Authors guidelines

Manuscript preparation
- Download the Paper template (LINK)
- Prepare your paper using the Paper template file, strictly following all the indications.
- The paper must be prepared in English
- Download the Publishing Agreement (LINK)
- Fill and sign the Publishing Agreement

For any problem during the submission problem, please, send an email to describing the details of the problem.

Manuscript submission
- Go to “Make a Submission” (LINK)
- Read the “Submission Preparation Checklist”
- Read the “Copyright Notice”
- Read the “Privacy Statement”
- Select “Make a new submission”
- Select a Section. If you are not invited for a Special Issue (SI) please, select “Articles”
- Fill all the fields you find in the page.
- Upload the word file, the pdf file and the publishing agreement selecting the correspondent “Article Component” and, after, uploading the correct file.
- Fill the Metadata boxes (Title, Abstract are mandatory). In “List of Contributors”, please, check all your metadata (Included your ORCID ID) and, please, add all the co-authors with their metadata (Affiliations and emails included)
- Fill the Additional Refinements. The most important are the Keywords. Please upload them one after the other (and not as a single “copy and paste”; it is sufficient to press “Enter” after each keyword)
- In the Additional Refinement section you find also the “Subject” field. You can fill this field using the Main Topics List of the journal (this will facilitate the reviewing process)
- After saving, press “Finish Submission”

After the manuscript submission: reviewing process
The editorial board performs the plagiarism/autoplagiarism check
If the plagiarism/autoplagiarism check is passed, the reviewing process starts. Two (or more) reviewers are invited. The reviewing process time depends on the paper quality, from a few days, up to some weeks. Sometimes more than one reviewing round is necessary.
The paper can be:
- Rejected
- Proposed for a major review (after being resubmitted a new reviewing round is necessary)
- Proposed for a minor review (after being resubmitted a new reviewing round is NOT necessary)
- Accepted

After the paper acceptance
After the paper is accepted, the paper is processed in the Copyediting stage:
- If the paper is correctly paginated, the authors receive the proofs, with the request to upload the Visual Abstract and the Publishing Agreement (if still missing);
- If the paper is not correctly paginated, the authors are requested to modify their paper and to correctly paginate it, with the request to upload the Visual Abstract and the Publishing Agreement (if still missing);
Only correctly paginated papers are prepared as proofs and submitted to the authors for their confirmation.
Only after the proofs confirmation and the upload of the Visual Abstract and of the Publishing Agreement the paper is processed in the Production stage.

Production stage
In the Production stage, both the pages numbers and the DOIs are assigned and the paper is pre-published in the “Online First” Section.

Visual Abstract
Visual Abstracts (VAs) are mandatory. A tutorial to prepare the VAs is available here (LINK)
VAs are short (2 minutes max) presentations and they enhance the papers visibility, allowing the readers to quickly understand the topic of the paper, focusing on the results and the conclusions.
VAs are
- linked to the papers (a logo is present in the first page of the paper),
- linked in the paper webpage,
- available in the dedicated YouTube channel (LINK).

Manuscript limits
- No pages limit
- No Mb limit (if the file exceeds 100 Mb, please, contact in advance)
- No Figures number limit
- No Tables number limit
- No video and/or audio files number limit. Audio/video files can be directly uploaded during the submission procedure (if the file exceeds 100 Mb, please, contact in advance). 

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
Example: “..... as demonstrated [1, 2]. Mettam and Adams [9] obtained ....”

References must be organized according to the Harvard format. DOI at the end of the ref. is warmly encouraged.
A Mendeley Style for Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale is available here:

The installation of this style is very simple:
1) open Mendeley desktop
2) Select"View/Citation style"
3) "Get more Styles"
4) In "Download Style" copy and paste

Reference to a journal publication:
[1] Van der Geer, J. (2014). The art of writing a scientific article, J. Sci. Commun., 163(2), pp. 51–59. DOI: 12.3456/j.scicom.2013.11.003.
Reference to a book:
[2] Strunk, W. Jr. and White, E.B. (2000). The Elements of Style, New York, Longman. DOI: 12.3456/j.scicom.2013.11.003.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
[3] Mettam, G.R. ed., (2017). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, In: Introduction to the Electronic Age, New York, E-Publishing Inc., pp. 281–304. DOI: 12.3456/j.scicom.2013.11.003.
Reference to a conference paper:
[4] Doe, J., Fish, R. and Red, W. (2018). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. Conference on Papers preparation, Rome, Italy, 18-23 February.
Reference to a website:
[5] Tester, J. (2015). How to publish an article. Available at:

IMPORTANT: Refs without a correct format will imply a delay in the paper publication (up to the upload of the paper with the correct refs).

Audio/video files

It is possible to publish audio and/or video files embedded in the manuscript (Tutorial). It is possible to upload the video files during the manuscript uploading procedure. If a video file exceeds 100 Mb, please contact in advance.

Authors are allowed to publish audioslides. More details about the Audioslides production are given in the Tutorial.