Aims and scope

Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation (IMMI) is committed to building a seamless and dynamic model-based framework supporting the accelerated discovery, development, and application of materials and manufacturing processes. The journal explores innovations from the discovery of materials through their manufacture that support the practice of Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). IMMI focuses on presenting new experimental and computational tools, data analysis and management methods, and valuable multiscale datasets, as well as the application and the impact using of an ICME approach to advance materials and manufacturing technologies.
IMMI provides a platform for the presentation of novel research and engineering efforts seeking to solve pervasive or recurring needs in materials and manufacturing that adhere to the discipline of ICME. IMMI supports research seeking to build model-based definitions of materials and manufacturing processes that incorporate the processing-structure-properties-performance paradigm. The journal provides a venue for presenting innovative approaches to overcoming key technical challenges in integrating experiment, computation, and data that support creation of a materials innovation infrastructure for ICME. These challenges include description and representation of complex material structure, data management, model verification and validation, as well as seamlessly linking simulations and data. Tools and methods that integrate and manage information and knowledge across length and time scales as well as discipline boundaries are extraordinarily complex and at the forefront of scientific and engineering progress.
The journal will publish:

  • Research results that support building model-based definitions of materials and manufacturing processes that are compatible with model-based engineering design processes and multidisciplinary design optimization
  • Descriptions of novel experimental or computational tools or data analysis techniques, and their application, that are intended for use in ICME applications
  • Best practices in verification and validation of computational tools, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, and data management, as well as standards and protocols for software integration and data exchange of importance to ICME
  • In-depth descriptions of data, databases, and database tools of high value to the materials and manufacturing communities
  • Detailed case studies on efforts, and their impact, that integrate experiment and computation to solve an enduring engineering problem in materials and manufacturing following the ICME discipline

IMMI highly encourages linking the key digital data supporting published articles to a publicly accessible data repository. Sufficient metadata must be included with datasets to adequately describe their provenance and enable reuse by others. Data associated with published articles should strive to meet FAIR data principles (https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/)