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Advanced Composites Letters accepts short communications and full papers, which make an original contribution to the field of science and engineering of advanced composite materials or structures. Short communications should concentrate on results and conclusions. They should however include supporting information necessary for a thorough understanding of the article. Full papers should make an original contribution to the field of the journal and should include a detailed discussion of the results obtained.

Letters providing insight into macroscopic behaviour in terms of microscopic mechanism are encouraged, as are Letters discussing original ideas of an innovative nature. Contributions of a theoretical nature should indicate possible applications. Where there is a significant mathematical contribution, the author is required to explain in some detail the application of the mathematics.

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Bi-monthly. Six issues per volume; one volume per year.

Current Issue

Volume 27, Issue 2, 2018

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Editorial Board

L. Asp


I. Crivelli Visconti

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dei Materiali e Della Produzione, University of Naples, ITALY

J-F. Gerard


H. Hamada

Faculty of Textile Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology (KIT), Kyoto, JAPAN

P.J. Hogg

Department of Materials, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

Y.W. Mai

School of Aerospace, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Sydney, AUSTRALIA

J.A. Nairn

Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University, Oregon, USA

T. Peijs

Department of Materials, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK

C. Soutis

Professor & Head of Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK

J. Summerscales

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre, School of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, University of Plymouth, UK

R. Talreja

Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

J. Thomason

Professor of Advanced Materials & Composites, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

O.T. Thomsen

Head of Department, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, DENMARK

D. Wagner

The Livio Norzi Professor in Materials Science, Department of Materials and Interfaces, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, ISRAEL

Open Access at Advanced Composites Letters

What is Open Access

Open Access is the rather new idea of making scientific research manuscripts accessible online for free to anyone from everywhere in the world. It was introduced in the early 1990s and has been gaining particular popularity since the mid 2000s. Open Access aspires to make research literature more valuable so people can build upon it and do interesting things in new ways. Today, progress in science and education depends inextricably on access to online scientific content. Researchers will advance topics they have access to, professors will teach material they have access to, students will study manuscripts they have access to. Openness is clearly the future because it helps scientific discovery and learning happen faster.

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Benefits for the author

Open Access manuscripts can be accessed and downloaded for free by anyone (regular manuscripts are accessible only by subscribing libraries/institutions).

Exceedingly wider distribution than regular manuscripts maximizes visibility. The more people can see your work, the more they can build upon it and cite you.

Availability to subscribing partners even outside their institution's network.

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Open Access in ACL

ACL authors have the opportunity to opt for Open Access during the online manuscript submission phase. After acceptance of the manuscript, corresponding authors will be contacted by the UK-based offices of the journal's international distribution company to complete the payment before their manuscript is made public. Both offline and online payment options are available at Turpin. Authors can opt for Open Access even after acceptance of the manuscript by expressing interest to the Editorial Office of ACL.

Open articles are explicitly designated and stand out in ACL's table of contents and in the search results of major indexing services.

Open Access cost at ACL

Advanced Composites Letters has established a highly competitive Open Access fee policy with special-offer rates of £300 GBP for letter articles and £500 GBP for full articles. These rates are in fact among the lowest offered in the scientific publishing industry for a fully-indexed journal (ISI, WoS, EI Compendex, EBSCO, Scopus, Google Scholar).

Guidelines and notes

Submission of papers

As of August 2006, contributors should submit their papers for refereeing only by using the automatic online submission tool (OMMS).

Manuscripts should not be simultaneously considered for publication elsewhere.

Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to reproduce any figures for which copyright exists.

Categories of contributions

Full Articles which should not exceed 10 (ten) pages of double-spaced text and a maximum of 10 (ten) photographs and/ or line diagrams.

Letters which should not exceed 8 (eight) double-spaced pages of text including photographs and line diagrams.

Communications to the Editor which are very short letters to the Editor that contain novel- sometimes provocative- ideas and results.

Open Access

ACL authors have the opportunity to publish their manuscripts as Open Access, with multiple benefits. Open articles are explicitly designated and stand out in ACL's table of contents and in the search results of major indexing services. Read more about Open Access possibilities and costs in ACL.

Preparation of Manuscripts

In order for a short communication or a full paper to be published the following conditions must be met:

Each Letter should have a short, informative title and should include an abstract of 70 words or less.

Short replies to recently published Letters are encouraged and should not exceed 300 words and one figure.

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Full papers are also welcomed under the following conditions

  • two hard copies of the manuscript must be submitted
  • all papers should also be submitted in an electronic form (e-mail attachment or 3½ diskette)
  • text must be double line spaced and in single column format
  • tables and figures must not be incorporated within the text, but should be appended on separate sheets.

The title of all contributions should reflect its contents. Names and addresses of the authors should follow the title. Footnotes should be avoided.

The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data, although values in other systems may be quoted in parentheses after the SI units if authors consider it necessary. Temperatures should be given in Celsius (oC) or Kelvin scales. The use of proprietary names should be avoided as far as possible, but may be acceptable where, in the Editor's opinion, the proprietary name is a universally known description of the material in question, e.g. Kevlar-49. Papers of advertising nature will not be accepted.


For the print document, figures and line diagrams should be prepared and sent in full-scale at a resolution of 300 dpi. Acceptable formats: TIFF, GIF or EPS.


For the print document, photographic illustrations should be prepared and sent in full-scale at a resolution of 300 dpi. Acceptable formats: TIFF, JPG.


All manuscripts will be read by two or more referees and may require revisions before the final acceptance. Final manuscripts may be amended by the Editor-in-Chief.


References to published work should be numbered sequentially in order of citation in the text, and cited in the text by square brackets. The recommended format is as follows:

  • Surname, Initial, Next surname, Initial etc., “Title “, Journal, Volume/Issue (year of publication), page numbers . A typical example is given below:
  • Friedrich, K. and Selzer, R., “Effect of moisture on mechanical properties and fracture behaviour of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composites”, Adv. Comp. Letters, 2/1 (1993), 10-13.


The authors of full papers will receive a set of page proofs for checking. No new material may be inserted in the text at the time of proof reading unless accepted by the Editor (eg to provide further details of references). All joint contributions should indicate the name and full postal address of the author to whom proofs and the published complimentary issue should be sent.

Page charges and offprints

There will be no page charges. The corresponding author of a published paper will receive the issue in which his/her contribution is presented free of charge. Offprints of a given article can be ordered at current printing prices.

Timescale for publication

The timescale for refereeing, acceptance and publication of all short communication and full papers is 3 to 4 months from the date of submission to the Editorial Office.

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