Manuscript Preparation


Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research and Developments 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. Authors are recommended to sumbit manuscripts with the following rigid structure,

  • Title: Reflects content, entices reader
  • Author: Ensures recognition of the researcher(s)
  • Abstract: Summarizes the research and the conclusions
  • Keywords: Ensures the article is correctly identified in abstracting and indexing services
  • Introduction: Puts the work into the context
  • Methods: Explains how the data was collected
  • Results: Describes what was discovered
  • Discussion & Conclusions: Explores the implications of the findings
  • Acknowledgements: Ensures those who helped with the research are recognized
  • References: Ensures previously published work is recognized
  • Supplementary material: Provides online additions to the article, such as raw data, video and audio


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

1. Title

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Abstract

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.

5. Keywords

3 to 6 keywords should be provided after the abstract.

6. Text

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).

7. Unites

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.

8. 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”.

9. Equations

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)”).

10. Acknowledgements

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

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.