The Journal of Strain Analysis is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes original research and authoritative reviews relating to any aspect of the measurement and analysis of strain at any scale. The journal is interdisciplinary and seeks to publish innovative papers that describe analytical, experimental or numerical techniques for the measurement, analysis or interpretation of stress and strain.
The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes original research and authoritative reviews relating to any aspect of the measurement and analysis of strain at any scale. The Journal is interdisciplinary and seeks to publish innovative papers that describe analytical, experimental or numerical techniques for the measurement, analysis or interpretation of stress and strain; including the novel use of such data in understanding nature; in engineering decision-making and in the design of industrial processes, structural components, or systems.
The following subject descriptions are provided for guidance and are not exhaustive:
Analytical/ Numerical Methods
Papers describing significant theoretical developments or those addressing advances in formulation and application of numerical methods such as the finite element, boundary element and meshless methods in order to understand and resolve industrial processes that are of current and future interest are welcomed. Papers should emphasize knowledge gained from analysis and modelling.
Studies involving novel methods or the significant development of techniques in experimental mechanics for evaluating strain and associated quantities; and, or the application of such techniques to provide new insights into the mechanics or performance of structural components, engineering devices and systems.
Studies in the mechanics of any material system (metal, polymer, ceramic, composite or other) at one or more length scales which provide insight and understanding in material properties and failure modes are welcome.
|Professor D Nowell||Imperial College London, UK|
|Professor Francois Hild||L.M.T. Cachan, France|
|H Altenbach||Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany|
|E Brown||Physics Division Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA|
|C Daraio||ETH Zürich, Switzerland|
|J L de França Freire||Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|J Dominguez||University of Seville, Spain|
|C Featherston||Cardiff University, UK|
|S Fu||Shanghai Jiaotong University, China|
|D A Hills||University of Oxford, UK|
|H Jin||Sandia National Laboratories California, USA|
|Y-L Kang||Tianjin University, China|
|Y-J Kim||Korea University, Korea|
|A M Korsunsky||University of Oxford, UK|
|S-B Lee||KAIST, Korea|
|S Leen||NUI Galway, Ireland|
|M Paggi||IMT Insitute For Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy|
|C Pappalettere||Politecnico di Bari, Italy|
|E A Patterson||University of Liverpool, UK|
|H-S Shen||Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China|
|M Sutton||University of South Carolina, USA|
|L Vergani||Politecnico di Milano, Italy|
|P J Withers||University of Manchester, UK|
|H Xie||Tsinghua University, Beijing, China|
|Z Yao||Tsinghua University, Beijing, China|
|S Yoneyama||Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsa to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design will be reviewed.
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.
- 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 Data
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
3.4 Pre-review screening
3.5 Appeals Process
3.7 Board member/Editor Submissions
- 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 Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Original Article: Describes a piece of original or substantially original research, or some aspect of design development, manufacture, operation and maintenance, or engineering education
Review Article: A critical review of the state-of-the-art with examples of applications in design and profitable manufacture without extensive analysis
Case Study: Describes the application of a technique, procedure or management concept in a real situation
Technical Note: A short, interim statement on a research project or description of some new development
- In general, Original Articles, Review Papers and Case Studies should not normally exceed 5000 words (with up to 10 illustrations). Longer articles will be considered, however, as our criterion is that the content justifies the length of the article.
- Technical Notes should not exceed 1500 words and 5 illustrations.
- Discussions on papers already published should not exceed 500 words and 2 illustrations.
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.
Submissions to the journal are assessed by independent referees who make recommendations on the suitability of the articles for publication. We are committed to providing timely assessment of articles and authors are informed of the publication decision as soon as possible.
It should be noted that our refereeing process, common to many other publishers, is single-blind, that is, the referees remain anonymous and their identities are not released to authors. The referees, however, are informed of the authors’ names and affiliations.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 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.
Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design 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 the 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.
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 refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
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 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.
Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design 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 Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design 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.
At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the Research Data Sharing Policies, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.
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
Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design 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.
Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design 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 journal maintains the highest standards and as such we have a policy of pre-review screening whereby submissions that lack sufficient originality and rigour, are written in poor English, or contain duplication or plagiarism are returned to the authors and are not sent for review. Editorial decisions not to send a paper for review regarding issues of duplication or plagiarism are not subject to appeal.
Appeals will be considered against editorial decisions, following the review process, only when a well-argued case is presented. Appeals that are judged frivolous, or without reasonable grounds, will be dismissed at the Editor’s discretion. Otherwise the process will consist of adjudication by a member of the Editorial Board who will make a recommendation to the EIC. Appeals against this adjudication process may be considered in exceptional circumstances when a well-argued case is presented and will be considered by the full Editorial Board whose majority decision will be final.
Complaints should be addressed to the Editor in Chief in the first instance, who will do their best to respond as promptly as possible and to investigate the matter in a fair and consistent manner. In the event of the complaint not being dealt with by the Editor in Chief, complaints can be made via the journal inbox to SAGE journal management and finally to COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) http://publicationethics.org/contact-us. Authors shall appreciate that a full investigation can take some time.
In the interest of transparency, the journal’s policy on submissions by journal board members or Editors with a role in administering the peer review process or their families or associates, is as follows:
- Board members and Editors take no part in the review process of their own submissions, those of their family members or their associates and have no access to Editorial Information concerning such submissions.
- No preference or favour is given in the decision or peer review process dependant on the author’s relationship to the journal.
- Papers are processed consecutively irrespective of the author’s relationship to the journal. That is, the journal does not ’expedite’ papers at the expense of others as l journal resources are distributed evenly.
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.
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.
Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
The Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsa 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.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design editorial office as follows: