Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Journal of Vibration and Control Journal of Vibration and Control

  1. Peer review policy
  2. How to submit your manuscript
  3. Authorship
  4. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
  5. Declaration of conflicting interests
  6. Manuscript style
    6.1 Word processing formats
    6.2 Journal style
    6.3 Reference style
    6.4 Manuscript preparation
  7. Acknowledgments
    7.1 Funding acknowledgement
  8. Permissions
  9. After acceptance
    9.1 Proofs
    9.2 E-Prints
    9.3 SAGE production
    9.4 OnlineFirst publication
  10. Further information

1. Peer review policy

Journal of Vibration and Control operates under a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

All manuscripts are reviewed initially by one of the Editors and only those papers that meet the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for peer review. Generally, reviews from two independent referees are required.

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2. How to submit 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 may be returned.

Journal of Vibration and Control is hosted on SAGETrack, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts.

Simply visit to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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3. Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. 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. have 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.

Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at

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4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

Before publication SAGE requires the author, as the rights holder, to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Journal of Vibration and Control 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 may 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: 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.

4.1 SAGE Choice
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests.  Journal of Vibration and Control  does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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6. Manuscript style

6.1 Word processing formats
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. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

Make sure that the tables are submitted as separate files, in .doc/.docx/.tex format.

For LaTeX submissions, the author is requested to upload the completed PDF file of the paper for peer review purposes at the time of submission.

Revised submissions in LaTeX format: please submit your response to reviewers’ comments as a separate Word document and not as tracked changes in the main document. Please respond to reviewer’s comments in a separate DOC file can be uploaded in the Author Response section on the site. Make sure that the sub LaTeX files are properly linked to the main document and are clearly visible in the PDF proof of manuscript files.

6.2 Journal Style
Journal of Vibration and Control conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

6.3 Reference Style
Journal of Vibration and Control adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

Clark JM and Hockey L (1979) Research for Nursing. Leeds: Dobson Publishers

Chapter in a book:
Gumley V (1988) Skin cancers. In: Tschudin V and Brown EB (eds) Nursing the Patient with Cancer. London: Hall House, 26-52.

Article in a journal:
Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296: 401-405.
- Please note, if there are three or more authors in a reference, then please use et al.

Article in a journal published ahead of print:
Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 00: 1-4 (accessed 7 October 2009).

National Center for Professional Certification. (2002) Factors Affecting Organizational Climate and Retention. Available at:

Unpublished thesis:
Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Leicester, Leicester.
Published thesis:
Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. Phd thesis, University of Leicester, Leicester.

Clark JM (2006) Referencing style for journals. The Independent, 21 May, p.10.

6.4. Manuscript Preparation
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. Authors need to provide editable manuscript files in a single column format.

6.4.1 Your Title 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.

6.4.2 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. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

6.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

Make sure that the all figures/images are in any of the following formats: EPS/TIFF/JPEG/XLS.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

UNITS & ABBREVIATIONS. SI units should be used, although English units may be added in parentheses.

SYMBOLS. A list of symbols used and their meanings should be included if a large number of symbols appear in the text.

EQUATIONS. Number equations with Arabic numbers enclosed in parentheses at the right-hand margin. Type superscripts and subscripts clearly above or below the baseline, or mark them with a caret. Be sure that all symbols, letters and numbers are clearly distinguishable and not subject to mistaken identity (e.g., O for 0 when indicating the letter and the numeral zero, 1 for l when indicating the number one and the lower case of L, and v or u as compared to the Greek nu and mu).

Microsoft Word provides a useful equation editor and it is preferred that you use it. See example below and symbol table. Symbols are in italics. Specify units where appropriate e.g. [Pressure (psi)]:

6.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
None applicable.

6.4.5 English Language Editing services
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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7. Acknowledgements                                                         

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), 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.

7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Journal of Vibration and Control additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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8. Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. 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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9. After acceptance           

9.1 Proofs
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

9.2 E-Prints
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

9.3 SAGE Production
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( 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 Journal of Vibration and Control with SAGE.

9.4 OnlineFirst Publication
A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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10. Further information

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


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