Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control is a fully peer-reviewed international journal. The journal covers all areas of applications in instrumentation and control. Its scope encompasses cutting-edge research and development, education and industrial applications.
Providing a dynamic forum for the international measurement and control community, this distinguished journal publishes peer-reviewed papers designed to appeal to both researchers and practitioners. It presents up-to-date coverage of the latest developments, offering a unique interdisciplinary perspective.
This outstanding journal covers:
- Systems and Control Theory
- Sensors and Signal Processing
- Advanced Manufacturing Systems
- Management Systems
- Standards Policy
- Man/Machine Interface and Human Factors
- Computing for Measurement, Control and Automation
- Adaptive Control
- Advanced Robotics
- Dynamic Simulation
- Education and Training
- Safety Systems and Reliability Engineering
- Artificial Intelligence and Applications
Essential reading for researchers and practitioners involved in research and control.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control is a fully peer-reviewed international journal.
The journal covers all areas of applications in instrumentation and control. Its scope encompasses cutting-edge research and development, education and industrial applications. Providing a dynamic forum for the international measurement and control community, this distinguished journal publishes peer-reviewed papers designed to appeal to both researchers and practitioners. It presents up-to-date coverage of the latest developments, offering a unique interdisciplinary perspective.
This outstanding journal covers (but is not limited to):
- Control and Measurement Applications
- Systems and Control Theory
- Sensors and Signal Processing
- Man/Machine Interface and Human Factors
- Computing for Measurement, Control and Automation
- Advanced Robotics
- Processing and Process Control ·Applications
- Applications in Modeling and Simulation
- Artificial Intelligence and their Application
- Fault Detection, Diagnostics and Prognostics
Essential reading for researchers and practitioners involved in research and control.
|Chaouki T. Abdallah||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Jie Huang||The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|George Irwin||Queen's University of Belfast, UK|
|Shuzhi Sam Ge||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Stjepan Bogdan||University of Zagreb, Croatia|
|Kang Li||Queen's University of Belfast, UK|
|Chee Khiang Pang||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Zhipeng Wu||University of Manchester, UK|
|Zafer Bingül||Kocaeli University, Turkey|
|Zhengtao Ding||Manchester University, UK|
|Serdar Ethem Hamamci||Inonu University, Turkey|
|Juntao Fei||Hohai University, China|
|Josep Guerrero||Aalborg University, Denmark|
|Weiyao Lan||Xiamen University, China|
|Ning Li||Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China|
|Liu Lu||City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Guido Maione||Politecnico di Bari, Italy|
|Amir Hooshang Mazinan||Azad University, Iran|
|Sean McLoone||Maynooth University, Ireland|
|Aldo Jonathan Muñoz Vázquez||Autonomous University of Chihuahua, Mexico|
|Cheng Peng||Shanghai University, China|
|Su Rong||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Chao Tan||Tianjin University, China|
|Nusret Tan||Inonu University, Turkey|
|Saeed Tavakoli||University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran|
|Steve Tung||University of Arkansas, USA|
|Önder Tutsoy||Adana Science and Technology University, Turkey|
|Nishchal K Verma||Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India|
|Yan Wan||University of Texas at Arlington, USA|
|Wencheng Wang||Weifang University, China|
|Yanling Wei||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Hao Xu||University of Nevada, USA|
|Shengyuan Xu||Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China|
|Jun Yang||Southeast University, China|
|Shen Yin||Harbin Institute of Technology, China|
|Deming Yuan||Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China|
|Hongwei Zhang||Southwest Jiaotong University, China|
|Jianhua Zhang||North China Electric Power University, China|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/timc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.1 Pre-writing stage
4.2 General requirements
4.4 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.5 Supplementary material
4.6 Reference style
4.7 English language editing services
4.8 Preparing your manuscript review
4.9 Preparing your manuscript for re-review
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- Special and Themed Issues
- On acceptance and publication
7.1 SAGE Production
7.2 Online First publication
7.3 Access to your published article
7.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
The technology covered by Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control is naturally inter- or cross-disciplinary and for this reason the field is very wide. However, where possible, the Editors will ensure that material having a similar theme will be published in the same issue.
Original Article: Describes a piece of original or substantially original research within the measurement and/or controls area. The article should be based on work that has been completed to the point of yielding conclusions amply supported by firm evidence. As far as possible the results should be reproducible. If this requires additional material, such as simulation software, it may be included in a separate file, see section 4.5. Additional material will, at the discretion of the publishers, be made available should the manuscript be accepted for publication.
Review Article: A review article should, summarise, critically analyse and integrate previously published articles related on a specific area of research important to the measurement and control community. In particular, it should provide a 'snap-shot' of the current state-of-the-art and provide insights into those problems that are substantially solved, the 'yet to be solved' problems requiring novel solutions, or for those problems for which a better solution is required. The answers given may not be definitive but it should indicate directions for future research. A review may be needed when the number and content of research reports on a given area of research become diffused and a overview is required in order to simulate and focus further research activity.
- 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.
- Discussions on papers already published should not exceed 500 words and 2 illustrations
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. Priority and time of publication are decided by the editors, who maintain the customary right to edit material accepted for publication if necessary.
Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three referees. We are committed to providing timely assessment of articles and authors are informed of the publication decision as soon as possible.
As part of the submission process you will be given the option to provide names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
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:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. 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 International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
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.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control 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 to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.
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.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Your submission may be returned to you if it does not include the following (see sections 4.1-4.9 for further requirements and instructions):
- Full title
- All authors’ names and full affiliations
- The corresponding author should be listed clearly, and their email address provided
- Abstract (it is beneficial to include as many of your keywords in the abstract as possible)
- Double line spacing
- Single column
- Figures should be included within the body text
- Harvard Referencing must be used with Author-Date, in-text, referencing and the reference list should be ordered alphabetically, by surname.
The most important thing to remember in preparing your manuscript is the requirements of the various parties involved. Fortunately, these requirements have much in common.
- The author(s) want the manuscript to be published and then to be cited by other authors.
- Reviewers want a well presented manuscript, in which the area of the work and its contribution to that area is clearly presented. This will include things like, a clear explanatory title describing the content, a very clear summary indicating the scope of the work and the main findings. A clearly written, easily understood and concise manuscript, in which the work is put in to context and the contributions clearly defined.
- The Editor and publishers want to produce a journal that will be read by a large number of subscribers.
- A subscriber wants to quickly identify manuscripts that are relevant to their areas of interest and then very quickly absorb the key points.
Given this list of requirements, it is evident that any published manuscript must have novelty, but in addition, it needs to be presented in such a way that it is easily found and easily understood by the majority of those people reading it.
For example, a researcher, looking for material in a particular area of research, is likely to base that search on 'commonly used key words'. If your manuscript uses 'non-standard key words' or obscure acronyms, it is unlikely that your manuscript will be picked up by a search engine. Next they will scan the title of the various articles produced by that search. To be selected at this stage, your article must have a clear explanatory title describing the content. A very clear summary indicating the scope of the work and the main findings now become the prerequisite to selecting the work for further study. If the work is selected for further study and the content is concise, easily understood and with the contributions clearly defined, then it is highly likely that this work will be referenced.
A manuscript which is published in TIMC is one that the editors believe satisfies all of the following:
- is well written and in the scope of the Journal,
- is one that the readership would want to read and
- is one that has sufficient novelty to be quoted in future works.
All papers accepted for publication in the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control (TIMC) are copyedited and typeset. Copyediting will correct minor grammatical mistakes, and typesetting ensures all manuscripts conform to the same format. Hence, papers submitted to TIMC should be presented so that they are easy to review and conform to the publishers referencing style. Hence the general requirements are:
- The presented standard of the written text should be of an acceptable standard. That is, the text should be easily understood.
