Mechanics of Solids accepts full-length original Research articles as well as Review papers and Technical Notes. It also welcomes Case Studies and Registered Reports related to solid mechanics. MS also publishes guest-edited Topical Collections of relevance to all aspects of the mechanics of solids.
The peer review process is a fundamental step in any academic journal, critical for its success and prestige. This journal builds on the competence of the Journal Editors and the Editorial Advisory Board member's field expertise.
All journal content is subjected to a formal review process. All submissions are assessed first by the editor, for suitability for the journal. Afterward, if suitable, they are submitted to a blind peer-review process by at least two reviewers (experts in the field), to guarantee the quality of its content, structure, and language.
The journal recommends COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.
Potential reviewers should provide accurate personal and professional information and a fair representation of their expertise, including verifiable and accurate contact information. When approached to review, reviewers should agree to review only if they have the necessary expertise to assess the manuscript and can be unbiased in the assessment, clearly identifying any gaps.
A declaration of potential competing (or conflicting) interests is required to accept to review a manuscript. Any potential competing interest that may prevent from reviewing should be raised. Competing interests may be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political, or religious in nature. In addition, the reviewers should not agree to review a manuscript just to gain sight of it with no intention of submitting a complete and fair review or agree to review a manuscript that is very similar to one they have in preparation or under consideration at another journal.
It is courteous to respond to an invitation to review within a reasonable time frame, even if you cannot undertake the review. The reviewers should agree to review only if they are able to return the review within the proposed or mutually agreed time frame. Please always inform the journal promptly if the circumstances change and it is not possible to fulfill the original agreement (or if an extension is required).