Journal of Terramechanics
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Journal of Terramechanics: Applications to Terrain-Vehicle Systems is the leading international journal serving the multidisciplinary global off-road vehicle and soil-working machinery industries, and related user community and governmental agencies.
The Journal provides a forum for those involved in research, development, design, innovation, testing, application and utilization of off-road vehicles and soil-working machinery. It presents a cross-section of technical papers, review, comments and discussion in the field.
Journal of Terramechanics | Editorial Board
2016-09-20 // Journal Metrics Update
Source Normalized Impact Factor (SNIP): 1.589
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.466
Impact Factor: 1.306
5-Year Impact Factor: 1.425
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Update from Editorial Advisory Board member Dr. Corina Sandu from our 13th European Conference, Rome, 21–23 October 2015:
The Journal of Terramechanics, the main scholarly publication of the ISTVS, has seen a substantial improvement in its impact factor from 0.565 in 2010 to 1.417 in 2014.
The number of papers published increased steadily from 27 in 2012 to 45 in 2014. The rejection rate in the recent few years has been almost steady at about 60%.
The statistics per region indicate that the largest number of papers published is from Asia and North America, followed by Europe and Africa, with a few papers from other areas of the globe. The processing time decreased steadily from almost 50 weeks from submission to publication in 2011 to less than 20 weeks in 2015.
Elsevier now also provides capabilities for authors to upload supporting material linked to their journal papers (presentations, animations, videos, etc.).
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the ISTVS
—Dr. Jo Y. Wong, Faculty of Engineering and Design
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
The Journal of Terramechanics was founded in 1964, two years after the founding of the ISTVS. The founding Editor of the Journal was A.R. Reece, Translation Editor was Z. Janosi, and Assistant Editor was D.R.P. Hettiaratchi. The four issues of Volume 1, 1964 and Vol. 2, No. 1, 1965 were printed by the Printing Section of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. From Vol. 2, No. 2, 1965 until Vol. 39, No. 4, 2002, the Journal had been published by Pergamon Press. Since Vol. 40, No. 1, 2003, Elsevier has been the publisher of the Journal.
Since its founding, the Journal has been continuously published for 48 years. It regularly published four issues per year from 1964 to 2006, with the exception between 1992 and 1996 with six issues published per year. Since 2007, the publication of six issues per year has been reinstated and the Journal has adopted a new format. It is indexed/abstracted in many leading periodicals, including the Applied Mechanics Reviews, Curr Cont ASCA, CAB inter, etc., and is gaining growing influence in the field.
With the new mission statement adopted by the ISTVS in 2002, the aim of the Journal has evolved accordingly. It is striving to be the leading international journal serving the multidisciplinary global off-road vehicle and soil working machinery industries and related user community, governmental agencies and universities. To promote the advancements of the knowledge in the field for improvements in engineering practice and for innovation, as well as the transfer of advanced knowledge to the user, a sub-title of the Journal — “Application to Terrain-Vehicle Systems” has been introduced since 1996 and modified to “Applications to Terrain-Machine Systems” in 2007.
The scope of the Journal has also evolved with the changing needs of the professional community. In addition to providing a forum for professionals in the fields of off-road vehicles and soil working machinery, its scope has recently been extended to cover the areas of extraterrestrial rovers and field robotics, in order to meet the needs of professionals in an increasing number of nations with growing interest in the exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
While in the past 48 years, with the effort and dedication of all those involved, as well as the support by the readership, the Journal has accomplished a great deal, further progress has to be made in response to the needs of the professional community that it serves. Terramechanics is an applied science and an engineering discipline. Accordingly, the success of the Journal of Terramechanics is judged by the impact of the papers it publishes on providing solutions to issues of concern to industry, on the improvements in engineering practice in the field, and on stimulating innovations in the development and design of terrestrial and extraterrestrial vehicles and soil working machinery. Perhaps, these are the challenges and opportunities that face all those involved in the Journal in the years to come.