Purpose and Scope:
Applied Mechanics Reviews works closely with other ASME Technical Journals in serving the broad ASME community with unique content of high quality and long shelf life. Collaborative special issues between AMR and other ASME Technical Journals collect contributions of all forms described above for a specific discipline within a single issue..
Types of Contributions:
State-of-the-art survey articles reflect upon active areas of research, including theoretical, computational, and experimental aspects. They provide authoritative commentary on the added value of material in the existing literature and discuss the likely impact of current avenues of research and directions of future developments. State-of-the-art surveys are authored by contributors with extensive experience and past publications in the specific disciplinary area. They differ substantially from annotated bibliographies in an emphasis on comparisons between different recent publications and do not simply summarize the content of existing work. They are not vehicles to advance the authors’ own work. State-of-the-art surveys provide archival references that will serve the community for at least a decade and should be written with this in mind.
Retrospective review articles reflect upon the past state-of-the-art in a sub-discipline of applied mechanics. They are written with the same authoritative insights and depth of discussion as state-of-the-art surveys, with the added benefit of hindsight. In particular, retrospectives point out subsequent developments that resolved the challenges faced by the research community at a certain point in time, whether these were theoretical, computational, or resource-based. Retrospective reviews are authored by contributors with direct knowledge of the past state-of-the-art who are able to compare and contrast the past with the present.
Curricular review articles reflect on the curricular material and pedagogical approach available for the training of the next generation of researchers in a particular sub-discipline of applied mechanics. Such reviews do not focus on a single textbook, but instead provide a review across a reasonably comprehensive swath of the available literature and resources. They provide commentary on the advantages and shortcomings of the current state-of-the-art in curricular material and make suggestions for improvements, whether related to new pedagogical approaches, use of technology, or the development of missing pieces in the educational literature. Curricular review articles are authored by contributors with extensive experience as instructors and past publications in the area of educational material.
Research and education policy commentaries reflect on the context for research and training in a particular sub-discipline of applied mechanics. Such commentaries discuss funding trends, the influence of societal challenges and scientific advances on research and education policy, and the activities taken by the community in response to such trends and challenges. These commentaries also provide insight on regional differences and on the regional infrastructure available in different parts of the world to enhance the likelihood that applied mechanics research contributes to the growth of knowledge and advancement of engineering science. Research and education policy commentaries are authored by contributors with active engagement in regional or international scientific networks and with experience in evaluation of funding solicitations, grant proposals, conferences organization, or other activities of service to the applied mechanics community.
Tutorial and educational material provides easily accessible content that can be used for guided or self-instruction in a sub-discipline of applied mechanics. Such material aims to reach a broad audience without the technical expertise required to digest a full-fledged technical paper. It summarizes a narrow topic and provides novel and original insights and reflection with emphasis on a combination of analytical content, experimental designs, and visualization. Tutorial and educational material is authored by contributors with experience in writing accessible content suitably for wide dissemination.
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