The paper review process is probably the most important part of developing a strong Technical Program. The fair and timely review process done by the reviewers is the key factor for the selection of high-quality papers for presentation and publication. We greatly appreciate reviewers for their contribution to the success of the conference. If you have previously participated as a reviewer we encourage you to register again this year. We also invite new reviewers to join.

Submissions to the 2021 IEEE PowerAfrica Conference will undergo a review process by independent reviewers who are knowledgeable in the pertinent subject area.

Qualifications & Reviewer Selection

  • Peer reviewers are selected from a list of qualified volunteers from industry or academia and from a list of qualified authors.
  • Volunteer reviewers with the appropriate credentials, skills, and expertise are considered to review appropriately fitting assignments.
  • Authors whose submissions have qualified to enter the peer review process also qualify to be selected as reviewers for other papers.
  • Reviewers are assigned on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise.
  • Reviewers must not be students of any institution/university (Undergraduates or Postgraduates).

Review Process

Reviewing is done online through the EasyChair conference paper submission system. Reviewers are assigned up to 3 papers. All reviewers will be guided and given further instructions by the respective Track Chairs on the process. We have Eight Tracks as highlighted below:

Track 1: Smart Grid Design and Stability Analyses
Grid integration, Materials Research Techniques for Smart grid equipment, Machine Actuators/Sensor Power systems & Technologies, Reliability, Forecasting and Power Flow Analysis, Sensor Systems, Signal Processing and Interfaces in Power systems,

Track 2: Power Electronics
Power electronic converters and control systems; Power conversion topologies, modulation and control, Energy efficiency for residential, commercial and industrial applications; Modeling and control of components, converters and system; Electric machines, drive systems and topologies; Passive components and materials; Power electronic packaging, integration and advanced manufacturing; FACTS, power quality, EMI and EMC; Reliability, advanced fault protection systems, diagnostics, prognostics and equipment health management; Energy harvesting

Track 3: Renewables and storages
Renewable energy resources, storage technologies Modelling and analysis Forecasting Applications for Wind and PV Generation, Microgrids, Renewable energy conversion; Large and small-scale energy storage; Power to gas, Fuel Cells, Integration of Energy Storage Solutions to the Grid and their Impact, Connection of Offshore Renewables to the Grid and their Challenges

Track 4: Power Systems
Power system planning;  Power system planning, energy pricing policies, and retail markets;  Monitoring and evaluation of rural/urban power projects; Electrical safety, power system protection & standards; Power engineering education, Challenges and opportunities of accessible power, privatization, policy, and Tariffs; Monitoring of Distribution Networks, Integration of Distributed Energy Sources; Active Management of Distribution Systems, Optimal Planning of Distribution Networks; Protection of Distribution Networks.

Track 5: ICT and embedded systems for smart grids
Industry 4.0, cyber security;  IoT cloud and fog computing; Demand flexibility; Electric vehicles; emerging technologies for the control, operation, and optimization of smart grid;  embedded system; smart sensors; intelligent electronic devices; big data; smart meter design, non-intrusive load monitoring; distributed intelligence; computational intelligence; demand-side management;  home energy management system; blockchain technology; SCADA, communication technologies; interoperability; middleware technologies; deep learning;  Requirements and Standards for Cyber and Physical Security in Electric Systems; Power System Resiliency to Cyber and Physical Attacks

Track 6: Standards and safety issues in Africa
Interoperability of various international standards;  Applicability and importance of standards;  New standard development for African context;  Aggregation of systems based on different standards;  Grounding issues and safety;  Surveys, frequency or field analysis of electrical accidents;  Accident prevention programs and results;  Statistics around electrical accidents.

Track 7: PhD Forum

Track 8: Short papers

      1. Smart Village papers
      2. Smart Grid Design and Stability Analyses
      3. Renewables and storages
      4. Power Systems
      5. ICT and embedded systems for smart grids
      6. Standards and safety issues in Africa

Benefits of Being a Reviewer

  • Contribution to Research Work
    The comments and guidance that reviewers provide are an invaluable contribution to the research work of the authors.
  • Gaining Invaluable Experience
    The review process provides first-hand experience of the publishing process that can help a reviewer to publish in the future.
  • Enriching Ones Resume
    Recognition by acknowledging them with an Electronic Certificate of Appreciation and mention on the website.


Responsibilities of the Reviewer

  • Provide a prompt, thorough, and impartial review of the article.
  • Give constructive feedback with reasonable suggestions and professional tone.
  • Avoid suggesting the addition of irrelevant or unnecessary references.
  • Alert the editor to any suspected ethical issues.
  • Maintain confidentiality by safeguarding the unique contributions of the author’s work.

Responsibilities of the Author

  • Accurately report research findings.
  • Ensure article meets all publication requirements and adheres to ethical standards.
  • Revise article as per reviewers’ suggestions (or give a reason why not).

Policy and Ethical Responsibility of a Reviewer

IEEE policy and professional ethics require that reviewers treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge which that access provides. This applies to anyone else who is authorized to handle conference submissions.

When reviewing a paper considered for presentation and publication, reviewers must take into consideration the following ethical standards:
1. Papers will be reviewed based on their intellectual merit and contribution to the aims and scope of the conference, as well as on the criteria presented in the review process. The reviewers should adhere to standards of fairness, integrity, and objectivity. Kindly note that personal criticism is unacceptable.
2. Reviewers who feel that their review comments might be biased and/or unqualified regarding a particular submitted paper to the conference should notify the Organizing Committee immediately and excuse themselves from the review process.
3. Reviewers should be clear in their review comments and provide proper explanations and arguments for their decisions. If there is any suspicion about the originality of the paper, reviewers are expected to notify the Organizing Committee immediately, with the appropriate arguments.
4. During the review process, reviewers will keep in mind at all times that the paper and related materials are confidential.
5. Reviewers warrant that they will not use the papers and related materials submitted to the conference for any other purpose than the peer-review process.

 For any queries regarding paper submission, please contact the Technical Program Chairs at