About the Journal

Acta IMEKO is the online journal of IMEKO - the International Measurement Confederation.

Acta IMEKO is identified by the eISSN 2221-870X.
The identifier pISSN 0237-028X (attributed to Acta IMEKO as well) is not in use, as printed versions of this journal are currently not available.

Focus and Scope

The main goal of this journal is to support the academic activities of IMEKO providing a wider dissemination of the scientific output from IMEKO events. High-quality papers presented at IMEKO conferences, workshops or congresses are selected by the event organisers and the authors are invited to submit an extended version of their paper to this journal.

Acta IMEKO also publishes scientific articles on measurement and instrumentation not related to an IMEKO event. The research area of ‘measurement and instrumentation’ should be interpreted as any of the fields covered by the IMEKO Technical Committees (TCs). Detailed information about the subject areas for each IMEKO Technical Committee can be found in the ‘Aims, Objective’ pages of the related IMEKO Technical committees.

Acta IMEKO has neither article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Acta IMEKO is indexed in

Peer Review Process

At least two independent referees should have reviewed the submission. A single blind peer review system is used where the authors do not know who reviewed their paper. The typical period of time allowed for reviews is 3 weeks.

Publication Frequency

Acta IMEKO publishes four regular issues per year, one per quarter of the year. Each issue will be published as soon as the first paper is ready. Further papers will be added to that issue until the end of the quarter and the issue will be finalised.
Each regular issue contains one or more Special Issues, i.e. thematic sections each related to an IMEKO event. In the Special Issue, authors have the possibility to publish an extended version of the work that they presented at the IMEKO event.
Papers with no reference to an IMEKO event ('freely submitted papers') can be considered for publication in the General Section of a regular issue.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Similarity check (Anti-plagiarism policy)

  • All submitted manuscripts undergo a similarity check to detect plagiarism. The text comparison software provided by Turnitin allows to check similarity to other published academic and general web content, avoiding any possible misconduct.
  • A second check for plagiarism is performed at the end of the peer-review process, to guarantee that all published papers do not contain plagiarised material.
  • Any manuscript containing relevant cases of plagiarism is immediately rejected, either after the first or after the second check.

Ethic code for authors

  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation. Acta IMEKO fully endorses the principles of the WMA Declaration of Helsinki for experiments involving humans. All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in accordance with the EU Directive 2010/63/EU Legislation for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The privacy of humans involved should not be infringed. If any doubt exists, informed consent should be obtained before submission.
  • Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • The submitted work must be original and not plagiarized. It must not have been published or accepted or submitted for publication elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract, as an invited extension of a work presented at an IMEKO Conference, as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), in the same or different language.
  • Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting. A detailed declaration of individual contribution is welcome, but not compulsory. Any change in authorship after submission (including reordering of the authors) should be agreed upon by all the involved authors, including any who have been removed from the list.
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed in the accompanying letter to the submission, and in the final, published version of the manuscript.
The detailed code of conduct follows the COPE recommendations, available at the following link:
Responsible research publication: international standards for authors (PDF)

Ethic code for editors

  • Editors are responsible for the publication decision. Editors will make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair, appropriate, confidential and honest peer review process.
  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and treating appropriately suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.
  • Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct, and will cooperate in investigations.
  • Single Editors will not handle manuscripts where a conflict of interest exists.
Acta IMEKO adheres to the principles stated by the Committee on Publication Ethics:
Responsible research publication: international standards for editors (PDF)