- For ease of reading the manuscripts should be single column and contain all figures and tables within the text. Separate good quality figures will be required once the manuscript is accepted for publication.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
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 online but will be reproduced in greyscale (black and white) in the printed version. Please ensure that all figures are suitable for greyscale printing. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
For ease of review, all figures and tables should appear in the manuscript when they are referenced.
For copy editing and publication purposes good quality figures and tables are required, these should appear on separate pages at the end of the article and be saved separately as.eps or.jpeg files. Line drawings should be black and white. Figures should ideally be drawn for a reduction of one third i.e., 3:2 or 150:100 mm.
Symbols: A list of symbols should be provided at the beginning of the paper, following the abstract.
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. Use spaces (not commas) within numbers (e.g. 10 000, 0.125 275).
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
When preparing your manuscript for review, you should ensure that you make it as easy as possible for a reviewer to read your manuscript and comment on its suitability for publication. The basic requirements are:
- A clear explanatory title describing the content. Note the title would not normally contain acronyms.
- A very clear abstract indicating the scope of the work and the main findings. The abstract should put the work in context, clearly define the contribution and indicate the main findings. It should not normally exceed 200 words.
- Key words.These should be generic; that is all the key words should relate to established subject areas. Do not define new 'key words' in an attempt to specify your area of research.
- An introduction that puts the work into context by stating the importance and significance of previous work in the area. The Introduction should then clearly define the contribution(s) made by the current article and indicate how these are demonstrated in the remainder of the manuscript.
- The body of the article must be concise, easily understood and with the contributions clearly explained. It would be normal to compare your results with the best of those available. Implicit is the assumption that the introduction has already indicated how your contribution may be judged in relation to other works.
- For ease of reading, the manuscripts should be single column and contain all figures and tables within the text.
- Subheadings should be typed on separate lines and marked to indicate their progressive order of importance. The use of more than three levels of heading should be avoided.
- There should be only one space between words and only one space after any punctuation.
- Capitals should be used only where they are to appear in the finished text.
- Abbreviations should be spelled out.
- The conclusions must be clear and concise and indicate the contribution(s) that have been made and their relative importance.
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.
If you receive a letter The letter asking you to revise and resubmit your manuscript it will request that you provide a separate statement of the corrections that you have made. You would do this by first indicating (for example) that the comments for Reviewer 1 are all highlighted in yellow in the manuscript, those for Reviewer 2 are highlighted in red, and those for Reviewer 3 in green.. Then follow this up with a statement of each specific change made.
Hence, if Reviewer 1 has made the following comments:
- More comparison with current results found in literature are required...
- The presentation of equations 5 and 8 should be improved
- Equation 9 seems to be incorrect. Etc.
You would produce the following response:
I wish to thank the reviewers for their useful comments. In the manuscript the comments for Reviewer 1 are all highlighted in yellow, those for Reviewer 2 are highlighted in red, and those for Reviewer 3 in green..
Comment 1: More comparison with current results found in literature are required...
Response: The literature has been updated with the inclusion of... etc.
Comment 2: The presentation of equations 5 and 8 should be improved.
Response: The required changes have been made.
Comment 3: Equation 9 seems to be incorrect.
Response: Equation 9 is correct. This may be demonstrated as follows:... To make equation 9 clearer in the manuscript the following comments have been added...
All changes for reviewer 1 are highlighted in yellow in the main text.
All changes for reviewer 2 are highlighted in red in the main text.
Such a document makes everything clear and will help the reviewers quickly assess the manuscript.
Along with uploading your statement of corrections file, we require you to include your statement of corrections at the beginning of your manuscript document.
Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/timc 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.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
The Editors of the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control welcome proposals for Special and Themed Issues. Special Issues must contain a collection of manuscripts of exceptional quality.
Themed Issues will contain manuscripts related to some aspect of measurement and/or control. Collectively, they will produce an issue of the Journal which is of exceptional merit in relation to the given theme.
Prospective guest editors should provide a short CV together with a proposal making the case for the proposed Special or Themed Issue. This proposal should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control editorial office as follows: