Smart Materials and Structures

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Smart Materials and Structures  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Smart Mater. Struct.
Discipline Materials science
Language English
Edited by E. Garcia
Publication details
IOP Publishing (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 0964-1726 (print)
1361-665X (web)
OCLC no. 605076565

Smart Materials and Structures is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed scientific journal covering technical advances in smart materials, systems, structures and device engineering.

The editors-in-chief from 1992–2007 were Richard O. Claus (Virginia Tech) and Vijay K. Varadan (University of Arkansas). As of 2008, the editor-in-chief is E. Garcia (Cornell University).


A smart material is defined as any material that is capable of being controlled such that its response and properties change under a stimulus. A smart structure or system is capable of reacting to stimuli or the environment in a prescribed manner. Smart Materials and Structures is committed to the understanding, expansion and dissemination of knowledge in this subject matter. To this end, the Journal publishes articles in the following areas:

  • Smart materials development and application—including, but not limited to, shape memory alloys and polymers, electro and magnetorheological materials, piezoelectrics, ferroelectrics, piezomagnetics, electro and magnetostrictive materials, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, electro and magnetocaloric materials, electrochromics, IPMCs, electroactive polymers, energy storage materials, ferroelectrics, self-healing materials and multifunctional materials in general.
  • Smart materials utilized as sensors and actuators with applications at any scale.
  • Adaptive structural systems, actively controlled structures with smart materials and other non-traditional actuators.
  • Sensor and sensor networks for smart materials and structure applications, processing of sensor information for adaptive control or structural health monitoring as well as integration of these sensor networks into materials and structures.
  • Smart optical materials for modification in spectral shifts and refractive index shift.
  • Structural health monitoring with applications to ground vehicles, aircraft and civil infrastructure.
  • Intelligent systems, integrated with sensors, actuators and controllers, applied to automation and robotic systems that utilize smart material systems.
  • Energy harvesting systems including modelling, applications and implementation issues.
  • Smart material systems that utilize biomimetics and bioinspiration.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2013 impact factor of 2.449.[1]


  1. ^ "Smart Materials and Structures". 2013 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2014. 

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