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Structural Health Monitoring

Structural Health Monitoring

An International Journal

eISSN: 17413168 | ISSN: 14759217 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Structural Health Monitoring is an international peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research that contain theoretical, analytical, and experimental investigations that advance the body of knowledge and its application in the discipline of structural health monitoring.

The journal has a broad topical coverage and it serves as a primary reference for the structural health monitoring of aeronautical, mechanical, civil, electrical, and other systems. The multidisciplinary nature of the journal is intended to foster the intersection of different technologies to address the varied needs and applications for structural health monitoring. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Achenbach Medal

At the IWSHM 2009 conference at Stanford University the Achenbach Medal has been created to recognize the outstanding contribution of a young investigator (within 10 years of his/her Ph.D).

Details of this award are listed below.

1) The Achenbach medal will be awarded to a young individual (within 10 years of

Ph.D) for his/her outstanding research contribution in the field of Structural Health Monitoring.

2) Every year only one individual will be selected for this honor - every year the nomination deadline is October 31.

3) It is an international award and nominations from all over the world are encouraged.

4) For nomination please send by October 31 a nomination letter (one page limit) emphasizing the basis of the nomination along with a 2-page long CV that should contain the publication and citation records of the nominee (among his/her other contributions) to Professor Tribikram Kundu (

5) Self nomination is not allowed.

6) The award will be formally presented at the SHM workshop banquet in the following year.

Past winners

2010 – Dr. Sourav Banerjee

Structural Health Monitoring is available online.

Structural Health Monitoring publishes peer-reviewed papers that contain theoretical, analytical, and experimental investigations that advance the body of knowledge and its application in the discipline of structural health monitoring.

The journal has a broad topical coverage and it serves as a primary reference for the structural health monitoring of aeronautical, mechanical, civil, electrical, and other systems. The multidisciplinary nature of the journal is intended to foster the intersection of different technologies to address the varied needs and applications for structural health monitoring.

Papers are sought that explore the following issues and areas related to structural health monitoring:

  • self-diagnostics, prognostics, condition-based maintenance and performance
  • vibration and wave propagation methods for damage assessment
  • advanced signal processing and interpretation techniques for monitoring and diagnostics
  • sensor design, self-powered and low power sensors
  • data mining, data management
  • the use of smart materials and new sensor materials
  • monitoring of composite, metallic, new, and aging structures and infrastructure
  • monitoring of structural repairs
  • sensor network design, data transmission, wired and wireless communication
  • embedding technology, sensor/structure integration technology
  • development of self-repairable structures
  • monitoring of survivability and readiness assessment
  • structural integrity and remaining life predictions based on sensor management
  • design of multifunctional structures and integration of structural health monitoring and control
  • sensors for high temperature applications, in-situ sensors
  • monitoring of biomechanical, electromechanical, and thermal systems
  • fault diagnosis of avionics, propulsion, power, and electronic systems
  • structural health monitoring system integration and validation
  • bio-nanotechnology applied to structural monitoring
  • interdisciplinary approaches and applications for structural health monitoring
Fu-Kuo Chang Stanford University, USA
Scientific Editor
William H Prosser NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, USA
Managing Editor
Michael Todd University of California San Diego, USA
Editor Emeritus
Mark Shultz University of Cincinnati, USA
Associate Editors
Douglas Adams Vanderbilt University, USA
Siu-Kui Au Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Young-Jin Cha University of Manitoba, Canada
Tommy H. Chan Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Peter C Chang University of Maryland, USA
Li Cheng The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Wingkong Chiu Monash University, Clayton, Australia
Francesco Lanza di Scalea University of California San Diego, USA
Jayantha Epaarachi University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Zheng Fan Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Ke Feng National University of Singapore, Singapore
Eloi Figueiredo Lusófona University, Portugal
A. Ghoshal United States Army Research Laboratory, USA
Victor Giurgiutiu University of South Carolina, USA
Dr S Gopalakrishnan Indian Institute of Science, India
Dr. Shalabh Gupta Dept Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University,USA
Joel B. Harley SmartDATA Lab,Dept. of Electrical and Computer Eng.,University of Florida
Jeong-Beom Ihn Boeing Company, USA
C.G. Koh National University of Singapore, Singapore
Fotis Kopsaftopoulos Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Jung-Ryul Lee Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Hui Li Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Jun Li Curtin University, Australia
Maria Pina Limongelli Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Kenneth Loh University of California, San Diego, USA
Babak Moaveni Tufts University, USA
Jochen Moll Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Ching-Tai Ng The University of Adelaide, Australia
Prof Wieslaw M. Ostachowicz Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Vikram Pakrashi University College Dublin, Ireland
Gyuhae Park Chonnam National University, South Korea
Pizhong Qiao Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Prof. Peter Qing Xiamen University, China
Piervincenzo Rizzo University of Pittsburgh, USA
Salvatore Salamone The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Nathan Salowitz University of Wisconson, USA
Yanfeng Shen Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Prof. Jyoti Sinha University of Manchester, UK
Hoon Sohn Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Wieslaw J. Staszewski AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Zhongqing Su The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Yang Wang Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Zhishen Wu Ibaraki University, Japan
Fuh-Gwo Yuan North Carolina State University, USA
Shenfang Yuan Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
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  • Biotechnology & Bioengineering Abstracts
  • CSA Biological Science Abstract
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
  • Civil Engineering Abstracts
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  • Engineered Materials Abstracts
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  • Inspec
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  • Mechanical & Transportation Engineering Abstracts
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  • Metal Abs./METADEX
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  • Research Alert
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  • Solid State & Superconductivity Abstracts
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Structural Health Monitoring

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site 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 Structural Health Monitoring will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    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. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Structural Health Monitoring, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Structural Health Monitoring publishes the highest quality original research that contains theoretical, analytical, and experimental investigations. The Journal considers the following kinds of article for publication:

    1. Original Research Article
    2. Review Paper
    3. Letter to the Editor
    4. Book Review

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. SAGE Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Structural Health Monitoring operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of up to 5 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 or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. 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.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.


    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.

    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.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.3.2 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.

    2.4 Funding

    Structural Health Monitoring 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 Structural Health Monitoring 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 here

    2.6 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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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

    Structural Health Monitoring 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.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    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 the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Structural Health Monitoring offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. 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

    Structural Health Monitoring does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Structural Health Monitoring adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

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

    4.5 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

    Structural Health Monitoring is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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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.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. 

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence or queries regarding journal content or proposals should be sent to the Structural Health Monitoring Managing Editor as follows:

    Michael D Todd:

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