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the new impact factor for JAM

The 2016 impact factor for Journal of Applied Mechanics has increased to 2.133.  This increase is mainly due to the rapid review process, which has led to significant increase of submissions (and significant decrease of the acceptance rate).  The average time for the first round of review is < 10 days, and that for the second round of review (if necessary), including both the authors' revision time and reviewers' re-review time, is < 3 weeks.  

 

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Ares Rosakis and Huajian Gao received the von Karman medals together

Professor Ares Rosakis (Caltech) and Professor Huajian Gao (Brown University) were awarded the 2016 and 2017 von Karman Medals, respectively, by Professor JS Chen (UCSD), President of the Engineering Mechanics Institute, ASCE, at its annual conference in San Diego, CA, in June, 2017.

 

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Yihui Zhang will receive the 2017 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award

The Journal of Applied Mechanics Award is provided by the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to honor the best paper which has been published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics during the two calendar years immediately preceding the year of the award. The award will be made annually to the corresponding author of the paper who received their Ph.D. no more than 10 years prior to July 1 of the year of award.

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A perspective paper on material failure theory and applications

The Perspective papers published in Journal of Applied Mechanics have attracted a lot of readers, such as the first perspective paper by Huajian Gao (Brown University) which has been downloaded for >8,000 times.  A perspective paper, as invited by the editor of JAM, is very short (2~3 pages) and easy to read (like Readers' Digest) to reveal some emerging directions, or some important discoveries in clasical directions, in mechanics.

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A perspective paper on flexoelectricity by Prof. Pradeep Sharma

A perspective paper on flexoelectricity by Professor Pradeep Sharma (University of Houston) is published in the March (2016) issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics.  A perspective paper describes an important, emerging field in mechanics.  The first perspective paper, by Professor Huajian Gao (Brown University), has been downloaded more than 8000 times since its publication.  This new paper by Professor Sharma is the 3rd perspective paper published in JAM.  The paper is attached.

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JAM in 2015

Thanks to the efforts of the associate editors and reviewers, JAM continues to publish very fast.  Among ~800 submissions in 2015, there are only 19 papers that are still under review as of February 1, 2016.  In addition, the acceptance rate continues to decline, to ~16% in 2015. 

 

 

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Prof. Kamrin from MIT will receive the 2016 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award

Professor Ken Kamrin from MIT has been selected to receive the 2016 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award for his paper Eulerian Method for Multiphase Interactions of Soft Solid Bodies in Fluids” (JAM 82, 041011, 2015).

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Professor Christensen has published an interesting article in JAM

Professor Richard Christensen, Stanford University, has published an interesting article "Evaluation of Ductile/Brittle Failure Theory and Derivation of the Ductile/Brittle Transition Temperature" in the February, 2016, issue of Journal of Applied Mechanics.  This paper provides a very unique  approach to ductile/brittle transition.  The pdf file of the paper is attached.

 

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2014 Drucker Medal paper published in JAM

The 2014 Drucker Medal paper by Professor Lallit Anand (MIT) is published in the November, 2015 issue of JAM.  The paper is attached.

 

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2013 Koiter Medal paper published in JAM

The 2013 Koiter Medal paper by Professor Norman Fleck (Cambridge University) is published in the September, 2015 issue of JAM.  The paper is attached.

 

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The acceptance rate in JAM is reduced to 16% in 2015

The acceptance rate in JAM, according to ASME Publication Department, decreases from 33% in 2011 to 16% in 2015.  The average review time is also reduced from 5 months to 1 month.

 

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Median Review Time of all ASME Journals

I attended an ASME meeting during which the Managing Director of ASME Publishing reported on the ASME publications. 

 

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JAM now publishes a new type of paper: A Perspective

JAM now publishes a new type of paper -- A Perspective.  As invited by the Editor of JAM, the authors write a short (2~3 published pages) perspective paper on an emerging field, or an important new discovery, in mechanics.  The inaugural perspective paper, "Toughening Graphene With Topological Defects: A Perspective" by Dr. Teng Zhang and Prof. Huajian Gao from Brown University, was published in the May issue, 2015.  The PDF of the paper is attached. 

