Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Advances in Mechanical Engineering

  1. Open Access
  2. Article Types
  3. Editorial Policies
    3.1 Peer Review Policy and Workflow
    3.2 Concurrent Submission
    3.3 Authorship
    3.4 Acknowledgements
    3.5 Funding Acknowledgement
    3.6 Declaration of conflicting interests
  4. Publishing Policies
    4.1 Publication Ethics
    4.1.1 Plagiarism
    4.2 Journal contributor's publishing agreement
    4.3 Permissions
  5. Publication Fees
  6. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 File Types
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Submitting additional material
    6.4 Article Layout
    6.5 Journal Layout
    6.6 Reference Style
    6.7 English language editing services
    6.8 Kewords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    6.9 Corresponding author contact details
  7. Submitting your manuscript
  8. After acceptance
    8.1 Proofs
    8.2 E-Prints
    8.3 SAGE production
    8.4 Continuous Publication
    8.5 Creative Commons Licenses
  9. Further information

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

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. Open Access

Advances in Mechanical Engineering is an Open Access publication; all articles are freely available online immediately upon publication. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, and brought to publication as rapidly as possible. Journal costs are covered by Article Processing Charges (APC) paid by the author/institution/funder upon acceptance of their manuscript (more information below). There is no charge for submitting a paper to Advances in Mechanical Engineering.

For general information on Open Access at SAGE and Open Access FAQs, please visit this page.

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2. Article Types

Original Research Article: Describes a piece of complete or substantially complete research, or some aspect of design development, or engineering education
Review Article: A critical review of the state-of-the-art with examples of applications in design and profitable manufacture without extensive analysis
Special Issue Article:  This may be an Original Research Article or a Review Article that is appropriate for the subject matter of the Special Issue. Any article deemed not to be appropriate for the subject matter of a Special Issue will be considered for standard publication

Length

  1. In general, Original Articles and Review Papers should not normally exceed 5000 words (with up to 10 illustrations). Longer articles will be considered, however, as our criterion is that the content justifies the length of the article.

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3. Editorial Policies

3.1 Peer Review Policy and Workflow

Once a manuscript is submitted for publication, the manuscript is checked by the journal’s editorial office to ensure that it is suitable to go through the normal peer review process. Once this is done, the manuscript is sent to an appropriate Editor based on the subject of the manuscript and the availability of the Editors. All manuscripts shall be handled by an Editor who is not from the same institute as any of the manuscript’s authors.

If the Editor finds that the manuscript may not be of sufficient quality to go through the normal peer review process, or that the subject of the manuscript may not be appropriate for the journal’s scope, the manuscript shall be rejected with no further processing.

If the Editor finds that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the journal, they should assign the manuscript to at least two external reviewers for peer-review who make recommendations on the suitability of the articles for publication.
When all reviewers have submitted their reports, the Editor can make one of the following editorial recommendations:

  • Accept
  • Minor Revision
  • Major Revision
  • Reject

If the Editor recommends “Accept”, the manuscript is accepted for publication.

If the Editor recommends “Minor Revision”, the authors are notified to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript with the required minor revisions suggested by the reviewers along with a detailed reply to the reviewer comments. The Editor reviews the revised manuscript after the minor revisions have been made by the authors. Once the Editor is satisfied with the final manuscript, the manuscript can be accepted.

If the Editor recommends “Major Revision,” the recommendation is communicated to the authors. The authors are expected to revise their manuscripts in accordance with the changes recommended by the reviewers and to submit their revised manuscript in a timely manner. Authors are requested to upload a detailed reply to the reviewer comments along with the revised version of their manuscript. Once the revised manuscript is submitted, the Editor can then make an editorial recommendation which can be “Accept”, “Minor Revision”, or “Reject.”

If the Editor recommends rejecting the manuscript, the rejection is immediate. Also, if the majority of the reviewers recommend rejecting the manuscript, the rejection is immediate.

The editorial workflow gives the Editors the authority to reject any manuscript because of inappropriateness of its subject, lack of quality, or incorrectness of its results. The Editor cannot assign himself/herself as an external reviewer of the manuscript. This is to ensure a high-quality, fair, and unbiased peer-review process of every manuscript submitted to the journal, since any manuscript must be recommended by two or more external reviewers along with the Editor in charge of the manuscript in order for it to be accepted for publication in the journal.

We are committed to providing timely assessment of articles and authors are informed of the publication decision as soon as possible.

The name of the Editor recommending the manuscript for publication is published with the manuscript to indicate and acknowledge their invaluable contribution to the peer-review process and the indispensability of their contributions to the running of the journals.

It should be noted that our refereeing process, common to many other publishers, is single-blind, that is, the referees remain anonymous and their identities are not released to authors. The referees, however, are informed of the authors’ names and affiliations.

3.2 Concurrent Submission

In order to ensure sufficient diversity within the authorship of the journal, authors will be limited to having two manuscripts under review at any point in time. If an author already has two manuscripts under review in the journal, he or she will need to wait until the review process of at least one of these manuscripts is complete before submitting another manuscript for consideration. This policy does not apply to Editorials or other non-peer reviewed manuscript types.

3.3 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 and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

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.

3.4 Acknowledgements

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

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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

3.5 Funding Acknowledgement

To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Advances in Mechanical Engineering additionally 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 for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding author uses the following sentence: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.”

3.6 Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of Advances in Mechanical Engineering 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 include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’

If there is no conflict of interests, authors should state that “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.”

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4. Publising Policies

4.1 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

4.1.1 Plagiarism

Advances in Mechanical Engineering 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles will be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: rejecting the paper; publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

4.2 Journal contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.  SAGE Open Engineering publishes manuscripts under a Creative Commons by Attribution license (CC BY) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

4.3 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. N.B. If an author is using their own work they will still require permission if they did not retain copyright of the previously published article.  Papers will not be accepted for publication without the correct permissions. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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5. Publication Fees

Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be charged a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that your article will be freely available in perpetuity. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 20 working days.

The fee currently stands at the rate of $2000 (+VAT where applicable*) for each published article.

*If the paying author/institution is based in the European Union, to comply with European law, Value Added Tax must be added to the APC. Providing a VAT registration number will allow an institution to avoid paying this tax, except for UK institutions.

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6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 File types

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

6.2 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  
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour.

Mathematical: All vectors and matrices should be shown in bold type. Avoid confusion between ambiguous characters and take care to ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clear. Numbers below 10 should be written out in the text unless used in conjunction with units (e.g. three apples, 4 kg). Full points (not commas) should be used for decimals. For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Equations should be numbered sequentially throughout the document, with labels on the right hand side of the page.

6.3 Submitting additional material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, AV files) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

6.4 Article Layout

Title and Authorship Information
The following information should be included
•           Paper title
•           Full author names
•           Full institutional mailing addresses
•           Email addresses

Abstract
The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.

Introduction
This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.

Materials and Methods
This part should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described.

Results and Discussion
This section may each be divided by subheadings or may be combined.

Conclusions
This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work highlighting its importance and relevance.

6.5 Journal Layout

Advances in Mechanical Engineering conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

6.6 Reference Style

Advances in Mechanical Engineering adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver output file here

6.7 English language editing servies

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

6.8 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

6.9 Corresponding Author Contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors.

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7. Submitting your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.

Advances in Mechanical Engineering is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aime to login and submit your article online.

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8. On acceptance and publication

8.1 Proofs

We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Any accompanying queries should be answered within 3 days of receipt so that publication is not delayed.

8.2 E-Prints

The PDF of your article will be available for download on the journal website after publication.

8.3 SAGE Production

At SAGE we work to the highest production standards. We attach great importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Advances in Mechanical Engineering with SAGE. 

8.4 Continuous Publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an Open Access journal is the speed to publication. With no issues to fill and no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download. Check the ‘Latest Articles’ tab on the journal website for the latest published content.

8.5 Creative Comons Licenses

Articles in Advances in Mechanical Engineering are freely available under Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced.

For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page

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9. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Peer Review Manager
SAGE Publications Ltd
1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road
London, EC1Y 1SP
UK

Email: aime@sagepub.co.uk

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