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Tribology Online

The electronic online journal "Tribology Online" aims to facilitate exchange of information thorough rapid publication of high quality papers for the worldwide development of tribology.


  • Joichi Sugimura
Professor, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Vice Editor
  • Takashi Nogi
Kyodo Yushi Co., Ltd., Japan
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2020.5.11 Released

Additional description about Creative Commons (CC) license

Descriptions about the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND) license are updated in "Information for Contributors", "Authors' Guide for Manuscript Preparation", and "Copyright Transfer Form", which all authors of Tribology Online papers are asked to read, understand and agree. A particular attention should be paid when the authors use third-party materials such as figures in their papers.

2019.1.14 Released

Call for Papers for the Special Issue on ITC Sendai 2019

Please see following sites for details.

Tribology Online: Call for Papers (Special Issue : ITC Sendai 2019)

ITC Sendai 2019 site

2019.1.7 Released

Editor-in-chief changed

Professor Masabumi Masuko, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology, has resigned from Editor-in-Chief of Tribology Online. The Japanese Society of Tribologists expresses gratitude to Professor Masuko for his thirteen years’ service from the start of Tribology Online in 2006. Professor Joichi Sugimura of Kyushu University, who has been the co-Editor-in-Chief, remains in the Editorial Board as an Editor-in-Chief.

2018.8.22 Released

Review rule and flow have been changed as follows.

All correspondences to reviewers and authors have been made by the name of Editor-in-chief i
n the old system; the names of Associate Editors (AE) in charge were not disclosed.
In the new system, Associate Editor’s name is used in the correspondence to reviewers and authors after he/she is assigned and until the final recommendation is sent to Editor-in-Chief.
The name of AE in charge is not exhibited on each of published papers.
As is common practice, names of reviewers should not be disclosed to anyone including the authors and are not shown on published papers.

Editor-in-chief assigns most suitable Associate Editor (AE) to handle a newly submitted or revised manuscript
1) AE views submission on EM
2) AE invites two or three reviewers
3) AE makes AE recommendation from the review reports from the reviewers
In the old system
4) Editor-in-chief makes decision and informs the authors
In the new system
4) In the case “revision required”, AE decision is sent directly to the authors
    In the case “accept” and “reject”, the Editor-in-Chief makes final decision and informs the authors

2018.6.30 released

Announcement of the 2017 TROL Paper Award has been launched. → to Paper Award

2017.7.31 Released

All journal articles published after July 15, 2017 in Tribology Online are open access and to be distributed under the terms of the latest version of the Creative Commons Attribution license. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND),

CC BY-NC-ND allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided this is not done for commercial purposes, and further does not permit distribution of the article if it is changed or edited in any way, and provided the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI), provides a link to the license, and that the licensor is not represented as endorsing the use made of the work.

2015.3.25 Released

Manuscript preparation procedure has been changed. → to Manuscript preparation Page


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