Press release

The IET, CEPRI and Tsinghua University to launch open access High Voltage journal

10 March 2016

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has signed an agreement with CEPRI (the China Electric Power Research Institute) to co-publish a new, open access engineering journal, High Voltage.

High Voltage will publish original research papers and review articles covering high-voltage power engineering and applications, including experimental, computational and theoretical studies. The partnership is supported by Tsinghua University, one of China’s leading academic institutions.

High Voltage, which launches in April 2016, will become the latest addition to the IET's Power and Control series hosted on the IET’s Digital Library, joining research journals including IET Power Electronics and IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.

The new online-only journal is expected to be the first academic periodical to focus on the most recent advances in high-voltage science and technology. High Voltage will cover electrical insulation, discharge and plasmas, pulsed power, high-field effects and high voltage engineering, which have promising applications across energy transmission, environmental protection, biomedicine and material treatment. As a fully open access journal, High Voltage forms part of the IET’s continuing mission to develop open access to quality engineering content and accelerate both research and innovation.

Daniel Smith, Head of Academic Publishing at the IET said: "We are delighted to be partnering with both CEPRI and Tsinghua University in the publication of this new journal. It promises to be a great vehicle to highlight the excellent research emanating from China and doubtless attract contributions from researchers worldwide. This agreement is another example of our commitment to developing partnerships with institutions which share the IET’s aims to make essential engineering intelligence available to the worldwide engineering community."

Mrs Jin Liu, Publishing Centre Director at CEPRI, said: "In combining the strength of three top players in their own fields, we look forward to establishing a world-class platform for scientific communication in future power and high voltage applications, and hopefully providing direction for further research."

Professor Zhicheng Guan of Tsinghua University, China and Professor Masoud Farzaneh of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada will be the journal’s first Editors-in-Chief. They are supported by an international Editorial Board with expertise in a wide range of electrical and high-voltage engineering fields.

High Voltage will be available on the IET’s Digital Library with four issues per year. The Editors are inviting submissions from prospective authors for forthcoming issues.

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Notes to editors:

About the IET

The IET is working to engineer a better world and is prolific in its publishing dating back as far as 1882. It is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians with over 167,000 members in 127 countries around the world. The IET’s mission is to inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of engineering intelligence and thought leadership.

The IET’s portfolio of research journals and books (print and eBook) are available online through the IET Digital Library together with conference proceedings, seminar digests and magazines.

About China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI)

China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), established in 1951, is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institution in China’s electric power sector as well as a subsidiary research institute of SGCC (State Grid Corporation of China). CEPRI is active in various research areas relevant to electric science, power industry and power commerce, including generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, power supply and utilization, design, construction, commissioning, operation, monitoring and maintenance of electric projects, and renewable energy, new materials, energy conversion, information and communication technology, etc.

The journal center of CEPRI runs several journals including Proceedings of the CSEE, Power System Technology, High Voltage Engineering, Electrical Information and Communication, and Electricity, the first one is especially highly appreciated in the academic circle of electric power in China.

About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang”. Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

According to US News Education Ranking, in 2015 Tsinghua was #59 among the Best Global Universities and #1 in the subject of Engineering.

The Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University was founded in 1932. After nearly 80 years of development, it has established an excellent education and research reputation in China and around the world. More than 10,000 students have graduated. Thirty-six alumni, either previous/current faculties or graduated students, are elected as Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Science or the Chinese Academy of Engineering. Many graduates have become full-time professors in China and the other countries, chief engineers or general managers of China’s power related industrial companies, and influential statesmen serving the country.

About the Editors-in-Chief

Professor Zhicheng Guan of Tsinghua University, China

Zhicheng Guan was born in Jilin, China, in November 1944. He received B.Sc., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1970, 1981, and 1984, respectively. He became a Professor at Tsinghua University in 1991. At the university, he was the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering (1992-1993), the university’s Assistant President (1993-1994), and then Vice President (1994-1999). He became the Dean of Tsinghua University’s Graduate School in Shenzhen (2002~2010), and Chairman of the school’s Academic Committee (2002-present).
Professor Guan became a Fellow of IET in 2005. He worked with many academic societies in China, as President of China Electrotechnical Society (2004-2007), Vice President of Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering (1999-2009), and now the Honor President of China Electrotechnical Society.

His research fields include high voltage insulation and electrical discharge, composite insulators and flashover of contaminated insulators, electrical environment technology, high voltage measurement, and application of plasma and high voltage technology in biological and environment engineering.

Throughout his career, Professor Guan has trained more than 20 PhDs and a number of Masters. With publication of more than 200 academic papers and 4 patents, Professor Guan is devoted into international academic communications. He was the president hosting multiple international academic conferences including ISH (International Symposium on High-voltage Engineering), International Conference on Gas Discharges and Their Applications, Asian Conference on Electrical Discharge, etc. and gave several times of keynote speeches.

Professor Masoud Farzaneh of Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada

Masoud Farzaneh received his Power Engineering degree from Polytechnic of Tehran in 1973, his Masters and PhD in 1980, jointly from Institut National Polytechnique and Université Paul Sabatier in France. Later, in 1986, he obtained a Doctorat d'état ès sciences from Université Paul Sabatier.

He is currently Director of the International Center on Icing and Power Network Engineering (CENGIVRE), as well as Chairholder of the NSERC/Hydro-Quebec Industrial Chair on Atmospheric Icing of Power Network Equipment (CIGELE) and of the Canada Research Chair on Engineering of Power Network Atmospheric Icing (INGIVRE) at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada. He has also been Director of the Masters Programme in Engineering at UQAC, of which he was initiator, and member of several decision-making committees.

His research is in the field of power engineering, including atmospheric icing of power network equipment, outdoor insulation and corona-induced vibration. He authored or co-authored more than 1,100 scientific contributions, including 585 technical papers, and 17 books or book chapters. Throughout his career, he has so far trained 220 highly qualified personnel, including 33 Postdoctorate Fellows, 36 PhDs and 44 Masters.