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Research Journal of The Polish Society of Composite Materials

Editorial Board


Katarzyna N. Braszczyńska-Malik (Poland)
Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Production Engineering and Materials Technology, Institute of Materials Engineering, Poland
Metal matrix composites, light metal alloys, fabrication processes, microstructure and properties

Associate Editors

Jan Dusza (Slovakia)
Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Republic
Microstructure and mechanical properties of ceramic matrix composites, nano-composites, fractographic failure analysis of brittle materials, nano-mechanical testing of advanced ceramic and ceramic based composites
Jerzy Sobczak (Poland)
Foundry Research Institute, Poland
Metal matrix composites, lightweight metals and alloys, functionally graded structures, high porosity media, special foundry techniques
Abdullach Tugrul Seyhan (Turkey)
Eskisehir Technical University (ETU), Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Turkey
Nanocomposites, processing of fibre reinforced polymer composite materials, mechanical, thermal, physical and microstructural characterization of composite materials
Mateusz Kozioł (Poland)
Silesian University of Technology
Polymer matrix composites (PMCs), functional nanocomposites, recycling of PMCs

Editorial Board

Victor Birman (USA)
Stanisław Błażewicz (Poland)
Aldo R. Boccaccini (United Kingdom)
T.W. Clyne (United Kingdom)
Philippe Colomban (France)
Ignazio Crivelli-Visconti (Italy)
Lech Czarnecki (Poland)
Jan Dutkiewicz (Poland)
Luciano Feo (Italy)
Ludo Froyen (Belgium)
Werner Hufenbach (Germany)
David Hui (USA)
Karl U. Kainer (Germany)
Jang-Kyo Kim (Hong Kong, China)
Marian Klasztorny (Poland)
Józef Koszkul (Poland)
Lothar Kroll (Germany)
Satish Kumar (USA)
Krzysztof J. Kurzydłowski (Poland)
Marcin Leonowicz (Poland)
Pavel Lukac (Czech Republic)
Gad Marom (Israel)
Stanisław Mazurkiewicz (Poland)
Roger Naslain (France)
Seeram Ramakrishna (Singapore)
Michał Szweycer (Poland)
Akira Todoroki (Japan)
Danuta Żuchowska (Poland)

Aims and Scope:

The Composites Theory and Practice Journal constitutes a medium for the publication of theoretical and experimental studies and reviews on fabrication techniques, structure, properties, behaviour and engineering applications of a wide range of composite materials. The Journal publishes original (research and technological) manuscripts and, occasionally, reviews on all aspects of composite materials science and technology.

The main topics covered by the journal are:

Composite materials
  • Polymer matrix composites (PMCs)
  • Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs)
  • Metal matrix composites (MMCs)
  • Bio-composites
  • Nano-composites
  • Smart composites

  1. Production technologies of composites and their processing
  2. Materials science and engineering of composite materials
    1. Macro- and microstructure
    2. Reaction and interfaces between components
    3. Correlation between structure and properties
    4. Mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic, optical, acoustic, other physical and chemical properties, corrosion and tribology
    5. Biocompatibility
  3. Mechanics of composite materials from nano to macro scales
    1. Identification of mechanical (static and dynamic) and physical properties
    2. Constitutive models
    3. Strain rate and temperature sensitive mechanical properties
    4. Rheology of composite materials
    5. Degradation, damage, fracture, failure
    6. Random properties, durability and reliability of composite materials and structures
  4. Numerical modelling, simulation, validation and verification of composite materials and structures (statics, stability, dynamics, rheology)
    1. Application of FE codes to modelling and simulation
    2. Experimental validation and verification of numerical modelling and simulation
    3. Modelling, simulation, validation and verification of degradation and failure of composite materials and structures and composite joints
    4. Optimization of composite materials and structures
  5. Engineering applications of composite materials in civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering, medicine, chemical engineering, marine, automotive and in rail-vehicle engineering
  6. Recycling of composite materials and structures
  7. Health monitoring, degradation, utilization of composite materials and structures
  8. Frontier research and development of composite materials and structures


The Editors accept papers throughout the calendar year. All papers submitted to the Journal are subjected to a thorough peer reviewing process. The prerequisites for accepting articles for publication is to prepare the work in accordance with the requirements of the Journal and to obtain positive reviews.

