The Journal of Multi-body Dynamics is a multi-disciplinary forum covering all aspects of mechanical design and dynamic analysis of multi-body systems. It is essential reading for academic and industrial research and development departments active in the mechanical design, monitoring and dynamic analysis of multi-body systems.
"The Journal is regarded as a leading publication in the very broad field of dynamics, not only by the leading lights and emerging individuals who regularly publish their latest findings, but also by practicing engineering professionals from a wide variety of industry. The Editorial Board has always comprised leading scientists and professional engineers, a mix that has inspired growing numbers of submissions of high quality science-based and application-oriented articles." Professor Homer Rahnejat, Loughborough University, UK
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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The Journal of Multi-body Dynamics is an international multi-disciplinary forum publishing peer reviewed research covering all aspects of system dynamics, comprising an assembly of parts or a cluster of material points. This constitutes the physics of motion, covering interactions of all material points from scale of minutiae such as small particles to the very large bodies. The emphasis in the Journal is put upon the analysis of mechanical multi-body systems, but not exclusively. In the case of mechanical systems, all forms of vehicles, machines and mechanisms constitute an assembly of parts that affect the dynamic behaviour of the system as a whole. The multi-physics nature of dynamic analysis often includes interactions of various phenomena, such as large rigid body motions, flexible body oscillations, friction induced stick-slip perturbations, fluid-structure interactions and lubricated contact dynamics. These interactions are described by various force laws, some well understood, but others particularly in the very small physical scale are subject to ongoing research. All contributions, applied or at the frontiers of science of interacting matter are welcome.
The contributions to the Journal should reflect a fundamental approach to the analysis of dynamic systems. Those related to practical engineering multi-body dynamic problems should have a holistic system dynamics approach. Those on design, analysis and experimentation should highlight the interactions between various system components. New techniques of analysis are welcome, as well as practical applications of problem solving methods to industrial systems and products.
There have been a wide variety of published papers in the Journal, dealing with dynamics from nano- and micro-scales to those extending to astronomical distances, from Newtonian mechanics to special and general relativity. Within this broad spectrum there has been a large volume of work in the application of dynamics analysis to mechanical multi-body systems.
Typical topics covered include:
- Fundamentals of dynamics analysis, from Newtonian mechanics to Lagrangian dynamics and onto relativistic mechanics, as well as many-body systems
- Kinetic interactions from Newtonian perspective to the minutiae; in micro and nano-scales
- Dynamics of vehicles in all forms from automobiles to spacecrafts
- Bearings, rotors and powertrain systems
- Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
- Elastodynamics of all forms of structures and mechanisms
- Kinematics, dynamics and synthesis of all kinds of machines and mechanisms
- Tribodynamics of all types of bearings, transmission systems and powertrains .
|M Blundell||Coventry University, UK|
|J Cuadrado||University of La Coruña, Spain|
|S Dogan||Daimler AG, USA|
|M K Ebrahimi||Loughborough University, UK|
|H Hamidzadeh||Tennessee State University, USA|
|S Howell-Smith||Capricorn Automotive Ltd., UK|
|A Kahraman||The Ohio State University, USA|
|P Kelly||Ford Werke AG, Germany|
|E Keskinen||Tampere University of Technology, Finland|
|P Masarati||Politecnico di Milano, Italy|
|S Natsiavis||Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece|
|G J Offner||AVL List GmBH, Austria|
|A A Popov||University of Nottingham, UK|
|C Sandu||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA|
|A Senatore||University of Salerno, Italy|
|H Sugiyama||University of Iowa, USA|
|M Teodorescu||UC Santa Cruz, USA|
|A Vakakis||University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/Jmbd 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 Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics will be reviewed.
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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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- 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
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body DynamicsJournal of Engineering Tribology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Original Article: Describes a piece of original or substantially original research, or some aspect of design development, manufacture, operation and maintenance, or engineering education
Review Article: A critical review of the state-of-the-art with examples of applications in design and profitable manufacture without extensive analysis
Case Study: Describes the application of a technique, procedure or management concept in a real situation
Technical Note: A short, interim statement on a research project or description of some new development
- In general, Original Articles, Review Papers and Case Studies should not normally exceed 5000 words (with up to 10 illustrations). Longer articles will be considered; however, as our criterion is that the content justifies the length of the article.
- Technical Notes should not exceed 1500 words and 5 illustrations.
Discussions on papers already published should not exceed 500 words and 2 illustrations.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
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.
Submissions to the journal are assessed by independent referees who make recommendations on the suitability of the articles for publication. We are committed to providing timely assessment of articles and authors are informed of the publication decision as soon as possible.
It should be noted that our refereeing process, common to many other publishers, is single-blind, that is, the referees remain anonymous and their identities are not released to authors. The referees, however, are informed of the authors' names and affiliations.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 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.
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:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- 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.
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.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics 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.
It is the policy of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics 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.
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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics Journal of Engineering Tribology 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 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 email@example.com
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.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics 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.
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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics 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.
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.
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.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-Body Dynamics is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/Jmbd to login and submit your article online.
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We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
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SAGE provides authors with online access to their final 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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
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