in association with The Society of Light and Lighting, which is part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Lighting Research & Technology publishes papers by authors from around the world on all aspects of the subject of light and lighting. These range from the human response to light to all aspects of the science of light generation, light control and measurement. It also covers all aspects of lighting design including equipment for both interior and exterior environments, as well as daylighting, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The journal publishes eight issues a year with around 80 peer reviewed papers published annually.

The journal has been published continuously since 1969, and is approaching its 50th anniversary. It is recommended by the CIE, International Commission on Illumination, and has recently been accepted for inclusion into the ISI Science Certification Index Expanded. Both of these awards indicate the quality and authority of the journal.

The Editorial Board is keen to consider works dealing with research studies, in-depth reviews, case-studies describing innovative design and discussion papers concerned with all aspects of light and lighting and its related topics. The overall aim is to help improve our knowledge of the subject and hence the quality of the lit environment.

Lighting Research & Technology is essential reading for everyone involved with the subject of light and lighting from the new student to the experienced practitioner, from the university academic to the industry technologist as well as specialist designers.

If you are not already a subscriber and are involved with some aspect of the subject and its associated elements then you should subscribe now.

Associate Editor
Stephen A. Fotios BEng PhD CEng MEI FSLL MILP University of Sheffield, UK
John Mardaljevic BSc (Hons) Mphil PhD FSLL Loughborough University, UK
Secretary
Stephen A. Fotios BEng PhD CEng MEI FSLL MILP University of Sheffield, UK
Editorial Board
Stephen Cannon-Brookes BSc BArch PhD FSLL Cannon Brookes Lighting and Design, UK
Iain Carlisle MSc MEng (Hons) MIET MSLL DPA Lighting Consultants London, UK
David Carter MSc PhD CEng FCIBSE FILE FSLL University of Liverpool, UK
Teresa Goodman BSc ARCS CPhys MInstP FSLL National Physical Laboratory, UK
Malcom Innes BA (Hons) MSLL Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Brendan Keely BEng (HONS) MSC FSLL CIBSE, UK
Kevin Kelly BSc MSc EdD CEng FCIBSE FSLL Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Kevin Mansfield BSc PhD MSLL University College London, UK
John Mardaljevic BSc (Hons) Mphil PhD FSLL Loughborough University, UK
Luke Price Msci MSLL Public Health England, UK
Peter Thorns BSc (Hons) CEng FCIBSE FSLL Zumtobel, UK
International Advisory Board
Dr Yukio Akashi PhD University of Fukui, Japan
Prof Cláudia Naves Amorim DsC Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Prof. Dahua Chen BArch Fudan University, China
Dr Elisa Colombo PhD Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Argentina
Mr Christopher Cuttle MA FCIBSE FIESANZ FIESNA FSLL Independent Consultant, NZ, New Zealand
Stanislav Darula MBdgSc PhD MSCCE MSLS Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
Dr Dominique Dumortier PhD Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, France
Prof Liisa Halonen DSc Helskini University of Technology, Finland
Valéry Ann Jacobs PhD Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Prof Warren G. Julian MSc(Arch) PhD BE BSc DipBdgSc LFIES University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Martine Knoop PhD Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Dr Ciji Pearl Kurian PhD Manipal Institute of Technology, India
Dr Mojtaba Navvab PhD FIESNA University of Michigan, USA
Prof Edward Ng PhD Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Ashish Pandharipande PhD Phillips Research, Netherlands
Prof Mark S. Rea PhD FIES LC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Prof Stephan Völker PhD Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Dr Jennifer Veitch BSc BA MA PhD MIESNA NRC NRC Institute for Research in Construction, Canada
Prof He Xu PE Academy of Building Research, Beijing, China
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Lighting Research & Technology

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lrt to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Lighting Research & Technology will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Lighting Research & Technology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Contributions usually take one of the following forms:

      • Research papers describing original theoretical, laboratory, or field investigations.
      • Review papers on a particular aspect of light or lighting or a related topic.
      • Case study papers describing new and innovative lighting installations and giving details of the design concepts and performance data.
      • Discussion papers, which explore a subject from a theoretical view point.
      • Correspondence about previously published papers.

    Papers should be no longer than 5000 words and with no more than ten illustrations - at the Technical Editor’s discretion. Correspondence should not normally be more than 1000 words.

    For papers, acceptance is conditional on authors’ addressing the referee’s comments transmitted by the Technical Editor. Discussion may be solicited from outside commentators for publication with submissions. Authors will normally be given an opportunity to reply.

    All materials submitted for publication is assumed to be exclusively for Lighting Research and Technology, and not to have been submitted for publication elsewhere. All authors must assign copyright to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering (by completing the copyright assignment form).

    The opinions expressed by the authors and contributors to discussions are those of the individuals concerned and are not necessarily those of the Institution or the Society of Light and Lighting.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title  and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article and write your abstract, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Lighting Research & Technology operates a traditional single blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.

    Priority and time of publication are decided by the Technical Editor, who has the customary right to edit material accepted for publication if necessary.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

      • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
      • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
      • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Lighting Research & Technology is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for the journal can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

      1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Lighting Research & Technology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Lighting Research & Technology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Lighting Research & Technology requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at prb.lrt@btinternet.com 

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Lighting Research & Technology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Lighting Research & Technology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. A Word templates is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    All figures should be submitted as individual files in EPS or PDF format where possible, although JPEG, EPS, PowerPoint and TIFF formats will also be accepted. NB: Lighting Research and Technology does not accept LaTex files.

    PowerPoint  (PPT, PPTX files): a suggested alternative format for MS Excel generated graphs is to copy and paste the graph as an Enhanced Metafile in an editable MS PowerPoint file. This format is scalable and allows labels to be added using the grouping feature.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Lighting Research & Technology adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style (see exceptions below). View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Lighting Research & Technology  exceptions to Vancouver style references:

    1. Please name all authors in full.
    2. Please spell out the full name of the journal.

    Lighting Research & Technology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Lighting Research & Technology is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lrt to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Lighting Research & Technology editorial office as follows:

    Dr Peter Boyce
    prb.lrt@btinternet.com

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