Constitution

The Journal of Theoretical, Computational and Applied Mechanics (“the Journal”) is an overlay scholarly journal based on Diamond (Fair) Open Access run by researchers in Mechanics (“the Community”) for the Community. It is committed to high-quality and original scientific content in the broad area of mechanics made freely available to the public without cost to authors or readers under Creative Commons BY licence. The journal covers all aspects of Solid Mechanics as defined in the scope of the Journal. Papers accepted for publication are strictly selected on the basis of scientific merits as ascertained by traditional single-blind or open peer review.

Governance structure

The Board of the Journal (“the Board”) is composed of

  • the Editorial Board (Associate Editors),
  • the Technical Board (Technical Editors),
  • the Scientific Advisory Board.

An individual may at any given time be a member of at most one of these boards.

Role of the Board

The Board is the owner of the Journal title and metadata on published articles. Neither the Board, nor any individual member of it, can transfer (their share of) ownership of the Journal title or metadata to a third party. The ownership has no monetary value. The Board is responsible for making the strategic decisions necessary to implement the mission of the Journal. Any decision, unless otherwise mentioned in this Constitution, requires a simple majority vote among the members of the Board. With a two-thirds majority of the votes, the Board is authorized to approve and modify the Constitution. Similarly, with a two-thirds majority of the votes, the Board may terminate the office of any of its members at any given time, or veto any new appointment. Any member of the board may call for a vote for termination or veto. Any such decision must respect the constitution of the Journal, in particular the commitment to Diamond (Fair) Open Access. The Board also appoints (elects) Associate Editors when needed.

Role of the Editorial Board

The Associate Editors of the Editorial Board represent the community. They handle submissions assigned to them by the authors, following the Editorial Policy outlined in a separate document. The Editorial Board will verify the balance between different research directions within the scope of the Journal, along with a geographical provenance, gender, and senior/junior balance insofar as feasible. The Associate Editor seeks for, at least, two appropriate reviewers for the evaluation of a submitted paper and makes a decision about the need of minor or major revisions, acceptance or rejection of the paper. The Associate Editors will only be charged of the expertise of the submitted papers through the thorough peer review process. The Editorial Board validates the decision of rejection or acceptance of papers of each associate editor. The Associate Editor may resort to the help of the Scientific Advisory Board in search of appropriate reviewers and to to the help of the technical editors in technical questions.

Role of the Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of senior members of the community. It sets the scientific strategy of the Journal by participating to the appointment (electing) Associate Editors and providing, on an annual basis, feedback on current activities as well as future directions of the Journal. The members of the Scientific Advisory Board do not take part in the editorial process of the Journal regarding individual articles.

Role of the Technical Board

The Technical Editors of the Technical Board are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Journal including the publication of accepted articles. The Technical Editors are also the first contact point regarding complaints about the editorial process. The Technical Editors have the responsibility to help the Scientific Advisory Board in practical matters of nominating, appointing, and securing the services of Associate Editors and additional members of the Scientific Advisory Board. Moreover, they can break by a simple majority vote a deadlock among the Scientific Advisory Board should the latter not be able to reach a majority decision.

Appointment process, terms, and numbers

Editorial Board

There should be at least eight (8) Associate Editors at any given time in the Editorial Board. New Associate Editors should be appointed by the Scientific Advisory Board at the occasion of an increased workload on the Associate Editors, upon the resignation or non-renewal of the term of an Editor, or to maintain the balanced coverage of research directions within the scope of the Journal. Associate Editors serve a four (4)-year term, which is renewable by mutual consent of the Scientific Advisory Board and the involved Associate Editor. Associate Editors may resign at any time provided this resignation is announced three months in advance. Resigning Associate Editors are expected to finish handling manuscripts that have previously been assigned to them, or assist in the transfer of the manuscripts to alternative Associate Editors.

Scientific Advisory Board

There should be at least twenty (20) active members in the Scientific Advisory Board at any given time. New members in the Scientific Advisory Board should be appointed to keep the number of active members at least at its minimum level and to ensure a wide range of contacts with the community. Such appointments are done by a simple majority vote of the Scientific Advisory Board. The maximum number of appointments per year is limited to four, except if the number of active members is less than the lower limit (20). The appointment to the Scientific Advisory Board is for ten (10) years. Members of the Advisory Board can at any time resign from their position, or choose to become inactive, provided this is announced with a three-month notice to the Technical Editors. Furthermore, if a member cannot be reached after three reminders via emails, and despite the best efforts of the Technical Editors, he/she is marked as inactive. Inactive Advisory Board members, if they want, may at any time become active again by announcing this to the Technical Editors. The Scientific Advisory Board must organize its governance to ensure its missions together with an active communication with the rest of the Board. Especially, for organizing its work, the Scientific Advisory Board chooses a Secretary who may change every year. The Secretary is in charge of a) ensuring the activity of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board, b) organizing the update of the list of the members of the Scientific Advisory Board, and c) facilitating, in practice, the role of the the Scientific Advisory Board defined above. The decisions of the Scientific Advisory Board are not valid if there are less than ten (10) active members participated in the vote. In this case, the Technical Editors temporarily acquire the functions of the Scientific Advisory Board, and are required to promptly appoint new Scientific Advisory Board members to fill the requirement of at least twenty (20) active members.

Technical Board

At any given time, there should be at least two (2) and at most five (5) Technical Editors in the Technical Board. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Journal. A new Technical Editor is appointed by the Board. Technical Editors are appointed for a term of four (4) years. The appointment is renewable under the same voting rules as for a new appointment. Technical Editors can resign at any time provided this resignation is announced six months in advance. New Technical Editors should be appointed if required by an increased workload or the announced stepping down of a Technical Editor.