Guide for Authors

Aims and Scope

Mechanics of Advanced Composite Structures (MACS) is an enabler of information exchange among mechanical, metallurgical, civil, chemical, and aerospace engineers as well as students and researchers concerned with all branches and aspects of composite materials science and engineering. Its focus is on the most recent original theoretical, experimental, and analytical researches and findings on the mechanical, structural, thermal properties, and fabrication techniques relevant to the application of advanced materials and composite structures including macro-to-nano reinforcements in polymeric, metallic and ceramic matrices.  Fatigue and fracture properties, creep and stress relaxation, impact damage behavior, condition monitoring, damage detection and identification, vibration analysis, structural dynamics characterization, and durability and aging are given special attention. Research papers that explore new and innovative aspects of mathematical models and computational methods including multi-scale techniques, atomistic molecular dynamics simulation and continuum methodology are especially welcome.


Types of Manuscripts

Original research papers, reviews, short communications, letters to the editor.


Submission Declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language.



Submission to this journal can proceed online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your manuscript files (in both MS Word and pdf file formats) at the journal website: After acceptance, corresponding author will be asked to submit source files which are needed for further processing.



Please click on MACS Template to download the manuscript template.

The essential language of the manuscript is English. The text should be in two-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Note figures, tables and text graphics should be embedded in the text (Please See MACS Template). To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor.


Article Structure

Each paper should have the following subsections:


Title: Use the concise and informative title. Title should be as brief as possible.


Title Case Capitalization Style: MACS uses the Chicago-style title case (headline-style) for the capitalization of article titles. According to the Chicago headline-style, you should capitalize all words in the title with the following exceptions:
  • Do not capitalize articles (a, an, the), except if it is the first or last word in the title.
  • Do not capitalize coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for).
  • Do not capitalize prepositions (of, in, at, above, under) unless they are used as adverbs or adjectives.
  • If the first element is merely a prefix or combining form that could not stand by itself as a word (anti, pre, etc.), do not capitalize the second element unless it is a proper noun or proper adjective.
You can use online resources called Title Case Converter or Capitalize My Title. They allow you to enter the article's title, and it then show you how it would be formatted in title case according to Chicago-style.


Author Information: Please indicate the family name clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and the e-mail address of each author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. The name of the corresponding author should be specified with an asterisk after name (e.g., Amir-Mahdi Shateri*). Authors’ names should be typed in full, not abbreviated.


Submission with ORCID iD: We welcome and strongly recommend the authors specify their ORCID iD when they submit the manuscript. The ORCID iD icon, , an active hyperlink to the ORCID record, will appear next to the author's name in the article. Clicking on this icon will take readers to the author's profile on and allow them to discover further publications of the author.


Abstract: The abstract should briefly state the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. All articles must have an abstract containing 200 to 300 words in one paragraph. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text.


Key Words: All articles should have a list of key terms for indexing purposes. Provide a maximum of 5 keywords.


Body Text: The article should be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2 ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. The Text of the article must be concise and in a readily understandable style. The technical description of the methods used should only be given in detail when they are new. All the equations should be clearly typed and consecutively numbered. All symbols used must be clearly defined. For articles containing more than a few symbols, include a nomenclature list in alphabetical order (with a separate heading) following the alphabetical listing in English. The Nomenclature section should be placed after Conclusion and before the Acknowledgementssection. All articles must use SI units throughout.


Figures and Tables: All figures and tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals and must be mentioned in the manuscript. They must be placed as close as possible to the first reference to them in the paper. In figures, number and caption should be typed below and in tables those should be typed above. Figures and tables must be aligned in the centre of column and sized appropriately as width as one column. Although, large figures and tables that takes up more than 1 column width should be placed at the top or bottom of a page. For referring to figure or table don’t use bracket or parenthesis. Text/symbols within the figure must be at least a size 9 point after rescaling to the final publication format. In general, for best results, figures must be submitted at the highest possible quality. Figures should be consecutively numbered. The author can submit color figures that will print in black and white, but will be in color online. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included.


Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements should be collected in a separate section at the end of the article before the appendix and references.


Conflicts of Interest: Please click here to download CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE FORM. The author declares that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this manuscript. In addition, the authors have entirely observed the ethical issues, including plagiarism, informed consent, misconduct, data fabrication and/or falsification, double publication and/or submission, and redundancy.


Appendixes: Appendixes appear after Conflicts of Interest.


References: Authors are responsible for the authenticity and completeness of all references.

The authors should use the MACS Referencing Style. Some examples are given as follows:

[1] Mouritz, A.P., Gellert, E., Burchill, P. and Challis, K., 2001. Review of advanced composite structures for naval ships and submarines. Composite structures, 53(1), pp.21-42.

[2] Lau, K.T., Lu, M. and Hui, D., 2006. Coiled carbon nanotubes: Synthesis and their potential applications in advanced composite structures. Composites Part B: Engineering, 37(6), pp.437-448.

[3] Trask, R.S. and Bond, I.P., 2006. Biomimetic self-healing of advanced composite structures using hollow glass fibres. Smart Materials and Structures, 15(3), p.704.

[4] Jones, R.M., 2014. Mechanics of composite materials. CRC press.

[5] Khalili, M.R., Rajabpour, M., Jafarinezhad, M.R. and Maher, R., 2017. Compression Analysis of Hollow Cylinder Basalt Continuous Filament Epoxy Composite Filled with Shape Memory Wire. Mechanics of Advanced Composite Structures, 4(3), pp.225-232.

[6] Ma, L.S. and Lee, D.W., 2011. A further discussion of nonlinear mechanical behavior for FGM beams under in-plane thermal loading. Composite Structures, 93(2), pp.831-842.

[7] Kwon, J., 2012. Characterization of deformation mechanisms in pre-strained NiAl-Mo composites and α-Ti alloy (Doctoral dissertation, The Ohio State University).

[8] Pitta, S., Roure Fernández, F., Crespo Artiaga, D. and Rojas Gregorio, J.I., 2018. Investigation on repairs of aircraft composite structures made with various joining techniques. In 21st International Conference on Composite Structures (pp. 1-26).

[9] Google (2020) Google terms of service. Available at: (Accessed: 11 May 2020).

Please click here to download MACS COPYRIGHT FORM. Authors must know that the exclusive copyright in their published paper in this journal shall be assigned to the Semnan University. Under no circumstance, articles received will not be returned to the authors. The publisher will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author to use the material contained in the paper in other works.

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be included with each manuscript submission. It should be concise and explain why the content of the paper is significant, placing the findings in the context of existing work. It should explain why the manuscript fits the scope of MACS. Any prior submissions of the manuscript to MACS also must be acknowledged.

All cover letters are required to include the following statements:

  • Confirmation that the content of the manuscript has not been published, or submitted for publication elsewhere
  • Confirmation that all authors have approved the manuscript for submission
  • An explanation of any issues relating to journal policies
  • A declaration of any potential competing interests