Experimental Techniques

Cover image for Vol. 39 Issue 6

Edited By: Jeffrey Helm

Impact Factor: 0.545

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 23/33 (Materials Science Characterization & Testing); 101/130 (Engineering Mechanical); 121/137 (Mechanics)

Online ISSN: 1747-1567

Author Guidelines

Experimental Techniques (ET) is a bi-monthly publication focusing on the development and application of novel experimental, analytical and computational techniques related to practical engineering problems in experimental mechanics and structural dynamics. Emphasis is on the use of experimental methods, improved analysis of experiments and application of these experimental/analytical tools for understanding technological phenomena.

Experimental Techniques welcomes for review applications papers emphasizing the use of experimental methods for the solution of significant technological problems in mechanics.


Manuscripts should be submitted to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ext

The online manuscript submission and review system offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures. This system supports a wide range of submission formats but the preferred formats for manuscripts are Word and LaTex. Preferred formats for figures are TIFF (for continuous tone or photographic images) and EPS (for line art).

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are NOT acceptable types of art files and often result in lesser quality images in the final version of the article.

As part of the submission process, authors are asked to include the names and contact information of two potential reviewers for their manuscript.

NOTE: In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please contact the Editorial Office by clicking on the Instructions and Forms button at the top of the screen or Email journals@sem1.com.


Articles typically include 12-18 pages of double-spaced text, including tables, and 6-10 figures.

TEXT REQUIREMENTS: The text of the article should be submitted in one file and should NOT include illustrations. Submit the text of the article in Microsoft Word or LaTex, double-spaced, single-column, using a standard font (Times New Roman/Times, Arial/Helvetica) in 10-point type. Avoid over formatting the manuscript. Include a list of Figure Captions as a separate page in the article document, and include all tables at the end of the text document.

The text file must contain the following:
- Article title
- List of authors, including affiliations
- Abstract
- Keywords

Metric units are used in the journal. SI Units (International System of Units) is the only acceptable system. Authors are directed to refer to 'Standard Number E 380' of the American Society for Testing and Materials for a complete description of the SI Units. If the primary measurement system used in the presented work is in American standard Units, then this may be used with corresponding metric values in parentheses.

REFERENCES: The References should appear in a separate bibliography at the end of the paper, double-spaced, with items referred to by numerals and in order of appearance in the text. References in the text should be denoted by superscript numbers, e.g. text 12. References should be complete, in the following style: Style for papers: Author(s) last name followed by initials for each author, paper title, publication name, volume, inclusive page numbers, year. Style for books: Author(s), title, publisher, location, year, chapter or page numbers (if desired).

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS: Submit all figures in separate files, clearly labeled by figure number. Figures supplied in color will appear in color in the online version of the paper and will be converted to grayscale for the print version unless the author has paid the color print fee or supplied a second set of gray level images for print.

Any artwork supplied as RGB will be converted to CMYK in keeping with print reproduction requirements.

Authors should submit one set of figures suitable for both color and grayscale printing. If authors insist on supplying two sets of figures, one for color and one for grayscale, the files must be clearly labeled. The color figure file names and the grayscale figure file names MUST match exactly with the exception of “color” or “grayscale” (or, “BW”) at the end. The grayscale version of the color figures must convey the same information when converted to grayscale. This is often a concern when multiple colors convert to the same grayscale in contour plots or line graphs use color to differentiate between data sets.

Artwork should be correctly sized/proportioned. There are two preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and Tagged Image Format (TIFF).

We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. In all cases, any images embedded within the artwork should be of high resolution. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files. In all cases, any images embedded within the artwork should be of high resolution. We recommend using standard fonts such as Times, Arial, or Helvetica to help ensure that any fonts appearing in combination artwork are legible.

More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.


ET reserves the right to edit the article for grammar and usage. Any article accepted by ET becomes the property of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. to be published in ET and other SEM publishing vehicles.


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 CTA

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the CTA to sign.  The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed below:

Terms and Conditions.  Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period.  Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.  Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period.  Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:   http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement

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://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) 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.

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