Featuring original, peer-reviewed papers by leading specialists from around the world, the International Journal of Damage Mechanics covers new developments in the science and engineering in the field of damage mechanics of materials and structures. Damage mechanics is a clearly identified research field focused on studying the effects of various nano, micro and macro defects on the mechanical behavior of materials and structures, bridging the gap between the fields of continuum inelastic deformations and classical fracture mechanics with growing macroscopic cracks.
Devoted to the prompt publication of original papers reporting the results of experimental, theoretical and/or computational work on any aspect of research in damage mechanics, the journal provides an effective mechanism to disseminate knowledge not only within the research community but also between research laboratories and industrial design sectors.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
All issues of the International Journal of Damage Mechanics are available to browse online.
In the past several decades, there has been considerable progress and significant advances made in the development of fundamental concepts of damage mechanics and their application to solve practical engineering problems. For instance, new concepts have been effectively applied to characterize creep damage, low and high cycle fatigue damage, creep-fatigue interaction, brittle/elastics damage, ductile plastic damage, strain softening, strain-rate-sensitivity damage, impact damage, and other physical phenomena. Materials investigated include, but are not limited to, polymers, ceramics, metals, composites, biomaterials, electronic packaging, geomaterials, and civil infrastructure materials, etc.
The International Journal of Damage Mechanics provides an effective mechanism to accelerate dissemination of knowledge on damage mechanics not only within the research community but also between research laboratories and industrial design departments. The journal promotes and contributes to the development of the concept of damage mechanics bridging the gap between the fields of continuum inelastic deformations and classical fracture mechanics with growing macroscopic cracks.
Featuring original, peer-reviewed papers by leading specialists from around the world, the International Journal of Damage Mechanics covers new developments in the science and engineering of experimental, theoretical and computational damage mechanics.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
• damage mechanisms at different length-scales
• damage nucleation and evolution
• creep damage
• low and high cycle fatigue damage , creep-fatigue interaction
• brittle/elastic damage
• ductile/plastic damage
• damage-induced strain softening
• damage and self-healing
• strain-rate sensitivity damage
• impact damage
• modelling and numerical simulation
• nano, micro and macro defects
• multi-scale constitutive relations with damage variables
• microstructure-property relations due to damage
• probabilistic damage mechanics
• new applications of damage mechanics to various fields
|Professor Jiann-Wen Woody Ju||University of California at Los Angeles, USA|
|Professor Rodrigue Desmorat||École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France|
|Professor Xi-Qiao Feng||Tsinghua University, China|
|Professor Kunio Hayakawa||Shizuoka University, Japan|
|Professor Dragoslav Sumarac||University of Belgrade, Serbia|
|Professor Lizhi Sun||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Professor Olivier Allix||ENS Cachan, France|
|Professor Michal Basista||Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland|
|Professor Filippo Berto||Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway|
|Professor Wolfgang Brocks||Institute of Materials Research, Germany|
|Professor Michael Brünig||Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany|
|Professor Diego Celentano||Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile|
|Professor Zhen Chen||University of Missouri, USA|
|Professor Catrin Davies||Imperial College of Science and Technology, UK|
|Professor Andre Dragon||ISAE (Higher Institut for Aeronautics and Space), France|
|Professor Ming Wang Fu||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong|
|Professor Iwona Jasiuk||University of Illinois, USA|
|Professor Milan Jirasek||Czech Technical University, Czech Republic|
|Professor Kikuo Kishimoto||Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan|
|Professor Djimedo Kondo||UPMC, France|
|Professor Haeng-Ki Lee||KAIST, Korea|
|Professor Soon-Bok Lee||School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Systems Engineering, KAIST, South Korea|
|Professor Jie Li||Tongji University, China|
|Professor Xikui Li||Dalian University Of Technology, China|
|Professor Jianguo Lin||Imperial College London, UK|
|Professor Gilles Lubineau||KAUST, Saudi Arabia|
|Professor Y.-W. Mai||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Professor M. Ostoja-Starzewski||University of Illinois, USA|
|Professor Jwo Pan||The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, USA|
|Professor Thomas Pardoen||Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium|
|Professor B. P. Patel||Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India|
|Professor Gilles Pijaudier-Cabot||Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France|
|Professor Pizhong Qiao||Washington State University, USA|
|Professor Raju Sethuraman||Indian Institute of Technology, India|
|Professor Hossein M. Shodja||Sharif University, Iran|
|Professor Blazej Skoczen||Cracow University of Technology, Poland|
|Professor R.Talreja||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Professor T. E. Tay||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Professor Yutaka Toi||Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan|
|Professor Viggo Tvergaard||The Technical University of Denmark, Denmark|
|Professor George Voyiadjis||Louisiana State University, USA|
|Professor Keiji Yanase||Fukuoka University, Japan|
|Professor Qiang Yang||Tsinghua University, China|
|Professor Shou Wen Yu||Tsinghua University, China|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Damage Mechanics
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/ijdm to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
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.
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- 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
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Reporting guidelines
2.8 Research Data
2.9 References format
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 Sage Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Damage Mechanics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope..
International Journal of Damage Mechanics publishes original research and review articles on new developments in the science and engineering of fracture and damage mechanics.
1. Original Research Paper - Manuscript reporting original research, typically containing between 8,000 and 12,000 words
2. Review Paper - Major overview of domains of intellectual inquiry, typically containing more than 12,000 words
1.3 Writing your paper
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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics operates a conventional single-anonymize reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. Authors are requested to suggest the names, affiliations and contact information of up to four individuals who may be suitable to serve as referees, but the Editor is under no obligation to use all or any of these individuals as reviewers. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 6-8 weeks of submission.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of at least 2 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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for [Journal] can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
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 note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
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 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics 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 International Journal of Damage Mechanics 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.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
All References should follow the alphabetical order of the last names of the first authors and the years of publication, such as Chaboche and Lemaitre (1990), and not using the numbers ,,, etc.
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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics 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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics 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.
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 regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.
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.
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.
International Journal of Damage Mechanics is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijdm 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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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.
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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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Damage Mechanics editorial office as follows: