The Journal was founded in 1952 by Rodney Hill, who was its Editor-in-Chief until 1968.
The aim of the journal is to publish research of the highest quality and of lasting significance on the mechanics of solids. The scope is broad, from fundamental concepts in mechanics to the analysis of novel phenomena and applications.
Solids are interpreted broadly to include both hard and soft materials as well as natural and synthetic structures. The approach can be theoretical, experimental or computational. This research activity sits within engineering science and the allied areas of mathematics, material science, chemistry, biology, and physics.
The main purpose of the Journal is to foster scientific understanding of all issues impacting the mechanical response of solid materials, and its relations to the underlying microstructure and physical mechanisms. The content of the Journal reflects the current state of the discipline in analysis, experimental observation, and numerical simulation.
Authors are encouraged to consider the significance of their contributions for the field of mechanics and the implications of their results, in addition to describing the details of their work.