Journal description and aims

Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity) is the official Journal of the Italian Group of Fracture (ISSN 1971-8993; Reg. Trib. di Cassino n. 729/07, 30/07/2007). It is an open-access Journal published online every three months (July, October, January, April).
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.

Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale is a medium for rapid dissemination of original analytical, numerical and experimental contributions on fracture mechanics and structural integrity. Research works which provide an improved understanding of the fracture behavior of conventional and innovative engineering material systems are welcome. Technical notes, letters and review papers may also be accepted depending on their quality. Special issues containing full-length papers presented during selected conferences or symposia are also solicited by the Editorial Board.
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.

Main topics
Analytical, computational and physical Models; Biomaterials and Wood Fracture and Fatigue; Biomechanics; Ceramics Fracture and Damage; Composites; Computational Mechanics; Concrete & Rocks; Creep Fracture; Damage Mechanics; Damage and fracture in materials under dynamic loading; Durability of structures; Environmentally Assisted Fracture; Failure Analysis and Case Studies; Fatigue - Crack Growth (all materials); Fatigue Resistance of metals; Fatigue of Metals – Very High Cycle; Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering; Fractography and Advanced metallography; Fracture and Fatigue at Atomistic and Molecular Scales; Fracture and fatigue testing systems; Fracture under Mixed-Mode and Multiaxial Loading; Fracture vs. Gradient Mechanics; Functional Gradient Materials; Impact & Dynamics; Fundamentals of cohesive zone models; History of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue; Innovative Alloys; Linear and Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics; Materials mechanical behavior and image analysis; Mesomechanics of Fracture; Micromechanisms of Fracture and Fatigue; Multi-physics and multi-scale modelling of cracking in heterogeneous materials; Multiscale Experiments and Modeling; Nanostructured Materials; Nondestructive Examination; Physical Aspects of Brittle Fracture; Physical Aspects of Ductile Fracture; Polymers Fracture and Fatigue; Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics; Reliability and Life Extension of Components; Repair and retrofitting: modelling and practical applications; Sandwiches, Joints and Coatings; Smart Materials; Structural Integrity; Temperature Effect; Thin Films.

Peer review process
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale adopts a single-blind reviewing procedure. The Editor in Chief receives the manuscript and, considering the paper’s main topics, the paper is remitted to a panel of referees involved in those research areas. They can be either external or members of the Editorial Board. Each paper is reviewed by two referees, at least.
After evaluation, the referees produce reports about the paper, by which the paper can be:
a) accepted without modifications; the Editor in Chief forwards to the corresponding author the result of the reviewing process and the paper is directly submitted to the publishing procedure;
b) accepted with minor modifications or corrections (a second review process of the modified paper is not mandatory); the Editor in Chief returns the manuscript to the corresponding author, together with the referees’ reports and all the suggestions, recommendations and comments therein.
c) accepted with major modifications or corrections (a second review process of the modified paper is mandatory); the Editor in Chief returns the manuscript to the corresponding author, together with the referees’ reports and all the suggestions, recommendations and comments therein.
d) rejected.
The final decision concerning the publication of the papers belongs to the Editor in Chief and to the Associate Editors.
The reviewing process is completed within three months. The paper is published in the first issue that is available after the end of the reviewing process.

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Digital archiving
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale has joined the PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN) to digitally preserve the journal for long-term access.

Publication ethics
The journal is a member of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). 
Before the publication, the Author(s) will warrant and affirm that:
- The Article is an original work and sole property of the Author(s) and that the manuscript has not been published and is not subject to publication in another journal. Also, significant parts of the work have not been published.
- All the Authors gave their contribution to the paper preparation (experimental/numerical activities, discussions and paper writing). The authors declare to agree with the Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale policy (preventing ghostwriting and honorary and ghost authorship).
- All the Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript.
- All sources of funding (if present) are declared as an acknowledgment at the end of the text.
- Written permissions were obtained as it is required to include any copyrighted material in the manuscript. The author(s) understand that an appropriate acknowledgment of the source and permission to include in the Article from the copyright holder must be obtained and is the author(s) sole responsibility. Further, all trademark usage within the Article must be properly credited to its owner, or a written permission to use the name must be granted and secured by the author(s).
- The Article does not violate other copyright or proprietary right, and that it is not in any way contain any libelous, defamatory or confidential material liable to infringe any law or contractual obligation; and the Author(s) agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Journal and its publisher from and against any and all legal fees, damages, or other costs resulting from proceedings related to this matter.
Plagiarism and Auto-plagiarism are checked using iThenticate. In any case, plagiarism remains the responsibility of the author/authors. 

Open Access Statement
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity, F&SI) is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the DOAI definition of open access. F&SI operates under the Creative Commons Licence Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0). This allows to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, to remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, but giving appropriate credit and providing a link to the license and indicating if changes were made.

Authors are allowed to retain both the copyright and the publishing rights of their articles without restrictions. Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity) is licensed under an Attribution (CC BY 4.0).

All the accepted papers are published immediately after the proofs acceptance and the Visual Abstract uploading. The indexing process for all the issues will start after the following deadlines:
January issue: 15.12
April issue: 15.03
July issue: 15.06
October issue: 15.09