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Aims and Scope

The electronic online journal "Tribology Online", published by the Japanese Society of Tribologists, JAST, aims to facilitate exchange of information through rapid publication of high quality papers for the worldwide development of tribology. The scope includes all aspects of tribology and other science and engineering areas which relate to the subjects of tribology. The journal is completely electronic, and is open to the world for free access through Internet.

Type of Contribution

Tribology Online publishes ArticleShort Communication and Review.

Article is intended to be an original report of researches and technological developments in tribology and relevant fields.

Short Communication is intended to be a preliminary report of new concepts, findings, technological developments and opinions whose rapid publication will be important for a large number of readers in relevant fields.

Review is intended to be review of researches and technological developments in tribology and relevant fields.


Submission of manuscripts implies that it has not been published previously, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Those manuscripts of Papers (Original Contributions) and Short Papers that are written in Japanese and have been published in the Journal of Japanese Society of Tribologists (Toraiborojisuto) may be translated to English and published in Tribology Online; the originality is in the original Japanese papers.

Ethics and responsibilities of authors

It is essential that all who participate in producing the journal conduct themselves as authors, reviewers, editors, and publishers in accord with the highest level of professional ethics and standards. By submitting a manuscript to this journal, each author implicitly confirms that it meets the highest ethical standards. Also, authors should be responsible for statements or opinions advanced in papers to be published in this journal.

Length of Manuscripts

Recommended length for Short Communication is four printed pages (eg 2000 words plus less than ten figures/tables). There is no page limit for Article and Review.

Preparation of Manuscripts

It is a condition for publication that all manuscripts must be written in English, and prepared in accordance with Authors' Guide for Manuscript Preparation., which describes structure of manuscripts, necessary elements to be included and their formats. Manuscript should be prepared in electronic form using accepted word-processing software. 

Electronic Submission

Transfer of documents in manuscript submission, reviewing, correspondence for revision, and authors' reply are made on an online manuscript submission and peer review system, except for signed materials. To submit a manuscript, go to:


The manuscripts submitted are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers before they are:
- accepted for publication with no changes required
- acceptable for publication after minor optional and/or mandatory revision(s)
- not accepted for publication - resubmission recommended after substantial revisions
- rejected for publication

Decisions regarding acceptance of manuscripts are made by the Editor based on reviewers' recommendation. Mandatory and/or optional revisions, and minor amendments, if any, are listed and sent to the authors, who are responsible for making required changes or improvements, or may state objections.

Evaluation of manuscripts of Article is based upon novelty, technical quality, significance of research, clarity and conciseness in presentation, and definitiveness, and whether proper English is used are also the points to be reviewed.

Evaluation of manuscripts of Short Communication is based upon originality and technical quality. Significance of research, clarity in presentation, and whether proper English is used are also the points to be reviewed.

Evaluation of manuscripts of Review is based upon technical quality, significance in relevant fields, and clarity and conciseness in presentation, and whether proper English is used are also the points to be reviewed.

The authors when required revisions should submit the revised manuscript within two months after receipt of the list of comments and suggestions of the reviewers, otherwise the initial submission date is not retained.

Statements and opinions in published papers, even if changed or improved in the course of required revisions, are individual expressions of the authors and not those of the society.

English native correction

When an article that has been accepted for publication needs English native correction, the Editor will ask the authors to do so before they submit the final version of the manuscript. Manuscripts below the acceptable level will not be published.

Publication Charges

No page charge is made.


Correction of errors in documents previously published in Tribology Online may be disclosed in the journal errata pages. Authors should contact

Rights and Permissions

The copyright in papers of all the categories accepted for publication in Tribology Online becomes the property of the Japanese Society of Tribologists; all authors are asked to transfer copyright to the society prior to publication.


Papers published in Tribology Online must not infringe on rights of third parties. Reproduction of any part of the papers elsewhere, in printed or any other forms, by third parties is not allowed without written permission from the society. The authors of the papers published in Tribology Online may reproduce any part of their papers to recognized publications without written permission. In case the authors reproduce whole of their papers, the authors have to make written request to JAST for permission after the material has first been published in Tribology Online. The authors are requested to cite reference to the original papers in the reproduced articles. Reference should be cited explicitly to all the referred materials. If any copyrighted materials previously published by others are used in the papers published in Tribology Online, the authors must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the sources in the paper.

Author Enquiries

All author enquiries should be addressed to