Strength, Fracture and Complexity

An International Journal


14, 2 issues

Latest issue

14:1 online 19 October 2021

Next issue

14:2 scheduled for April 2022

Back volumes

From volume 1, 2003

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Aims & Scope

Fracture has been studied for many years, for instance more than 160 as far as fatigue is concerned. Even though nanostudies and computational science are rapidly developing, it and its related problems remain unsolved, such as using equations expressed in non-linear nano, meso and macroscopic terms with no ad hoc parameters including time developments. This suggests that fracture may be an example of a complexity system. Strength, Fracture and Complexity: An International Journal is devoted to solving the problem of strength and fracture in a non-linear and systematic manner as a complexity system. It will welcome attempts to develop new paradigms and studies which fuse together nano, meso, microstructure, continuum and large-scale approaches.

Whether theoretical or experimental, or both, these are welcome. Presentation of empirical data is also welcome, as an addition to practical knowledge. Deformation and fracture in geophysics and geotechnology are also acceptable, particularly in relation to earthquake science and engineering. Other future problems in fracture will be accepted as additional subjects.

Editorial Board

Emphasis Editors

Teruo Kishi
Professor Emeritus
The University of Tokyo
4-6-1 Komabe, Meguro-ku
Tokyo 153-8904
Tel./Fax: +81 35 452 5006   

Executive Editor
A. Toshimitsu Yokobori
Jr. Professor Emeritus of Tohoku University
Specially Appointed Professor of Teikyo University
Advanced Comprehensive Research Organization (ACRO)
Teikyo University
2-22-1 Kaga Itabashi-ku

Founding Editor
Takeo Yokobori

Honorary Editor
Alan H. Cottrell
Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy
University of Cambridge
Pembroke Street
Cambridge CB2 3QZ
United Kingdom

Alberto Carpinteri, Polytechnic University of Turin, Turin, Italy
William W. Gerberich, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Jörg F. Kalthoff, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
Takashi Kuriyama, Yamagata University, Yamagata, Japan
Jean Lemaitre, LMT-Cachan, Cachan, France
Yiu-Wing Mai, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Hirozo Mihashi, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Kamran Nikbin, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Yapa D.S. Rajapakse, Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA, USA,
Shinsuke Sakai, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Yasuhide Shindo, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan
Yuji Tanabe, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan
Keiichiro Tohgo, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka, Japan
Kee Bong Yoon, Kee Bong, Seoul, Korea

International Advisory Editorial Board
Grigory Isaakovich Barenblatt, University of California, Berkely, CA, USA 
Janne Carlsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden 
Keh-Chih Hwang, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Yuri A. Ossipyan, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Ashok Saxena, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA
Karl-Heinz Schwalbe, Institute for Materials Research, Geesthacht, Germany
George Webster, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

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[3] E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.


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Peer Review

Strength, Fracture and Complexity Peer Review Policy

Strength, Fracture and Complexity is a peer-reviewed journal. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a single-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is known to the reviewers but the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors.

All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Executive Editor and, if found suitable for further consideration, to rigorous peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Reasons to reject a paper in the pre-screening process could for example be that the work does not fall within the aims and scope, the writing is of poor quality, the instructions to authors were not followed or the presented work is not novel.

Papers deemed suitable to be reviewed will be assigned to a handling editor. The handling editor will then invite reviewers to comment on the work and might consider inviting the reviewers suggested by the author(s). Editors and reviewers are asked to excuse themselves from reviewing a submission if a conflict of interest makes them unable to make an impartial scientific judgment or evaluation. Conflicts of interest include but are not limited to: collaboration with the authors in the past three years; any professional or financial affiliations that may be perceived as a conflict of interest; a history of personal differences with the author(s).

As a standard policy, decisions are based on two reviews, in some specific circumstances one review may be deemed sufficient to make a decision on a paper. The Executive Editor strives to ensure a typical turnaround time of 3 months.

Reviewers are asked to judge a paper on at least:

  • Logical, concise ordering of ideas
  • Use of sound research methods
  • Adequacy of documentation    
  • Material has good applied use in the field    
  • Readability and interest level

Based on the received reviews the handling editor will propose to the Executive Editor a recommendation:

  1. Accept article as submitted
  2. Accept article revision by the author according to suggestions made in review
  3. Revise and resubmit
  4. Reject
  5. Consider for another issue/publication

They mean the following:

  1. The manuscript is suitable for publication and only requires minor polishing; thus, no further reviews are requested.
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  4. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be out of scope, not relevant, or not meeting the journal’s quality standards in terms of significance, novelty, and/or presentation.
  5. The manuscript is rejected as it is deemed to be better suited for a different journal or publication.

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