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Measurement + Control Journal

The Institute’s Journal, Measurement + Control, publishes practical technical articles from industry and academia, product and business news and information on technical advances. We welcome and encourage submission of papers and articles on relevant subjects. Please see the authors’ notes for further information and advice on style and content.F1.medium
Ten issues are published annually, on a monthly basis.

Download Notes for Authors   document M+C Authors Guidelines - 2011 (622 KB)
Download Checklist for Authors   document Checklist For Journal Articles - 2011 (611 KB)
Download Template for preparation of papers for the journal document JM+C Template - 2011 (619 KB)

1. THE NATURE OF THE JOURNAL

Measurement + Control is neither a "learned" journal nor a commercial trade publication.  It is not a medium for closely reasoned academic research papers nor for journalistic articles of a commercial or promotional nature - the trade name of a product should never appear more than once in any paper.  Measurement + Control aims for the middle ground, for balanced, objective contributions pitched at a high technical level (but without the detailed content of a "learned" paper) and of significant interest to the non-specialist.

2. EDITORIAL COVERAGE

The Journal aims to cover, over time, all technical and professional matters of concern to those involved in the field of measurement and control.  It is published ten times a year.

3. TYPES OF CONTRIBUTION

Contributed Papers: These can be either unsolicited or invited and will generally deal with developments, applications or related issues.  Claims for originality should be clearly stated and, where relevant, sample representative results should be given, preferably in graphical form.  There is no rigid specification regarding length but contributions of about 3,500 words plus 3 - 4 illustrations are appropriate.  Titles should be kept to a maximum of 5-6 words.  If the title is longer, it will be subject to editing.  Key references only should be included.  Any mathematical content, including equations, should be kept to a minimum.  Because the Journal has a readership at all levels, papers with more than a few absolutely essential equations will not be considered for publication.  A succinct one paragraph Executive Summary of the paper should be provided.  This will be included in the reviewing process to ensure brevity and that the summary is balanced and representative of the complete paper.

Reviews: These can be unsolicited or invited and should cover trends and the current state of the technology or the application of instrumentation in a specific area.  There are no rigid specification regarding length but contributions of about 3,500 words plus 3 - 4 illustrations are appropriate.  It is particularly important that a selection of general and specific references should be included to enable the average reader to pursue the topic further.  Mathematical content, including equations, should be kept to the absolute minimum.  Reviews will be subject to the normal refereeing procedure.  A succinct one paragraph Executive Summary of the paper should be provided.  This will be included in the reviewing process to ensure that the summary is balanced and representative of the complete Review.

Themed Papers: Most issues of Measurement + Control include a Feature on a specific theme.  An external Editor is invited to edit each Feature, which typically comprises 2 - 3 papers, each of about 3,000 words plus 3 - 4 illustrations.  Titles should be kept to a maximum of 5-6 words.  If the title is longer, it will be subject to editing.  There is an Introductory Paper by the external Editor, who is also responsible for commissioning and refereeing the other papers.  A succinct one paragraph Executive Summary of each paper should be provided.  This will be included in the reviewing process to ensure that the summary is balanced and representative of the complete paper.

Viewpoint Articles: These are contributions by eminent individuals, who are invited to write, from a personal point of view, on a timely subject of their choice.  The length of Viewpoint articles is normally about one page (about 1,000 words), but contributions up to 2 or 3 pages are also acceptable.  Titles should be kept to a maximum of 5-6 words.  If the title is longer, it will be subject to editing.  The subject matter does not necessarily have to be technical but it must be relevant to instrumentation or the future of our technology.  For example, contributions can deal with national or international issues.  The Editorial Committee does reserve the right however, to approve the choice of the subject and to request modifications.

Development and Application Notes: These are brief reports on new developments or novel applications of instrumentation and control.  Accepted papers are published as rapidly as possible.  A succinct one paragraph Executive Summary of the paper should be provided.  This will be included in the reviewing process to ensure that the summary is balanced and representative of the complete Note.

Letters to the Editor: Acceptable letters are published together with, where they affect individuals, any replies from those concerned.  Correspondence is subject to editing and termination by the Editor when he considers it appropriate.

4. REFEREEING

All technical submissions are subject to refereeing.  This is not the kind of detailed refereeing that takes place in the case of papers submitted to "learned" journals, but it is a procedure designed to ensure that papers are appropriate with regard to the subject matter and are of the required technical standard.  Referees are asked to ensure that mathematical content, including equations, are kept to a minimum.  As long as any options expressed are clearly stated as such, they will normally be accepted.  Authors are required to revise, or to consider revision of, their contributions in the light of the referees' comments.  Disputes are referred to the Chairman of the Editorial Committee for resolution. 

5. DEADLINES

Authors who are invited to write papers for a specific issue of the Journal, e.g. in the case of Feature Papers, are asked to agree a date for submission.  Adherence to the agreed timetable is of vital importance, since failure to do so may result in late publication or postponement of an issue with subsequent loss of advertising revenue.The Guest Editor of Feature Issues is asked to ensure that authors provide their papers by the agreed deadline.  Authors are reminded that any who do not submit their papers in time, may have their draft refereed, edited and published without reference back to them in order that publication schedules can be met.

6. HONEYWELL PRIZE

On the basis of a recommendation by the Institute's Prizes and Awards Committee, the Council awards the £100 Honeywell Prize annually for the best article published in Measurement + Control.  All papers appearing in the calendar year are considered and the criteria for the assessment of the articles are as follows:-

  • general interest to the Institute's members
  • importance of the subject to the institute
  • lucidity
  • originality

Referees are asked to state whether papers they assess should be recommended to the Prizes and Awards Committee as potential candidates for the Honeywell Prize.

7. SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT MAKERS' ANNUAL AWARD

A certificate and an award of £250 will be made for the best paper appearing in the Journal or the Transactions during a calendar year that describes the most significant achievement in the development or novel application of scientific instrumentation.  The certificate is awarded to the principal author at the annual WCSIM Awards Dinner.

For this purpose a scientific instrument is regarded as any device or system of devices that is capable of applying or advancing science and technology by collection, analysis, storage and/or communication of scientific information.  It includes instruments used/for use in the laboratory, industry, research, transport, medicine, the environment, and other similar situations.

Criteria in judging submissions are:            

  • Originality of the achievement
  • Significance/importance of the development or application
  • Lucidity of the paper

Referees are asked to state whether papers they assess should be recommended to the Prizes and Awards Committee as potential candidates for the Scientific Instrument Makers' Award.

8. PREPARATION OF PAPERS

Manuscripts: Papers should be written in English and submitted in duplicate.  They should be typed double-spaced on one side of A4 paper with minimum 20mm (1 inch) margins.  Mathematical content, including equations, should be kept to a minimum but any symbols used should be clearly identifiable.  Greek letters should be identified with words the first time they appear.  Subscripts and Superscripts should be clearly presented.  Manuscript pages should be numbered.

Executive Summary should positioned in Italics before the beginning of the article

Equations  The use of equations within the body text of a word file should be avoided.  If equations have to be used they should be provided as illustrations in a vector format or at the very least they should be kept to separate areas between the rest of the body copy (ie. think of them as illustrations rather than text)

Tables should be typed on separate pages and numbered 1, 2, etc... Each table should have a heading and should be referred to in the text.

References should be cited in the text by superscript numbers, e.g. Brown 1.  A complete list of references, with corresponding numbers, should be given at the end of the paper.  Journal  references should include the author(s) name, journal title, volume number, part number (where appropriate) and page numbers. Book references should include author(s), book title, year and place of publication, publisher, and volume, edition and page numbers where appropriate.

Examples of how references should be given are:

1.  Burton, P.I., Measurement + Control 27, 69-73, 1994.
2.   Kenjo, T., Stepping Motors and their Microprocessor Controls, Oxford: Clarendon, 1984.

Illustrations/Images: These may be submitted electronically but must NOT be supplied within the text of a word document.  Please indicate within the copy where illustrations should appear.  Illustrations should be supplied in vector eps format.  If this is not possible, then we will accept high resolution (300 dpi at the correct scale, not resized) in the following formats .jpg, .tif or .psd.

Images (photographs) are to be supplied as high resolution (300 dpi at the correct scale, not resized) in the following formats .jpg, .tif or .psd.

Illustrations/Images downloaded from websites are not suitable because they are low resolution.  It would also be helpful if the author can indicate how the illustrations were drawn (eg Corel, Illustrator, etc).

Note: The Institute's designer may contact you if there are problems with the images.

Units and Abbreviations: SI units should be used unless there are good reasons for using others.  Abbreviations and symbols should be of a recognised style and defined at first usage.  Care should be taken to ensure consistency in the use of units and abbreviations in both manuscript and illustration.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: When a paper is accepted for publication (i.e. after refereeing) we request, in addition to the hard copy, an electronic version of the text on an IBM compatible disk.  Alternatively, the accepted paper can be transmitted to the Institute by email at publications@instmc.org.uk

The Institute can accept most word processing packages, e.g. Word, WordPerfect, AmiPro, Write etc...but, if in doubt, please contact the Editorial Department at the Institute. Inability to supply material on disk or by email does not preclude publication and should not inhibit submission.

The accompanying "Checklist for Journal of Measurement + Control Articles" summarises the requirements in an easily readable form.

NOTES FOR REFEREES

Referees of papers submitted for publication are asked to give their written expert opinion on:-

  • the relevance of the subject to the remit of the Journal
  • the technical standard, originality and quality of the paper
  • the breadth of coverage of Reviews and Feature articles
  • the "readability" of the text
  • whether the paper, including the Executive Summary, conforms to the guidelines in this "Notes for Authors and Referees"

The Institute's Prizes and Awards Committee will consider all papers published during the year for the Honeywell Prize and the Scientific Instrument Makers' Award.  To assist with this process, referees are asked to state whether in their view the papers they assess should be recommended to the Committee on the basis of:

  • general interest to the Institute's members
  • importance of the subject to the Institute
  • lucidity
  • originality

As a courtesy to authors, referees are requested to submit their written comments as soon as practicable, normally within three weeks at the latest.  The comments should confirm whether or nor the paper is felt to be suitable for publication in the Journal.  Suggestions for any amendments, changes or additions should be put constructively for consideration by the author.  Any grammatical editing found to be necessary will be undertaken by the editor.

Please address any queries on the above to:-

THE PUBLICATIONS DEPARTMENT
THE INSTITUTE OF MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL
87 GOWER STREET, LONDON, WC1E 6AF, ENGLAND
Tel:  020 7387 4949 Ext 3    
Fax: 020 7388 8431      
Email: publications@instmc.org