Call for papers for WTC 2022 Special Issue

May 2, 2022

Tribology Online now welcomes papers presented at the 7th World Tribology Congress in Lyon.

The deadline of submission is Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
The special issues will be published early 2023 and mid 2023.

When you submit your manuscript to Tribology Online, please select “WTC 2022” at "Section/Category" in "General Information", and write Theme number and Session number of your presentation in "Comments".

The papers will be peer reviewed in the same way as other submissions.

Technical Report added to the types of contribution

April 1, 2022

Technical Report was added to the types of contribution, which should focus on development and application of novel and practical technology. The journal welcomes submissions of Technical Report from industry as well as academia in tribology and relevant fields.

Tribology Online now indexed in DOAJ

June 23, 2021

Tribology Online is now indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Tribology Online - DOAJ

Creative Commons (CC) license description updated

May 11, 2020

Descriptions about the Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND) 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.

Editor-in-chief changed

Released 2019.1.7

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.

Change in Review Rule and Flow

Released 2018.8.22

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 in 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
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

Open Access CC BY-NC-ND

Released 2017.7.31

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.

Author Right

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of Creative Commons Attribution license, the authors of the papers published in Tribology Online may reproduce any part of their papers to recognized publications without written permission. The authors are requested to cite reference to the original papers in the reproduced articles.

TROL Special Aword: The winners of ITC Tokyo 2015 Excellent Paper Award

Released 2016.08.23

Tribology Online Special Award: ITC Tokyo 2015 Excellent Paper Award was selected by the Technical comittee of the ITC from the published papers in the Tribology Online -ITC Tokyo Special Issue-.
At the banquet of the 2016 JAST Spring Annual meeting, Award was given to;
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The winners of ITC Tokyo 2015 Young Researcher Paper Award

Released 2016.05.10

ITC Tokyo 2015 Young Researcher Paper Award was selected by the Technical comittee of the ITC from the applied papers submitted to Tribology Online.
At the conference banquet of the ITC Tokyo 2015, Young Researcher Paper Award was given to;
  • Fabien Dubois (Universite de Lyon)
  • Hikaru Okubo (Tokyo University of Science)
  • Vilma Ratia (Tampere University of Technology)
  • Yasuyoshi Saito (Tohoku University)
  • Kazumi Sakai (JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation)
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Call for Papers (Special Issue : ITC Tokyo 2015) Additional Information

Released 2015.07.29
Announcement about newly established ITC 2015 Paper Award
1.    ITC 2015 Young Researcher Paper Award  
ITC 2015 Excellent Paper Award

The awards are only for the presenters at the ITC2015, and for papers published in ITC 2015 Special Issue of Tribology Online.

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Call for Papers (Special Issue : ITC Tokyo 2015)

Released 2014.11.20
Special Issue of ITC Tokyo 2015

Presentations at the ITC Tokyo 2015 are required to submit full papers for publication in a special issue of Tribology Online.
Vsit Call for Papers (Special Issue : ITC Tokyo 2015)

Ig® Nobel Prize

Released 2014.10.08
 Ig® Nobel Prize 2014 (Physics Prize) was awarded to Professor Kiyoshi Mabuchi, et al., Kitasato University.
REFERENCE: "Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin," Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, Tribology Online 7, 3, 2012,

Ig® Nobel Prize

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"Reproduced with permission of the Annals of Improbable Research ("

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, September 18th, 2014 at the 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast live.

PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima
and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and
a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person
steps on a banana skin that's on the floor.
REFERENCE: "Frictional Coefficient under Banana Skin," Kiyoshi Mabuchi,
Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, Tribology Online 7, no.
3, 2012, pp. 147-151.

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Prof. Mabuchi