Friday, 27 January 2023

Help us to improve the journal!


Many high-quality journals focused on the same FIS topics are already published by many professional publishers. Since the first issue, it was clear that Frattura ed Integrita Strutturale (FIS) couldn't be simply an additional journal offered to our community. It was necessary that it should offer something different. 
First of all, IGF decided to organize FIS as a Diamond Open Access journal, without APC and completely free for the readers. Obviously, also the Open Access has a cost (we recently published a post on this topic), but the number of participants to the next IGF27 (February 22-24, 2023) demonstrated that our community understood and appreciated the approach we are following!
Then, in the years, we started offering some different services. Among them, we can recall:
- we adopt OJS, Open Journal System in order to handle the submission, reviewing, publishing and distributing processes;
- papers are published according to the CC-BY 4.0 license; Authors are allowed to retain both the copyright and the publishing rights of their articles without restrictions; each paper has its own DOI (Digital Object Identifier); 
- the Authors have the possibility to embed videos, animations and audio files in their papers;
- all the issue are published also in a browsable version (LINK);
- all the papers are immediately published after acceptance in the "Online first" section;
- we offer the possibility to comment the papers;
- all the papers are organized in "Categories", allowing to the Readers to immediately find the papers focused on many different topics;
since issue 45, July 2018, Visual Abstracts for all the published papers are published in a dedicated YouTube channel (LINK), improving the papers visibility;
- the publication of this Blog.
... and many other minor services!
Thanks to the quality of the published papers, and to the help of many friends as reviewers or editors, we obtained the journal indexing in many databases like Scopus, WoS etc... and we increased our usefulness for our community... and this is more important!
Now, we are asking you to help us to further improve the journal and its usefulness for our community. 
Please, if you have an idea for a new service to be implemented, for something that you think could be useful, please, do not hesitate to share your thoughts by posting your comment to this post! Ciao!

Sunday, 1 January 2023

Issue 63 (January 2023): visual abstracts


We started publishing the Visual Abstracts for all the papers published in Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale in July 2018. After 18 issues and 52465 views, the statistics confirm the usefulness of the Visual Abstracts YouTube channel  in supporting the papers visibility. Please, share with us your thoughts and your suggestions to further improve the usefulness of this channel! 
Here you find the visual abstracts of the issue 63 (January 2023).











Monday, 12 December 2022

Let’s talk about money and open access

Short 2022 report about Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale:

  • Submitted papers: 508
  • Accepted papers: 137
  • Rejection rate: 73% (94% in the last three months!)

We are grateful for the help of editors, members of the editorial boards, reviewers and, obviously, authors: it is only thanks to this wonderful community that it was possible for Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale to improve year after year its quality and its usefulness for our community. 

This amazing result was possible only to their help and … to money! Money is not for salaries (nobody is paid in our journal… we are all volunteers!) but it is necessary for the publication of the papers.

According to Google, “Diamond Open Access refers to a scholarly publication model in which journals and platforms do not charge fees to either authors or readers. Diamond Open Access journals are community-driven, academic-led, and academic-owned publishing initiatives”.

Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale is a “diamond” open access journal. 

But the publication of an OA paper has a cost … considering the cost of Journal website maintenance, templates and plug-ins, DOIs, Crossref, Plagiarism check software, Reviewers acknowledgment service, Flipping book software and miscellanea, the final amount is about 12000 euros per year. 

For the Gruppo Italiano Frattura (IGF, the journal publisher) the only way to publish the journal is to find about 12000 euros per year. The “business model” adopted by IGF is really simple:

  • IGF organizes conferences (with really low fees);
  • The money collected with the fees is completely used for the conferences organization and for the journal.

For this reason, if you love Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale and the possibility it offers to our community to publish papers with a good quality standard (without APC!), join the events organized by IGF!

The next event organized by IGF is IGF27, the 27th International Conference on Fracture and Structural Integrity (February 22-24, 2023)

The registration and abstract submission deadline is not far! Join us and enjoy the conference and the journal! Ciao