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Call for papers: LR&T Special Issue on Early-career researchers


Lighting research —and that published in scientific journals— encompasses a variety of different topics, ranging from advancements in lighting technology, lighting control and measurement, to human responses to light and lighting. Original research in this wide range of topics is published and shared with the lighting community after a rigorous peer-review process. This process can be daunting, especially for early career researchers with limited experience in publishing their work in a scientific journal. This special issue aims to support the work of early career researchers in the field of lighting by clarifying the publication process and by making an explicit effort to ensure particularly constructive feedback to authors. Lastly, this special issue aims to promote good research practices and scientific writing by sharing relevant resources, which can be found below.

Submission Guidelines

This Special Issue accepts manuscripts in the form of an original research article or a review where the first author is a PhD student at the time of submission. Single-author manuscripts from PhD students are also welcome. A maximum article length of 4,000 words (excluding title page and references) is set for the first submission, with a possibility to extend the length to a maximum of 5,000 words following the revision process. Only original work can be submitted, according to the Author Instructions of Lighting Research & Technology (https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/LRT), i.e. work that was not submitted previously and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.

The LR&T Editorial Board will select one of the manuscripts accepted in the Special Issue to receive the Best Paper award. The author of the Best Paper will be invited to present this work in a dedicated webinar organized by the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), to be announced later this year.

Authors are asked to send an email to the guest editors (k.chamilothori@tue.nl and e.brembilla@tudelft.nl) with the tentative title of the manuscript and a short abstract in order to confirm the suitability of the submission for this Special Issue (see section Important Dates).

Each manuscript will be peer-reviewed with at least two referees, in accordance with the established peer review policy of the journal. Manuscripts are reviewed as quickly as possible, with an editorial decision usually reached within 6 to 8 weeks following submission. For a manuscript to be considered for the Special Issue, the option “Early-career researchers in lighting” should be selected in Scholar One when submitting the manuscript.

As this Special Issue is dedicated to researchers at the beginning of their academic career, it aims to make the publication process as transparent as possible and to give additional guidance on how to address reviewers’ comments. Nonetheless, the research work will be assessed as rigorously as any other paper submitted to LR&T. The flowchart below shows the process from when the Special Issue submission period opens to the acceptance and publication of the research articles.



As excellent examples of a scientific article in lighting research, we would like to recommend the articles that have previously received the SLL Walsh-Weston and the Leon Gaster awards, which can be found here. Excellent examples of literature review articles can be found in the celebratory first issue of the 50th volume of Lighting Research & Technology (here).

Furthermore, a collection of publications from the LEUKOS Special Issue on Lighting Research Methods that give valuable advice on how to approach and conduct lighting research is provided below. Authors submitting to the current Special Issue are encouraged to read and follow this guidance in their own work.

-    Veitch, J. A., Fotios, S. A., & Houser, K. W. (2019). Judging the scientific quality of applied lighting research. LEUKOS, 15(2-3), 97-114.
-    de Kort, Y. A. (2019). Tutorial: Theoretical considerations when planning research on human factors in lighting. LEUKOS, 15(2-3), 85-96.
-    Uttley, J. (2019). Power analysis, sample size, and assessment of statistical assumptions—Improving the evidential value of lighting research. LEUKOS, 15(2-3), 143-162.

Important dates

June 25th, 2021: Deadline for submission of a tentative title and an abstract of maximum 200 words to declare interest in submitting a full article to the Special Issue. Please send the abstract in an e-mail to both guest editors (see below) and use the text “LR&T Special Issue: Early-career researchers in lighting” as a title in the email.

July 2nd, 2021: Notification of abstract relevance for the Special Issue.

October 1st, 2021: Deadline for the submission of the full article.

Guest editors

Dr. Kynthia Chamilothori, Assistant Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, email: k.chamilothori@tue.nl
Dr. Eleonora Brembilla, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, email: e.brembilla@tudelft.nl