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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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Journal of Applied Mechanics (ASME Transactions) now publishes very fast.

Journal of Applied Mechanics (JAM) received 526 submitted manuscripts in 2013.  Among them 4 are still in review.  

The average time for the 1st round of review, with the decision to accept, or reject, or revise, is 18 days.  After the 1st round of review, the average time to make the final decision is 34 days, which include both the authors' revision time and 2nd (and more) round(s) of review.

After acceptane the uneditted manuscript appears online with the assigned DOI within 48 hours.

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Book Review in Journal of Applied Mechanics, April issue, 2014

A book review by Prof. Jan Achenbach (Northwestern University) is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, April, 2014.  The book, The Theory of Materials Failure, was authored by Prof. Richard M. Christensen and published by Oxford University Press, 2013.

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1734822

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2013 Timoshenko Medal paper by Prof. Richard Christensen

The 2013 Timoshenko Medal paper "Completion and Closure on Failure Criteria for Unidirectional Fiber Composite Materials " by Professor Richard Christensen from Stanford University is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics in its January issue, 2014.  Professor Christensen will receive the ASME Timoshenko Medal at the IMECE conference in San Diego, CA, in November, 2013.

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2011 Drucker Medal paper by Prof. John Rudnicki

Journal of Applied Mechanics just published the 2011 Drucker Medal Paper: Localized Compaction in Porous Sandstones, authored by Profesor John Rudnicki from Northwestern University.  

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1724444

Professor John Rudnicki received the ASME Drucker Medal in 2011. 

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Book Review in Journal of Applied Mechanics, November issue, 2013

A book review by Prof. George Weng (Rutgers University) is published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, November, 2013.  The book, Micromechanics of Composite Materials, was authored by Prof. George Dvorak and published by Springer, 2013.

http://appliedmechanics.asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/article.aspx?articleid=1717240 

 

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Focused Section on Mechanics of Carbon Nanomaterials

Carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene, …) have received significant attention from the academia and industry in the past two decades owing to their superior material properties. Mechanicians have played a major role in the fundamental understanding of the mechanical properties of carbon nanomaterials, and in their wide-range applications. 

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Dr. Asha Nurse from NIST will receive the inaugural Journal of Applied Mechanics Award.

Dr. Asha Nurse from NIST will receive the inaugural Journal of Applied Mechanics Award for her paper "A model of force generation in a three-dimensional toroidal cluster of cells" (Journal of Applied Mechanics, v 79, article 051013, 2012).

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