An Introduction to the International Journal of Mechanical System Dynamics (IJMSD)

The International Journal of Mechanical System Dynamics (IJMSD, Online ISSN:2767-1402, Print ISSN: 2767-1399) (, is a peer-reviewed open-access journal supported by the Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NJUST), the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (CSTAM), the International Association of Applied Mechanics (IAAM), and distributed by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The current editorial board of IJMSD consists of 33 internationally renowned experts coming from 9 countries, including 14 members of the National Academy of Science or National Academy of Engineering of eight countries, 12 Editors-in-Chief of other international peer-review journals in the related fields, and 11 (in-position or former) presidents/chairmen of international academic associations. This month, IJMSD also announced the first call for submissions. The manuscript submission site via ScholarOne Manuscripts is now available at

Aim of the journal

Mechanical system dynamics is one of the pillars of almost all industries such as machinery, aero & astronautics, marine engineering, transportation, biology, etc. It is the key technology for almost all industrial equipment. It plays a significant role in leading the development of modern science and technology and receives increasing attention worldwide. The International Journal of Mechanical System Dynamics (IJMSD) aims to systematically reveal the vital effect of mechanical system dynamics on the whole lifetime of modern industrial equipment. It serves as an international forum for the rapid publication of high-impact research on dynamics concerning advanced theory, modeling, computation, analysis, software, design, manufacturing, testing, and evaluation of general mechanical systems.

Scope and topics

The journal will publish research articles, reviews and editorials based on both fundamental and applied research concerning the dynamics of all kinds of mechanical systems. The systems concerned include not only various machinery and structures of different scales, but also integrated mechanical systems with multi-physics/multi-disciplinary nature. This journal emphasizes the “system” point of view and system-level tools for understanding the dynamics. It encourages papers with scientific problems emerging from practical engineering and solved by system dynamics approaches. These are the unique features and advantages of IJMSD, which are extremely significant and helpful for efficiently solving dynamics problems associated with complex mechanical systems. Investigations on more general dynamical systems such as complex fluid systems, aerodynamic systems, fractal systems, granular materials, particle fluid, soft materials, metamaterials, and micro-/nano-particles are also welcome if they involve or contribute to the advancement of the mechanical system dynamics field.

Typical topics of mechanical systems dynamics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modeling, computation, and software developments

    • Formulation of multibody system or finite element system dynamics with characteristics such as time varying parameters, time delay, nonlinearity, large deformation, friction, contact and impact, fatigue and fracture, multi scale

    • Dynamics modeling of multi-disciplinary systems such as mechatronic system, smart materials/structures system, multi-agent system, human-machine integrated system, and biomechanical system

    • Dynamics modeling of mechanical systems integrated with electronic, electrical, optical, thermal, magnetic, acoustic, aero, rheological, and fluidic components

    • Nonlinear vibrations and nonlinear dynamics of mechanical systems and structures, structural vibration at different scales

    • Dynamics modeling combined with advanced applied mathematics methods such as fractional-order modeling, model order reduction, surrogate models, mixed first-principles and data-integrated modeling

    • Dynamics simulation techniques such as co-simulation, high-performance computing

    • Novel numerical algorithms for mechanical system dynamics

    • Aspects of uncertainty, robustness, sensitivity, safety, and reliability

    • Verification, validation & accreditation theories and methods

    • Development and application of open-source/commercial software regarding visualization & computer graphics, database and data sharing

  • Design, optimization, diagnostics, and control

    • System engineering and multi-disciplinary design

    • Multi-disciplinary optimization, topology optimization, multi-objective optimization, etc.

    • Health monitoring, fault diagnosis and prediction

    • Smart sensing and actuation

    • Model-based control or combined with data-driven control

    • Vibration and noise control, trajectory planning and motion control

  • Measurement and testing

    • Modal testing and analysis

    • Measurement techniques for vibrations and dynamics response

    • Embedded system and hardware-in-the-loop simulation

    • Signal analysis & processing

    • Inverse problem/system identification

  • Applications of mechanical system dynamics to

    • Manned/unmanned aerial vehicles, underwater/surface/amphibious ships, tracked/wheeled vehicles, high-speed trains, robots, machine tools, wind turbines, civil structures, etc.

    • Advanced manufacturing and production such as additive manufacturing, 4D printing, virtual manufacturing, 3D assembly

    • Production process of energetic/polymeric material