Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics

2014 Impact Factor: 0.690
2014 Ranking: 110/137 in Mechanics | 90/130 in Engineering, Mechanical
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Professor H Rahnejat Loughborough University, UK
Associate Editors
Professor O A Bauchau University of Michigan-Shanghair Jiao Tong University, China
Professor A A Shabana University of Illinois at Chicago
Reviews Editor
Dr S Theodossiades University of Loughborough, UK

eISSN: 20413068| ISSN: 14644193|Current volume: 228|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

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

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The Journal of Multi-body Dynamics is an international multi-disciplinary forum 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 .

Editorial Board
J Awrejcewicz University of Lodz, Poland
S Balakrishnan Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines, UK
B Basu Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Rajeev Bhatnagar Cranfield University
J W Biermann Aachen University of Technology, Germany
M Blundell Coventry University, UK
J Cuadrado University of La Coruña, Spain
S Dogan Daimler AG, USA
M K Ebrahimi University of Bradford, UK
A Eskandarian George Washington University, USA
B Fitzsimons Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, UK
H Hamidzadeh Tennessee State University, USA
D Hodson AstraZeneca, UK
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
A Luo Southern Illinois University, USA
P Masarati Politecnico di Milano, Italy
S Natsiavis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
A A Popov University of Nottingham, UK
H H Priebsch TU Graz, Austria
J Roshanian K.N.Toosi University of Technology
M Teodorescu UC Santa Cruz, USA
A Vakakis University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
Phillipe Velex INSA de Lyon
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information


    1. Peer review policy

    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.

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    2. Article types

    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


    1. 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.
    2. Technical Notes should not exceed 1500 words and 5 illustrations.
    3. Discussions on papers already published should not exceed 500 words and 2 illustrations.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    We have a fully-integrated online submission and peer review system for Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics. To submit to the journal, either click on the ‘Manuscript submission’ tab on this page or go directly to

    We would welcome suggestions of at least four appropriate referees. This will assist us in enhancing our referee database and one or more of your suggestions may be asked to review your submission.

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    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement. For the journals published in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers ('IMechE'), this is transfer of copyright which means that the IMechE holds copyright in the work. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), 'Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. N.B. If an author is using their own work they will still require permission if they did not retain copyright of the previously published article. Papers will not be accepted for publication without the correct permissions. 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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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. TeX files are also accepted. Click here for instructions on submitting in .Tex files. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style

    Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    The Journal should be cited in the following way:

    Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics
    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    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.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    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 SAGE's Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 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.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.
    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Mathematical: All vectors and matrices should be shown in bold type. Avoid confusion between ambiguous characters and take care to ensure that subscripts and superscripts are clear. Numbers below 10 should be written out in the text unless used in conjunction with units (e.g. three apples, 4 kg). Full points (not commas) should be used for decimals. For numbers less than one, a nought should be inserted before the decimal point. Equations should be numbered sequentially throughout the document, with labels on the right hand side of the page.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE's Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we work to the highest production standards. We attach great importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    Proc IMechE Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics benefits from OnlineFirst publishing, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in the queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Assistant Managing Editor
    SAGE Publications Ltd
    1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Road
    London, EC1Y 1SP


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