I would like to thank all of our Technical Editors (TEs), Guest Editors, and SEM staff for their invaluable service in maintaining the standing of Experimental Mechanics (EM). EM’s historical reputation in the experimental methods, mechanics of materials and structures, and materials characterization communities as a rigorously peer-reviewed journal continues. An outstanding team of TEs and timely Special Issues are some of the contributing factors, in addition to a competitive turn-around time, to the continued strength of EM. The journal impact factor for 2018 (as reported in June 2019) was 2.256, thanks to the efforts of our Editorial Board and the quality of papers submitted by all authors.
Starting in 2019, each Issue of EM features a full cover image of a select paper in the same Issue to showcase the unique and pioneering works published in the journal. The Editorial and International Boards of EM invite all SEM members to submit their outstanding research and help to further propel the reputation of our Society and continue the lasting contributions of EM.In 2019, EM published 97 original papers in nine Issues, four of which were Special Issues. Two very exciting Special Issues are in progress in 2020. The remaining journal Issues contained novel works, among others, on Digital Image (DIC) and Digital Volume Correlation (DVC), micro-computed tomography, mechanics of 3D printed materials, thermomechanics, high strain rate experiments, and optical, electron and probe microscopy based experimental methods for the study of a broad range of engineering and novel materials. All papers are available online.
Please contact me or any of the TEs of EM with your proposals for Special Issues on new and growing research topics in experimental mechanics and mechanics of materials. I would also like to invite all members of the SEM to submit your best and most exciting research to EM and please spread the word to your colleagues and students about EM! I look forward to continuing success of EM in 2020!