Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
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Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites

2015 Impact Factor: 0.901
2015 Ranking: 61/85 in Polymer Science | 17/25 in Materials Science, Composites
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
Published in Association with The American Society for Composites

Editor in Chief
G Springer Stanford University, USA


eISSN: 15307964 | ISSN: 07316844 | Current volume: 35 | Current issue: 19 Frequency: 24 Times/Year

The Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites is a fully peer-reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles on a broad range of today's reinforced plastics and composites including areas in:

  • Constituent materials: matrix materials, reinforcements and coatings.
  • Properties and performance: The results of testing, predictive models, and in-service evaluation of a wide range of materials are published, providing the reader with extensive properties data for reference.
  • Analysis and design: Frequency reports on these subjects inform the reader of analytical techniques, design processes and the many design options available in materials composition.
  • Processing and fabrication: There is increased interest among materials engineers in cost-effective processing.
  • Applications: Reports on new materials R&D are often related to the service requirements of specific application areas, such as automotive, marine, construction and aviation.

Reports on special topics are regularly included such as recycling, environmental effects, novel materials, computer-aided design, predictive modelling, and "smart" composite materials.

"The articles in the Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Products are must reading for engineers in industry and for researchers working on leading edge problems" Professor Emeritus Stephen W Tsai National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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Journal of Reinforced Plastics & Composites is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jrp.sagepub.com

The Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles on a broad range of today's reinforced plastics and composites including areas in:

  • Constituent materials: matrix materials, reinforcements and coatings.
  • Properties and performance: The results of testing, predictive models, and in-service evaluation of a wide range of materials are published, providing the reader with extensive properties data for reference.
  • Analysis and design: Frequency reports on these subjects inform the reader of analytical techniques, design processes and the many design options available in materials composition.
  • Processing and fabrication: There is increased interest among materials engineers in cost-effective processing.
  • Applications: Reports on new materials R&D are often related to the service requirements of specific application areas, such as automotive, marine, construction and aviation.
  • Reports on special topics are regularly included such as recycling, environmental effects, novel materials, computer-aided design, predictive modelling, and "smart" composite materials.

 

Associate Editor
D. S. Cairns Montana State University, USA
L. Lessard McGill University, Canada
A. C. Loos Michigan State University, USA
J. D. D. Melo Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
A. Miravete Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
A. Pegoretti University of Trento, Italy
N. Sombatsompop King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thailand
T. E. Tay National University of Singapore, Singapore
A. M. Waas University of Washington, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
C.C. Chamis NASA Langley, USA
J. H. Gosse The Boeing Company, USA
S. K. Ha Hanyang University, Korea
J. Karger-Kocsis University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
L. Kollár University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
W. I. Lee Seoul National University, Korea
Y.-W. Mai The University of Sydney, Australia
T. Massard CEA-DAM-DAN, France
Y. Miyano Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Yatsuksho Hakusan, Japan
S. Pellegrino California Institute of Technology, USA
Y. D. S. Rajapakse Office of Naval Research, USA
R. M. V. G. K. Rao National Aerospace Laboratories, India
I. Verpoest Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
J. M. Whitney Air Force Materials Laboratory, USA
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrpc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    1. Article types

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites publishes original research and review articles on the science, technology, and economics of reinforced plastics and composites. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:
    1. Research Reports, describing new experimental findings.
    2. Review Articles.
    3. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editors, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. All papers submitted to the Journal are subject to peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board and reviewing committee.
    Each manuscript, except for Case Reports and Letters to the Editor, is reviewed by at least two referees. Case reports and Letters to the Editor are reviewed by one of the Editors and one referee. 
    All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4 to 6 weeks of submission.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 4 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations

    2.6 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at gspringer@stanford.edu

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites conforms to the SAGE house style. Review the guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 Reference style

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Review the guidelines on SAGE Vacouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard output file and the SAGE Vancouver output file

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jrpc to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites editorial office as follows:

    George S Springer
    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 
    Stanford University, 
    Stanford, California, 94305, 
    USA 
    gspringer@stanford.edu

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