Wave Motion (journal)

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Wave Motion 
Discipline Wave motion
Language English
Edited by William J. Parnell
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Publication history
Frequency 8/year
Standard abbreviations
Wave Motion
ISSN 0165-2125
LCCN 81644046

Wave Motion is a peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing papers on the physics of waves – with emphasis on the areas of acoustics, optics, geophysics, seismology, electromagnetic theory, solid and fluid mechanics. Original research articles on analytical, numerical and experimental aspects of wave motion are covered.

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The journal was established in 1979 by editor in chief Jan D. Achenbach. [1] In 2011, Andrew N. Norris joined as co-editor in chief, and became sole editor in chief in 2012. The role of editor in chief passed to William J. Parnell in 2017 and K.W. Chow became deputy editor in chief at this time. The journal is published by Elsevier.

Jan D. Achenbach Dutch-American scientist in engineering

Jan Drewes Achenbach is a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. Achenbach was born in the northern region of the Netherlands, in Leeuwarden. He studied aeronautics at Delft University of Technology, which he finished with a M.Sc. degree in 1959. Thereafter, he went to the United States, Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1962. After working for a year as a preceptor at Columbia University, he was then appointed as assistant professor at Northwestern University.

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Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Applied Mechanics Reviews, Current Contents/Engineering, Computing & Technology, Current Contents/Physics, Chemical, & Earth Sciences, Compendex, Inspec, Mathematical Reviews, Scopus, and Zentralblatt MATH. According to the Journal Citation Reports, Wave Motion has a 2016 5 year impact factor of 1.704 and an impact factor of 1.575, ranking it 15th out of 31 journals in the category "acoustics", 71st out of 133 in the category "mechanics", and 32nd out of 79 in the category "physics, multidisciplinary". [2]

Applied Mechanics Reviews is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by ASME. The editor-in-chief is Harry Dankowicz.

Current Contents is a rapid alerting service database from Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Institute for Scientific Information and Thomson Reuters. It is published online and in several different printed subject sections.

Inspec is a major indexing database of scientific and technical literature, published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and formerly by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), one of the IET's forerunners.

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  1. Achenbach, J. D. (1979). "Preface". Wave Motion. 1 (1): 1. doi:10.1016/0165-2125(79)90019-2.
  2. "Journal: Wave Motion". Journal Citation Reports. Thomson Reuters.