Before submitting a paper, an Author must prepare it according to the Guidelines for Authors.
After logging into the system, an Author must attach:

  • his / her details (name and surname, affiliation and current e-mail address)
  • paper title
  • paper in Word format
  • paper in PDF format
  • become familiar with the provisions regarding ethics in publishing. By submitting an article to the journal, Authors automatically declare that the work is consistent with the principles against ghostwriting, guest authorship and plagiarism.

Each paper submitted to the Journal is subject to preliminary verification by the Editors for compliance with the Journal requirements (the topic and correct preparation of the paper according to the Guidelines for Authors). If the paper does not satisfy the basic requirements, the Author will be requested to revise the paper and resubmit it.

Having met the preliminary conditions, each manuscript is subject to identical procedures:


* All the papers (in PDF format) are sent to Reviewers. The Journal Reviewers are specialists in composite materials, materials engineering and related sciences (Reviewers are always selected from other institutions than the Authors of the paper).The decision to appoint a reviewer belongs only to the Editor.

The reviewers for particular papers are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief (himself or having sought the opinion of the Section Editors) depending on the detailed topic of the submitted paper. Each Reviewer is asked to prepare an opinion on the paper on the standard Review form (available for Reviewers online in electronic format).

Reviewer before commencing work should become familiar with and act in accordance with the principles of ethics for the Journal. The Reviewer must guarantee:

  • an objective opinion
  • no conflict of interests (no personal or professional relationships with the paper Authors)
  • confidentiality.

* The Reviewer can present his / her comments in a descriptive form and classifies the paper as: accepted in the present form, in need of minor revision, in need of major revision or rejected. The Reviewer also has the right to request the paper to be submitted to him / her again after revisions for repeated review and acceptance.

* The Author (or Co-author – named as the contact person to receive correspondence) receives reviews (without the Reviewers’ names) in PDF format.

Where a revision is required, the authors are required to respond in detail to the Editor's, Editorial Office's and Reviewer's comments (by sending to the Editor) and to make corrections to the manuscript. In cases of dispute (including possible rejection of the manuscript) or at the author's request, the decision is taken by the Editors (with the final decision belonging to the Editor-in-Chief), who can appoint further reviewers if necessary.

* If the review is positive or the paper is submitted after corrections according to the Reviewers’ and Editor's remarks, the paper is referred to a further editorial procedure.


* Each paper is proofread by a specialist native speaker of English. After proofreading the Author receives the corrected paper for acceptance of the corrections, remarks and suggestions of the proofreader.

* After the language proofreading and acceptance thereof by the Author, technical proofreading is done by the technical proofreader, then the text is typeset and formatted and all the papers submitted to the particular issue are subject to final technical proofreading.

(In case of any doubt arising during technical proofreading or typesetting and formatting of a particular paper, the Coordinating Editor contacts the Author again).

* Finally the whole issue goes to press and after its publication the particular papers are made available online (in PDF format) on the Journal website.

The order in which the papers are printed in the particular issue / publishing year depends both on the date of submission to the Editors and on how fast the paper undergoes the whole procedure as described above.

Submitting an article to the Journal is tantamount to expressing consent to publication in both paper and electronic form. The corresponding Author of the article receives (free of charge) the printed version of the Journal Issue, in which the article appeared. The electronic version is available without restrictions (free of charge to all readers).

By submitting the manuscript, the Authors automatically agree to the processing of the personal data provided by the Editors and Publishing House.

No honorarium will be paid. The journal does not have article submission charges.

The ethics rules

The ethics rules for the Composites Theory and Practice journal are based on the Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors issued by the Committee for Publishing Ethics (COPE).


