Official ASME Group

Journal of Mechanical Design

The ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (JMD) serves the broad design community as a venue for scholarly, archival research in all aspects of the design activity.

Submission Information

Journal Scope and Topics

The following were identified in December 2008 as topics which are particularly relevant to the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design.

  • Design automation, including design representation, virtual reality, geometric design, design evaluation, design optimization, risk and reliability-based optimization, design sensitivity analysis, system design integration, ergonomic and aesthetic considerations, and design for market systems
  • Design of direct contact systems, including cams, gears and power transmission systems
  • Design education
  • Design of energy, fluid, and power handing systems
  • Design innovation and devices, including design of smart products and materials
  • Design for manufacturing and the life cycle, including design for the environment, DFX, and sustainable design
  • Design of mechanisms and robotic systems, including design of macro-, micro- and nano-scaled mechanical systems, machine component, and machine system design
  • Design theory and methodology, including creativity in design, decision analysis, design cognition, and design synthesis.

Submission Instructions

Authors should reference the topics above and keywords below to determine if their manuscript is within the scope of the journal. It is highly recommended that authors consult upcoming and recent issues of the journal and include citations to relevant publications in their manuscript. This helps to place the manuscript within the context of other work and helps to maintain the high reputation of the journal. Citation format must follow the ASME guidelines. It is ASME policy that a research paper should not exceed 9000 words or the equivalent of nine journal pages. Manuscripts are reviewed using archival scholarship standards (see below).

The Journal of Mechanical Design uses ASME’s online submission site, Journal Tool, to manage submissions.

The ASME Style Guide is also available for your perusal.

Article Keywords

Authors should select several relevant keywords for their manuscript submissions. They should also identify keywords in areas in which they are comfortable reviewing papers. Authors are encouraged to register as volunteer reviewers in the ASME Journal Tool and add their areas of expertise using these keywords.

agent-based design gear design
alternative energy system design gear dynamics
approximation-based optimal design gear geometry
belt drives gear trains
cam design generative design
capstone design courses hierarchical modeling
cognitive-based design kinematics
collaborative design interactive design
compliant mechanisms linkages
compliant mechanism synthesis machine theory
computational kinematics manipulator theory
computational geometry mechanism synthesis
computer-aided design medical and bio design of mechanisms and robotics
computer-aided engineering mobile robots
conceptual design metamodeling
continuously variable transmissions micro and nano systems design and synthesis of
creativity and concept generation multidisciplinary design and optimization
decision theory multiobjective optimization
decomposition-based design optimization

parallel manipulators

design automation planetary gear trains
design courses and curricula platform manipulators
design education power transmission
design evaluation product design
design for assembly product development
design for disassembly product bundling design
design for humans product family design
design for the environment product platform design
design for manufacturing protein kinematics
design for market systems risk-based design
design for X reliability in design
design methodology robot design
design of experiments robot kinematics
design of innovative devices robotic systems
design of machine elements robust design
design of multiscale systems sensitivity analysis for design
design integration shape grammars
design optimization simulation-based design
design process springs
design representation spring design
design teams stress in design
design theory sustainable design
design validation systems design
design visualization systems engineering
ethics and design tolerance analysis and design
expert systems uncertainty analysis
energy systems design uncertainty modeling
fasteners user-centered design
functional reasoning virtual reality


ASME does not provide language editorial services therefore correct use of English language text is the responsibility of the authors. Reviewers and editors will assess language quality. Papers that do not meet the language quality standards of JMD cannot be published, independently of scientific merit. Authors are encouraged to engage professional editorial services as required.

Title and Abstract

The paper title of the work should be concise and definitive, and should be provided in upper and lowercase letters: This is How a Paper Title Should be Typed. Additionally:

  • Prepositions and conjunctions of four (4) or more letters should be uppercase: e.g., With, From, That, Which, Until, About, Through, but, and, is, the, an, be, for.
  • Special terms should be provided as they are known or understood by the industry. This includes acronyms, abbreviations, computer program names and codes, units of measure, etc.
  • If the paper you are submitting was published in ASME conference proceedings and therefore has a unique paper number, e.g., DTM-2003-546, include this number in parentheses at the end of the paper title.

The paper abstract should be 150-200 words long using only text with Latin characters (no special characters, Greek, or math symbols). The purposes of the abstract are: (1) To give a clear indication of the objective, scope, and results so that readers may determine whether the full text will be of particular interest to them; and (2) To provide key words and phrases for indexing, abstracting, and retrieval purposes. The abstract text should be organized to include the following categories in the order noted: Background, method of approach, results, and conclusions.


Reference citations are a critical ingredient of a good paper. Reference citations help to show where there are gaps in knowledge that the presented work fills. It is important to provide reference citations for relevant work that has previously appeared in JMD or in related design journals that JMD readers are likely to also follow. These provide context for the JMD readership. Some of JMD’s sister journals are: ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics; ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering; Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory; AI for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing; Journal of Product Innovation Management; Computer-Aided Design; Research in Engineering Design; Journal of Engineering Design; Design Studies; Mechatronics; Engineering Optimization; Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. The list is not exhaustive.

Most references should be in English to be accessible to JMD’s English-speaking readers. While it is acceptable for some portion of the references to be non-English language publications, these cannot dominate the reference list. If some seminal work has appeared in a language other than English it will be of service to the JMD readers if the authors articulate and summarize the referenced findings for the benefit of those who cannot access or understand the original source. Simply listing several papers without explaining why they are listed is not useful.

Additional help and information can be found in ASME's Author Resources.

Manuscript Templates

Templates to assist in properly formatting manuscripts for review and publication are available. These are not maintained by the Companion site and are provided solely as a convenience for authors.

LaTeX users can use the template and BibTeX style files here (created by ASME for all ASME journals).


ASME has a comprehensive set of Guidelines and Information for the ethical obligations of authors. JMD adheres strictly to these guidelines.

Using Crosscheck powered by iThenticate, an initial review of every JMD submission is made to evaluate content for originality, including instances of overlapping and similar text with previous literature. Please note that ASME is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research.  For more information about Crosscheck see ASME's Author Resources.