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Publishing Format Changing for IMMI in 2017

As of January 1, 2017, Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation (IMMI) will convert from an Open Access journal to a subscription journal. IMMI will continue to be published by SpringerNature, which will host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and will remain fully searchable via the SpringerOpen website. All submissions made at the new submission site will be considered for the subscription-based journal. Accepted articles will be published after January 1, 2017.

Article collections

Enabling Additive Manufacturing Through Digital-Data and Model Integration
Edited by: Dr. Jonathan D. Miller, Dr. David U. Furrer, and Prof Sudarsanam Suresh Babu
Collection published: 11 February 2016

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Aims and scope

Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation is committed to building a seamless and dynamic materials and manufacturing design framework supporting the accelerated discovery, development, and application of materials and processes. The journal explores innovations from the discovery of materials through their manufacture that support the practice of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). IMMI focuses on presenting new experimental and computational tools, data analysis and management methods, and valuable multiscale datasets, and on the impact the use of an ICME approach has on advancing materials and manufacturing technologies.

Great strides have been made in developing experimental, computational, and data analysis techniques that provide insight to solving challenging scientific and engineering problems. We have entered an era in which individual tools and dispersed data must be connected into integrated toolsets that are made available to materials, manufacturing, and design engineers to create a materials innovation infrastructure for ICME. The tools and methodologies required to integrate and manage across length and time scales as well as discipline boundaries are extraordinarily complex, but are at the forefront of scientific and engineering progress.

IMMI provides a platform for the presentation of novel research and engineering efforts seeking to solve pervasive or recurring needs in materials and manufacturing. The journal also provides a venue for presenting innovative approaches to overcome key technical challenges in integrating experiment, computation, and data. These challenges include description and representation of complex structure, data management, model verification and validation, as well as seamlessly linking simulations and data.

The journal will publish:

  • Research that supports building a model-based definition of materials and processes that is compatible with model-based engineering design processes and multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Descriptions of novel experimental or computational tools or data analysis techniques, and their application, that are to be used for ICME
  • Best practices in verification and validation of computational tools, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, and data management, as well as standards and protocols for software integration and exchange of data
  • In-depth descriptions of data, databases, and database tools
  • Detailed case studies on efforts, and their impact, that integrate experiment and computation to solve an enduring engineering problem in materials and manufacturing

Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation highly encourages submission of the key digital data supporting published articles to a publicly accessible data repository. Sufficient metadata, including uncertainty quantification, must be included with datasets to adequately describe their provenance.

SpringerOpen membership

Generally, if the corresponding author's organization is a Full Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the Membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members of SpringerOpen, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. Please check if your institution is a Member.

Society affiliation

Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation is an official journal of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society.

Editor's Profile

Charles Ward 

Charles Ward's professional career has spanned 25 years, serving in several roles in research, engineering, and management. His research has focused on microstructure-property relationships in titanium and titanium aluminide alloys. He has served as manager for the Air Force's basic research program in metals and then as an engineer on the F-35 propulsion program. He also served as staff officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and then Air Force liaison for materials research and development in Europe. Dr. Ward has served as Chief of the Metals, Ceramics and Nondestructive Evaluation Division, and is currently Lead for Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering at the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Dayton.