Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures

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Edited By: Youshi Hong (Editor-in-Chief), Richard W. Neu and Filippo Berto (Editors) and Yukitaka Murakami (Editor-at-Large)

Impact Factor: 1.838

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 33/132 (Engineering Mechanical); 110/271 (Materials Science Multidisciplinary)

Online ISSN: 1460-2695

Author Guidelines


Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures (FFEMS) encompasses the broad topic of structural integrity which is founded on the mechanics of fatigue and fracture, and is concerned with the reliability and effectiveness of structural components of any scale, geometry or material. The editors publish original contributions that will stimulate the intellectual innovation that generates elegant, effective, and economic engineering designs. The journal is interdisciplinary and includes papers from engineers, metallurgists, materials scientists, computer scientists, physicists, chemists, and mathematicians.

Plese read the instructions below carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication in wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/ffe. Authors are encouraged to visit  http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for further information on the preparation and submission of articles and figures.


FFEMS adheres to the below ethical guidelines for publication and research.

2.1 Authorship and Acknowledgements

Authorship: Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree to the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the conception and design and/or analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship.

It is a requirement that all authors have been accredited as appropriate upon submission of the manuscript. Contributors who do not qualify as authors should be mentioned under Acknowledgements.

Acknowledgements: Under Acknowledgements, please specify contributors to the article other than the authors accredited. Please also include specifications of the source of funding for the study and any potential conflict of interest if appropriate. Supplies of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included.

2.2 Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding

Conflict of Interest: Authors are required to disclose any possible conflict of interest. These include financial (for example patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee). Author's conflict of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflict of interest) will be published under a separate heading.

FFEMS requires that sources of institutional, private and corporate financial support for the work within the manuscript must be fully acknowledged, and any potential conflict of interest noted. As of 1st March 2007, this information is a requirement for all manuscripts submitted to the Journal and will be published in a highlighted box on the title of the page of the article. Please include this information under the separate headings of 'Source of Funding' and 'Conflict of Interest' at the end of your manuscript.

If the author does not include a conflict of interest statement in the manuscript then the following statement will be included by default: 'No conflict of interest has been declared'.

Source of Funding: Authors are required to specify the source of funding for their research when submitting a paper. Suppliers of materials should be named and their location (town, state/county, country) included. The information will be disclosed in the published article.

2.3 Permissions

If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the Publishers.

2.4 Copyright Assignment

Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the work and its essential substance have not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. The submission of the manuscript by the authors means that the authors automatically agree to assign exclusive licence to Wiley Blackwell Publishing if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The work shall not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the publisher. The articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers translation rights and the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute all of the articles printed in the journal. No material published in the journal may be stored on microfilm or videocassettes, in electronic databases and the like, or reproduced photographically without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Correspondence to the journal is accepted on the understanding that the contributing author licences the publisher to publish the letter as part of the journal or separately from it, in the exercise of any subsidiary rights relating to the journal and its contents.

Upon acceptance of a paper, authors are required to assign the exclusive licence to publish their paper to Wiley Blackwell. Assignment of the exclusive licence is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless licence has been assigned.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/faqs---copyright-_301.html

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://exchanges.wiley.com/authors/faqs---copyright-_301.html and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ffems.  The use of an online submission and peer review site enables immediate distribution of manuscripts and consequentially speeds up the review process. It also allows authors to track the status of their own manuscripts. Complete instructions for submitting a paper are available online and below. Further assistance can be obtained from the FFEMS Editorial Office at: ffems@wiley.com. Support is available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 817 2040 ext. 167), e-mail at support@scholarone.com or at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor. If you cannot submit online, please contact the FFEMS Editorial Office by e-mail (ffems@wiley.com).

In order to ensure your manuscript is consistent with the journal scope please take some time to search under http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/advanced/search for:

• keywords related to your paper in "All Fields" AND " Fatigue and Fracture" in "Publication Titles"

• SPECIFY DATE RANGE for recent years (e.g. current year and two previous calendar years).

Where relevant please help to position your paper by referring to those related papers from FFEMS which you will find there. Thank you!

3.1 Manuscript Files Accepted

Manuscripts should be uploaded as Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rft) files (not write-protected) plus separate figures files as GIF, JPEG, PICT or Bitmap files are acceptable for submission, but only high-resolution TIF or EPS files are suitable for printing. The files will be automatically converted to HTML and PDF on upload and will be used for the review process. The text file must contain the entire manuscript including title page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figure legends, but no embedded figures. Figure tabs should be included in the file. Manuscripts should be formatted as described in the Author Guidelines below.

3.2 Manuscript Review

Manuscripts will be referred to three internationally acknowledged experts in the subject, who will make recommendations to the editors relative to the quality and length of the manuscript. Only those receiving favourable recommendations from the referees will be accepted for publication.

3.3 Manuscript Status

You can access ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) at any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.


Papers should not exceed 35 pages (double spaced, including all figures, tables and references) and the PDF proof generated should not exceed 10MB in size.


5.1 Format

Language: The language of publication is English. Authors for whom English is a second language must have their manuscript professionally edited by an English speaking person before submission to make sure the English is of high quality. It is preferred that manuscripts are professionally edited. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

5.2 Structure

All manuscripts submitted to FFEMS should include:

Title Page: The title should be brief. The author's name should be typed on the line below the title. The affiliation and address should follow on the next line. In the case of co-authors, respective addresses should be clearly indicated, as well as which author is to receive correspondence and proofs for correction. The corresponding author should, in a covering letter, state that all other authors have approved the submission.

Abstract: A short abstract (not exceeding 150 words) should immediately precede the Keywords and body of the work. Abstracts should be most informative, giving a clear indication of the nature and range of the results contained in the paper.

