Applied Mechanics News

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures – new journal launched in January 2006

Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, launched in January 2006, is “revolutionary” in engineering by being published by an independent nonprofit publisher. It brings the new approach to publications in engineering, which is already practiced successfully in mathematical sciences.

The journal has as its objective the publication and wide electronic dissemination of innovative and consequential research in mechanics of materials and deformable structures of all types. Analytical, computational, and experimental results must serve to clarify physical phenomena that typically involve small or large deformation states. Methods that can be generalized to a wider class of problems are encouraged.

Drawing from all areas of engineering, materials, and biology, the mechanics of solids, materials, and structures is experiencing considerable growth in directions not anticipated a few years ago, which involve the development of new technology requiring multidisciplinary simulation. The journal stimulates this growth by emphasizing fundamental advances that are relevant in dealing with problems of all length scales. Of growing interest are the multiscale problems with an interaction between small and large scale phenomena.

The first issue of this journal, published in January 2006, has the following opening statement from the editors, Charles and Marie-Louise Steele, entitled To Our Readers and Authors:

“The new journal which you are reading, known as JoMMS to its already large circle of friends, is the fruit of a collaboration between an experienced Editorial Board, our authors and referees, and the staff of MSP, an innovative nonprofit publisher. George Herrmann serves as Senior Editorial Advisor, and the journal follows his philosophy of broad coverage and stringent peer review.

As we proudly present this first issue to the world, we can say with confidence that this publication will set a standard for technical publications in the twenty-first century and will provide a wealth of services to readers and libraries. In choosing to publish with MSP, the editorial board acknowledges that while commercial publishers have helped satisfy a need that technical societies were slow to recognize, it is now time for a change. The sole goal of MSP is to keep research publications in the hands of researchers for the benefit of the scientific community, using the full panoply of modern software and networking tools to produce high quality at an affordable price. JoMMS's features include:

  • the option of color figures without page charges;
  • free universal access after a year of publication, and right away for Volume 1;
  • convenient subscriber access by IP range;
  • indexing on major search engines and on the journal web site,;
  • support for optional nonprint material such as sound, movies, animations, source software, and embedded data behind plots and tables;
  • downloadable PDF files with full links for cross-references and bibliographical items, including frequently updated links to other publications;
  • careful typesetting, copy editing, and figure handling;
  • a license-to-publish model rather than a transfer-of-copyright model, so that authors keep control of their creation;
  • a low subscription price that will not grow faster than the number of pages and indeed may drop as the subscriber base expands.

Few journals even approach this in terms of benefits to you and the community. We hope you will submit your best work to JoMMS and encourage your library to subscribe. Please feel free to ask questions and offer suggestions and ideas.

Charles Steele
Division of Mechanics and Computation, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA


Marie-Louise Steele
Division of Mechanics and Computation, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA “


  • JooMs will be a perfect jounal. I think that this journal can be strength mechanical research.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/11/2006 2:20 PM  

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