International Journal of Solids and Structures Announces New Editorial Vision for the Future

Far-reaching range of new services for Elsevier authors and readers

Elsevier, 7 October 2005 - Elsevier announced today the commencement of a range of unique new initiatives for the International Journal of Solids and Structures (IJSS), including the appointment of two new Editors who bring outstanding editorial leadership to the publication.

Effective October 1, 2005 the editorship of IJSS will be shared by Professor Stelios Kyriakides of the University of Texas at Austin and Professor David Hills of Oxford University. Professor Kyriakides earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1980. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in August 1980, where he is presently the Temple Foundation Professor of Engineering and also serves as the director of the Research Center for Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Materials. Professor Hills earned his PhD in 1980 and a DSc degree in 2002 from Oxford University where he has been since 1984, after a period at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Both have published extensively in IJSS for more than 20 years.

''The appointment of these two Editors is part of our new editorial vision for IJSS. We are honoured and excited to have them on board,'' said Anne Kitson, Publishing Director, Materials Science & Engineering, Elsevier. ''In addition to this new editorial leadership, we are also launching a range of services for our authors and our readers, including a trial to provide free access to the recent online archive of the journal via our electronic journal platform, ScienceDirect.''

From October 2005, all articles published in IJSS will be made freely available 24 months after publication via ScienceDirect (sciencedirect.com), which now reaches over 20 million scientists and researchers around the globe. This trial, in which non-subscribers to ScienceDirect will also have free online access to these articles 24 months after publication, will be for an initial period of three years. This trial supports Elsevier's mission to provide sustainable access to science information and actively to support scientific exchange between researchers around the globe

A number of initiatives unique to IJSS are being offered to its authors. These include:

  • Faster publication -from January 2006 manuscripts accepted for publication by the editors will be made available on ScienceDirect in 3-5 working days.
  • Copyright - as an Elsevier author, once your paper is accepted for publication, you may post it to your own private website, or that of your institutional repository. You may also update your manuscripts to reflect peer review comment and post revised versions on your personal websites or, informally, on the websites of your institutions.
  • Free Online Colour - usable colour that is submitted with your accepted article will appear, at no additional charge, in colour on the web (eg ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version.
  • Electronic Annexes - electronic annexes, such as short videos, computer-enhanced images, audio clips and large databases may be submitted and made available.
  • Awards - An award consisting of a certificate and the sum US$1500 will be given for the best paper published in each volume of the journal. A second award with a an honorarium of US$750 will be given for the best paper written by a young investigator (35 years old or younger at the time the paper is submitted). These will be presented annually and winners will also receive a one-year subscription to the journal.

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About IJSS
Now in its 42nd year of publication, and with 26 issues published annually, IJSS is a world-leading publication committed to mechanics of solids and structures as a field of applied science and engineering. It fosters the exchange of ideas throughout different parts of the world and also among experts who emphasize different aspects of the foundations and applications of the field, with an emphasis on contributions analytical, experimental and numerical, which appear to be of permanent interest to research workers and engineers in the field. For the latest issue, full text archive, and information for authors and subscribers, visit IJSS at www.elsevier.com/locate/ijsolstr

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