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). The Journal is financially supported by Italian Group of Fracture and by crowdfunding and is completely free of charge both for readers and for authors. Neither processing charges nor submission charges will be required.
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.
Sister Associations help the journal managing:
Greece: Greek Society of Experimental Mechanics of Materials - GSEMM
India: Indian Structural Integrity Society - InSIS
Israel: Israel Structural Integrity Group - ISIG
Italy: Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia - AIM
Italy: Associazione Italiana di Meccanica Teorica ed Applicata - AIMETA
Italy: Società Scientifica Italiana di Progettazione Meccanica e Costruzione di Macchine - AIAS
Portugal: Portuguese Structural Integrity Society - APFIE
Serbia: Structural Integrity and Life Society "Prof. Stojan Sedmak" - DIVK
Spain: Grupo Espanol de Fractura - Sociedad Espanola de Integridad Estructural - GEF
The browsable journal is available at this link
Since 2007, we used the Open Journal System (OJS) only as a sort of “papers archiving” software, managing all the activities of the IGF journal via mail (submission, reviewing etc). Well, at the end of 2017 the new OJS 3.0 was finally available and we decided to upgrade and to manage all the activities of Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale using OJS.
I am pleased to announce that the new journal website is online and completely active at the following address: http://www.fracturae.com/index.php/fis
From now on, all the publishing process, starting from the first submission up to the final publication, will be completely followed using this journal managing system. We hope you will also appreciate the new template we adopted for the Journal website: light and responsive, it is the perfect template for the IGF Journal!
I wish to remember that all the services that are offered by the journal are described in the new website (e.g., audioslides, videos embedded in papers, Publons for reviewers, browsable versions) and that we are open to your suggestions. Please, fill the form “Suggestions” you find in the menu “About” (it takes a couple of minutes) and we will be grateful for your suggestions/help/support/ideas!
Finally, with the new Journal website, we also activated a panel of “sister associations” that wish to help the journal in its daily life. I am honored to inform you that many associations already joined us in this panel and many others will join us in a frame of friendship and cooperation. The list of the sister associations actually is:
- Greece: Greek Society of Experimental Mechanics of Materials - GSEMM
- Italy: Società Scientifica Italiana di Progettazione Meccanica e Costruzione di Macchine - AIAS
- Portugal: Portuguese Structural Integrity Society - APFIE
- Serbia: Structural Integrity and Life Society "Prof. Stojan Sedmak" - DIVK
- Spain: Grupo Espanol de Fractura - Sociedad Espanola de Integridad Estructural - GEF
As a “Post Scriptum”, I wish to remember the meeting of the Editorial Board that will be held in Cassino (June 4th) during the IGF Workshop entitled Fracture and Structural Integrity: ten years of “Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale”. You are all invited to the meeting and to the workshop… join us!
Editor in Chief and Associate 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 reaserchers, in their journey from writing to publishing their scientific papers while at the same time making free public access to scientific research.