An editor of a reviewed journal is responsible for making decisions which articles should be published, and in addition be responsible for all publications in the journal. By making these decisions, an editor may be guided by the editorial policy of the journal, as well as the legal requirements for libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. An editor may communicate with other editors or reviewers when making a decision about publication.
An editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content and follow the COPE guidelines for withdrawing articles. The editor shall not disclose any information about the manuscript he considers to anyone except the authors, reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some cases - members of the editorial board, as deemed appropriate.
Unpublished materials contained in the submitted manuscript cannot be used in the editor's own research. Valuable information or ideas obtained as a result of evaluation of the work must be confidential and cannot be used for personal gain.
The editor undertakes to ensure that advertising, reprinting or other commercial revenues do not affect editorial decisions. The editor should strive to ensure a fair and proper review process. The editor should require all colleagues to disclose relevant conflicting interests.


Reviewing helps the editor in making editorial decisions, and through editorial communication with the author, can also help the author improve the manuscript.
Any invited reviewer who does not feel competent to review the research reported in the article or knows that its timely execution will be impossible, should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
All manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown or discussed with other people unless permitted by the editor.
Reviews should be processed objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Reviewers should clearly express their views using appropriate supporting arguments.
The reviewer should also draw the Editor's attention to any significant similarities or overlaps between the manuscripts under consideration and any other published data about which he has personal knowledge.
Privileged information or ideas obtained as a result of the assessment must be confidential and cannot be used for personal gain. Reviewers should not judge manuscripts in the event of a conflict of interest, including those resulting from competitive cooperation or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, a company or institution related to the manuscript.


Authors reporting the results of original research should provide a detailed description of the performed work and an objective discussion about its significance. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works and if they have used the work and/or words of other people, that they have been quoted appropriately.
The author should not publish manuscripts describing basically the same research in more than one journal or original publication. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal is considered as unethical publication behavior and is unacceptable.
Proper recognition of the work of others must always be granted. The authors should also cite publications that influenced the inspiration and determined the nature of the submitted work.
Authorship should be limited to persons who have made a significant contribution to the concept, design, performance or interpretation of the results of the submitted manuscript. All those who have made a significant contribution should be listed as co-authors. If there are other people who have participated in certain aspects of the research project, they should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
The author for correspondence should ensure that all the relevant co-authors (as defined above) are listed and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the list of authors of the manuscript. He/she must also ensure that all the co-authors approved the final version of the article and agreed to submit it for publication.
All authors should disclose in their manuscripts all financial or other conflicts of interest that can be interpreted as affecting the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for work should be indicated.
When the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his own published work, it is the responsibility of the author to immediately notify the editor or publisher of the journal and to cooperate to withdraw the article or to publish an appropriate errata.

Publisher confirmation

In cases of alleged or proven scientific abuse, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close cooperation with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and change the article. This includes a quick errata publication or, in the most severe cases, complete withdrawal of the paper.

Bibliographical information

Scientific Journal of the Polish Society of Composite Materials

ISSN (Print): 2084-6096

ISSN (Electronic): 2299-128X

Published since 2001

(formerly: KOMPOZYTY (COMPOSITES) - to 2011 - ISSN 1641-8611)

The publication is indexed by:

  • Scopus
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI - Thomson Reuters; Clarivate Analytics)
  • Chemical Abstracts Service
  • journals scored by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Poland)
  • Library of Congress (USA)
  • National Library of Poland
  • BazTech
  • IndexCopernicus

the Journal is also distributed to libraries and scientific institutions.


Polish Society of Composite Materials Publishing Services

Al. Armii Krajowej 19

42-200 Częstochowa, Poland

tel. +48 34 325 07 21

E-mail: ptmk@ptmk.net

Statistical editor:  Ewa Majchrzak
Language editor:  Christine Frank-Szarecka
Technical corrector:  Zdzisława Tasarz
Typesetting and paging:  Dorota Boratyńska


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E-mail: ptmk@ptmk.net

Issues 200 copies


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Annual subscription price 36 EUR (pinted version)

Single issue price 9 EUR (pinted version)

The electronic version is available without restrictions (free of charge to all readers).

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