Friction is a single-blind peer-reviewed open access journal for the publication of theoretical and experimental research works related to the friction, lubrication and wear. Original, high quality research papers and review articles on all aspects of tribology are welcome, including, but are not limited to, a variety of topics, such as:

• Friction: Origin of friction, Friction theories, New phenomena of friction, Nano-friction, Ultra-low friction, Molecular friction, Ultra-high friction, Friction at high speed, Friction at high temperature or low temperature, Friction at solid/liquid interfaces, Bio-friction, Adhesion, etc.
• Lubrication: Superlubricity, Green lubricants, Nano-lubrication, Boundary lubrication, Thin film lubrication, Elastohydrodynamic lubrication, Mixed lubrication, New lubricants, New additives, Gas lubrication, Solid lubrication, etc.
• Wear: Wear materials, Wear mechanism, Wear models, Wear in severe conditions, Wear measurement, Wear monitoring, etc.
• Surface Engineering: Surface texturing, Molecular films, Surface coatings, Surface modification, Bionic surfaces, etc.
• Basic Sciences: Tribology system, Principles of tribology, Thermodynamics of tribo-systems, Micro-fluidics, Thermal stability of tribo-systems, etc.

Friction is an open access journal. It is published quarterly by Tsinghua University Press and Springer, and sponsored by the State Key Laboratory of Tribology (Tsinghua University) and the Chinese Tribology Institute. 

The publication costs are covered by Tsinghua University Press so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge. 

The journal operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. 

  • Covers all aspects of progress in theoretical and experimental research works related to the friction, lubrication, wear, surface engineering and basic sciences
  • Presents 1-2 review articles contributed by high-reputation scientists in the relevant research field for each issue of the journal
  • Features a great weight on the research work on the origin and essence of friction, and the fundamental mechanism studies of friction, wear and lubrication at nano or atomic scale in multidisciplinary view
  • Published on behalf of the State Key Laboratory of Tribology (Tsinghua University) and the Tribology Institute of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society

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  • Jianbin Luo
Managing Editor
  • He CHEN
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6.167 (2020)
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6.14 (2020)
Five year impact factor
118,483 (2021)
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2223-7704
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2223-7690
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