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Professor Christensen published Part III of the failure theory in JAM

Professor Richard Christensen (Stanford University) published Part III of his series of papers on the failure theory.  This is a short, but interesting view-point paper.  The paper is attached (JAM, April issue, 2015).

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Professor Xuanhe Zhao will receive the Journal of Applied Mechanics Award in 2015

Prof. Xuanhe Zhao from MIT will receive the 2015 Journal of Applied Mechanics Award for his paper "Phase diagrams of instabilities in compressed film-substrate systems " (Journal of Applied Mechanics, v 81, article 051003, 2013).  

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Submissions to JAM have almost doubled

The submission to JAM in 2013 was ~42 manuscripts/month.  Probably because of its rapid review process (1st round of review ~ 10 days, and 2nd round of review ~24 days including authors' revision time) and rapid publication (online within 48 hours after acceptance), the monthly submission is nearly doubled now.  For example, the submission in December, 2014 is 78 in a single month. 

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Statistics of 2014 publications in Journal of Applied Mechanics

Here is the number of 2014 papers published in JAM from each country and region.

79 -- USA;

45 -- China (including Hong Kong);

9 -- Canada;  

5 -- Singapore;

4 -- Italy; Japan; 

3 -- France; India; Russia; UK;

2 -- Germany; Israel; South Korea;

1 -- Iceland; Iran; Netherlands; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan.

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Prof. Kim's work on ruga mechanics is included (#30) in Discover's 100 top stories of 2014

Professor Kyung-Suk Kim's work on ruga mechanics, published in June, 2014 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, has been included (#30) in Discover's 100 top stories of 2014 among the best in science from the past year in the 2015 January issue.

 

 http://discovermagazine.com/2015/jan-feb

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Many top mechanicians and material scientists have published in JAM in 2014

Many top mechanicians and material scientists have published in JAM in 2014, such as

January issue: R.M. Christensen;

February issue: J.D. Embury; Z.P. Bazant; and Huajian Gao;

April issue: J.D. Achenbach;

May issue: P.D. Spanos;

June issue: E.H. Dowell;

July issue: V. Tvergaard and J.W. Hutchinson;

August issue: R.M. Christensen;

October issue: D.R. Clarke; and Z.P. Bazant;

November issue: R.M. Christensen; L.B. Freund; Zhigang Suo; and J.A. Rogers

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Mary Boyce, Huajian Gao, Gary Leal and Liping Liu to receive the SES awards

Professor Mary Boyce (Columbia University) has been selected to receive the 2015 Engineering Science Medal from the Society of Engineering Sciences (SES); Professor Huajian Gao (Brown University) will receive the Prager Medal; Prof. Gary Leal (UCSB) will receive the Taylor Medal; and Professor Liping Liu (Rutgers University) will receive the Young Investigator Medal.

 

 

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Part II of Professor Christensen's paper on failure mechanics is published in JAM

Failure Mechanics—Part II: The Central and Decisive Role

of Graphene in Defining the Elastic and Failure Properties

for all Isotropic Materials

 

Continuing from Part I (Christensen, 2014, “Failure Mechanics—Part I: The Coordination

Between Elasticity Theory and Failure Theory for all Isotropic Materials,” ASME J.

Appl. Mech., 81(8), p. 081001), the relationship between elastic energy and failure specification

is further developed. Part I established the coordination of failure theory with

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Rapid review and publication at JAM in 2014

Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM) received 280 submitted manuscripts during the first 6 months in 2014.  Among them only 4 are still in review.  

The average time for the 1st round of review, with the decision to accept, or reject, or revise, is reduced to 10 days.  For those that need revisionsthe average time to make the final decision is 24 days after the 1st round of review, which include both the authors' revision time and 2nd (and more) round(s) of review.

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new paper on fracking in JAM by Prof. Bazant

Fracking has been an important research topic in recent years.  JAM just published a paper "Why Fracking Works" by Professor Zdenek Bazant and his co-authors (JAM, volume 81, paper 101010, 2014).  This paper is of great interest, not only to mechanics, but also to engineers interested in fracking.

The paper is attached.

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