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Author Guidelines

To submit a paper, you need to log in to our site, which requires you to be registered. If you are not registered, please complete the form on our registration page (which will log you in after it is submitted). If you are registered, please go to the paper submission page (which will ask you to log in if you are not already logged in).

Note: The author interface for each of these steps includes details on how to enter the information required.

Submissions should be in WORD or PDF format. Should there be any assistance to the authors, please inform the Editorial Office by email:

Manuscript Presentation

Open Journal of Mechanical Engineering only accepts and publishes English-language manuscripts; either British or American English may be used, but the dialect used should be followed consistently throughout the manuscript.

A manuscript should be average about 7-15 journal pages, with shorter ones being more advisable. However, this does not impose an absolute page limit on manuscripts; longer manuscripts of merit can be published in the journal.


Manuscripts must be type written, double-spaced with proper margins on one side of white paper, the preferred format is in Microsoft Word (.doc).

Please click here to download the template to format your manuscript.

Parts of a Manuscript


Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations

Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g. a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author

Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.


A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately form the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

The abstract should not exceed 250 words.


3 to 6 keywords should be provided after the abstract.


The text should be should be double-spaced; uses Times New Roman font of 10-pt size on 12-pt spacing; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).


Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other units are mentioned, please give their equivalent in SI.

Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. The unit 'billion' is ambiguous and should not be used.

Tables, Figures and Captions

Pictures, figures and diagrams should be numbered consecutively (Figure 1, 2, 3, etc) and the captions should be place below the figures. The tables should also be arranged consecutively (Table 1, 2, 3, etc) but the captions should be placed above the tables. Each Figure and table must be mentioned at least once in the text, and in proper number order, e.g., "As shown in Figure 1" or "see Table 1".


We recommend setting equations in Mathtype not the native Word equation editor, which can produce inaccurate or wrong MathML used to post equations online. Number equations consecutively. Equation numbers, within parentheses, are to position flush right, as in (1). After an equation is introduced, refer to it by number (e.g., "Equation (1)", "Equations (3) and (4)").


Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.


Open Journal of Mechanical Engineering uses the numbered citation method for reference formatting, with sequential numbering in the text, and respective ordering in a list at the end of the paper.

In the text, each reference number should be enclosed by square brackets. Citations of references may be given simply as “in [1] ...”, or as “in reference [1] ...”. Similarly, it is not necessary to mention the authors of a reference, unless the mention is relevant to the text.

Multiple citations within a single set of brackets should be separated by commas. Where there are three or more sequential citations, they should be given as a range [2, 7-9, 13].

References should be listed at the end of the paper in accordance with their sequential number and should be arranged as follows:


[1] B. Klaus and P. Horn, Robot Vision. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986.
[2] L. Stein, “Random patterns,” in Computers and You, J. S. Brake, Ed. New York: Wiley, 1994, pp. 55-70.


[3] P. Diament and W. L. Lupatkin, “V-line surface-wave radiation and scanning,” Dept. Elect. Eng., New York, Sci. Rep. 85, Aug. 1991.


[4] R. E. Kalman, “New results in linear filtering and prediction theory,” J. Basic Eng., vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 95-108, Mar. 1961.

Conference papers

[5] S. P. Bingulac, “On the compatibility of adaptive controllers,” in Proc. 4th Annu. Allerton Conf. Circuit and Systems Theory, New York, 1994, pp. 8–16.

Theses (M.S.) and Dissertations (Ph.D.)

[6] J. O. Williams, “Narrow-band analyzer,” Ph.D. dissertation, Dept. Elect. Eng., Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, 1993.
[7] N. Kawasaki, “Parametric study of thermal and chemical nonequilibrium nozzle flow,” M.S. thesis, Dept. Electron. Eng., Osaka Univ., Osaka, Japan, 1993.


[8] J. Jones. (1991, May 10). Networks (2nd ed.) [Online]. Available:

Suggesting Potential Reviewers

Authors should be aware that the peer review process is critically limited by reviewer indentification; suggesting suitable reviewers would expedite manuscript processing. The corresponding author should suggest at least 3 possible reviewers of the manuscript. The list of suggested external reviewers should include their names, titles, organizations, and institutional e-mail addresses. In addition, the webpages of all suggested reviewers should be provided for background evaluation. Please note that we cannot invite researchers who have recently co-authored with you or members of your institution as reviewers, and the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

Responding to Reviewer Comments

When responding to reviewer comments, the author will divide the responses into two sections: substantive and technical. Substantive comments refer to a manuscript's scientific content, including the overall quality of the presentation. Technical comments refer to minor issues, such as suggested rewording of sentences of phrases, identifying spelling errors, typographical errors, punctuation, grammar, and so on. In responding, the authors should provide a point-by-point response to each separate critical comment. The reason for the distinction between substantive and technical is that substantive comments and the author's responses will be appended to the article at the time of publication. Technical comments will not be appended.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.
  2. Name of the author designated as the corresponding author is provided, along with their: E-mail address, Full postal address, and Telephone of fax numbers.
  3. The submission file is in PDF (.pdf) or the Word (.doc) document file format, not DOCX (.docx).
  4. The text is doble-spaced; uses Times New Roman font of 10-pt size on 12-pt line spacing; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  5. The manuscript has been "spell checked", and the text meets this journal's formatting requirements as outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  6. All tables are present (including title, description, footnotes) within the text, and the graphics are high-resolution.
  7. Three or more recommened reviewers will be submitted as supplementary files.

Copyright Notice

Submission of an original manuscript to the journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication; that the author is willing to assign copyright to the journal as per a contract that will be sent to the author just prior to publication and, if accepted for publication, it will be published in print and online and it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, for commercial purposes, in any language, without the consent of the publisher.

The journal takes the stance that the publication of scholarly research is meant to disseminate knowledge and, in a not-for-profit regime, benefits neither publisher nor author financially. It sees itself as having an obligation to its authors and to society to make content available online now that the technology allows for such a possibility. In keeping with this principle, the journal has published all of its back issues online. At the same time, were an author who contributed to the journal prior to the journal putting in place an explicit request for online rights to request that his or her work be removed from the Online website, the journal would remove the work.

The work published in Open Journal of Mechanical Engineering is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License. In short, copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commerical settings.


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