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Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering

Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering

ISO Journal TitleKorean J. Air-Cond. Refrig. Eng.
  • Open Access, Monthly
Open Access Monthly
  • ISSN : 1229-6422 (Print)
  • ISSN : 2465-7611 (Online)


The Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering is the official publication of the Society of Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers of Korea. The instructions to authors not described hereafter follow the "Regulation of Manuscript Submission for the Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering."

Content and publication type

The journal accepts original research articles and reviews in the field of air-conditioning and refrigeration. It includes a broad range of theories and applications that focus on heating, cooling, ventilation, sanitation, indoor environments of buildings, and plant facilities. In addition, it covers future energy technologies, such as new and renewable energy, waste heat energy, etc.

Qualification as authors

Authors should be a member of the Society of Airconditioning and Refrigerating Engineers of Korea. If they are not members, they should register for membership before submission. However, the Editorial board may approve exceptions.

Research and publication ethics

Papers already published in other journals will not be considered for publication. A published paper in this journal should not be submitted to other scientific journals. For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instruction, "The Ethics Regulation of the SAREK Publication" should be applied.

Peer review

Every manuscript received is circulated to two reviewers. The review process can be repeated till the manuscript is accepted by the reviewers. The finally accepted manuscript will be reviewed by the manuscript editor for consistency of format, and completeness of references. The detailed peer review process follows "The Peer Review Regulation of Peer Review", enacted by the SAREK.

Author Fees

The review processing charge : 30,000 KRW (130,000 KRW for a fast review track).

- Fast review track (130,000 KRW or 108 USD)
  : Review papers on the first-decision basis
  : It will take an average 10 days

- Regular review track (30,000 KRW or 25 USD)
  : It will take an average 3 weeks

The publication charge : 120,000 KRW (or 102 USD) upto 6 pages

The excess page charge : 20,000 KRW (or 17 USD) per page

Manuscript submission

An electronic paper must be submitted to The Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering, through the "Online-Submission" system ( The manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement that it has neither been published, nor is currently being submitted for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should be written in Korean or English.

Order of presentation

Manuscripts should, in general, be organized in the following order: Title, Name(s) of author(s) and his/her (their) complete affiliation(s) including zipcode(s), Abstract (not exceeding 400 words), Keywords, Nomenclature, Introduction, main body of the paper, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References, Appendices.

The KJACR editorial Process

KJACR operates a rigorous peer-review process. In most cases this is a single-blind peer review with at least three independent reviewers, followed by a final acceptance/rejection decision by the Editor-in-Chief, or another academic editor approved by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the academic quality of the publication process, including acceptance decisions, approval of Guest Editors and new Editorial Board members.

The following provides notes on each step.


Immediately after submission, this check is initially carried out by the Editor-in-Chief or managing editor to assess:

  • Suitability of the manuscript to the aims and scope of the journal;
  • Qualification and background of authors;
  • Reject obviously poor manuscripts.


The process of the KJACR is single-blind review, meaning that the author does not know the identity of the reviewer, but the reviewer knows the identity of the author.

At least three review reports are collected for each submitted article. Suggestions of reviewers can be made by the academic editor. KJACR editorial staff will use qualified reviewers from the database, or new reviewers identified by web searches for related articles.

The following checks are applied to all reviewers:

  • That they hold no conflicts of interest with the authors, including if they have published together in the last five years;
  • That they hold a PhD;
  • They must have recent publications in the field of the submitted paper.

To assist academic editors, KJACR staff handle all communication with reviewers, authors, and the external editor; however, Academic Editors can check the status of manuscripts and the identity of reviewers at any time. Reviewers are given 2 weeks to write their review. For the review of a revised manuscript, reviewers are asked to provide their report within 7 days. In both cases, extensions can be granted on request.

A paper can only be accepted for publication by an academic editor. Journal editors will check to make sure there are no conflict of interests before contacting those reviewers, and will not consider those with competing interests. Reviewers are asked to declare any conflicts of interest. The editorial team will respect these requests so long as this does not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of the submission.

Editor Decision

Acceptance decisions on manuscripts, after peer review, are made by an academic editor, either the Editor-in-Chief or another suitable Editorial Board member. When making an editorial decision, we expect that the academic editor checks the following:

  • Adequacy of reviewer comments and author response;
  • Overall scientific quality of the paper.

The editor can select from: accept, reject, ask author for major revision, ask author for minor revision, ask for an additional reviewer.

If there is any suspicion that a paper may contain plagiarism, the editorial office will check using the software ( supported by National Research Foundation of Korea.


In cases where only minor revisions are recommended, the author is usually requested to revise the paper. Articles may or may not be sent to reviewers after author revision, dependent on whether the reviewer requested to see the revised version and the wishes of the Academic editor. Apart from in exceptional circumstances, we allow a maximum of two rounds of major revision per manuscript.


The Society of Air-conditioning and Refrigerating Engineers of Korea (SAREK) carries out production on all manuscripts, including language editing, copy editing and conversion to XML. Language editing is carried out by professional English editing staff (Harrisco, The authors may use other English editing service, or consult a native English-speaking colleague—the latter being our preferred option.

Publication Ethics

Our journals follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’s procedures for dealing with potentially unethical behaviour by authors, reviewers or editors. All KJACR editorial staff are trained in how to detect and respond to ethical problems.

Details on ethical considerations for submitting papers can be found in the instructions for authors of journals.

Authorship Disputes

To manage authorship disputes we follow COPE guidelines. Typically, if all authors agree, the authorship can be updated via a Correction. If not, we require an authoritative statement from the authors' institution(s) about who qualifies for authorship.


Preparation of text

The manuscript should be prepared at A4 paper size, with margins of 42 mm from the top, and 20 mm from the bottom, right side and left side. The font size should be 10 points, and row space 150% or 1.5 line spacing. Times or Time New Roman font should be used for the body text, and for the headings, captions and footnotes. The file format for acceptable word processor programs is HWP and MS word DOC or DOCX file. The language of the text can be not only Korean, but also English.

Title, name(s) of author(s)

The title, and author(s)’ full name(s) and affiliation(s) should be written not only in Korean, but also in English. The title in Korean and English should be less than 10 words each.


The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be written in English, within 200 words.


The keywords provided should be between 4 and 6 words, in both Korean and English.


The nomenclature list should be in alphabetical order, with Greek symbols also in alphabetical order, and with a separate heading, following the alphabetical listing. Subscripts and superscripts should follow Greek symbols, and should be identified with separate headings. Units should only be included, when necessary for the understanding of the textual material.

Tables and Figures

All figures and tables should, where possible be located at the top or the bottom of each page. All illustrations will be of very high quality, with legible symbols and legends. Where possible, retain vector art format for illustrations; but if images are rasterized, they should be of 300dpi at full display size. Font size should be at least 8 points. All illustrations should be submitted in black and white or greyscale versions. All of the figures and tables should have captions. Figure captions should be under each figure, while table captions should be located below tables. All of the figures and tables, including captions, should be typed in English. They should be cited in the text.


SI system of units should be used throughout.


All mathematical equations should be carefully entered, and checked for correctness. Where possible, use the Equation Editor in Word in a .docx document(not .doc) for equations, and for complicated constants, variables and parameters in the text(i.e. where the standard superscript and subscript text functions are not sufficient). Equation numbers should be in Arabic numerals, enclosed in round parentheses on the right-hand margin. They should be cited in the text.


References should be cited in the text in round parentheses, and grouped at the end of the paper in numerical order of appearance. All the references should be written in English. References should be styled and punctuated according to the following examples: journal article (1); proceedings (2); and books (3). Note that each author name is entered in the order Surname, Initials with periods, with a space between consecutive initials. Where there is more than one author, the author names are separated by commas, and the penultimate author name with comma is followed by an "and". Article/Paper titles are in Sentence case; Journal/ Proceeding/Book titles are in Title Case, with lower case articles and prepositions, except for the first word of the title. Note also that there is a space after "Vol.", after "No.", and after "pp.", before the page numbers.

  1. Hong, M. K., Park, M. K., and Im, K. J., 1995, Study on turbulent flow in a duct, Korean Journal of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 507-514.
  2. Lee, M. R., 1997, Heat transfer characteristics in a duct, Proceedings of the SAREK '99 Winter Annual conference (II), pp. 110-117.
  3. Parker, J. D., 1992, Air conditioning, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 333-351.

Revised manuscripts

A manuscript mailed back to the author for revision should be returned to the SAREK editorial office (or to the Editor-in-Chief) within two months: otherwise, it will be considered withdrawn, and treated as a new manuscript, if and when it is resubmitted.

Proofs and Reprints

Galley proofs, along with a printout of the original manuscript, are sent to the author who submitted the manuscript. The attention of the authors is directed to the instructions that accompany the proof, especially the requirement that all corrections, revisions, and additions be entered on the proof, and not on the manuscript. The proof should be checked against the manuscript (in particular, tables, equations and formulae), and returned to the SAREK editorial office as soon as possible. Substantial changes in the article, after it has been set in type, are not allowed.



  1. Are the manuscript title, author name, affiliation, contact information, and submission date listed?
  2. Is the page number inserted in the manuscript?


  1. Are the terms notated in standard glossary?
  2. Are the incomplete sentences not included?
  3. Are the foreign language notations correct?


  1. Are the captions of the tables written in English?
  2. Are the numbers and captions of tables inserted?
  3. Are all the tables cited in the body of text?


  1. Are the captions of the figures written in English?
  2. Are the lines and letters distinct?
  3. Are the numbers and captions of figures inserted?
  4. Are all the figures cited in the body?


  1. Are all the symbols used in the equations explained?
  2. Are the equations numbered according to the guideline?


  1. Is the reference list formatted according to the guideline?
  2. Are the citations of the references in the body of text correct?