Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The main goal of this journal is the enhancement of academic activities of IMEKO and a wider dissemination of scientific output from IMEKO TC events. High-quality papers presented at IMEKO conferences, workshops or congresses are seleted by the event organizers and the authors are invited to publish an enhanced version of their paper in this journal. The journal also publishes scientific articles on measurement and instrumentation not related to an IMEKO event.

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


Section Policies


Introduces a special issue or special section. Exclusively written by the Editor in Chief, Section Editors or IMEKO Officers.

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Research Paper

Journal article reporting about scientific research on the advancement of measurement technology.

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Technical Note

Notes on metrological infrastructures, key comparisons, etc.

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Peer Review Process

At least two independent referees should have reviewed the submission. The typical period of time allowed for reviews is 3 weeks.


Publication Frequency

Papers accepted for publication in ACTA IMEKO will be published as a special issue, referring to the IMEKO event at which the authors have presented their work. The issue will be published as soon as the first paper is ready. Next papers will be added to that special issue. The number of issues per year depends on the number of IMEKO events in a year, and the number of special sessions at IMEKO World Congresses.


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.


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 Declaration of Helsinki for experiments involving humans (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html). All investigations involving animal experimentation must be conducted in accordance with the EU Directive 2010/63/EU (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/legislation_en.htm). 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:


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: http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standard_editors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf