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A01 STEEL, STAINLESS STEEL AND RELATED ALLOYS A04 IRON CASTINGS A05 METALLIC-COATED IRON AND STEEL PRODUCTS B01 ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS B05 COPPER AND COPPER ALLOYS B07 LIGHT METALS AND ALLOYS C01 CEMENT C04 VITRIFIED CLAY PIPE C07 LIME AND LIMESTONE C09 CONCRETE AND CONCRETE AGGREGATES C11 GYPSUM AND RELATED BUILDING MATERIALS AND SYSTEMS C12 MORTARS AND GROUTS FOR UNIT MASONRY C13 CONCRETE PIPE C14 GLASS AND GLASS PRODUCTS C15 MANUFACTURED MASONRY UNITS C16 THERMAL INSULATION C17 FIBER-REINFORCED CEMENT PRODUCTS C18 DIMENSION STONE C21 CERAMIC WHITEWARES AND RELATED PRODUCTS C24 BUILDING SEALS AND SEALANTS C27 PRECAST CONCRETE PRODUCTS D01 PAINT AND RELATED COATINGS, MATERIALS, AND APPLICATIONS D04 ROAD AND PAVING MATERIALS D07 WOOD D08 ROOFING AND WATERPROOFING D09 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC INSULATING MATERIALS D11 RUBBER D14 ADHESIVES D18 SOIL AND ROCK D20 PLASTICS D35 GEOSYNTHETICS E05 FIRE STANDARDS E06 PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS E33 BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACOUSTICS E36 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SURFACES, AND FACILITIES F09 TIRES F10 LIVESTOCK, MEAT, AND POULTRY EVALUATION SYSTEMS F11 VACUUM CLEANERS F13 PEDESTRIAN/WALKWAY SAFETY AND FOOTWEAR F14 FENCES F15 CONSUMER PRODUCTS F16 FASTENERS F24 AMUSEMENT RIDES AND DEVICES F26 FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT F27 SNOW SKIING F37 LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT F43 LANGUAGE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS F44 GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT A01 STEEL, STAINLESS STEEL AND RELATED ALLOYS A04 IRON CASTINGS A05 METALLIC-COATED IRON AND STEEL PRODUCTS A06 MAGNETIC PROPERTIES B01 ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS B02 NONFERROUS METALS AND ALLOYS B05 COPPER AND COPPER ALLOYS B07 LIGHT METALS AND ALLOYS B08 METALLIC AND INORGANIC COATINGS B09 METAL POWDERS AND METAL POWDER PRODUCTS B10 REACTIVE AND REFRACTORY METALS AND ALLOYS C03 CHEMICAL-RESISTANT NONMETALLIC MATERIALS C08 REFRACTORIES C28 ADVANCED CERAMICS D01 PAINT AND RELATED COATINGS, MATERIALS, AND APPLICATIONS D20 PLASTICS D30 COMPOSITE MATERIALS E01 ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY FOR METALS, ORES, AND RELATED MATERIALS E04 METALLOGRAPHY E07 NONDESTRUCTIVE TESTING E08 FATIGUE AND FRACTURE E12 COLOR AND APPEARANCE E13 MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY AND SEPARATION SCIENCE E28 MECHANICAL TESTING E29 PARTICLE AND SPRAY CHARACTERIZATION E37 THERMAL MEASUREMENTS E42 SURFACE ANALYSIS F01 ELECTRONICS F34 ROLLING ELEMENT BEARINGS F40 DECLARABLE SUBSTANCES IN MATERIALS F42 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES G01 CORROSION OF METALS G03 WEATHERING AND DURABILITY D21 POLISHES D26 HALOGENATED ORGANIC SOLVENTS AND FIRE EXTINGUISHING AGENTS D33 PROTECTIVE COATING AND LINING WORK FOR POWER GENERATION FACILITIES E05 FIRE STANDARDS E27 HAZARD POTENTIAL OF CHEMICALS E30 FORENSIC SCIENCES E34 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY E35 PESTICIDES, ANTIMICROBIALS, AND ALTERNATIVE CONTROL AGENTS E52 FORENSIC PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY E54 HOMELAND SECURITY APPLICATIONS E58 FORENSIC ENGINEERING F06 RESILIENT FLOOR COVERINGS F08 SPORTS EQUIPMENT, PLAYING SURFACES, AND FACILITIES F10 LIVESTOCK, MEAT, AND POULTRY EVALUATION SYSTEMS F12 SECURITY SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT F13 PEDESTRIAN/WALKWAY SAFETY AND FOOTWEAR F15 CONSUMER PRODUCTS F18 ELECTRICAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT FOR WORKERS F23 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT F26 FOOD SERVICE EQUIPMENT F32 SEARCH AND RESCUE F33 DETENTION AND CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES G04 COMPATIBILITY AND SENSITIVITY OF MATERIALS IN OXYGEN ENRICHED ATMOSPHERES D08 ROOFING AND WATERPROOFING D18 SOIL AND ROCK D19 WATER D20 PLASTICS D22 AIR QUALITY D34 WASTE MANAGEMENT D35 GEOSYNTHETICS E06 PERFORMANCE OF BUILDINGS E44 SOLAR, GEOTHERMAL AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES E47 E48 BIOENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS FROM BIOMASS E50 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, RISK MANAGEMENT AND CORRECTIVE ACTION E60 SUSTAINABILITY F20 HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND OIL SPILL RESPONSE F40 DECLARABLE SUBSTANCES IN MATERIALS G02 WEAR AND EROSION B01 ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS C26 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE D02 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, LIQUID FUELS, AND LUBRICANTS D03 GASEOUS FUELS D05 COAL AND COKE D19 WATER D27 ELECTRICAL INSULATING LIQUIDS AND GASES D33 PROTECTIVE COATING AND LINING WORK FOR POWER GENERATION FACILITIES E10 NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY AND APPLICATIONS E44 SOLAR, GEOTHERMAL AND OTHER ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES E48 BIOENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS FROM BIOMASS A01 STEEL, STAINLESS STEEL AND RELATED ALLOYS C01 CEMENT C09 CONCRETE AND CONCRETE AGGREGATES D02 PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, LIQUID FUELS, AND LUBRICANTS D03 GASEOUS FUELS D04 ROAD AND PAVING MATERIALS D15 ENGINE COOLANTS AND RELATED FLUIDS D18 SOIL AND ROCK D24 CARBON BLACK D35 GEOSYNTHETICS E12 COLOR AND APPEARANCE E17 VEHICLE - PAVEMENT SYSTEMS E21 SPACE SIMULATION AND APPLICATIONS OF SPACE TECHNOLOGY E36 ACCREDITATION & CERTIFICATION E57 3D IMAGING SYSTEMS F03 GASKETS F07 AEROSPACE AND AIRCRAFT F09 TIRES F16 FASTENERS F25 SHIPS AND MARINE TECHNOLOGY F37 LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT F38 UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS F39 AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS F41 UNMANNED MARITIME VEHICLE SYSTEMS (UMVS) F44 GENERAL AVIATION AIRCRAFT F45 DRIVERLESS AUTOMATIC GUIDED INDUSTRIAL VEHICLES D10 PACKAGING D11 RUBBER E31 HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS E35 PESTICIDES, ANTIMICROBIALS, AND ALTERNATIVE CONTROL AGENTS E54 HOMELAND SECURITY APPLICATIONS E55 MANUFACTURE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS E56 NANOTECHNOLOGY F02 FLEXIBLE BARRIER PACKAGING F04 MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MATERIALS AND DEVICES F29 ANESTHETIC AND RESPIRATORY EQUIPMENT F30 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES G04 COMPATIBILITY AND SENSITIVITY OF MATERIALS IN OXYGEN ENRICHED ATMOSPHERES C07 LIME AND LIMESTONE D14 ADHESIVES D16 AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS AND RELATED CHEMICALS D20 PLASTICS D26 HALOGENATED ORGANIC SOLVENTS AND FIRE EXTINGUISHING AGENTS D28 ACTIVATED CARBON D32 CATALYSTS E13 MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY AND SEPARATION SCIENCE E15 INDUSTRIAL AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS E27 HAZARD POTENTIAL OF CHEMICALS E35 PESTICIDES, ANTIMICROBIALS, AND ALTERNATIVE CONTROL AGENTS F40 DECLARABLE SUBSTANCES IN MATERIALS E11 QUALITY AND STATISTICS E36 ACCREDITATION & CERTIFICATION E43 SI PRACTICE E55 MANUFACTURE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS E56 NANOTECHNOLOGY F42 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING 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ASTM Technical Journals

Peer-Reviewed Papers Assist Researchers and Readers

Whether a paper addresses epoxy resin or self-consolidating concrete, unsaturated soils or ballistics, it can find an outlet in one of ASTM International’s four technical journals; the journals detail original research and work in testing and evaluation, materials performance, and geotechnical and civil engineering.

The ASTM journals range from the well-established Journal of Testing and Evaluation and Geotechnical Testing Journal to the newer Advances in Civil Engineering Materials and Materials Performance and Characterization. The Journal of Testing and Evaluation began publishing in 1973 and Geotechnical Testing Journal first circulated in 1978, both Advances in Civil Engineering Materials and Materials Performance and Characterization debuted in 2012.

“One of the things that makes ASTM journals unique and tremendously valuable is the fact that there is a very real synergy between the journals, which define the state-of-the-art, and the ASTM testing standards, which define the state-of-practice,” says William J. Likos, Ph.D., associate professor of geological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who also works on ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, and serves as co-editor for the Geotechnical Testing Journal.

The journals contain peer-reviewed technical papers, appear in scientific journal indexes and, as indicated by increases in frequency and number, provide a useful resource for both authors and readers.

It Starts with Peer Review

Peer review sets ASTM International technical journals apart from many other publications and editorial processes; their editors agree that it is essential to paper quality and critical to the process.

“Peer-reviewed journal articles are considered the principal forum for disseminating new fundamental knowledge in science and engineering,” says Richard W. Neu, Ph.D., co-editor of Materials Performance and Characterization and professor of mechanical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, who is a member at large on the executive subcommittee of Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture.

“As a user of papers, I pay little attention to papers in journals that aren’t peer reviewed,” says Leslie Struble, Ph.D., editor in chief of Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a long-time member of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. “I want peer review as a reader of papers, a writer of papers and an editor of papers.”

For the ASTM journals, peer review occurs in a single blind process, one in which the author does not know who reviews the paper. Each paper has at least two reviews, and sometimes three, as well as reviews by journal editors and the technical editor. The process culls suitable from unsuitable papers, and it assists authors in improving articles both technically and editorially.

Indexes Help in Locating Papers

Listings in such services as the Science Citation Index (for Journal of Testing and Evaluation and Geotechnical Testing Journal), COMPENDEX, SCOPUS, Chemical Abstracts and more provide an added bonus both for authors and readers. The indexes afford certain advantages: listings help readers and other researchers find papers on specific topics of interest, help potential authors locate information related to work they have done or may consider doing and aid researchers, administrators, faculty and students.

It typically takes more than a Google search, according to Struble, to find scholarly information. And the libraries and library consortia worldwide that subscribe to indexes and to ASTM International’s Standards and Engineering Digital Library assist in locating ASTM technical papers on a wide variety of technical subjects. Materials Performance and Characterization and Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, new to the field, are being picked up by indexers as well.

Journal Editors and Editorial Boards

Once a paper has been submitted for publication, the editorial process starts with the journal editors, a group with experience and knowledge in technical areas and in related ASTM standards development committees.

The technical editors have built global editorial boards that in turn tap into a global network of reviewers. The editorial board members assign manuscript submissions for review; these individuals hold positions in academia, government laboratories and industry around the world.

The editorial board of the Journal of Testing and Evaluation includes more than 50 members; Geotechnical Testing Journal has close to 40; Materials Performance and Characterization has 30, and Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 18.

“We look to the leaders in their field,” says Neu. “We seek editorial board members who are well versed in their field and are active in publishing papers and can readily target relevant reviewers to ensure the articles that we publish are relevant and clear to the readers.”

ASTM editorial board members ensure technical and editorial quality; they also help promote the journal and solicit papers. “Also, editorial board members generally know individuals within their respective disciplines who are willing and well-qualified to provide in-depth reviews of submitted papers. That’s a real plus,” says M.R. Mitchell, Ph.D., president of Mechanics and Materials Consulting, Flagstaff, Ariz., and a veteran ASTM International member, who is editor in chief of the Journal of Testing and Evaluation.

“I believe we represent the research and scientific communities worldwide and have an international group who know and understand the nature and tone of the research and engineering occurring in their countries,” Mitchell adds.

Paper Submission and First Look

Prospective and returning authors can find manuscript submission and assistance for all ASTM International journals online. The main page gives an overview of each journal and includes links for each.

An “Online Paper Submittal” link for each journal takes authors to the paper submission site, which uses ScholarOne, an online peer review system, and author instructions, a copyright agreement and user tutorials as well as a sample manuscript and an ASTM paper style manual.

Guides and tutorials for authors, administrators, editors and reviewers can also be found at the online training link along with frequently asked questions and a place to submit questions.

Another link, “First Look Papers,” gives readers and researchers early access to peer reviewed and accepted articles before they are published. The abstracts can be viewed and the papers purchased in this section. Once an article has been published in an issue, the first look version is removed and the paper appears in the journal issue.

New Papers and Journal Archives

Interested users and authors can keep up with all new papers for the journals through subscribing to an RSS feed or Tracker email alerts. The RSS feed (an internet bookmark) includes a list of the newest paper titles and their posting dates. The journals paper Tracker, which can be customized for one or more journals, will result in a free monthly emailed list of newly published papers.

In addition, journal issues are archived online at the journal’s “Issues” link, and archives of past journals are also available, including Cement, Concrete and Aggregates, Journal of ASTM International, Journal of Composites Technology and Research, and Journal of Forensic Sciences.

To learn more, check the journals out online, or contact Kathy Dernoga, ASTM managing editor, books and journals (phone: 610-832-9617).

The ASTM International Journals: An Overview

A check of recent Journal of Testing and Evaluation contents reveals articles on asphalt performance, airfield pavements and batch inspection, among others. A multi-disciplinary forum for applied sciences and engineering, JOTE presents both field and laboratory testing details about the performance, characterization and evaluation of materials. “JOTE occupies an unusual niche in that it’s testing and evaluation and analysis,” says JOTE’s editor in chief, M.R. Mitchell, Ph.D., president of Mechanics and Materials Consulting, Flagstaff, Ariz. That means that entire fatigue test data sets might appear, or financial statistics, which might not be printed in another outlet, as well as papers on structural or materials analysis; ballistics and fire arms; and hardness, impact and tensile testing, among others.

Advances in Civil Engineering Materials appears online in one continuous annual issue. A journal that covers material processing, structure, properties and performance, ACEM typically looks at concrete and asphalt, steel and wood, polymers and composites, and it owes part of its scope to a former ASTM publication. “There had been a journal, Cement and Concrete Aggregates, many years ago, and the standards community in cement and concrete was supportive of a new ASTM journal in this area; ACEM is a place to find research papers related to standards,” says Leslie J. Struble, Ph.D., ACEM editor in chief and professor emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill. ACEM is a journal for research papers related to standards for properties and performance of civil engineering materials.

Geotechnical Testing Journal is very much for both researchers and practitioners,” says William J. Likos, Ph.D., associate professor of geological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and GTJ co-editor. The journal is also intended to encourage participation in Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Likos says, “Our goal is to publish papers that have direct relevance to ongoing soil and rock testing activities in our community.” The journal helps keep professionals on top of new developments, and it serves as a forum for information exchange in emerging areas of geotechnical engineering, such as unsaturated soil mechanics and soil thermal behavior testing, in its papers. Reflecting the increased number of papers submitted is GTJ’s publication of six issues per year now instead of four.

Materials Performance and Characterization has a scope of materials processing, structure, properties and performance in engineering systems. MPC papers address both theoretical and practical aspects of the processing, structure, properties and performance of materials for mechanical systems, transportation, aerospace, energy and medical devices. “With the ties to ASTM International, I see MPC as a leading forum to discuss new ideas that eventually will lead to standardization that supports industry,” says Richard W. Neu, Ph.D., MPC co-editor, and professor of mechanical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. This year, MPC features special issues on thermal process modeling, simulation and optimization; high temperature fatigue; fracture toughness; and advances in fatigue and fracture mechanics.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.