Keywords: To aid Abstracting and Indexing Services a few keywords or short (three-word) keyphrases, about six maximum, should be provided after the Abstract.

Nomenclature: After the abstract, a complete list of the symbols used in the paper and their definitions should be given. Nomenclature should conform to that most frequently used in the engineering field concerned. The listing should be in alphabetical order; Roman language list first, Greek language list second.

Introduction: A short introduction must be included for the benefit of non-specialist readers.

Conclusions: A succinct conclusion must be included for the benefit of non-specialist readers.

5.3 References

References to published literature should be quoted in the text with a superscript number. All references should be listed at the end of the manuscript in the order they appear in the text. Journal titles should be abbreviated in the style of the 4th edition of the World List of Scientific Periodicals and references should be arranged thus:

1. Tomkins B (1996). The mechanism of stage II fatigue crack growth. Fatigue Fract. Engng Mater. Struct., 19, 1295-1300.

2. Hill R (1971). The Mathematical Theory of Plasticity. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

The editor and publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see www.doi.org/ for more information. If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. 
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:
Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

5.4 Tables, Figures and Figure Legends

Tables and Figures should not be inserted in the text but should be attached to it, each complete figure and table on a separate page. All photographs, charts and diagrams are to be referred to as 'Figs' and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Tables and Figures should be submitted in a form suitable for direct reproduction with the lettering large enough to be legible after the diagram has been reduced in size for printing. The maximum size for submission is A4. In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first key 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Preparation of Electronic Figures for Publication: Although low quality images are adequate for review purpose, print publication requires high quality images to prevent the final product being blurred or fuzzy. Submit EPS or TIFF files only. MS PowerPoint and Word Graphics are unsuitable for printed pictures. Do not use pixel-orientated programmes. Scans (TIFF only) should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size (see below). Please submit the data for figures in black and white or submit a Colour Work Agreement Form (see colour charges below). EPS files should be saved with fonts embedded (and with a TIFF preview if possible).

For scanned images, the scanning resolution (at final image size) should be as follows to ensure good reproduction: line art >600 dpi; halftones (including gel photographs): >300 dpi; figures containing both halftone and line images: >600 dpi.

Further information can be obtained at Wiley Blackwell's guidelines for figures: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.

Check your electronic artwork before submitting it: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/eachecklist.asp

Permissions: If all or parts of previously published illustrations are used, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder concerned. It is the author's responsibility to obtain these in writing and provide copies to the publisher.

Photographs: Photographs should be glossy prints and not photocopies, and must be kept to a minimum. Each should have written lightly on the back the author's name, the figure number, and an indication of which is the top of the picture. If words and numbers are to appear on a photograph two prints should be sent, one appropriately marked the other unmarked. Photomicrographs should contain simple but clear micron markers and dimensions.

Colour Charges: It is the policy of FFEMS for authors to pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley Blackwell Publishing require you to complete and return a Colour Work Agreement Form before your paper can be published. Any article received by Wiley Blackwell with colour work will not be published until the form has been returned. If you are unable to access the internet, or are unable to download the form, please contact the Production Editor at ffe@wiley.com. Please send the completed form to the Production Editor.

Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures
Production Editor
Journal Content Management
SPi Building, Pascor Drive,
Sto. Nino, Paranaque City 1700,

No charge is made for printing figures in monochrome in the paper version of the journal and in colour in the on-line version.   In this instance the monochrome figures should be submitted following the guidelines above, and in addition ' camera-ready' colour versions of the figures and their captions should be submitted in a PDF file format. It is preferable that vector format (e.g. eps, wmf, pict) is maintained up to the creation of the PDF file for figures, such as graphs, that are normally generated in some form of vector format.

5.5 Supporting Information

Supporting Information, such as data sets, movies or additional figures or tables, that will not be published in the print edition of the journal, but which will be viewable via the online edition, can be submitted. 

It should be clearly stated at the time of submission that the Supporting Information is intended to be made available through the online edition. If the size or format of the Supporting Information is such that it cannot be accommodated on the journal's website, the author agrees to make the Supporting Information available free of charge on a permanent website, to which links will be set up from FFEM's website. The author must advise Wiley Blackwell if the URL of the website where the Supporting Information is located changes. The content must not be altered after the paper has been accepted for publication. 

The availability of Supporting Information should be indicated in the main manuscript by a paragraph, to appear after the References, headed 'Supporting Information' and providing titles of figures, tables, etc. In order to protect reviewer anonymity, material posted on the author's website cannot be reviewed. If the size or format is such that it cannot be submitted online, a copy on CD or disk must be provided. The Supporting Information is an integral part of the article and will be reviewed accordingly. Please see http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/suppmat.asp for more information.


Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the manuscript will be forwarded to the Production Editor who is responsible for the production of the journal.

6.1 Proof Corrections

The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a website. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF file from this site.

Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

Please return the proof within 3 days of receipt to the address detailed in the email.

As changes to proofs are costly, we ask that you only correct typesetting errors. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately. Other than in exceptional circumstances, all illustrations are retained by the publisher. Please note that the author is responsible for all statements made in their work, including changes made by the copy editor.

6.2 Early View (Publication Prior to Print)

FFEMS is covered by Wiley Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digitial Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

6.3 Author Services

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley Blackwell's Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication and online print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

6.4 Author Material Archive Policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy material or electronic material submitted two months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or Production Editor as soon as possible.

6.5 Offprints and Extra Copies

A PDF offprint of the online published article will be provided free of charge to the corresponding author, only if the author has signed up for Author Services. Addtional paper offprints may be ordered online. Please click on the link: offprint.cosprinters.com/coz/bw/main.jsp?SITE_ID=bw&FID=USER_HOME_PG, fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields. If you have any queries about offprints, please email offprint@cosprinters.com