Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics is an international, quarterly published and open access journal that publishes original research articles as well as review articles, case studies, discussions and letters to the editor in all areas of structural mechanics and materials.

Primary aim of CJSMEC is to encourage academic challenges in structural mechanics and materials disciplines to seek for the global truth. Therefore, the Journal intends to publish at least a review or discussion at each issue. A double blind peer-review policy is followed in order to increase the scientific quality of the published papers. CJSMEC publishes review articles, case studies, short communications and discussions, book reviews, challenge to previous published papers, and a diary on international events related to any aspect of structural engineering.

Contributions may range from new methods to novel applications of existing methods to gain understanding of the material and/or structural based mechanical behavior of new and advanced engineering systems. The scope of CJSMEC encompasses, but is not restricted to the following areas. Papers making a fundamental contribution focused at the following topics are welcome.

  • Design of civil, building and mechanical structures
  • Analytical and computational modelling methods
  • Structural optimization and computation
  • Structural reliability and stability
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Seismic hazard studies
  • Earthquake scenarios
  • Computational mechanics
  • Rigid-body mechanics
  • Dynamic impact mechanics
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Effects of wind and wave loadings on structures
  • Effects of fire and blast on structures
  • Bridges and special structures
  • Concrete, masonry, steel and composite structures
  • Damage and failure mechanisms in materials and structures
  • Structure-fluid-soil interaction
  • Structural repairing and strengthening methods

ISSN 2149-8024


Section Policies

Letters to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Within 5 days of being submitted, each journal paper undergoes a preliminary review by the journal editor. Editor decides among four options for routing the paper: The editors of CJSMEC have chosen to recognize the efforts of their reviewers through CJSMEC's reviewer recognition program. According to the policy of CJSMEC, each submitted paper is signed and numbered before sending to potential reviewers.

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously. This policy does not concern the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts.

Editor decides that the manuscript is ready to be published in CJSMEC based on at least two or more reviews. CJSMEC editors might be a reviewer.

To be rejected for publication, a paper must receive two negative reviews. Editor might be a reviewer. If Editor receives one positive and one negative review, a third reviewer must be obtained. At this point, given deadline for the third reviewer is shortened to speed up the review process. If two reviewers accept the paper and an editor rejects it; last round is completed with one selected editorial member by Editor.

A manuscript may be declined for review, if Editor considers it outside the scope of the journal. English level of each manuscript is checked by journal team before transferring the manuscript to Editor. If the level of used English is not adequate, the manuscript can be declined or send it back to the author by Editor.

Editor requests the author to revise the manuscript based on at least two reviewers. Authors may either proceeds the revise or decline the revise of manuscript. There is no guarantee that the revised paper will be accepted for publication. If the authors wish to proceed, they revise the paper and send it to CJSMEC, along with a letter that explains how the reviewers’ comments have been addressed.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Commitments

The Editorial Board is comprised of Editor in Chief, Associate Editor(s), editorial board members, web editors, guest editor, editor assistants.

The chair of the editorial board is the Editor-in-Chief. The last decision for articles are taken by Editor-in-Chief.

Associate Editor(s)
An associate editor, who commissions articles, coordinates peer review process.

Editorial Board Members
Having place in editorial board of CJSMEC provides an academic prestige to the board members. Additionally, the role of the editorial board members are to advise and support the Editor-in-Chief.

Objectives of the editorial board are as described below:
1. Provide input on editorial needs and review manuscripts, as requested.
2. Help to identify peer reviewers and provide second opinions on papers (i.e. where there is a conflict between reviewers).
3. Complete assigned reviews in a timely fashion. Offer mutually respectful and constructive review of manuscripts to assist in providing the highest quality papers.
4. Identify key topics to include in the journal and invites key authors on these topics to submit an article.
5. Each Editorial Board member of CJSMEC should review at least one article in three years.
6. Approaching potential contributors.
7. Identify appropriate conferences for editors to attend.
8. Endorse the journal to authors, readers and subscribers and encourage colleagues to submit their best work.

Manuscript Editor
Manuscipt editor is responsible for format/language requirement before publishing articles. Formatting staffs directly reports to only manuscript editor.

Web Editor
Web editor is particularly responsible for the Journal's online content to inform all interested scholars about recent published issues.

Guest Editor
Guest editor migth be invited by Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor and Journal Manager to handle special issues and books.

Technical Staff
Article submission problems, user account problems or general queries are handled by technical staffs.

Journal Managers
Journal managers of each journal are selected from the same field of research interest. Web editors, manuscript editors and all administrative staff works under the journal managers. The most important duty of journal managers is to follow the innovations for their journals' improvements. Journal manager names are preferred to be hidden in most cases.

Contact staffs evaluate received e-mails for Journal Manager. If it is believed that some issues can not be solved by journal staffs, then e-mails are forwarded to Journal Managers.


Disclosure Policy

If there is no conflict of interest, authors should state in their cover letter that “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.”


Complaint Policy

Complaints regarding any aspect of the peer review process will be investigated by Journal Manager.

Contact: complaintsarticles@challengejournal.com


Authorship, Originality and Copyright Policies

By submitting your work, you signify that you have read and agreed to the following terms.

Authors warrant that the Work is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published.

Each author has a responsibility to identify materials that require permission by including a citation in the figure or table caption or in extracted text

Each author confirm that all of the content, figures (drawings, charts, photographs, etc.), and tables in the submitted work are either original work created by the authors.

Each author warrant that they have obtained all necessary permissions for the re-use of any copyright works (including illustrations, photographs, charts, and other visual material) contained in the article.

Assigning copyright to CJSMEC allows us to act on your behalf in instances such as copyright infringement or unauthorised copying.