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Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity) is the International Journal of the Italian Group of Fracture (ISSN 1971-8993). It is an open-access journal published online every three months (January, April, July, October). 
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale encompasses the broad topic of structural integrity, which is based on the mechanics of fatigue and fracture and is concerned with the reliability and effectiveness of structural components. The aim of the Journal is to promote works and researches on fracture phenomena, as well as the development of new materials and new standards for structural integrity assessment. The Journal is interdisciplinary and accepts contributions from engineers, metallurgists, materials scientists, physicists, chemists, and mathematicians. The Journal is completely free of charge, both for Readers and for Authors (no APC).

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- The Journal is financially supported by the Italian Group of Fracture (IGF) and by crowdfunding. It is completely free of charge both for readers and for authors. Neither processing charges nor submission charges are required.

- Papers can be published only after a preliminary plagiarism/autoplagiarism check and a blind peer-review process (two reviewers, at least). More than one reviewing rounds are possible.

- The Journal is well indexed (e.g., Scopus, since 2012, and WoS, since 2015).

- All the papers are published with their Visual Abstracts (2 minutes max videos with the "cores" of the papers). All the Visual Abstracts are available both in a dedicated YouTube channel and in an "on demand" page (LINK).  All the issues are also published in a browsable version (LINK).

The browsable version is available at this link: LINK

Dear friends,
being this the first issue of the new year, here you find a report of our activities in the last year.

Our effort to improve the journal is quite evident. In the last four years, the submissions increased (now we are near to 400 per year!), the days to first editorial decision decreased from 3 to 1 day, the days to accept decreased from 89 to 64, the days to reject decreased from 38 to 11 and the rejection rate increased from 36% to 67%. All these numbers confirm the effort of our community to improve our journal. These great results are only due to the continuous efforts of our Section Editors, of the Editorial Board Members, of all the Reviewers and, last but not least, of all the Authors! Now, in order to further improve the visibility of our journal, and of all the papers, it is necessary the contribution of all of you. The editorial world is really competitive and, in order to improve the “value” of the papers, it is important that the “numbers” are high. For example, considering CiteScore, it continuously improved from 0.2 in 2013 to 2.0 in 2020. Now, the perspective value in 2021 is 2.3, but we can further improve this value… if you find in “Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale” a paper of your interest, do not hesitate to add it in your References! Q2 is near and it is a possible goal for 2022! … and after that … why not a Q1?

Advanced Manufacturing and Processing

Tribological performance and corrosion behavior of CoCrMo alloy

Hadda Rezzag, Latifa Kahloul, Hacène Chadli, Alima Mebrek, Adel Saoudi

Analytical, Numerical and Physical Models

Fatigue

Failure Analysis, Case Studies and Forensic Engineering

Fracture

Impact & Dynamics

Structural Integrity and Durability of Structures

Structural Integrity and Safety: Experimental and Numerical Perspectives

SI: IGF26 - 26th International Conference on Fracture and Structural Integrity

SI: Steels and Composites for Engineering Structures

Damage Detection in Structural Health Monitoring using Hybrid Convolution Neural Network and Recurrent Neural Network

Thanh Bui-Tien, Dung Bui-Ngoc, Hieu Nguyen-Tran, Lan Nguyen-Ngoc, Hoa Tran-Ngoc, Hung Tran-Viet

Crack prediction in beam-like structure using ANN based on frequency analysis

Meriem Seguini, Nedjar Djamel, Boutchicha Djilali, Samir Khatir, Magd Abdel Wahab

Forced Vibration Analysis of Laminated Composite Plates under the Action of a Moving Vehicle

Hossein Abbaszadeh Mobaraki, Ramazan-Ali Jafari-Talookolaei, Paolo S. Valvo, Reza Haghani Dogaheh

Residual Force Method for damage identification in a laminated composite plate with different boundary conditions

Amar Behtani, Samir Tiachacht, Tawfiq Khatir, Samir Khatir, Magd Abdel Wahab, Brahim Benaissa

Articles

In the browsable versions, all the Visual Abstracts are linked to the papers in a really nice and captivating way... please, try both on pc and on mobile devices. Thank you for your help

Francesco

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Editor in Chief and Section Editors oversee the peer review process for the journal, including evaluating submissions, selecting reviewers and assessing their comments, and making editorial decisions. Together with Advisory Editorial Board and the Editorial Board Members, they are involved in the development of journal policies and ethics standards and work to promote Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale to provide resources, support and advice for researchers, especially early researchers, in their journey from writing to publishing their scientific papers while at the same time making free public access to scientific research.