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Rapid Prototyping Journal

Rapid Prototyping Journal

The international journal for research on additive manufacturing and 3D printing

ISSN: 1355-2546

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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Content: Table of Contents  
Information: Journal information  |  Editorial Team  |  Author Guidelines
Other: Journal News (inc. calls for papers)  |  Sample article  |  Recommend this journal

2018 Impact Factor: 2.801*
5-year Impact Factor (2018): 4.167*

CiteScore 2018: 3.95
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 3.66 (Updated Monthly)

RPJ video.


Meet the Editors in this introductory video. Please note: Professor Ian Gibson's affiliation is now Deakin University, not NUS as shown in the video.

Our latest virtual special issue:

Has 3D printing come of age?

 Why read Rapid Prototyping Journal?

Rapid Prototyping Journal is the world's leading journal covering additive manufacturing (AM) and related technologies. The journal concentrates on development in a manufacturing environment but covers applications in other areas, such as medicine and construction. All papers published in this field are scattered over a wide range of international publications, none of which actually specializes in this particular discipline, this journal is a vital resource for anyone involved in additive manufacturing. It draws together important refereed papers on all aspects of AM from distinguished sources all over the world, to give a truly international perspective on this dynamic and exciting area. For a full list of the journal's review board, please see below.


  • Benchmarking – certification and qualification in AM
  • Mass customisation in AM
  • Design for AM
  • Materials aspects
  • Reviews of processes/applications 
  • CAD and other software aspects 
  • Enhancement of existing processes 
  • Integration with design process 
  • Management implications 
  • New AM processes 
  • Novel applications of AM parts 
  • AM for tooling 
  • Medical applications 
  • Reverse engineering in relation to AM
  • Additive & Subractive hybrid manufacturing
  • Industrialisation

Rapid Prototyping Journal is indexed and abstracted in:

  • Academic Source Complete
  • Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Computer Science - Business Information Systems and Management
  • CSA Engineering Research Database
  • CSA High Technology; Research Database with Aerospace
  • CSA Materials Research Database with METADEX
  • CSA Technology Research Database
  • EI Compendex
  • Engineering Index
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals
  • ProQuest Science Journals
  • ReadCube Discover
  • Recent Advances in Manufacturing Database (RAM)
  • TOC Premier
  • Zetoc

And ranked in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded SCIE (Clarivate Analytics)
  • Scopus

Rapid Prototyping Journal is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Engineering eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Engineering eJournals Collection page.

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This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. More on Emerald's approach is available in our Publication Ethics guidelines.

* 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019)

Sample Article